Calista Lyon

Ruffin Assistant Professor of New Media and Distinguished Artist-in-Residence

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Calista Lyon is an Australian artist and Ruffin Assistant Professor of New Media and Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. She lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia on the ancestral and contemporary territory of the Monacan Indian Nation.

Lyon works in photography’s expanded field utilizing research and image-based strategies to explore dynamics of memory and resistance in the wake of eco-social collapse. She employs multiple modes of knowledge production, drawing from the fields of ethnography and archival practices to create installations, performances and community engaged works that make visible the complexity of ecological destruction, communicate the internalized experience of “ecological grief” and offer reparative forms of existence through artistic inquiry.

She has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, National Association for the Visual Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Regional Art Fund, and the Ohio Arts Council, among others. She has completed residencies and fellowships at Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Virginia; Epicenter, Utah; The Ohio State University, Ohio; Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, California. Her work has been exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australia; Luckman Gallery, California; Barry Art Museum, Virginia; Sydney Museum, Australia; Murray Art Museum Albury, Australia; Beeler Gallery, Ohio and Automat Collective, Pennsylvania, among others.

Lyon received a Diploma of Art in Applied Photography from Melbourne Polytechnic, Australia in 2006. Relocating to the United States she received a BA in Studio Art from California State University, Los Angeles in 2015 and an MFA in Photography from The Ohio State University in 2019.