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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Lyndon House Arts Center Announces Paula Runyon as Fall Artist in Residence

The Lyndon House Arts Center announces the fall Artist in Residence (AIR), fabric artist Paula Runyon. This year will be the fifth AIR program providing a working artist the opportunity and studio space to dive in and develop a large scale project or full body of work. Previous Artists in Residence have been Zane Cochran, Mo Costello, David Hale, and Brian Hitselberger.

Staff is thrilled to have textile artist Paula Runyon working here at the Lyndon House Arts Center! Her loom is all set-up in the Fiber Studio and she is getting started on her latest weaving project. During her working stay, the public is encouraged to stop and see what Paula is working on.

From the Artist: "Living somewhere between the spheres of sculpture, play, craft and design, my work creates a welcoming space for people to notice and appreciate things from nature they normally would not consider. Most recently - I have begun to think about the importance of childhood, magical thinking and what it means to imbue something inanimate with life. I have also begun to think about what this connection to nature and materiality in early life can teach us about empathy. I situate these ideas within the framework of domestic space through the use of objects commonly found in the home. My work also explores the viewers relationship to these objects through a sort of fantastical, visceral, awareness.”

Paula Ruth Runyon is a print-maker and textile artist from Jacksonville, Florida. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of North Florida and MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art. She has exhibited throughout the southeastern United States and frequently teaches craft-based workshops as part of her practice. Her work explores using play and experimentation as tools for learning about the natural environment and attempts to enhance the essential connection between people and nature.
Paula will have an Open Studio event Thursday, November 21st at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited view the progress, hear about the work and process from the artist and enjoy a light reception.

For more information, please call 706-613-3623 or visit us at

Lyndon House Arts Center, located at 211 Hoyt St in Athens GA, is a facility of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department and is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriation of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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