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1997 MFA, Central Michigan University (Outstanding Graduate Student of the year '96)

1992 MA, Central Michigan University

1990 Studies at Ohio State University and Columbus Art Center, Ohio

1987 BFA, National Taiwan Normal University


• Cultural Affairs Comebeck Limited, Saaland, Germany, ‘19

• Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI (Chinese Painting and Talk) ‘16

• Riverside Art Center, Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti, MI (Chinese Painting and Talk) ‘12

• Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI (Asian Art) ‘95, ‘96

• Kremser Literaturforum Summer Arts Residency, (summer) Krems, Austria (Painting) ‘94

• Lake Forest College, (summer) Lake Forest of Chicago area, IL (Chinese Painting and Chinese Calligraphy) ‘92

• World Youth Conference, (summer) San Antonio, TX (Chinese Painting) ‘88

Academic Experiences:

  • Assistant Professor of Art, Marywood University, Scranton, PA (‘97-‘98); Course taught: Drawing, Graphic Design, Typography, Computer Graphics and Illustration; Advising students attending conferences, internships and shows…Community Services: Design posters, Design advertisings for United Ways, Community Concert Choir etc. local non-profit organizations
  • Lecturer of Art: Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI (’95-‘97); Course taught: Drawing and Graphic Design
  • Lecturer of Art, Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI (’15); Course taught: Painting

Selected Solo Exhibitions


  • CCCNYC, New York Invitational Solo Show, Lily Kostrzewa “100 sheep”, May 6, 2023


  • Michigan State University Community Music School, Jan. 10, 2020 - 2022, East Lansing, MI
  • Windwalker Gallery, Jan. 10, 2020 - present, Charlotte, MI


  • Tokyo Narita International Airport Gallery Invitational 2-person Show, Sep. 18 – Oct. 8, Narita, Japan
  • Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Art Share Invitational Solo Show, Lily Kostrzewa “99-sheep”, Sep. 14, 2019 – Jan. 10, 2020


  • Gallery NauArt, June 30 - July 12, C/Espronceda nº 154, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dean's Office Invitational Show, College of Education and Human Services, Central Michigan University, Nov, 2016 - Feb, 2017, Mt. Pleasant, MI


  • Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Invitational Show, Enrichment Center, Sep 1 - Oct 28, Saginaw, MI
  • Dream along Prima Civitas Foundation, Michigan State University, Jan 28 - Apr 28, East MI


  • Connections: The Arts, Climate and People, September, Mt. Pleasant City Hall
  • Lily Kostrzewa Exhibition by MI Art Share, Feb. 2 - May 1, MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Corporation), Lansing, MI 


  • "In The Blink Of An Eye" East/West Cross-Cultural Art, University Library, Sept. 10 - Oct. 28, Central Michigan University, MI
  • Windy City Great Lakes, Old Town Art Center, July 20 - Sept. 4, Chicago, IL
  • Art Night, Gingko Tree Inn, May 30, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • Childhood, Girlhood, Adulthood, LK studio and gallery, March 7, Mt. P., MI


  • Lily Kostrzewa: Art presentation at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Half the Sky - Women's rights are human rights, and Hall of Fame, MI
  • Lily Kostrzewa: Art presentation, Amman, Jordan
  • Lily Kostrzewa: Cherry Blossoms, Women's Medical Center of McLaren Hospital - Central Michigan, MI
  • Lily Kostrzewa: Chinese Scenery - China, a View from the Clouds, Diversity Center, Central Michigan University, MI


  • Great Lake Cherry Blossoms, Art Reach Gallery of Mid-Michigan, MI
  • Nude – 2011 Contemporary Art Series, Reo Town Art Alley, MI
  • It’s Pure Michigan, Michigan Welcome Center, Clare, MI
  • Lily Kostrzewa: Paintings, Midland Senior Center, MI


  • Lily Kostrzewa: Paintings, Coleman Senior Center, MI
  • Journey in life, Midland Town Center, MI
  • Somewhere in Time, Midland Community Center, MI
  • A Unique Cross-Cultural Art, Midland Resort, MI


  • Lily Kostrzewa: Paintings, Art Reach Gallery of Mid-Michigan, MI


  • Scenery of Krems, Kremser Literature Forum Center, Austria


  • Master of Arts in Design Graduation Solo Exhibition, Central Michigan University, MI

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 Inaugural Juried Exhibition, SOJOURNER, Sojourner Gallery, Feb 9 – Mar 15, New York, NY


