Meg Lyding is a visual artist and musician who makes work about intimacy, vulnerability, and connection with interest in the therapeutic benefit and social impact of creative expression. Her multi-disciplinary practice results in projects that speak through a combination of photography, video, music, and essay.
Meg received her MFA in photography from The New School's Parsons School of Design. Her art work has been exhibited in New York City at the Aronson Gallery, United Photo Industries, and Photoville Festival, and internationally at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, the Head-On Photography Festival in Sydney, Australia, and the Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad, India. In 2014, her work was included in a photography and poetry book, Love + Lust, published by Open to Interpretation.
As a musician, Meg was a co-writer on a 2020 Grammy Award winning music therapy-based children's album and wrote a children's choral piece that premiered at Radio City Music Hall. For the film short Concrete Hearts of Manhattan: Share Your Love Story, filmed by William Heuberger, Meg wrote and performed the song Follow Your Heartbeat, which tells the story of her personal journey searching for concrete heart love stories inscribed in the sidewalks of Manhattan for the project Concrete Hearts of Manhattan. Meg is also certified in Integrative Sound and Music through The Open Center in New York City. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, she works therapeutically with sound and music offering regular live events and workshops.
Her academic and personal studies include visual art practices in photography, film and video, drawing, and mixed media; musical studies in composition and production with a focus on voice and piano; creative arts therapy studies in visual art, sound and music, dance and movement, drama, comedic improv, and creative writing; as well as studies in holistic health and nutrition, massage therapy and bodywork, and mindfulness and meditation for adults and children.
In 2019, Meg founded Make a Wave Productions LLC, as a way to integrate her creative and therapeutic endeavors in positive contribution; offering multi-faceted projects and experiences to creatively share our stories and promote compassion and community.
Selected Art Exhibitions
Fifty Years of Inspiration and Impact: The Photographic Legacy of Klaus Schnitzer and His Students, group exhibition, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair State University, respresented by 2 video pieces (catalogue)
Heartstrings, 3 person exhibition, 70 South Gallery, Morristown, NJ, represented by a series of 20 images
Indian Photography Festival, Portrait Finalist, Hyderabad, India, represented by a photographic dyptich
Photoville, Portrait Finalist, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY, represented by a photographic dyptich
Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Finalist, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, festival director Moshe Rosenzveig, represented by a photographic dyptich
Mapping: Borders, Bodies, Memories, Filter Photo Festival, David Weinberg Photography, Chicago Art Expo, Chicago, IL, curated by Paula Tognarelli, represented by a single photographic image
It’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate, group exhibition, United Photo Industries Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Sam Barizlay, represented by a photographic dyptich
2010: MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition, Aronson Gallery, NYC, NY, represented by 2 videos and 8 photographic images (catalogue)
Young Artists Emerging in America, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, curated by Sean Justice, represented by 3 photographic images (catalogue)
Input, Process, Output, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, collaborative project photography & video
Untitled, Gallery 3, NYC, NY, curated by George Pitts and Simone Douglas, represented by a single photographic image
Monclair State University Photography Exhibition, Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ, represented by 3 photographic images
Press & Publications
Fifty Years of Inspiration and Impact: The Photographic Legacy of Klaus Schnitzer and His Students, exhibition catalogue, George Segal Gallery, work write-up included in catalogue essay, artist quote
Mus(ic)ing, creative essay, New York Open Center Blog, Aug. 22
Heartstrings’ at Morristown Gallery: Dancing Flowers, ‘Benign Graffiti, exhibition review, Kevin Coughlin, Feb.6, 2017.
Open to Interpretation: Love + Lust, book of photography, poetry, and prose, represented by photographic diptych
MapQuest, Mapping: Borders, Bodies, Memories, Exhibition Review, Elin Spring Photography Blog, Elin Spring
Interview: Patty Chang, MFA Photo Thesis Exhibition Catalogue, Parsons The New School for Design, August 2010
Young Artists Emerging in America: Place, Body, Technology, Ed. Sean Justice, (Issue 28842, published October 27),Magcloud Publishing, represented by artist statement
Music Technology for Songwriting, co-facilitator, online lecture, Grand Canyon University, AZ
Therapeutic Songwriting for Music Education, co-facilitator, workshop at NJMEA Music Conference, Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ
The Informal Lens, panel discussion w/ exhibition artists, moderated by Ira Black, 70 South Gallery, Morristown, NJ
Artist Talk, presented at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Artist Talk, presented at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Input, Process, Output, presented at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, collaborative project
Sound & Music: Recording & Performance
2014 – Present
Sound Therapy Live Events and Workshops, formerly or currently held at: The Valley Om in Easton, PA, Prana Yoga Center in Denville, NJ, The Yoga Loft in Bethlehem, PA, Awakening Point in Hackettstown, NJ, Honor Yoga in Washington, NJ, Breathing Room Center in Blairstown, NJ, 70 South Gallery in Morristown, NJ, Women’s Wellness Reatreat at Crossroads Retreat Center in Port Murray, NJ, StillPoint Yoga Studio in Blairstown, NJ, Prana for Peace Healing Arts Center in Stillwater, NJ, Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy, NJ, Yoga House in Stroudsburg, PA, Studio Vitality in Andover, NJ, Sunrise Studio in Branchville, NJ, River’s Edge Yoga in Boonton, NJ, Yoga Loka in Frenchtown, NJ, Madison Community House in Madison, NJ, eZential Wellness in Bridgewater, NJ, Union Congregational Church in Montclair, NJ, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Metuchen, NJ, Memorial Hall in Livingston, NJ, Wicked Good Yoga in Wiscasset, ME
Ageless Songs for the Child Archetype, co-writer on Grammy award winner music therapy-based children’s album by Jon Samson
Gift of the Present, songwriter, a ccappella choir piece, premiered at Radio City Music Hall, performed by Memorial Junior School Choir, Whippany, NJ, choir director, Dr. Raymond Uy
Humming Song, songwriter and producer, new age music single
Out There, co-writer and producer, indie rock music single
Follow Your Heartbeat, songwriter and producer, jazz rock music single for the project: Concrete Hearts of Manhattan
Songs for Sisters and Brothers, back-up vocalist and additional arrangements on children’s music album by Vered Benhorin