About the Artist
Historical artist Lillian Young attended Texas Christian University where she received her BFA in Studio Art and an emphasis in Art Education. She has always had a passion for history and growing up her family made sure that she was well educated about the struggles, victories, and heroes in Black history.
Often history may seem irrelevant but has consequences in how we understand and react to current events. Lillian depicts forgotten or not well known moments from the Black experience, focusing on lesser known black leaders, stories, events and objects that are commonly known by the black communities, but unknown by the general public. In highlighting these moments, Lillian works to make a connection to the social anxiety felt today from the rise in racism, loss of representation, and her own struggle of continuing to fight for equality.
Currently she works at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth Texas, and plans to attend Grad school at Michigan State University in the Fall of 2019.
My art focuses on highlighting people, moments, and objects centered around the Black Experience that are left out of mainstream narrative. I want my art to be a starting point for people to have those uncomfortable conversations about issues that are considered taboo to discuss. As our country changes it is important for us to remember our history so that we can learn from our mistakes.
interview with the artist