  •  Art Made by Women exhibition, Art 634 Gallery, Mar 10 – Apr 3, Jackson, MI
  • Michigan ArtShare exhibition, Sugar Bush Golf Club, Aug 9 – Aug 17, Davison, MI


  • A Retrospective of Previous Winners, Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Midland Center for the Arts, Sep 18 – Nov 6, Midland, MI


  • 23rd street Art Fair, “Artpot x Starta Ventures” international artist exhibition, Nov. – Dec., Manhattan, NY
  • WhiteBox Art Center, “Good Trouble” international artist exhibition, Oct. 10 – Nov. 11, Manhattan, NY
  • WhiteBox Art Center, Holiday Art Auction, Dec. 10 – Jan. 7, ’21, Manhattan, NY 


  • Galerie M Beck, May 31 – June 25, Saarland and Offenburg two locations, Germany


  • Armory Opening, June 8 - Aug. 31, selected artists by Michigan Art Share, MSU extension office, Owosso, MI
  • Stricoff Fine Art, March 5 -16, Selected artists by project, Chelsea, NY, NY


  • ART BUSAN 2017, June 2-5, 2017, BEXCO HALL 1, Art Busan Fair in South Korea, Busan, Korea 48214.,The booth # C-26, represented by the gallery STEINER, Vienna, Austria
  • International Galerie, April - May, 2017, Hamburg, Germany


  • Spectrum Miami of the Miami art week, Dec. 1-4, by the ArtBox Gallery of Switzerland at #211.
  • Contemporaries at Uffizi, Nov. 10-13, the famous room of Pier Scheraggio inside the Uffizi Gallery
  • Shanghai Art Fair, #B88a, November 3-6, 2016 represented by the gallery Steiner of Vienna, Austria
  • Artwalk Central at the University Gallery of Central Michigan University
  • ArtPrize8 -features a 15 feet long mural "dream along dream path" of Michigan’s four seasons scenery at 5/3 bank downtown Grand Rapids, MI
  • Lansing Art Gallery, Pop Up Art Special Edition, June - Aug., Lansing, MI
  • Lansing Public Art Project, summer, Lansing, MI
  • Group show of selected artists by Michigan Art Share, Prima Civitas Foundation, East Lansing, MI
  • Biennial of the Brenta Riviera, Land of Gondola, April, Villa Valier, Venice, Italy


  • ArtPrize7 – Grand Rapids Government center, “Urban Interweave Series”, Grand Rapids, MI
  • SIGNS & SYMBOLS, Grosse Pointe Art Center, September 4 - 25, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Art Walk Central, August, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • International Arts Festival in Oropos/Greece, August, Greece
  • Asian Artists' Exchange Exhibit, Diversity and Multicultural Center of Central Michigan University, March - April, Mt. Pleasant, MI  


  • ArtPrize6 – Grand Rapids Community College Spectrum Theater Lobby, “Oriental Red Series”, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Selected group exhibit "the Neighborhood Landscape" at the DeVos Place, July 1- September 3, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Selected group exhibit "Pink gets Red" at Galleria D'arte D'adamo, June 28 - July, Via Ravenna, 80, Pescara, Italy
  • Selected group Identity, The Women's Caucus for Art National competition vs. Gallery Nine5, NYC, NY


  • Selected group exhibit, Equilibrium: Art for a Changing World, The Women's Caucus for Art National call vs. Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • EWNS Art Project, Unrestrained Inspiration, 2013 - 2014, Paris, France
  • Scope Miami Beach 2013, December 4 -8, Miami, FL
  • A Single Grain of Rice, Gallery Metanoia, November 1-14, Paris, France
  • , the BOB, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • " 10° Biennale Internazionale Roma" (Show Selection 10th International Art Biennale in Rome), SMART Gallery, operated by the City of Fiorenzuola d’Arda for its cultural event, June 22 – 29, Italy
  • Story of the Creative Exhibition, Angel Orensanz Foundation, July 25 -Sept, 10, NYC, NY
  • Women's Rights: An Artist's Perspective exhibition by, May 


  • Scope Miami 2012 International Contemporary Art Show - 1001 Artists Project, Dec. 4 - 9, 2012, Miami, FL
  • Great Lakes Small Works, Great Lake 8 states exhibition, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • , DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • All Area Exhibition, Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City, Michigan
  • Art Walk Central, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
  • Friendship through Art Can Change the World, Odessa Art Museum, Ukraine
  • – The Culture Heritage of Naxos, Greece, the Municipality of Naxos, Greece
  • Detroit market Garden Art Show
  • Five-person Exhibition - Art in the Heart of City, Saginaw Art Museum, MI
  • Paintings, 4 Art Gallery of Zhou B Art Center, Chicago


