My parents named me after a family friend who was an artist. Curious about art processes, I attended school at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls where a B.F.A. degree was completed in 1980. In 1986 I received an M.F.A. from The Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California where I worked with Paul Soldner. After teaching at colleges in Los Angeles, in 1993 I moved to Iowa and am a professor in the Department of Art and Design at Iowa State University. My work is primarily ceramic sculpture and mixed media.

       * Solo or two person exhibition

TOUCH: The World at Your Fingertips, Musée de la Main, Museum of Design Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Sculpture in the Garden, Maloof Foundation, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Relationships: Spheres of Influence, Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

*Accumulations:  Pomanders, Small Pleasures, Future Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Legacy Collection Show II, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
She Was The Best Listener, dedication of memorial commission, Iowa State University

*Black and White, Porcelain for the Table, 2AU Gallery, West Des Moines, IA
Iowa Artists 2010, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

*Rhythms and Small Pleasures.  Bunny Gunner Gallery, Pomona, CA

Ingrid Lilligren: Small Pleasures. Project Room, Huntington Beach Art Center, CA

*Ingrid Lilligren: A Certain Consistency.  Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA

Craft Forms.  Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Crafts National 40.  Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, State Park, PA
Viewpoint Ceramics.  Hyde Gallery, Grossmont College, San Diego, CA

NCECA National.  Art Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Topeka Competition 27.  Alice Sabatini Gallery, Topeka Library, Topeka, KS
*DIG.  Gallery Aqui Siam Ben, Vallauris, France
Clay on the Wall 2005 Clay National. Landmark Gallery, TX Tech U, Lubbock, TX
Craft USA '05 National Craft Triennial.  Silvermine Arts Guild, New Canaan, CT

60th Scripps Ceramics Invitational. Williams Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Enlightenment.  Dedication of ceramic mural commissioned for Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Crafts National 37.  Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, State Park, PA.
*Ingrid Lilligren.  Solo exhibition, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
*Elements: Chris Martin and Ingrid Lilligren.  Mt. St. Mary's University, Winona, MN

*Intertwined: Ingrid Lilligren and Priscilla Sage.  MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA
LaGrange National XXII Biennial.  Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA
Topeka Competition 24, Topeka and Shawnee Public Library, Topeka, KS

GeGnome Project.  California Conference on Ceramic Art, Davis, CA


1986  MFA, The Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.  Teaching Assistantship

1980  BFA, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI.  Highest Academic Honors


2007 – present      
Professor in Art and Design, Ceramics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2007 - 1999            
Associate Professor in Art and Design, Ceramics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

1999 - 1993            
Assistant Professor in Art and Design, Ceramics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

1993 - 1992            
Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics, Department of Art, Loyola Marymount

University, Los Angeles, CA


Paula Gmelch memorial, She Was the Best Listener, Iowa State University

Best in Show, Clay Paper, Fiber, Metal, Glass, Wood.  Octagon Arts, Ames, IA

Selected for Artist in Residence, Vallauris, France

Award, Topeka Competition 25, Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS
Academic Advising Award, College of Design, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Commission, Enlightenment, ceramic mural for Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Purchase Award, Topeka Competition 24, Topeka and Shawnee Library, Topeka, KS

Artist-in-Residence, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
Faculty Professional Development Assignment, Iowa State University
Commission, Babe Voertman Memorial, Grinnell College

Miller Faculty Fellowship Award, Interdisciplinary Urban Studio, Los Angeles

Selected for participation in the International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan

Commission, Patterns For Life, Ceramic mural, Wallace Foundation Learning Center, Lewis, IA
Patron Award, Brand Library XXVII, Glendale, CA
First Award, Ceramics, Iowa Crafts 30, MacNider Museum, Mason City, IA

Polster Teaching Award, College of Design, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Luellen Family Commission.  Bethel College, Newton, KS

Purchase Award, Topeka Competition 19, Topeka Library, Topeka, KS
University Research Grant, Iowa State University, for DIS/COVERY, A WORK OF ART


"Finding Meaning at the Fingertips".  K. Whitney, Ceramics Monthly, February 2007, pp
Standing Room Only.  Mary McNaughton, Perpetua Press, 2004, Billy's Piece, pp. 101, 111
Hands In Clay, Charlotte Speight, John Toki, Mayfield Publishing Co., 1998, Patterns For Life
The Best of Pottery, Volume 2, Rockport Publishers, 1998.  Ruby, p. 93
"Ingrid Lilligren: Ceramic Sculpture", Ceramics Art and Perception, K. Connelly, March, 1997
The Best of Pottery Volume 1, Rockport Publishers, 1996.  Transference, p. 41
"Art focus: Woman's roles", Eliot Nusbaum.  Des Moines Sunday Register, January 28, 1996
"At ISU, a dynamic mix of ideas, work", Eliot Nusbaum, Des Moines Register, January 21, 1996
"'Exploring a Movement: Feminist Visions in Clay', at Loyola Marymount University, Mount St. Mary's
"College, Downey Museum of Art, and Chaffey College", Charlene Roth, Artweek, January, 1996
Paul Soldner, A Retrospective.  M. D. McNaughton, University of Washington Press, 1991.  p. 35


Sam Maloof Foundation, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Scripps College Ceramics Collection, Claremont, CA (promised gift of the Davis-McNaughtons)
Wallace Foundation, Lewis, IA
Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Bethel College, North Newton, KS
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS.  Contemporary American Ceramics Collection

Ingrid Lilligren