Solo Exhibitions
2014 “Louisville Portraits and Beyond” Concurrent Solo Show with Lynn Dunbar, Sotheby’s International, Louisville, KY
2013 “Louisville Portraits and Beyond” Concurrent Solo Show with Katrina Del Mar, AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012 “Female Mechanics Calendar: 2007-2009” 180 Degrees Automotive, Phoenix, AZ
“Autobiographies” Concurrent Solo Show with Joel McDonald, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY
2011 “Wendover Vacation” Salvo Collective, Louisville, KY
2009 “New Work” The Green Building Gallery, Louisville, KY
2008 “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” Luscious Garage, San Francisco, CA
2007 “Shooting Moby Dick At Night (Searching for the Great White Whale…)” Cochenour Gallery, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
2007 “Female Mechanics Calendar, Shooting Moby Dick at Night, Louisville Portraits and Spaces” Zephyr Gallery, Louisville KY
2005 “Louisville Portraits” The Atomic Saucer, Louisville, KY
2004 “where are you going, where have we been?” Artswatch, Louisville, KY
Group Exhibitions
2016 “A Celebration of the Speed Collection” The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
2015 “Half Empty Half Full” Art Market Provincetown, Provincetown, MA
“Female Icons and Identity” The Green Building Gallery, Louisville, KY
2014 “Währinger Frauenweg” Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark, Vienna, Austria
“Inhabited Gardens: Art from Kentucky” Ascent Private Capital Management, Cincinnati, OH
2013 “Welcome Neighbors: Art from NuLu” The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
“El Campo de Mañana pt. II” Land of Tomorrow, Louisville, KY
“Let’s talk about love baby” iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN
“Women Work” Weber Gallery, Louisville, KY
“OFF-SHOOT: Serial Explorations” 21c Museum, Cincinnati, OH
2012 “Young Country” Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
“Retrospect” Cressman Center Gallery, Louisville, KY
2011 “Young Country” Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
“Being and Making: Artists Investigating Identity” The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
“Summer Heat” Land of Tomorrow, Louisville, KY
“Young Country” Quonsethut, Louisville, KY
“Brothers and Sisters” Weber Gallery, Louisville, KY
2010 “Photography Invitational Exhibit” Wyatt Center for the Arts, Louisville, KY
“Louisville is the Land of Tomorrow” Land of Tomorrow (LOT), Louisville, KY
“On 2 Wheels: San Francisco Motorcyclists at Work, School and Play” City College, San Francisco, CA
“What Would the Community Think?” The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
2009 “50 States Project”
“Twist of the Wrist” The Arctic Ice Building, Louisville, KY
“The Wind in Your Hair” The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
“Holler!” Kinship Gallery, Louisville, KY
2008 “Weight of the World” Reed Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2007 “Roar Shock” Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY
“2007 DePauw Biennial” Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
2006 “New Kids on the Block” Butcher Block Gallery, Louisville, KY
“Nowhere” New Center for Contemporary Art, Louisville, KY
“Maiza Hixson, Sarah Lyon, Cynthia Norton” Galerie Steniek, Vienna, Austria
2005 “small works” Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY
“Nowhere” Galerie Eugen Lendl, Graz, Austria
“Video Shopping Cart” Arts Electronic, Louisville, KY
2004 “Photographic Landscapes” Arts Electronic, Louisville, KY
“Celebrating Women” International Convention Center, Louisville, KY
Annual Group Exhibition for Swanson Reed Contemporary, Actors Theatre, Louisville, KY
2003 “Yesterday Today Tomorrow (Repeat)” Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY
“Seeing Is Believing” Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY
“Shooting at 1st and Oak” Oak St. Gallery, Louisville, KY
Grants and Awards
2015 A-Z West Wagon Station Encampment Residency, Joshua Tree, CA
ArtPlace America/Creative Innovation Zone, Artist as Civic Innovator Grant
2010 Creative Capital Professional Development Program
Summer Residency Program, The Kentucky Foundation for Women
2005 The Kentucky Foundation for Women Network Partnership Funds
2004 The Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant
The Kentucky Arts Council Individual Artist Professional Development Grant
2002 The Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant
Teaching and Lecture Experience
2015 “Motorcycle Mechanics Workshop for Women” YouthBuild Smoketown Summer Workshop, Louisville, KY
2012 “Urban Cowgirls” Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
“Food for Thought After Dark” Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY
2007-11 Adjunct Photography Instructor, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY
2009 “Artist Dialogues” The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
“Finding Female Mechanics: A Three Year Journey.” The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
2007 “Female Mechanics Calendar Project Presentation.” Women and Work Seminar, Centre College, Danville, KY
“Shooting Moby Dick at Night: Searching for the Great White Whale.” Cochenour Gallery, Georgetown, KY
Public Collections
21C Museum, Louisville, KY
The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Photographic Archives, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Tradeswomen’s Archive, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA
Mazer Lesbian and Feminist Archive, West Hollywood, CA
City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2000 BFA, Miami University of Ohio

Sarah Lyon (b. 1978) is a Louisville-based artist and fine art photographer. Her work incorporates color and black and white photography, book making, drawing, sculpture, and installation.

From 2007-2009, Sarah produced the Female Mechanics Calendar, full-color wall calendars showcasing women mechanics working in their shop environments. Inspired by Sarah’s own experiences as a mechanic and carpenter, the project challenges the stereotype perpetuated by typical tool-girl pinup calendars while giving visibility to women who work in non-traditional fields. For three years Sarah traveled around the country alone on her 1970’s Yamaha and BMW motorcycles photographing and interviewing mechanics she found through research and word-of-mouth. The calendars feature all types of women mechanics, including automobile, bicycle, motorcycle, jet aircraft, marine, hot rod, helicopter, diesel, and hybrid.

Sarah’s photography has been described as “striking and lush to stripped and raw.” Her images often focus on places that could quickly be seen and forgotten in their mundanity. Using available light and color film, she calls attention to liminal zones by isolating them and then steeping them in a context that gives them texture and depth. In a series documenting a family-run seafood chain, Sarah captures the restaurant Moby Dick at night, displaying transparency prints in white wooden boxes that glow from within. Another body of work is inspired by exploring empty spaces on the pages from a book map of the mid-western city where she grew up. Sarah brings friends on adventures to where the roads end, shooting their portraits along the way.

Sarah has exhibited in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces in Louisville, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Provincetown, Vienna, and Moscow. Her work is included in the collections of the Speed Art Museum, 21C Museum, City College of San Francisco, the Mazer Lesbian and Feminist Archive in West Hollywood, the Tradeswomen’s Archive at California State University, and the Photographic Archives of the Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville. She has received grants and support from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Arts Council, Creative Capital Professional Development and IDEAS 40203.

Sarah’s artwork and freelance photography is published in Esquire, Hutch, Trespass, Louisville Magazine, BMW Owners News, Truckers News, Road King, Time Out New York, The Guardian, SF Weekly, You Magazine, the New York Post, and Curve Magazine.

Non-traditional and conventional jobs which have influenced Sarah’s art-making include work as a trim carpenter, motorcycle mechanic, home renovator, sculptor’s assistant, lumberjack, film stills photographer, university photography instructor, band roadie, art preparator, and photo archivist. She has also played bass and guitar in The Ritchie White Orchestra, a Los Angeles/Louisville based punk band.