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Joanne Lyons

Joanne Lyons' diverse art practice includes drawing, painting, photography, video, and mixed-media installation. Lyons received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and continues to live and work in Saskatoon. She has exhibited nationally in solo and group shows, including a recent three-person exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery, and her work can be found in both public and private collections. Delicate and ethereal, Lyons’ work focuses on the challenge of giving concrete expression to subjects that are often transient and intangible.

Curriculum Vitae

Education / Professional Development

Master of Fine Arts, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 2006 - 2008
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Distinction, Distinguished Exhibition Award, University of
Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 1995
Sessional instructor, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 2008 - 2009
Presenter, Carfac Saskatchewan 20th Anniversary Symposium, Saskatoon, 2003
Banff Centre Curatorial Symposium, Obsession, Compulsion, Collection, 2003
Artists by Artists Mentorship Program, Mendel Art Gallery, mentor, 2002 - 2003
Steering committee, Paved Art and New Media, 2002
Board of Directors, Video Verite Artist Run Centre, 1994-97, Chair 1995-96

Solo Exhibitions

2016 - Shadow Dance,The Gallery/Art Placement Inc, Saskatoon, SK
2010 - Corridor, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK
2008 - Corridor, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2006 - Spectre, The Odd Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon
2006 - Spectre, Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario
2005 - Spectre, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta
2001 - Look At Me, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK
2000 - The Dress Event, AKA Gallery Member's Space, Saskatoon, SK
2000 - from inns of molten blue, Chapel Gallery, North Battleford, SK
1999 - from inns of molten blue, The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1995 - Centre Pieces, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

Two and Three Person Exhibitions

2011 - Wonderment/ Joseph Anderson, Fiona Kinsella, Joanne Lyons, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2004 - Spectre/ Joanne Lyons and Terry Billings, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2003 - Artists by Artists, Joanne Lyons and Wendy Weseen, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 - Bliss: Gardens Real and Imagined, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON
2014 - A Show About Nothing, SCC Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2013 - Surround Sound, PAVED Art and New Media with Saskatoon Symphony
2012 - ArtWalk, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2012 - Spiraling Forces, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2010 - This Train, Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2010 - Persistent Histories, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2009 - Institutionalized, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2008 - The Pale Blue Dot, Art Gallery of Regina, SK
2008 - Line-Up, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2008 - 2007 Forest for the Trees, touring exhibition, international
2007 - 5 x 7, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2005 - Chasing Amnesia, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2003 - Mayworks, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2002 - S.P.A.S.M. Public Art Project, Saskatoon, SK
2000-2001 - Viewing Distance, touring exhibition, Saskatchewan
2000 - Utopia and Personal Desires, The Little Gallery, Prince Albert, SK
2000 - Objects and Images, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2000 - Member's Screening, FilmCan Festival
2000 - Reel Revel, SMPIA Screening, Saskatoon, SK
1994 - Women Sharing Vision, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

Awards and Grants

University of Saskatchewan, Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2006 - 2008
Saskatchewan Arts Board, Visual Art, Creative Independent Artist Grant, 2012, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1996, 1994
Saskatchewan Arts Board, Travel Grant, 2005
Video Verite Media Centre, Production Assistance, 1998, 1994


Remai Modern Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan, Permanent Collection, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Numerous private collections

Articles / Reviews

Aubrey, Kim, At the Bottom of Memory, Numero Cinq Magazine, Vol 111, No 27, November 2012
Hamilton Arts and Letters, video: Play Things, issue 5.2 Fall/Winter 2012-13
Day, Marsha, New Mendel exhibit serves up cakes, revulsion, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Feb 9, 2011
Gazzola, Bart, Bewildering Beauty: Mendel exhibit blends lines between reality and fantasy, Planet S, March 24 - April 6, 2011
Thomas, Megan, Exhibition Brings 'Wonderment' to Mendel, Verb, Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2011
Higgings, Mandy, A corridor "from the outside world into a fanciful world of light", Moose Jaw Times Herald, November 7, 2009
Shaw Cable Television, Moose Jaw, interview on local station November to January
Bouchard, Gilbert A., Photographer finds potential in mannequins' 'emptiness', Edmonton Journal, Oct 28, 2005
Badzac, Alexandra and Dan Ring, Spectre catalogue, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, 2004
Beatty, Greg, "SPASM", (article) Artichoke, Fall/Winter 2002, vol. 14, no.3
Caughlin, Mark, "This artist's dresses are best when off the rack", (review) Moose Jaw Times Herald, January 26, 2001
Duvall, Linda, "Home Fires Burning", (article) New West Review, Saskatoon, 27, 1, 2002
Marzolf, Helen, "Invasion of the It Grrrls" (unpublished essay), 2004
Robertson, Sheila, "Once-forlorn dresses invited to the dance" (review) Saskatoon Star Phoenix, September 2, 2000.
Robertson, Sheila, "Artist plays with potently feminine images", Saskatoon Star Phoenix, November 6, 1999
Walter, Joyce, "Satin and lace, velvet and tulle exhibit begs to be touched", (review) Moose Jaw Times Herald, February 6, 2001,
Walter, Joyce, "Collection of fancy dresses becomes performance art", Moose Jaw Times Herald, September 26, 2000
Warren, Dianne, "What the Male Gaze Cannot See", Interplay, Vol 2 No 2, Dec 1999


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