  • Fragments of Stories between the History, Historical Museum of Infantry, Rome, Italy
  • - Radically Open Competition, Minty Keen, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 7 x 11, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, MI
  • Lansing Street Art Exhibition, Michigan Selected Artists, Lansing Art Gallery, MI
  • Japan Earthquake Philanthropic Exhibition, UNESCO Art Gallery at Athens, Greece
  • International Art Expo New York City, Pier 94, NY
  • Toronto East Community Art Program Exhibition, Ben Navaee Gallery, Canada


  • Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, CA
  • Gaylord Area Council for the Arts 8th Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibit, MI
  • State of the Arts 2010 Annual Michigan Juried Art Exhibit, Saginaw Township Hall, MI


  • Mid-Michigan Artists Group Show, Healing Art Gallery, Midland Hospital, MI
  • Midland Artists Group Show, Northwood University, Midland, MI
  • Outdoors in Michigan, Michigan Welcome Center, Clare, MI
  • State of the Arts 2009 Annual Michigan Juried Art Exhibit, Saginaw Township Hall, MI
  • Two-person Exhibition, Midland Senior Center, Midland, MI


  • 10th Anniversary Best of the Best Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE
  • Hibiscus Children’s Center 1th Juried Art Traveling Exhibitions, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, FL


  • Faculty 1998, Contemporary Gallery, Marywood University, PA


  • MFA Thesis Exhibition, University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, MI
  • Faculty 1997, University Art Gallery MI


  • Faculty 1996, University Art Gallery MI


  • 34th Annual Mid-Michigan Art Exhibition, Dow Center of Arts, Midland, MI


  • Five-person Exhibition - the Way We Are, Hsinchu Culture Center, Taiwan

Published Writing Article

  • Lily Kostrzewa speaks with Aurora Robson at Hollis Taggart Gallery in NYC, published by Art Review City, 04/09/2021

  • The Elixir of Ataraxy in a Sea of Trouble, a review of 17 contemporary expat Japanese women artists in NYC, published by Art Review City, 12/01/2020

  • “John Link in art Teaching – Interview with Lily Kostrzewa – From Philosophy to Art to Writing”, New Art Examiner, Vol-34-no-2, UK, 2019
  • “Finding your path and dream big – an interview with Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen in Grand Rapids Art Museum (written in Chinese),, online August 2019
  • “European Odyssey” (an art life by Lily Kostrzewa),, online July 2019
  • “A Quick Review of Cuban Art Today”,, online June 2019
  • “Sokurov and Rembrandt” – the 2019 Venice Biennale Russian Pavilion, New Art Examiner, Vol-33-no-6, UK, 2019
  • “Making art is … making love to the world.”- a Frank Gehry interview, New Art Gazette, Vol-33-no-4, UK, 2019
  • “After 40 years sowing seeds in Academia”- a special art exhibition at Richmond Center of Visual Arts, WMU, Kalamazoo, Michigan, vol-31-no-5, New art Examiner, Cornwall, UK, 2017
  • “Rembrandt the true art and soul in Milwaukee Art Museum” (to Editor), vol-31-no-3, New Art Examiner, Chicago, 2016
  • "From the East to the West, My Evolution as an Artist", MFA Thesis, Park Library, Central Michigan University, ‘97

Selected Publication


  • The Perch Journal Volume 5, page 22-23, Yale University, Fall 2019
  • Malelade anstreicheln II, Naumann Beck, Verlag Fur Kluge Texte, Saar, Germany


  •  New art Examiner, UK


  • Contemporanei nella citta degli UFFIZI, Italy
  • International Contemporary Art, Italy
  • Palazzo Ximenes, Italy
  • New Art Examiner, Chicago, IL, USA


  • Vanguard Visionaries: the Art of Creativity, NYC, NY, USA
  • Ruian Cultural Biography, Ruian, Zhejiang, China


  • Con Corso Buenos Aires VI, Milano, Italy
  • Equilibrium: Art a Changing World, The Women's Caucus for Art, US
  • The best Modern and Contemporary Artists, Critical review by Salvatore Russo in Italian and English, Effetto Arte Editore, Roma, Italy


  • Hidden Treasure Art Magazine, London, UK
  • Women's Rights: An Artist's Perspective,
  • Effetto Arte, Febbraio 2013, Annuario d"Arte Contemporanea artisti a cura di Vittorio Sgarbi, Rome, Italy
  • I Segnalati a Salvatore Russo, Rome, Italy
  • Studio Visit Magazine, The open Studio Press, Boston


