Artist Statement

As an artist and lighting designer, my work explores the relationship between art and technology, as well as investigating the impact on the viewer or user. Merging a wide range of types of lighting and materials that interact with light, I create layered environments that play with themes of interactive observation, movement and user-behavior.


Lighting brings magic to any environment, energizing space with color, movement. It transforms the ordinary into the spectacular. Most lighting designers focus on nighttime lighting alone. Using light not only at night but also during the day through reflective materials, manipulation of sunlight and shadow, my studio designs for environments that speak poetically 24/7.


We design for the human experience in a space; how does the flow of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian interact with a public art piece? How does the work dialogue rather than compete with the architecture, the character, or the functionality of the environment?


We play with interactive environments both with technology and materials. Using materials that shift, such as dichroic films that change color as the viewer moves past, or reflective surfaces that change as light moves across the surface, teamed with lighting applications that change in color and movement through solid-state technology or applications of video projection.


My work with light for large public spaces has allowed me to investigate cutting edge lighting applications from programmable LEDs to large format video applications and projection. Interactive capabilities allow the viewer to take part in the work, in ways that range for simply creating change by moving past the work to actively participating in the experience.


We have also explored the therapeutic applications of light. Using the same light wavelengths as used in light therapy, and nature based imagery used in arts therapy, large-scale 2-dimensional pieces pieces both calm and provoke. During a solo exhibit of my fiber-optic work in Cologne, Germany the curator witnessed many viewers sit down in the gallery for up to three hours and return multiple times to do the same. They did not want to talk to each other, or the curator; they just wanted to be there, sitting quietly with the work.


The calming physiological effect on the audience was unexpected, and I spent the next year researching to find a reason. I found the healing capabilities that exposure to images of nature, natural fractals, and repeated pattern has in reducing stress in the viewer, and improve overall health. We also found that particular wavelengths of light result in reduction of stress and actually calming of the body on a physiological level. New studies in the field of Neuroaesthetics are also showing how exposure to “beauty” specific to artwork has positive benefits on the brain.


We have the ability to create interactive engagement with multi-sensory components, incorporating light to create environments with the potential to calm, relieve, and heal. In public settings where the pace is fast, and stress is amplified, the choice for artwork that can help to reduce these feelings becomes important.



Lyn Godley began her career in Fine Arts, then spent 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 twenty-five years. 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, pastel drawing, and fiber optics that led her to research the healing abilities of particular light wavelengths and nature-base imagery which has driven much of her fiber optic work. She is also regularly chosen for public art projects that explore the intersection of Light and Art in public spaces, most recently the Percent for Art commission for the Public Art at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia set to install in late Fall 2015.


In addition to her studio work, she is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Philadelphia University.



