department of art & art history

FIne Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.5821

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Lilla Samson

  • Full-Time Lecturer, Painting and Printmaking
  • Department of Art and Art History
  • Phone: 401.874.7421
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  • Mailing Address: Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, R.I. 02881


Born in Springfield and growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Lilla Samson has had a strong interest in both art and nature that started at a very early age.

Currently a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rhode Island, Samson has been teaching courses in drawing, design, color, printmaking and painting at URI since 1999. She completed her undergraduate training in painting and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island, attaining a B.F.A. summa cum laude. She was awarded a University Full Fellowship and earned a M.F.A. in printmaking from Syracuse University. Samson’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues regionally, nationally and internationally.


Samson’s work interweaves a fascination with the natural sciences, such as biology, botany and geology, with a love for the ritual, process and physicality of materials in art making. Contemplating nature in both its macrocosmic vastness, as well as the minutiae of its microcosmic realms, she seeks to illuminate aquatic and terrestrial landscapes as layered tapestries of form, color, and texture. Viewing these small fragments of the landscape as collections of worlds within worlds, ecological niches within niches containing infinitesimally small flora and fauna, it is Samson’s intent to reveal habitat and inhabitant, and magnify the beautiful intricacies of the overlooked, unnoticed and invisible.


  • M.F.A. in printmaking, Syracuse University, 1997
  • B.F.A., Universtiy of Rhode Island, 1993
  • RISD, 1971-73, painting and printmaking

Selected Exhibitions

“Plankton Portraits and Tidal Pools,” Courthouse Center for the Arts, West Kingston, RI, 2011

“Littoral Landscape,” Mountain Moon Gallery, Lake Placid, NY, 2008

“Four Play,” The Pro Gallery, College of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas, 2004

“Lilla Samson: Drawings, Prints & Paintings,” Bluseed Gallery, Saranac Lake, NY, 2003

“Between the Tides: Images from Black Point,” Bush Gallery, Providence, RI, 2000

“Media Manipulation: Printmaking Today,” University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2000

“23rd National Print Biennial,” Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, 2000

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