Heather Lyons has served as Executive Director of the Living Arts & Science Center since 20054. She had previously served as an Artist-in-Residence at the LASC in the early 1990’s and later as the LASC’s Development Director.
Prior to joining the LASC as Executive Director, Heather was Individual Artist Program Director for the Kentucky Arts Council, 2002-2005. In this capacity, she coordinated grant and Fellowship programs for individual artists as well as the Arts Council’s juried and artist marketing programs. Additionally, Heather coordinated special events such as Kentucky’s participation in the five state art exhibit, Thresholds: Expressions of Art & Spiritual Life; the annual Kentucky Visions exhibit held at the Governor’s Mansion; and Kentucky On Stage, a performance showcase and professional development conference.
For more than 10 years, she was a visiting Media Artist-in-Residence (AIR), working with students and teachers in schools and alternative educational facilities primarily for at-risk students in eastern and far-western Kentucky, and in Lexington, to create media arts projects. As AIR at the LASC from 1990 to 1993, she established a Media Arts Center which created opportunities for at-risk and underserved children to identify and tell their own stories. These included In My Neighborhood, elementary school children’s video portrait of their own neighborhood; and other projects on their local history and artists. The Media Art Center also enable students to work with guest artists, and show their video projects at indoor and outdoor film festivals and on TV.
Heather is also an award-winning independent filmmaker whose last documentary, A Lasting Thing for the World, The Photography of Doris Ulmann was broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television in 2002. Her previous films, M & M Smith: For Posterity’s Sake was broadcast nationally on PBS, and screened at numerous museums and festivals across the country. Her other documentary films include award-winning documentaries James Still’s River of Earth; Laura Clay: Voice of Change; and Imani.
Heather is the recipient of a Kentucky Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship and has served numerous times as a funding panelist and consultant for local, regional and national organizations and agencies such as the Independent Television Service (ITVS), the Southern Humanities Media Fund, Kentucky Educational Television, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
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