Born: Oberlin, Ohio 1956 Education: MFA – University of Wisconsin-Madison 1980 BFA – Ohio State University 1978 Career Related Experience: 1998-present – Owner of Lyn Godley Design Studio, specializing in lighting design and art installations. Opened new studio in Philadelphia summer 2013. 2011-2015 – Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Philadelphia University. 2004-2010 – Assistant Professor, Foundation Design, Product Design, Kutztown University, PA 1997-2011 – Faculty, Product Design, Parsons School of Design, New School University, NYC. 1984-1998 – Partner of Godley-Schwan, design team of Lyn Godley + Lloyd Schwan. Specializing in furniture and lighting design. Solo Exhibitions: 2014 Behind the Veil, Solo Exhibit, Gallery at International House Philadelphia Lyn Godley: Light and Art, Solo Exhibit, Freyberger Gallery, PennState Berks Campus POST, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA 2013 Le Meridian Hotel, partial “InFlight” installation, Philadelphia, PA. 2011 In Flight, Solo Exhibit At Gallery 68, Cologne, Germany. Curated by Linde Trottenberg + MultiArt International. Full Color Catalog. 2010 Lyn Godley, Solo Exhibit at Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA. 2009 Lyn Godley - Solo exhibit, Main floor Gallery, Goggleworks, Reading, PA 2008 Thought Process, permanent LED lighting installation, The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Commissioned by Albert Boscov + Our City ReadingReading, PA. 2005 Britten’s Orchestra, Co-Art Director/Lighting Designer w/ Doug Fitch, U of MD. 2004 Playing the Field, Retrospective of Godley-Schwan (Lyn Godley & Lloyd Schwan), Curated by Hilary Jay, The Design Center, Philadelphia University. Sponsored by Strawbridge’s+Hecht’s, Wilsonart .Full Color Catalog. 1993 New Work by Godley-Schwan (Lyn Godley & Lloyd Schwan), Curated by Simon Doonan, Barney’s NY Windows. Lights by Lyn Godley, Bergdorf Goodman Windows, NYC. Lyn Godley & Lloyd Schwan, Curated by Gerard Dalmon and Pierre Staudenmeyer, Neotu Gallery, NYC. Selected Group Exhibitions: 2015 Mindful, Invitational Group Show, Society for Contemporary Crafts, September- November, Pittsburgh, PA. Enveloped, Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, Artprize, GrandRapids, MI Simulate/Permeate, Invitational Group Show, Rowan University Gallery, January-March, Glassboro, NJ 2014 WaterWall, Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, Artprize, GrandRapids, MI 2012 Design Lab: Fusion of Science & Style, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. 2010 More Serious Business, Group show, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. Nature with a Twist, Invitational Show, Curated by Michael Howell, The Freedman Gallery, Albright University, Reading, PA. Seeing Voices: The Visual Voice, Group Show, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ. 2009 Generations, group show Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown University. Kutztown University Faculty Exhibition, Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown University. 2006 Functional Art, Group show, Eckhaus Gallery, Kutztown, PA. Kutztown University Faculty Exhibition, Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown University. 2005 Philadelphia Re-vis-it-ed Exhibition, Group show, Minima, Philadelphia 2004 Collective Perspectives: New Acquisitions, the Jewish Museum, NYC Kutztown University Faculty Exhibition, Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown University. 2003 US Design 1975-2000, Traveling Exhibition, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and Museum of Art & Design, NYC. Transformations: New International Design, Parsons School of Design, NY, NY. Simple + Direct: An Investigation in Furniture Design, Philadelphia University 2002 US Design 1975-2000, Traveling Exhibition, Curated by Craig Miller, Denver Art Museum. Colorado. Defining Craft I: Collecting for the New Millennium, Davenport Art Museum, Iowa. 2000 Light X Eight, Lighting exhibition, The Jewish Museum, NYC. Takumi’s Studio, World Design City GIFU, Gifu, Japan. Defining Design, Group Show, American Craft Museum, NYC. 1998 Sculptural Furniture, Group Show, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA World Studio Foundation, Silent Auction Donor, Honorary Committee. Hot House, Group Show, Parson’s School of Design, NYC 1994-1998 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, NYC. 1994-1999 Accent on Design, NYC. 1995-1998 Highpoint Furniture Fair, Highpoint, NC. 1995 Cologne Gift Fair, Cologne, Germany. 1993 Group American Design Exhibit, Venice Biennale, Venice Italy 1991 91 Objects by 91 Designers, Gallery 91, NYC. International Furniture Design for the 90’s, Fullscale Gallery, NYC. Salone de Mobili, Milano, Italy. American Design, Zingg-Lamprecht Gallery, Zurich. 1989-1991 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, NYC. 1990 Mondo Materialis, Steelcase Traveling Exhibition. LA, CA. 1986-1990 Accent on Design Show, NYC. 1988 Salone de Mobili, Milano, Italy. Furniture & Counterparts, Gallery 91, NYC. 1987 10th Anniversary Exhibit, Curated by Rick Kaufmann, Art et Industry, NYC. Commissions – Public Art: 2015 Sugar House Casino, “Flow”, Percent for Art Project, Selected from nation-wide search for $600,00 commission. Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Light Wrap, Commissioned permanent lighting installation. Install date August 2015. 2013 Lehigh Valley Health Network – Cedar Crest Campus Hospital, “Dew-mi O’my”, fiber optic artwork, Allentown, PA. 2008 The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, commissioned permanent LED lighting installation “Thought Process” across front façade of building, Reading, PA. Collections – Museums: 2015 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Permanent Collection, Philadelphia PA. Crinkle Lamp. 2014 MUDE Design Museum, Permanent Collection. Lisbon, Portugal. 2003 The Jewish Museum, commissioned menorah Miracle for Centennial Exhibit, NYC. 2002 Denver Art Museum, Design Dept., Denver, CO. Totem Floor Lamp, Otto Cabinet. 2000 Museum of Contemporary Art & Design NYC. Crinkle Lamp. 1998 Museum of Modern Art, Architecture + Design Department Permanent Collection, NYC. Crinkle Lamp. Selected Collections - Private: Jenette Kahn – former Pres. of DC Comics, Current Pres. + CEO of Double Nickel Entertainment; Owns over 24 commissioned pieces. Pedro Almodóvar – Movie director; owner of a limited production run of the Checkers cabinet. Stephen Glassman – Architect, art collector, and head of the PA task force for Human Rights; numerous earlier pieces of Godley-Schwan furniture and tabletop items. Bruce Lewin- Owner of Bruce Lewin Fine Arts Gallery in NYC, President of Continental Host, Purchase of the original IRKLE cabinet licensed by Cappellini, Steve Shane – Art collector; commissioned case goods for his Manhattan residence. Mark Weinstein – Former President of R+R Freelance music promotions; commissioned three entire apartment and furnishing + lighting renovations. Selected Engagements: 2015 Guest Speaker, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA Juror: Annual Student Art Exhibition, Rowan University Gallery, Glassboro, NJ Guest Critic, University of the Arts Industrial Design Capstone Review, Philadelphia, PA Guest on NAP Connections “Shedding Light on Healing”. Televised live hour long interview. Aired on BCTV, Manhattan Cable, and Drexel DUTV. Guest Speaker, Light in Art, KISDtalk, Koln International School of Design, Cologne. 2014 Guest Speaker, International House Philadelphia. Guest Speaker, Parsons the New School for Design, NYC Presenter, Incorporating Light into Art to Create Healing Environments, Global Alliance of Arts+Healthcare International Conference, Houston, TX. Guest Speaker, Community College of Philadelphia, PA. 2012 Juror, Vanity Fare Juried Exhibition, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA 2010 Guest Faculty - KISD Koln International School of Design, Cologne, Germany. 2009 Lecturer at ArchLED Conference in Chicago on the use of LEDs in Art. Guest Lecturer / KISD Koln International School of Design, Cologne, Germany. 2008 Guest Lecturer/ Philadelphia Institute of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA Lecturer / Goggleworks Center of the Arts “Light Up the Arts” gala, Reading, PA 2007 Lecturer, Green Design, Eckhaus Education Program, Kutztown, PA. Panelist, Artists in Education Panel for AIE Directory, Allentown Art Museum, PA Guest Lecturer, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 2005 Judge, Collab Student Design Competition, Philadelphia Museum of Art Guest Critic, Senior Industrial Design Thesis Presentations, Philadelphia University. 2004 Guest Lecturer at the Design Center at Philadelphia University 2003 Panelist for Transformation Design Seminar, Parsons’ School of Design, NYC 2002 Guest Lecturer, Towson University Art Department. 2001 Visiting Faculty at Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic. Juror, Horizon Award sponsored by the American Craft Museum, NYC. 1998 Lecturer, Designers and Social Responsibility, AWID, NYC. Lecturer, Craft+Design: What’s the Difference, The American Craft Museum, NYC. 1992 Guest Juror, Table, Lamp & Chair Show, Portland, OR. 1991-1992 Board of Advisors for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, NYC. Awards and Honors: 2014 Philadelphia Family Court Public Art Project, Selected as finalist in city-wide search for $300,000 commission. 2013 Kickstarter campaign, “The Enormous Potential of Fiber Optic Art”. Hit goal in 6 days. 2012 Recipient of a Professional Development Grant, Philadelphia University. 2007 Inducted into Vermilion High School Hall of Fame. Vermilion, Ohio. Nominated for New School’s Distinguished University Teaching Award, NYC 2004 Faculty Development Fund Grant Recipient, Parson School of Design. 