Lyn Godley


Contact Information

lyn@lyngodley.com

Phone: 610-703-3218

http://www.lyngodley.com/

3502 Scotts Lane, Studio 1001 Philadelphia, PA 19129

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Drawing/Mixed Media/Lighting/Sculpture & 3D/

Artist's Biography

Lyn Godley began her career in Fine Arts, and then spent 25 years working as a designer, bringing form and beauty to functional objects. Her work, done both individually and as a partner of Godley-Schwan (1984-1998) has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous public and private collections.

Of all of her work, it is lighting that captured her soul. From chandeliers to full-scale illuminated evening gowns she has explored a wide range of light sources and effects. It was through lighting that she found her way back to Art, in the form of drawings threaded with fiber optics. Her research on the healing abilities of specific light wavelengths together with nature-base imagery has driven much of her fiber optic work. She is also regularly chosen for public art projects that explore the intersection of Light+Art in public spaces.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2014
Behind the Veil, Gallery at International House, Philadelphia, PA

Lyn Godley: Light and Art, Freyberger Gallery, Reading, PA

2013
InFlight, Le Meridian Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

2011
In Flight, Gallery 68, Cologne, Germany

2010
Lyn Godley, Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA

2009
Lyn Godley, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

2004
Playing the Field, Retrospective of Godley-Schwan (Lyn Godley & Lloyd Schwan), The Design Center, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2015
Mindful, Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA
Invitational

Simulate/Permeate, Rowan Gallery, Glassboro, NJ
Invitational

2014
Artprize, "WaterWall," Gerald Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

2012
Design Lab: Fusion of Science & Style, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia PA

2010
More Serious Business, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA

Nature with a Twist, Freedman Gallery, Reading, PA

Seeing Voices: The Visual Voice, Rutgers Gallery, Camden, NJ

2009
Generations, Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

2004
Collective Perspectives: New Acquisitions, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

2003
US Design 1975-2000, American Craft Museum, New York, NY

Transformations: New International Design, Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

Simple + Direct: An Investigation in Furniture Design, Design Center, Philadelphia PA

2002
Defining Craft I: Collecting for the New Millennium, Davenport Art Museum, Davenport, IA

2000
Light X Eight, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

Defining Design, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
(catalog)

1993
American Design Exhibit, Venice Biennale, Venice Italy

1991
Salone de Mobili, Milano, Italy

Other
2013, 2014
POST, Philadelphia, PA

2007 and 2012
Sotheby’s 20th Century Design Auctions, NY, NY

Artist's Bibliography

partial list
2015
NAP Connections “Shedding Light on Healing” TV interview. BCTV, Manhattan Cable, Drexel DUTV.

Orton, Maddie “Tech-Based Art Takes Over Rowan University Art Gallery”, NJTV News, January 30, 2015

2014
Becherer, Joseph “Ford Museum presents Technically Impressive Works,” M-Live, September 24, 2014

2013
Sapunar, Dora “Kickstarting Fiber Optic Art”, Metropolis Magazine, October 2013

Brill, Louis “Thought Process: Linear Light for the Creative Arts”, Professional Lighting Design. July 2013

2011
“Ins helle Licht fliegen (Fly into the Bright Light)”, Kolnische Rundschau, October 2011

2010
“More Serious Business” Northhampton Community College, the Morning Call, September 2010

Shira, Ron “Confronting Nature Conceptually, with Innovation at the Freedman Gallery,” Reading Eagle, June 2010

2009
Baker, Maggie “Solid-State offers a New Tool for The Art of Lighting,” Architectural SSL, October2009

2004
Stahl, Julie “Dish; International Design for the Home,” Princeton Architectural Press, 2004

2002
Byers, Mel, The Design Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, Museum of Modern Art, 2002

Miller, Craig, US Design 1975-2000, Denver Art Museum, Prestel Publishing, 2002

“Museum of Modern Art Profile on Terence Riley, Lyn Godley, & Karim Rashid”, U-Way Japan, July 2000

1997
Byers, Mel, 50 Lights, RotoVision, 1997

Professional Experience

2011 - present
Associate Professor, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Guest Faculty, KISD Koln International School of Design, Cologne, Germany

2005
Judge, Collab Student Design Competition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

1998 - present
Owner, Lyn Godley Design Studio, specializing in lighting design/art installations

1997 - 2011
Faculty, Parsons School of Design, New School University, New York, NY

1984 - 1998
Partner, Godley-Schwan, Specializing in furniture and lighting design

Public Art Projects

2015
Light Wrap, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Bethlehem, PA

2014
Finalist, Percent for Art Project, Sugar House Casino, Philadelphia, PA
Pending final decision

Finalist, Philadelphia Family Court Public Art Project, Philadelphia, PA

2013
“Dew-mi O’my,” LVHN – Cedar Crest Hospital, Allentown, PA

2008
LED lighting installation Thought Process, The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

Lectures and Talks

2015
Speaker, "Light in Art," KISDtalk, Koln International School of Design, Cologne, Germany

2014
Presenter, Global Alliance of Arts+Healthcare International Conference, Houston, TX

2009
Lecturer, "Use of LEDs in Art," ArchLED Conference, Chicago, IL

Publications

In Flight, Exhibition Catalog, Sponsored by MultiArt International , Cologne, Germany 2011

2004
Playing The Field: the art + design of Godley-Schwan, Sponsored by the Design Center at Philadelphia University

2000
Defining Craft: Collecting for the New Millennium, Exhibition Catalog, American Craft Museum

Collections

Permanent
2015
Crinkle Lamp, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Miracle Commissioned for Centennial Exhibit, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

2002
Totem Floor Lamp, Otto Cabinet, Design Deptartment, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

2000
Crinkle Lamp, Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY

1998
Crinkle Lamp, Architecture + Design Department, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Private (partial list)
Jenette Kahn, former Pres. of DC Comics, Current President/ CEO of Double Nickel Entertainment
Pedro Almodóvar
Bruce Lewin, Owner of Bruce Lewin Fine Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Steve Shane, Art Collector

Education

1980
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
MFA

1978
Ohio State University
BFA