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, philip morris headquarters, sas institute, the federal reserve bank and others. ruth is inspired by environments where she can observe. these include the amazing everglades, wetlands, rivers, the congaree, national parks and forests, vieques, cumberland island and more. she uses a vocabulary of images to symbolize her thoughts on the threats to these environments, places of wonder. for ruth, a dominant challenge is to transform thoughts into transcendental metaphors that illuminate the tensions and connections between the internal and external landscape. 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.