Robert F. Lyon was born and raised in Queens, New York. He received a BA degree in Studio Art and Art Education from the College of New Jersey, Trenton, New Jersey. In 1977 he was awarded the MFA degree with a concentration in ceramics and glass from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he studied with Robert Winokur, Rudy Staffel, Italo Scanga, and Jon Clark. He joined the faculty of the School of Art at Louisiana State University in 1978 where he taught ceramics, glass and sculpture for seventeen years. In 1997 he was named Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina. In 2002 Professor Lyon relinquished his position as Chair, and taught sculpture. He has since retired from teaching, and is now a full-time studio artist. Robert Lyon has been the recipient of several awards and grants, which include a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship in sculpture and a Southeastern Artists Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Professor Lyon has been an artist in residence at the International Turning Exchange sponsored by the Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA, Artpark in Lewiston, New York, Sculpture Space, Inc. in Utica, New York, The Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada, and the Kohler Company in Kohler, Wisconsin. He resides and works in South Carolina, along with his wife, painter, Ann Hubbard.

In 2013  he was named an Individual Artist Fellow in Craft by the South Carolina Arts Commission for FY2014.

Robert Lyon’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries. These include:

Momentum Gallery, Asheville, North Carolinia

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida

The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA

The Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

Artpark, Lewiston, New York

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey

Alternative Museum, New York, New York

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC

Greenwich House Pottery, New York, New York

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia

Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA

McIntosh Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Gillman Stein Gallery, Tampa, Florida

Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, Georgia

Galerie Simonne Stern , New Orleans, Louisiana

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida

Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, Indiana

Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota

Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, North Carolina

McKissick Museum, Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina

Robert Lyon is included in Who’s Who in America,

Who’s Who in the South and Southeast, Who’s Who in American Art and

Who’s Who Worldwide.

Robert F. Lyon