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 Collection libraries across the United States, among these at Yale (Haas Arts Library), Stanford (Green Library), Indiana University (Lilly Library), Smith College (Mortimer Rare Book Collection), UC Berkeley (Bancroft Library), UC Santa Cruz (McHenry Library), UCLA (Arts Library), SCAD (Jen Library), and the University of Washington (Allen Library). Her painting has been in exhibitions across the US and in Italy and France in venues such as Purdue University, Creative Arts Workshop, National Art League, National Academy Museum, Maryland Federation of Art, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, City College of San Francisco, Cartavetra, Atelier Vis à Vis, and many others. 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, Plain China, and Generations.
Her poetry has appeared in such publications as The New Guard, The Prose Poem Project, Pure Francis, and San Francisco Bay Guardian, and her creative nonfiction has been featured in The Montréal Review. She was a selected BANG! writer in 2016. Her writing has been a finalist in numerous writing contests, including The Bunchgrass Poetry Prize, The Briar Cliff Review Poetry Contest, The River Styx International Poetry Contest, The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, and Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Award; she received the Honorable Mention for the Mary Merritt Henry Prize in Poetry. She is co-founder and co-editor of The Sigh Press literary and art journal in Florence, Italy.
Themes in Harris’ work include motherhood, immigration, marriage and family history. She now lives and works in Charlottesville, VA, after 30 years on other coasts and continents.
Selected upcoming and recent exhibitions:
Winter Flame, Book Art at Barrister Books, Staunton, VA (2017)
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)
Books in the Wild, an interview with Keri Schroeder
Take Back, a radio interview with Barbara McVeigh (June 13, 2017)