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Lyn Godley
Worked at Philadelphia University
Attended Ohio State University
Lives in United States
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  • Philadelphia University
    Associate Professor of Industrial Design
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Public and installation artist specializing in light
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Although Lyn Godley studied fine art while in college, she spent the next 30 years working as a designer, bringing form and beauty to functional objects. Her work has crossed the borders of interiors, product, furniture, lighting, and jewelry. Her designs, done both individually and as partner of Godley-Schwan (1984-1998) with the late Lloyd Schwan, have been exhibited internationally. The Crinkle Lamp, the last piece designed jointly by Godley-Schwan, was accepted into the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1998. Their work is also in numerous public and private collections.

Of all of her design work, it is lighting that captured her soul and on which she has focused for the last two decades. From chandeliers to full-scale illuminated evening gowns she has explored a wide range of light sources and effects. NYC’s Jewish Museum commissioned Lyn in 2003 to produce an 81-lamp menorah. In 2008 she designed a permanent installation of 7,100 programmable LEDs at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania that continually “draws in light” across the center’s facade.

It was through lighting that she found her way back to art, in the form of drawings threaded with fiber optics. It has been this body of work, merging digital printing, charcoal drawing, and fiber optics that she has primarily focused on since 2009, with the most recent installation a solo exhibit in Germany in 2011.
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  • Ohio State University
    BFA, 1978
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    MFA, 1980
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