Lyall Harris is a visual artist, creative and critical writer, and arts educator


Lyall Harris holds a BA in Art History from Northwestern University (Phi Beta Kappa) and an MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing from Mills College as the inaugural graduate in the nation’s first MFA of this kind.

Lyall's artwork has been exhibited in more than one hundred solo and juried group shows and recognized with over twenty awards, including The George Hitchcock Prize for painting from the National Academy Museum, NY, and a Purchase Award in Book Art from the University of Utah for a fifteen-book, site-specific project. Her book art can be found in numerous special collections across the United States such as Yale (Haas Arts Library), Stanford (Green Library), Indiana University (Lilly Library), Smith College (Mortimer Rare Book Room), UC Berkeley (Bancroft Library), UCLA (Arts Library), SCAD (Jen Library), and the University of Washington (Allen Library). Lyall has been the recipient of fellowships at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, NALL Foundation in Vence, France, and San Francisco's Grabhorn Institute. Her artwork has additionally been featured in literary magazines, including La Petite Zine and Generations.

Her award-winning poetry has appeared in The New Guard, The Prose Poem Project, Pure Francis, San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications, and she was a selected BANG! writer in 2016; her creative nonfiction has been featured in The Montréal Review. She is co-founder and co-editor of The Sigh Press literary and art journal in Florence, Italy.

Lyall lives and works in Charlottesville, VA, and Florence, Italy.


Selected upcoming and recent exhibitions:

Meeting Places / Luoghi d'incontro; Collaborative Bookworks by Lyall Harris & Patricia Silva, JMRL, Crozet, VA & San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA (2017)
Passato Prossimo, with Patricia Silva; SRISA Gallery, Florence, Italy (2017)
Book Project International, Atelier Vis-à-Vis, Marseilles, France (2016)
20/20 Vision; Celebrating the Next Generation of Book Artists, San Francisco Center for the Book, CA (2016)
Just One Look, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2016)
The Artist's Book: Where Concept Meets Object, Virginia Arts of the Book Center, Charlottesville, VA (2016)
Ruvidezze, Cartavetra, Florence, Italy (2015)
Book Arts Preview, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH (2015)
Present[ation] Public[ation] Install[ation], University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (2014)
Ideation by Chance, Donna Seager Gallery, Mill Valley, CA (2013)
Cave Paper 2012, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Saint Paul Public Library, Minneapolis, MN (2012)
BiblioTech, SF Public Library, San Francisco, CA (2012)