Young Country travels to Philadelphia and beyond

Posted on July 11, 2011
Three works from Young CountryRosenwald-Wolf Gallery
333 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
More info: 215 717 6480

July Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10 – 5
Friday: 10 – 4
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Young Country is a traveling exhibition and is organized by the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, in Wilmington, Delaware. The show opened in Louisville at the Quonset Hut and will be traveling to the University of the Arts’ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in Philadelphia from July 6-29, 2011. The exhibition reception in Philadelphia is July 6th and will coincide with a talk by Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, New York.

Utah vacation

Posted on June 18, 2011

En route to Wendover, near Salt Lake City

In May I visited Wendover, Utah to check out an artist residency operated by the Center For Land Use Interpretation (CLUI).  Matt Coolidge, the director of the program, was very helpful in showing me around.  I had a great time exploring, and stayed four days at the Red Garter Casino Hotel in West Wendover, Nevada for 30 bucks a night!

South of Wendover

Bronze Boots included in Young Country group exhibition

Posted on May 16, 2011

Bronze Boots

30,000 Miles

Quonset Hut
599 Rubel Ave, Louisville, KY
May 4 to July 4, 2011

University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
July 8-28, 2011

Curated by Maiza Hixson
An exhibition devoted to rural themes in contemporary art, Young Country specifically examines how artists are re-defining ideas of “country” in America. Addressing how geographic regions shape identity, Young Country features artists who employ rural images and ideas such as horseracing, honkytonks, and homesteading. The exhibition probes our assumptions of taste, class and sophistication, and presents an alternative to common, Hollywood, and cliched portrayals of rural culture.

Remembering artist Stephen Irwin

Posted on January 10, 2011

Stephen in his studio, 2006

Obituary Published in The Courier-Journal, December 29, 2010
Written by Gabriel Wrye

IRWIN, STEPHEN LAWRENCE, born in Vine Grove, KY on September 19, 1959, he lived! Steve-ann, Rustee, Crustee, Craven Morehead, Gingerspice, Pom-Pom, Tanta, artist, raconteur, fabricator, impresario, cool hunter, shopkeeper, botanist, collector, reader, agitator, counselor, mentor, collaborator, brother, son, friend, lover, trouble maker and solver, icon, he was all verb, CREATIVITY, big mouth, bright eyes and rough hands that never stopped making.

Everything he did was art, from Sparks, the revolution that masqueraded as the best bar in town, he owned, to his career as an innovative photo-stylist and commercial designer and his selfless advocacy of the arts and social causes, to his actual art, a ground breaking body of work represented by galleries in New York City, New Orleans, London, Cologne and Louisville, widely collected both regionally and internationally, part of the permanent collection of the Speed Art Museum and 21C and exhibited around the world.

Stephen was an unparalleled Louisville artist who revealed invisible grace in the obscene and mundane, in his city, in his friends and in his world. He gave generously of his experience, time and love, inspiring, encouraging and enabling other artists and the creative life of Louisville. He lived wild, abundant, kinky and original as his fabulous mane of coiled red hair. He was hot and star-like, drawing in bunches of solar systems with his unique gravity; over bright and uncompromising, even burning, illuminating, he transformed any stone lucky enough to find his orbit into a celestial body.

On December 27th at the age of 51, he died. He is missed.

He is survived by a family of friends.

An informal gathering of friends will take place from 4-6 p.m. on January 1, 2011 at Zephyr Gallery, where he was a long time member and an exhibition of work is currently on display. A memorial service will be 4 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Speed Museum on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in honor of Stephen Irwin to New Art Collectors of the Speed Art Museum, 2035 S 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40208-1803.

Creative Capital Professional Development Program

Posted on December 8, 2010

In this photo: Stephen Irwin, Chris Radtke, Lauren Argo, Alice Stites, Cynthia Norton, Stephen Reily, Valerie Sullivan Fuchs, Carlos Gamez de Francisco, Daniel Pfalzgraf, Brad White, Bryce Hudson, Russel Hulsey, Tiffany Carbonneau, Shannon Westerman, Jake Heustis, Leticia Bajuyo, Aron Conaway, Jesse Levesque Bishop, Todd Smith, Anne Peabody, Travis Shaffer, Mary Carothers, Che Rhodes, Sarah Lyon (behind the camera), Letitia Quesenberry, Monica Mahoney, Joyce Ogden

Sarah Lyon, along with 23 other Kentucky artists, was nominated to participate in the nationally renowned Professional Development Program of the Creative Capital Foundation of New York. artwithoutwalls sponsored this weekend-long workshop for visual artists Friday November 19 through Sunday, November 21, 2010. Workshops, presentations, and related activities took place at 21c MuseumHotel (700 West Main Street, Louisville).

