Crystal Lyon

Artist, Creative Advocate, Project Planner and Project Management.

Crystal Lyon is Central New York-based interdisciplinary artist. She holds an Associate in Graphic Design from Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media Design and Art History from the State University of New York at Cortland in Cortland, New York and a Master of Fine Art in Motion Picture and Television with a concentration in Production Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Crystal has a wide range of creative experience including art video, photography, installation art, painting, traditional and digital illustration, print making, graphic design, film-making, mural design, mixed media, creative writing,project planning and project management, exhibition coordinating and curating.

Crystal is an Adjunct Instructor at Tompkins Cortland Community College specializing as a tutor in digital media and art. She is also House Manager at Cortland Repertory Theatre. Crystal was a vital part of the creative team for the second Cortland Revitalization Grant award of $10 Million as a supporting photographer, location coordinator and consultant in 2017 which led to the approval of the Crown City Artworks Project. As a creative advocate, she has worked closely with the Downtown Revitalization Initiative committee on the Crown City Artworks Project proposal which has been approved by the state of New York in spring 2018. She now serves on the committee for that organization. She continues to work closely with Cortland City officials and organizations along with CNY Arts on the Main Street Revitalization Plan exploring the development of an arts district in the City of Cortland with the assistance of The Lakota Group. 

Crystal shares a studio space at the historical Cortland Corset Building at 75 East Court Street in Cortland, New York. There, one can see an example of her public artwork in the form of a 42-foot mural titled “Grace” that celebrates the building’s history and its entrepreneurial creative present. The Cortland Corset Company Mural and Restoration Project was funded through a CNY Arts Decentralized Grant for Individual Artists working in Cortland County for 2018 and through a local crowdfunding effort. This project was intended to engage the community by getting them involved in revitalizing and inspiring the city through the creation of art and exploring historical themes through the lens of the present. The mural was unveiled during the Cortland Corset Building Showcase September 29th, 2018, a free event that included activities from the diverse businesses within the building, musical performance, tastings from visiting vendors, and the Cortland Creative Collection an art exhibition which Crystal coordinated and curated. 

Crystal has introduced something new for the winter months at her studio: Sketchin’ Sessions, an open drawing group that invites people to come explore technique or share works in progress to build support and community among the creatives, currently held on the first Monday of every month. 

  • Recent and current personal projects include:  

    • Writing and illustrating fantasy novel inspired by participation in NaNoWriMo

    • Steampunk Historical Fantasy: Projection Art 2019

    • Assisting with Tompkins Cortland Community College Art Literary publication 2nd issue of Ke’lab 2019  

    • Exhibition Coordinator and Curator for Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown Winter Visual Art Gallery 2019  

    • Event Co-coordinator Cortland Corset Building Showcase 2018 

    • Exhibition Coordinator, Curator and Juror for Cortland Creative Collective Art Exhibition 2018  

    • Artist and Project Manager of the Cortland Corset Company Mural and Restoration Project 2018  

    • People's Choice for Best Artist at the Cortland Arts and Wine Festival 2016, 2017  

  • Recent training includes: 

    • One Fantastic Workshop 2018 for creative professional development