Bio

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

2020               

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)

2017                

Heartstrings, 3 person exhibition, 70 South Gallery, Morristown, NJ, represented by a series of 20 images

2015               

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

2013               

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

2010: MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition, Aronson Gallery, NYC, NY, represented by 2 videos and 8 photographic images (catalogue)

2009               

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

2008               

Untitled, Gallery 3, NYC, NY, curated by George Pitts and Simone Douglas, represented by a single photographic image

2006               

Monclair State University Photography Exhibition, Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ, represented by 3 photographic images

Press & Publications

2020               

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

2019               

Mus(ic)ing, creative essay, New York Open Center Blog, Aug. 22

2017               

Heartstrings’ at Morristown Gallery: Dancing Flowers, ‘Benign Graffiti, exhibition review, Kevin Coughlin, Feb.6, 2017.

2014    

Love + Lust Book Review, Amanda Hite-Salvato, Don’t Take Pictures (online magazine, Issue 3, Fall 2014, p37)

Open to Interpretation: Love + Lust, book of photography, poetry, and prose, represented by photographic diptych

2013    

MapQuest, Mapping: Borders, Bodies, Memories, Exhibition Review, Elin Spring Photography Blog, Elin Spring

2010    

Interview: Patty Chang, MFA Photo Thesis Exhibition Catalogue, Parsons The New School for Design, August 2010

2009    

Young Artists Emerging in America: Place, Body, Technology, Ed. Sean Justice, (Issue 28842, published October 27),Magcloud Publishing, represented by artist statement  

Lectures

2020               

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

2017               

The Informal Lens, panel discussion w/ exhibition artists, moderated by Ira Black, 70 South Gallery, Morristown, NJ

2010               

Artist Talk, presented at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

2009               

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

2020               

Ageless Songs for the Child Archetype, co-writer on Grammy award winner music therapy-based children’s album by Jon Samson

2019               

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

2018               

Songs for Sisters and Brothers, back-up vocalist and additional arrangements on children’s music album by Vered Benhorin

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