Founded in 1999, Creative Capital is a groundbreaking organization that gives substantial grants and guidance to artists pursuing adventurous projects in a range of media and practices. The professional development program, which has been presented in cities all over the United States, is designed to help artists learn how to manage their artistic careers, fund and market their work, communicate effectively, and develop sustainable practices. This is the first time a Creative Capital Professional Development Program has been presented in Kentucky.

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, and Performing and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. In its first decade, Creative Capital has committed more than $20 million in financial and advisory support to 325 projects representing 406 artists, and has reached an additional 3,500 artists through its Professional Development Program. For more information, visit

Bellarmine’s Wyatt Center for the Arts Hosts Photography Exhibit

Posted on November 12, 2010

November 12 to December 12
Wyatt Center for the Arts
Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY
Gallery Hours 8am to 8pm daily

Opening Reception Friday, November 12, 5:30 to 7:30

Bellarmine University will host a photography exhibit featuring several local and regional artists, from November 12 to December 12 in the Wyatt Center for the Arts.

The free exhibit features the work of Michael Brohm, Mitch Eckert, Justin Chase Lane, Sarah Lyon, Jana McNally and Michael Winters. These artists were invited to display their work in Bellarmine’s first-ever Photography Invitational Exhibit.

Sarah Lyon was born in Louisville and received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Miami University of Ohio. Her self-published 2007, 2008 and 2009 “female mechanics” calendars have received great response in the United States and internationally as the first of their kind. Lyon’s “Camera Collection” series is among the work on exhibit at Bellarmine.

Her work has also been published in Esquire, Hutch, Trespass, Sustain, Bejeezus, Truckers News, Urban Moto, BMW Owners News, Curve, Today’s Woman, and Louisville Magazine. Lyon lives and works in Smoketown and taught black and white photography at Bellarmine from 2006 until 2009.

Louisville is the Land of Tomorrow

Posted on October 13, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010
7pm to All Night
233 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40201
In the Saint Francis building, at the corner of 3rd and Broadway

Grand Opening:  Land of Tomorrow Gallery

Land Of Tomorrow

Image: Skate, Robbin's Roost

Louisville is the Land of Tomorrow launches the Louisville space featuring artwork from both emerging and established artists who have experienced the city of Louisville as a childhood home, a place to work and live, or merely as a playground.  Curated by Louisville’s Joey Yates, Louisville is the Land of Tomorrow will showcase artists from a variety of disciplines ranging from painting, photography, print, drawing, sculpture, music and video while tackling a wide range of technical skills and concepts. The show will blend the sensibilities that have nurtured one of the nation’s best skate parks, as well as one the most fertile music scenes in the country. This type of creative productivity has already spread to the visual arts and Land of Tomorrow is delighted to help take the city and its artists swiftly into the future.

Cover Photo, LEO Weekly photography issue, Louisville KY, June 2010

Posted on June 22, 2010

Female Mechanics portrait featured in Simon and Schuster book

Posted on June 1, 2010

Portrait from the 2009 Female Mechanics Calendar featured on the cover of My River Chronicles, by Jessica DuLong.   Published by Simon & Schuster, 2010.

My River Chronicles

Summer Residency Program, June 2010

Posted on May 14, 2010

Sarah Lyon of Louisville will participate in a one-week residency to create a book of photographs and text compiled from her travels documenting and interviewing women mechanics working in their shop environments. Through the community experience, she will share her work and get feedback from other artists who identify as feminist, social change artists.

The Kentucky Foundation for Women:
The mission of the Kentucky Foundation for Women is to promote positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts.

The Hopscotch House Summer Residency Program is a special one or two-week opportunity for up to 10 feminist social change artists, which takes place every year, typically in late June and early July.

Snapshots from my stay at the Hopscotch House: