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Yuanliang (Leon) Sun

Associate Professor of Art 

M.F.A. in Graphic Design, Michigan State University

B.F.A. in Graphic Design, Eastern Michigan University


R3106 Richmond Center 
(269) 387-2516


413 Park Trades Center

Leon Sun joined the Frostic School of Art in fall 2009. Originally from China, Leon’s work has been deeply rooted in his personal living experience and observations in both Western and Eastern cultures. His main research areas are the hand-crafted experimentation in design methodologies, the exploration of dimensional and spatial design elements, and the use of digital technology as a creative tool and medium for visual communication.

His research projects have been presented and exhibited both nationally and internationally including presentations at AIGA Design Education and the Transnational Terrain Conference in Honolulu, HI, the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago, IL, the Tao International Conference on Sustainable Design Strategies in a Globalization Context in Beijing, China, and exhibitions at the12th Annual International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference in Orem, UT, Atlanta University Center in Atlanta, GA, Duke University's Power Plant Gallery in Durham, NC, and Fort Worth Community Arts Center in Fort Worth, TX.

Leon earned his BFA and MFA degrees at Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University respectively. He has previously taught at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Beijing Institute of Technology.

In the Frostic School of Art Leon teaches design courses including Visual Aesthetics, Visual Systems, Graphic Form, New Media Design, and Graduation Presentation.