ruth ava lyons was born in cleveland, ohio and holds degrees from kent state university and cranbrook academy of art. she is a fulbright fellowship recipient and has taught at several colleges and universities. ruth has received several grants, awards, and residencies and her work can be found in numerous private, corporate, institutional, and museum collections including the metropolitan museum of art, hearst corporation, bank of america, new orleans museum of art, national museum for women in the arts, sas institute, the federal reserve bank, us dept of interior and others.
ruth creates impressions of the natural world that explore concepts surrounding man’s negative impact on the environment and its possible restoration and renewal. the effects of global warming creating endangered ecosystems and environmental degradation inform the imagery she develops in several series.
these inspirational ecosystems include the everglades, rainforest, amazon, wetlands and many scuba diving underwater locations. her paintings are evidence of her personal search to comprehend universal themes of growth, resistance, and adaptation that she sees in nature, and in her own life.