  • Art Takes Times Square, NYC
  • Studio Visit Magazine, The Open Studio Press, Boston
  • Review Magazine, Saginaw, MI
  • Chicago Art Magazine
  • Worlds of Art Magazine, Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto
  • Important World Artists, WWAB, CA
  • The Art in America Annual Guide, New Art Center, NY


  • International Dictionary of Artists, WWAB, CA
  • Chicago Art Magazine: November New Artists, IL
  • Worlds of Art Magazine, Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto


  • International Contemporary Artist 1, I.C.A. Publishing, NY


  •, WN Network, Globe

Selected Reviews and Features

  • Techspressionist Salon, featured guest talk in Visual Artist Meetup, 2022

  • CCF Columbia University, featured guest talk in Visual Art, 2020
  • PBS, featured guest in Mosaic of WCMU Public Radio, March 2017
  • Ruian Daily News, China: Staff, “Rising from the international art theme-story of Lihting Li (aka Lily Kostrzewa)”, 4/22/14
  • Field, "Mt. Pleasant artist to host open house at studio", 3/2/13 Morning Sun News
  • Staff, "Art exhibit on women's rights to open in Lansing", 8/4/12 The Washington Examiner
  • Staff, "Michigan Women's Historical Center & Hall of Fame", 8/1/12 Smithsonian Magazine
  • DeVos Place Convention Center, "Mount Pleasant Artist Lily Kostrzewa Featuring at DeVos Place Convention 19th and runs through October 7, 2012.", 9/18/12 Fine Art Magazine
  • Staff, "First Sunday Gallery Walk". 8/1/12 Lansing
  • "Local Artist Has on Display in Rome", 11/27/11 Morning Sun News, (front cover)
  • "M.P. Artist Has Display at ", 9/30/11 Morning Sun News, (front cover)
  • "New Exhibits on Display at Art Reach", 8/12/11 Morning Sun News, (front cover)
  • Fisher, "Kostrzewa Display Work at Art Reach", 8/1/11 Morning Sun News, 5A
  • Honors, "Local artist honored with New York Art Exhibit", 4/29/11 Morning Sun News, 5A


  • Private collection, Chicago, IL
  • Private collection, Long Island, NY
  • Private collection, Los Angeles, CA
  • Private collection, Wheaton, IL
  • Private collection, Detroit, MI
  • Private collection, Northville, MI
  • Private collection, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Private collection, Holland, MI
  • Private collection, Mount Pleasant, MI

Awards and Grant

  • Image License Award by Yale University Perch magazine, artworks titled “99-sheep” was selected on The Perch Journal Volume 5, page 22-23, Yale University, Fall 2019
  • 2017 Image License Award Michigan State University Extension Office, artworks titled “Vow” and “Curiosity” are selected as “critical thinking practice” (aka Visual Thinking Strategies) for all public school primary art education programs throughout the entire state of Michigan.
  • 2016 fiscal year grant recipient of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
  • Winner of ArtSlant 3 run 2014 Showcase competition in Abstract category, ArtSlant is #1 contemporary art network globally.
  • Winner of ArtSlant 1 run 2014 Showcase competition in Abstract category.
  • Finalist of the international art competition "Unrestrained Inspiration", EWNS Art Project, Paris, France
  • Special Recognition of 10th Anniversary Best of the Best Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE, 2008
  • Special Recognition of the 8 th Annual Abstraction International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE, 2006
  • Logo Designer for College of Communication and Fine Arts of CMU, MI, 1998
  • Honorable Mention of Achievements in International Education, National Office of Phi Beta Delta, CA, 1997
  • Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, Office of Minority Affairs, CMU, MI, 1996
  • Outstanding Award of Merit at Midland Dow Center of Arts, 34th annual Mid-Michigan Art Exhibition by Curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, 1992

Public Art Commission

  • 1st edition of Pop-up special billboard design for the city Washington Square of Lansing, Lansing, MI, 2016
  • Designing the Campaign Projects for the Isabella County Community Recreation Sporty Center, eventually was named "Morey Courts", Mt. Pleasant, MI, 1996
  • Designing the Mabel Sidewalk for the New Harbor State Park in Hwalien, Taiwan, 1990

Curatorial Projects

  • Asian Art Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI, 1996
  • Chinese Master Artist Exhibition - Shi Yu, Center, Central Michigan University, MI, 1997
  • Contemporary Artists’ Exhibition, Hsin- Cultural Center, Taiwan, 1991
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