About Leslie Lyons

Leslie Lyons is a contemporary artist exploring identity, social behavior and culture. Her public engagement projects have been commissioned and presented by the Art Directors Club in NY, 21c Museum, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation and during visual arts festivals. Going off the grid in 2008, Leslie wrote a memoir about growing up in a football family - her father and brother both played in the NFL. Called TRUE BLUE: The Dicky Lyons Football Legacy at the University of Kentucky the book is dedicated to the life and loving memory of her grandmother. Leslie is also the Creative Director at Moving the Needle boutique agency and production company; a collective of visual, graphic and video artists.

On Dana Schutz and the Culture of America

Photo: Open Casket, Dana Schutz By Leslie Lyons  Does any one of us ever really know another person? Whether through intimacy or the social construct of a justice system, can the motivation of any one living soul really ...
Beyonce performs at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Higher Ground

By Leslie Lyons This is all so unnecessarily complicated. How we live as a people together; how we live as women, how we live as men, how we raise our children and how we are inspired by chosen leaders, heroes … <...

2016 With A Bullet

By Leslie Lyons My hero is and always will be Muhammad Ali. For all the obvious reasons, yes, but also because I am from Louisville, KY, and my father was a Golden Gloves champion at age 17, training with Joe …

Praise Song for Another Day

By Leslie Lyons Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each others eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. Seven years ago this month, Barack Obama was sworn into office escorted by the hum...

Hold the Bankers Accountable

By Leslie Lyons ‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power’ — Abraham Lincoln I was born in Kentucky, a fact that I put forth not as a disclaimer for …
Photo and graphic by Micaela Adams

Embracing Freedom: We Dream Too

By Leslie Lyons I am a White mother and spend a fair amount of time at playgrounds in New York City. In fact, friends are pretty much in awe that no matter where I am in at least two boroughs …