Lillian Trettin

Lillian Trettin

mount pleasant, SC, United States

About Lillian Trettin

I grew up in the Appalachian "Bible Belt" of East Tennessee in the southern United States, listening to banjo music and gospel lyrics as well as the Beatles. Despite having traveled widely and lived in other places, I am (as so many Southerners claim to be) permanently "South haunted."

I returned to making art full time in 2011, following a career as a teacher, researcher, and consultant and after raising two sons. I’m convinced the delay enriched rather than impeded my growth as an artist. I am primarily a visual artist, but my images keep spilling over into words about places I know and places I dream about.


BA Studio Art, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MA Museum Studies, State University New York, Oneonta
PhD American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Works in the Saatchi collection "Southern Gothic," inspired by the fiction of Flannery O'Connor, were exhibited at several venues in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia from 2011 to 2015.

Works in the Saatchi collection "The Dark Edge," inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe, are scheduled for exhibition at the Saul Alexander Library Gallery in Charleston SC in October 2016.

Works in the Saatchi collection "Woven Together: From Carolina to Lesotho" were exhibited at the Hickory Art Museum, Hickory NC, from June to September, 2015).