1999 Nominated for ‘Young Designer Award’, Brooklyn Museum of Art. 1995 Excellence in Design, Product Design Award, Accent on Design Show, NYC. 1990 Nominated for the NY “Governor’s Award in Export” by the NBDC. 1989 Excellence in Design, Product Design Award, Accent on Design Show, NYC. 1988 Excellence in Design, Booth Design Award, Accent on Design Show, NYC. 1989 Honorable Mention, Rolling Shelving Unit. ID Annual Design Review. Selected Clients: MoMA Design Store Sony Goggleworks Center for the Arts Time Warner + DC Comics Nestle Corporation Entertainment TV Geoffrey Beene Marcel Wanders + Ruben Cardenas Barney’s NYC Bibliography Authored: In Flight, Exhibition Catalog by Lyn Godley and Lucy Young, Sponsored and printed by MultiArt International , Cologne, Germany 2011. Playing The Field: the art + design of Godley-Schwan, by Lyn Godley, Sponsored by Strawbridge’s+Hecht’s, Wilsonart Printed by the Design Center at Philadelphia University, 2004. David D’Imperio, Lighting catalog. Essay by Lyn Godley, 2005. Selected Reviews (for a complete list visit “Tech-Based Art Takes Over Rowan University Art Gallery”, “DesignPhiladelpha: Lyn Godley’s “Behind the Veil””, Philadelphia Ticket Fly October 2014. “Healing ‘Light’ at the Freyberger Gallery” Review of solo show by Ron Shira, Reading Eagle, 9/26/14. “Ford Museum presents Technically Impressive Works” by Joseph Becherer M-Live 9/24/2014 “Kim Carson Reviews Artprize” WZZM Channel 13 news, Review of Lyn Godley’s entry. 10/1/14. “Freyberger Gallery presents “Art of Light”, by Marilyn Fox, Penn State Berks website 9/26/14. “Thought Process: Linear Light for the Creative Arts”, by Louis Brill for Professional Lighting Design. Summer 2013. “Kickstarting Fiber Optic Art”, Review of Lyn Godley’s Kickstarter Project, Metropolis Magazine, 2013. “Wired for Illumination” Television Interview, NAP Connection. Aired on Manhattan Cable, Drexel DUTV, and BCTV. Summer 2012 “Fliegende Vogel mit blinkenden Lampchen (Flying Birds with Flashing Lights)”, Review In Flight exhibit at Art68, Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger, Oct 2011 “Ins helle Licht fliegen (Fly into the Bright Light)”, Review of In Flight exhibit at Art68, Kolnische Rundschau. Oct 22, 2011 “More Serious Business” at the Fowler Center, Art Review, Northhampton Community College, the Morning Call, Sept 2010. “Art Review: Confronting Nature Conceptually, with Innovation at the Freedman Gallery”, by Ron Shira, Reading Eagle, June 2010. “Exploring Visual Design”, Lyn Godley profiled as an Industrial Designer in the latest revision of this popular textbook for middle-high school Art Education. By Dr. Marilyn Stewart. Sept 2010. “Looks Aren’t Everything: Rutgers-Camden symposium to Summon the Artists’ Voice”, Rutgers Today, April 2010. “Design Icon”s, by Mehdi A. Fallah, published by University of Art, Tehran. “The Staudenmeyer Years: a Homage to Pierre Staudenmeyer”, A review of the over 800 designs Staudenmeyer edited through Neotu in Paris. Numerous designs by Lyn Godley and Lloyd Schwan were included in this collection, published by Editions Norma, Dec 2009. “Lighting Up the Arts”, Kutztown University Tower Magazine, Winter 2009. “Solid-State offers a New Tool for The Art of Lighting”, by Maggie Koerth-Baker, Architectural SSL, November 2009 “Goggleworks Light Sculpture to Brighten Downtown Reading”, Reading Eagle, Sept 2008. “Industrial Designer Lyn Godley Visits the Art Institute of Philadelphia”, AI News, Dec 2008. “Brooklyn Style”, A Brief History of Brooklyn Design, by Rima Suqi, New York Magazine, May 2006. “Blobjects and Beyond”, by Steven Skov Holt, Chronicle Books, 2005 “Dish; International Design for the Home”, edited by Julie Stahl, and Susan Yelavich, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2004. “The Design Encyclopedia”, 2nd Edition by Mel Byers. Published by the Museum of Modern Art. “10 Best New Glass Products”, Glass: The Urban Glass Quarterly, No. 93, Page 30, Winter 2003-04. “Elegance, Wit and Pop in a Quarter Century of American Design”, The New York Times, Design Review, August 8, 2003 “The Anti-Ikea Show”. MSNBC News, Newsweek: Arts & Opinions. May 8, 2003 “In Your Space”, by Jenette Kahn. Published by Abbeville Press. 2002 “US Design 1975-2000”, Introduction by Craig Miller. Show Catalog Denver Art Museum. Published by Prestel Verlag. 2002 “The Best Tables, Chairs and Lights: Innovation and Invention in Design for the Home”, by Mel Byars. (Cover), Published by RotoVision SA. 2001 “Lights Fantastic”, New York Magazine, January 2001 “Defining Craft: Collecting for the New Millennium”, Show Catalog, by American Craft Museum. 2000 “Museum of Modern Art Profile on Terence Riley, Lyn Godley, and Karim Rashid”, United Airlines U-Way (Japan),July 2000, Issue 7, Volume 1. “50 Lights, Innovations in Design and Materials”, (Cover), by Mel Byers, Published by RotoVision. 1997 “Missive from Milan”, Interior Design, July. 1997. “The Design Encyclopedia”, by Mel Byers. Published by the Museum of Modern Art. 1996. “International Design Yearbook #9”, Edited by Ron Arad, 1994. “Lyn Godley & Lloyd Schwan”, Elle Decor (Italy), November, 1993. “Wire Work by Lyn Godley”, Architectural Record, November 1993 “International Furniture Design For The 90’s”, By the Editors of PBC International, 1991. “Product Design 4”, By the Editors of ID Magazine 1990. “Godley-Schwan”, Interior Design, October 1989. “Product Design 3” , by Joe Dolce & the Editors of ID, 1989. “Product Design 2”, by Sandra Edwards and the Editors of ID Magazine, 1988. References: Hilary Jay Founding Director, Design Philadelphia / Former Director, Philadelphia Center for Architecture / Diane LaBelle CEO Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts / Former Director of The Goggleworks Center for the Art/ Jenette Kahn Art Collector / Partner of Double Nickel Entertainment/ Former CEO of DC Comics / Marsha Moss Public Art Curator and Consultant Philadelphia/ David McFadden Former Chief Curator, MAD Museum NYC /