Kentucky Documentary Photography Project

Posted on October 10, 2017

I was selected to join a group of photographers in an ongoing project documenting Kentucky. For my first week, I ventured to Hickman and Fulton Counties.

The Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project is the state’s third photographic recording done in 40-year increments.
Taking inspiration from the work of the Farm Security Administration (1935–1943) and building on the success of Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project (1975–1977), The Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project II will go into each of the state’s 120 counties making a contemporary visual record of Kentucky. This will be the third time in an eighty year period that photographers have roamed the state recording the landscape and how Kentuckians live, work and play.





University of Louisville Photographic Archives Solo Exhibition

Posted on September 5, 2017

Photographs by Sarah Lyon

October 5 – December 22, 2017
Recption October 5th, 5-7 PM

University of Louisville
Photographic Archives Gallery
Ekstrom Library, Lower Level

Images: Devils Golf Course Death Valley and Self Portrait, Salt Evaporation Plan Road

Basic Auto Care Clinic Louisville

Posted on July 10, 2017

785 South Shelby Street, Louisville KY 40203
Enter through the garage door on Lampton
$10-$20 pay what you can
RSVP appreciated
All-gender inclusive

Learn the magic of the combustion engine and how the systems of the car work together in a casual, supportive environment. Topics include tools, manuals, maintenance schedules, checking vital fluids, changing an air filter, and the process and materials needed for an oil change. Projected images and actual parts are used for reference with opportunities for questions and participant dialogue throughout. For the hands-on part of the workshop, we will locate and learn to use the jack included with participant’s cars to remove a wheel and replace it with the spare.

This workshop really helped me to move past old insecurities and feel empowered to make better decisions. Sarah did a great job of demystifying the way that engines work and should be maintained and she provided lots of encouragement and guidance as we tried out the skills we were learning on our own vehicles. Not only did Sarah do a great job of sharing technical information and tools, but she created a relaxed, welcoming environment where participants weren’t embarrassed to ask “dumb” questions and could truly learn. I’m so grateful for the opportunity! – Carrie

Women’s Center for Creative Work

Posted on April 16, 2016


This Sunday, April 17, from 2-5pm I’m excited to be teaching a workshop on car maintenance at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles. Basic Car Care and Understanding the Magic of the Combustion Engine is for those who have interest in learning how the different systems of a car work together and practical skills such as how to change a flat tire on the side of the road.

Sunday April 17
Women’s Center for Creative Work
2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, CA

Wagon Station Encampment

Posted on November 1, 2015

In October I had the privilege of participating in a two-week residency at Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment, a part of her Institute for Investigative Living in Joshua Tree, California.  The experience gave me time and space to think about upcoming projects.  It was also an opportunity to learn different ways in which people can live, as conceived by Zittel.  Residents share a communal kitchen, composting toilets, outdoor showers, and work together on her land during what is called the Hour of Power once a day.  I was inspired by meeting like-minded creative people and exploring the vast and varied landscape that surrounds the breathtaking Joshua Tree National Park.


Image: Approaching storm at the Encampment

Motorcycle Mechanics Workshop for Women

Posted on June 15, 2015

July – August 2015
8 sessions, Wednesdays 6pm-8pm

The Smoketown Motorcycle Mechanics Workshop empowers women with basic knowledge and experience of motorcycle mechanics and maintenance. This hands-on weekly class includes maintenance, repair, and service instruction, along with lectures, presentations, and engagement with professionals in the community. Workshop topics include combustion engine design and operation and related vehicle systems such as drive, chassis, and electrical systems. Introduction to various careers and apprenticeships as well as exploring further educational opportunities are an important aspect of the series. Students are given their own set of mechanics tools to use during the course. Upon workshop completion, they will take the tools with them for use in the workforce.

Funded by an ArtPlace America grant for Creative Innovation Zone/IDEAS 40203, partnering with YouthBuild Louisville.

women mechanics workshop tools

Cheyenne YouthBuild Louisville

Changing Speed

Posted on May 27, 2013

Welcome Neighbors: Art from NuLu

A group exhibition curated by Daniel Pfalzgraf at the Speed Museum satellite location

Opening reception June 7
822 East Market Street
Open Thursday-Friday 5p-8p and Saturday 11a-3p


Catherine Irwin for Thrill Jockey Records

Posted on May 12, 2012

A few favorites from photographing Catherine Irwin for the promotion of her new solo album, “Little Heater,” to be released this fall on Thrill Jockey Records.

LVAA Food For Thought: After Dark

Posted on February 20, 2012

Friday, February 24
8 p.m.
Salvo Collective
216 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY

This month’s Food For Thought: After Dark features photographer Sarah Lyon. Food and cocktail samples will be provided by Garage Bar, wine samples by Taste Fine Wine and Spirits, desserts by Please and Thank You and special gift from Peace of the Earth. Reservations are suggested and admission is $10.

The Louisville Visual Arts Association’s Food for Thought After Dark program brings an insider’s view on visual art to the community. This monthly event takes place at various locations in the community during the evening hours. Each month, you have the opportunity to experience an intimate discussion with a select local artist while enjoying local food and beverages from restaurants and business specific to the neighborhood where the event takes place.

Limited ticket availability-Admission costs are $10; call Keith Waits at 502.896.2146 x 100 to get your ticket today, or pay at the door.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIES opening January 6, 2012

Posted on December 29, 2011



5 TO 9PM


Hours 11am to 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday

Artists Joel McDonald and Sarah Lyon explore the theme of Autobiographies with an amalgam of drawing, photography, and sculpture in a new exhibit at Zephyr Gallery from January 6 to February 11, 2012.

Magic plays a role in both artists’ work in this concurrent solo exhibition.  Sarah creates a 9-ft wall sculpture purging her of the need to make art, while Joel plays off the fictional Necronomicon to question who we really are in a triptych composed of large drawings, altars, Canopic jars, and a plant.  Upstairs in the gallery, Sarah’s stark color photographs depict recent places she’s been, in a domestic setting and in the landscape.  On the first floor, Joel’s brainstorms in ink and acrylic show what happens when you brood.

“My main theme is autobiography and identity through fiction.  The story we create that defines us, how we view reality, and how we interact with the world.”   — Joel McDonald

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