COA will host a performance artist

BAR HARBOR – Performance, video and installation artist Heather Lyon, a 1999 graduate of Atlantic College, will spend a month working at her alma mater this fall as 2022 COA Kippy Stroud Artist-in-Residence.

Lyon is developing work in the COA’s Ethel H. Blum gallery and in the landscapes of Mount Desert Island in September. She will perform her work and attend a reception on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. on the North Lawn. The event is free and open to the public.

Lyon, a resident of Blue Hill, creates art that is deeply involved with the natural world, said Catherine Clinger, COA Allan Stone Chair in Visual Arts.

“Heather seeks a deepening of the spirit and this pursuit is involved in both the nuance of her performances and the raw objects she creates,” Clinger said. “Heather’s practice operates in the realm of waters and atmosphere of coast and forest, sky and sea; recognizing the cycles of the four seasons, day and night. Moving through real and imaginary landscapes, she becomes an active participant in the vagaries of their light and material environments.

Lyon’s art explores relationships and the ways we negotiate longing, loss, longing and vulnerability, combining his interest in the meaning of materials – ranging from rebar to glitter, milk to ash – and the question of the human body. Her work has recently been exhibited and presented at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Maine Maritime Museum, University of Maine at Orono, Cynthia Winings Gallery, Space Gallery, Zaratan at Lisbon, Portugal, “The Picnic Pavilion”, a parallel project to the 58th Venice Biennale and the National Silk Museum in Tibilisi, Republic of Georgia. She holds BFA and MFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud was an artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and artist promoter. She founded and funded The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, an experimental program for artists working in textiles and other media as well as the Acadia Summer Arts Program, or “Kamp Kippy” as it was more affectionately known, welcoming hundreds of artists and their guests and families for nearly three decades.

To honor Stroud’s legacy and her commitment to the island artists she loved, the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation and COA created a month-long Artist-in-Residence program in 2019 to to carry on the spirit of Camp Kippy and provide the opportunity so precious to Stroud to be in Maine on MDI within an artistic, intellectual and sociable community.

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