Fine Artist-Art Educator-Artist Advocate-LACASA Board Member (Livingston County's Shelter for Child Abuse, Interpersonal Violence, and Sexual Assault), and Fund Raiser. My given name is Valerie Reitzel. My taken name is Lilith Dorr in honor of the daughter I lost to the vestiges of domestic violence almost 13 years ago. (My husband threw me when I was almost 4 months pregnant). This tragedy was the catalyst on my journey to recovery. After several years of “Internal Reconstructive Surgery” ( a blend of intense professional and personal intervention), I went back to LACASA to be trained as an On-Call Response Team Member (2006 through 2009) and in 2014 I was elected to become the first LACASA survivor to become a Board Member. I use my art work and public speaking to reach out to victims, survivors, and the community at large about topics revolving around abuse and intervention. I have been a public school art teacher since 1989, serving the joy of art making to over 10,000 students. On the week-end, I work at the University of Michigan's Mott's Hospital, as a Crossroads Greeter (a blend of security and hospitality) in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In addition, I am a producing artist with four exhibitions, and many other art advocacy opportunities to my credit: 1) The 13 Ladies: An Epic Journey of a Survivor. This 2-D, 3-D, and literary exhibit explored my experiences with child abuse and domestic violence. You may see the video of the making of this body of work at www.13ladies.com This exhibit was on display in Detroit in the Swords into Plow Share Peace Gallery for 6 weeks, and was also a major fund raising art exhibit for LACASA, raising several thousand dollars in tickets and sales for the shelter's benefit. 2) The 7 Sisters: A Tribute to my Mothers. This eclectic sculptural exhibition was a genealogical exploration into my maternal and paternal history to find out just where my development of a victim mentality and enabling behavior originated. Was it genetic or learned behavior? I proudly displayed this exhibit for 4 weeks with the Brighton Art Guild, for 6 weeks in a Downtown Brighton Art Gallery, and in the 2011 U of M's School of Social Work's Art Festival. 3) Harmonic Rapport: A Celebration of Visual Poetry. This body of work was proof of my healing and ultimate overcoming of all forms of abuse. It is a powerful and uplifting collection of poetry and abstract artworks. This exhibition showed in a Downtown Brighton Art Gallery for 4 weeks, the CUUB Building for 8 weeks, Teeko's Cafe for 4 weeks, and in the DIA's Taking It To The Street Art in Wixom, MI., receiving the Honorable Mention Award. To view these works (and other recent works) you may go to Etsy.com under my shop entitled, TornEdgeCreations. 4) I was an exhibiting artist (visual and literary) with CONNECTED art from a spiritual perspective for ArtPrize 2013 (#55179 Harris Building, 3rd Floor) and ArtPrize 2014 (#56821, Bar Divani) . 5) I have used my art to support the efforts of both Eastern Michigan University's Woman Studies and the University of Michigan's School of Social Works during their exhibits that bring awareness of abuse in all of it's forms. I have also used the 13 Ladies' video as a pre-set induction experience before speaking at the local High School's Health Classes (Topic was "What a healthy relationship looks like..." 6) The 21 Gal Salute. ( This exhibition is the culminating aspect of a trilogy of work) I am in the process of completing this latest body of work, which is being done in ONLY black, white, and values of grey. The central 8 foot sculpture is self illuminated, has 8 faces, 3 breast plates, 21 casted hands which are holding 21 images taken directly from my visual journals as I worked through my trauma associated with the many sexual assaults I have endured in my childhood into young adulthood. There are also 21 large renditions of the journal images (Painting sizes range from 16" x 20" to 36" x 48") which hang on the walls of the gallery. In addition, each painting is accompanied by a poignant and powerful artist's statement. It is my aspiration to have this significant body of 2-D and 3-D work on exhibit at ArtPrize 2015 in Grand Rapids in the Fall. My latest accomplishment was to have been selected for The 2014 Phoenix Rising Award by Intentional Legacy Inc. This award honors SE Michigan citizens who have overcome great personal adversities, and have used their experiences to give back to their community. Just being nominated for this award was a great honor. Artfully Yours, Lily
Lilith's ArtPrize Entries
These are Lilith's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Lilith's Past Work
These are images of past work that Lilith has done.