Colin Lyons was born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1985, and grew up in Petrolia, “Canada’s original oil boomtown;” his years there have fueled his interests in industrial ruins and sacrificial landscapes. Lyons received his BFA from Mount Allison University and MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta. His recent work fuses printmaking, sculpture, and chemical experiments. He explores industry through the lens of fragility and impermanence, considering planned obsolescence and the nature of what we choose to preserve. Recent projects have been presented at Platform Stockholm, The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), SPACES (Cleveland), CIRCA (Montreal), Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (Dawson City, Yukon), Centre (Hamilton, Ontario), and aceartinc. (Winnipeg). He has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Colin Lyons was featured in Canadian Art’s “10 Artists Who Arte Reinventing History.” He currently lives in Binghamton, New York, where he is an assistant professor at Binghamton University (SUNY).
Learn more about Conrad's fellowship in the interview below.