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Master floral designer Hitomi Gilliam shares her artistry at Detroit Institute of Arts - Demonstration, book signing part of annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

(Detroit)—Award-winning Master Floral Designer Hitomi Gilliam demonstrates her skills and shares her expertise at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. Gilliam is the featured guest at the 12th Annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture presented by the DIA’s Friends of Art and Flowers, a museum support group. She will demonstrate arrangements inspired by those in her book ARTFLOR-Advance Design+Process, which she will sign as part of the event.

The lecture and demonstration begin at 10:30 a.m., with a luncheon following at noon. Tickets are $25 for lecture only, and $50 for lecture and lunch. Doors open at 10 a.m. and tickets will be held at the door. For tickets, call 313-833-4025 or email Tickets are limited, and the museum recommends purchasing tickets early.

Gilliam, a noted Canadian floral designer, lecturer and instructor, creates large abstract sculptural arrangements using high-contrast colors, tropical flowers, bamboo and grasses. She is an engaging speaker and entertaining designer who challenges audiences’ traditional notions of floral arrangement and opens up a world of creative possibilities.

Gilliam is considered a superstar in the world of floral design. She is among the few recipients of the American Institute of Floral Designers’ coveted Design Influence Award, and won the gold and best of show awards at Singapore Garden Festival in 2008. Gilliam has lectured and demonstrated her impressive skills throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and brings her knowledge of the latest floral arrangement trends from around the world.

She is one of the most sought-after lecturers at museums and botanical gardens across North America. She has presented at Art Gallery of Ontario, Chicago Botanical Gardens, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and Toronto Botanical Gardens, among numerous other prestigious institutions.

Gilliam is currently creative and education director for DESIGN358, a floral design school. As an educator, she presents programs throughout North America as a Teleflora Education Specialist and conducts workshops in Vancouver and Oklahoma City at Teleflora Education Center.

She writes the monthly column “Creative Edge” for FLOWERS magazine, and has authored six books: Earth Man Spirit; Fundamental Theories of Design; Design Compendium – Styles & Methods; ARTFLOR –Advance Design+Process; Creative Edge; and NeoTropica. She is the co-author of Fresh Look at Judging, due out in July.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899