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Val Lyle

Val Lyle

Val Lyle speaks about public art

December 30, 2019

The AAME Speaker Series presents sculptor Val Lyle Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Cascade Draft House, 828 State Street, Bristol Tennessee.

“The Power of Community-Based Public Art” is the subject of Lyle’s talk which includes a guided behind-the-scenes tour of her large-scale permanent commissioned public artworks in Knoxville, Tennessee, Abingdon, Virginia, Kingsport, Tennessee, and Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia.

Lyle has her master’s in figurative ceramics and studied with acclaimed figurative artists Ethelia Patmagrian and Mark Anderson at Ringling College of Art and Design where she received her BFA during a time when most art schools were focused on post abstract expressionism. Many people know her studio artworks of ceramics and paintings, recent examples of which will be for sale at Cascade.

She has works in museum, corporate and private collections. The Joan Mitchell Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York Artists Space and Penland School of Crafts each awarded her grants and scholarships to continue her work

“I work with communities through listening to craft a time-worthy expression of their story,” says Lyle. “When I started my second company, “Art Now LLC” which is a full-service large-scale public artworks business, everything fell into place.”

This will be a must attend for any organization or group that is considering honoring a person, place or event for future generations. Lyle offers free advice about placement, non-profit status, insurance, hiring fabricators and more.