julius|lyles ©2024

“Art isn't a mirror, but a window or lens for criticism, provoking sociocultural change within external and internal development.”


· About the Artist
· Exhibitions
· Projects

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P.O.Box 43021
Richmond Heights, Ohio 44143


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About the Artist

Photomontage: Titled; OREO ©2006

I strive for internal change within self and the process of creating is extremely therapeutic.
“Over the past twenty years, I have focused all of my curatorial and solo exhibitions around a general them of sociocultural media with detail towards identity, social and institutionalize inequality, individual and organized racism, and political dysfunction.”

Julius Lyles

Independent Curatorial Advisor
Artist Consultant
Professional Artist


Julius Lyles lives and works in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cleveland State University in the discipline of Photography & Sculpture. He is also a recipient of a master’s degree from the University of Akron in Arts Administration.

His work has been featured at several galleries all through out Ohio and has exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions in Pennsylvania, Portland, Washington D.C., Atlanta, New York and Chicago.

Creating works in Assemblage, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography and Sculpture, Julius Lyles is one of the most innovative multimedium artists exhibiting. His artistic strategy is provocative, innovative, aggressive, colorful, diverse and complex.

Lyles has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics.

Founder of the non-profit, LYLESART, Lyles is the executive director of the Cleveland community based organization.

Lyles interest in a critique of social practice, shared economies and the question of objects in relation to political and cultural thought.

Lyles readdresses the ongoing struggle for civil rights and many of the works have special iconic significance in relation to particular episodes in recent American history.


2014 –Present –Executive Director, Lylesart Cleveland, OH
Management of the day to day activities for nonprofit that focuses on youth development through Artist Mentorship

2011 –Present –Independent Curatorial Advisor Cleveland, OH
Exhibitions with a primary focus on social and political themes

2010 –Independent Workshop Facilitator Cleveland, OH
Implemented Beginning Folk Art Painting program to alternative school programs at The Carole Robertson Center for Learning in Chicago, IL

Implemented Beginning Photography program at The Collinwood Arts Center in Cleveland, OH

2009/10 –Independent Curator Cleveland, OH Exhibitions with a primary focus on social and political themes

2007 -–Independent Fine Art Exhibitor/Promoter/Consultant/Curator Cleveland, OH
Exhibitions, Organization, Networking, Artist Promotions

Exhibitions with a primary focus on social and political themes

Promotion of all Art Mediums and Media of Emerging and Professional minority Artists in Greater Cleveland

Implemented new exposure to local minority artists, local area photographers within Northeast and Midwest North America

2002-2007 –Independent Fine Art Consultant/Abstract Painter Cleveland, OH Exhibit Displays, Organization, Networking

Promotion of Abstract Paintings to galleries

Managed 6 Artists

Implemented new exposure to local minority artists

1998–2000 –IBM Cleveland, OH ~ Graphic Designer
Production Developments from Concept to Print

Layout, organization, creating product templates

Managed 3 designers team

Implemented new design procedure that increased productivity by 33%.

1990–1992 –Prosperity on Payne Cleveland, OH ~ Ceramic Painter
Painting and designing ceramic jewelry

Managed 5 painters

Implemented training course for new painters

1989–1990 –BP America Inc. Cleveland, OH ~ Graphic Designer

Desktop publishing, Exhibit display, Illustration

Goal setting in relation to design problems and target dates for completion, attention to detail and follow through

1988–1989 Columbus Dispatch Newspaper Columbus, OH ~ Graphic Designer, Intern
Page layout, typesetting, key-lining, Editorial illustration


2016 MBA from University of Akron, Akron, OH  Arts Administration

2014 BA from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Major: Photography/Sculpture/Studio Arts
Minor: Non-Profit Administration

1997, 2000 Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Course of Study: Studio arts/Painting/Web page design

1983-87 Kent State University, Kent, OH
Course of Study: Graphic Design Painting/Marketing 

EXHIBITIONS  (S) Solo (G) Group (C) Curator


4250 Richmond Road
Highland Heights, OH 44122

https://www.tri-c.edu/arts-and-entertainment/art-galleries/eastern-campus-art-gallery.html (G)

https://www.artistsarchives.org/event/newnow-2023/ (G)


CAN Triennial 22
Collective Arts Network
PO Box 771748
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Praxis Fiber Workshop
15301 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110

Waterloo Arts
15605 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110

William Busta Projects
15517 Waterloo Road, Suite 2, upstairs, Cleveland, OH 44110

https://cantriennial.org (G)


Pitt's 2021 Diversity Forum
Art of Diversity Showcase
University of Pittsburgh
Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
2nd Floor Webster Hall
4415 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



Waterloo Arts Virtual Juried Exhibition 2020 
June 10 to July 24 2020
Waterloo Arts
15605 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44110

http://waterlooarts.org (G)


September 20 2019 - November 16 2019
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
1834 E. 123rd St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1910

The seenUNseen Exhibition http://www.artistsarchives.org/event/seenunseen/  (G)


Sept 5, 2018 – Sept 15, 2019
Photographic Installation on Public Transportation in Cleveland, Ohio

The INTER|URBAN project  
http://interurban-cle.com  (S)


Photomontage: Yaa-Asantewa ©2017-18
Finishing size: 24” x 36” metal print

July 07, 2017 - August 06, 2017
The William Hill Gallery on Cottage
6144 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, Illinois 60637

The Ideal Beauty Exhibition  http://www.williamhillgallery.com (S)  


Dec. 9, 2016 – Feb. 5, 2017
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago, Illinois

Not Just Another Pretty Face Exhibit
(Tribute to William Savage)

https://www.hydeparkart.org  (G)  

November 5, 2016 – December 10, 2016
The William Hill Gallery
Chicago, Illinois

"Nothing but Racial Slurs" Exhibition
http://www.williamhillgallery.com (C)(S)


September 5, 2015 - November 7, 2015
The William Hill Gallery
Chicago, Illinois

http://www.williamhillgallery.com (C)(S)

Jan. 15, 2015 - March 12, 2015
The Sculpture Center
Cleveland, Ohio  

http://www.sculpturecenter.org (S)

Jan. 30 - March 15, 2015
Father Ryan Art Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (G)  


August 30, 2014 - October 3, 2014
The William Hill Gallery
Chicago, Illinois  

http://www.williamhillgallery.com (C)(S)

March 15 - April 30, 2014
Broderick Art Gallery
Longview, Washington (G)

February 16 - March 15, 2014
Father Ryan Arts Center
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania (G)  


December 15 - March 30, 2014
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago, Illinois (G)

March 7 - 10, 2013
The Armory Show 2013
New York City, New York (S)  


November 9 - Dec.13, 2012
The 20th. People's Art Show
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

September 29 - April 16, 2013
William Savage Collection
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (G)  


Nov. 20, 2010 – Feb. 11, 2011
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago, Illinois (G)  


Mixed Medium Sculptural work: Eggplant ©2010
Finished size: 17"x 18"x 16.75"

Sept 24 - 26, 2010
“Illuminated Surrogates of Self”
Ingenuity Festival of Art andTechnology
Cleveland. Ohio (S)

July. 28 – Sept. 4, 2010
Murphy Hill Gallery
Chicago, Illinois (S)

April 9 - April 11, 2010
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

Feb. 2 - Feb 26, 2010
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, Ohio (S)

Dec. 21 2009 – Jan 28, 2010
Lakeland Community College
Kirtland, Ohio (C)(G)  


Sept. 18 – Nov. 3, 2009
Lakeland Community College
Kirtland, Ohio (G)

Aug. 12 - AUG. 28, 2009
Doubting Thomas Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (C)(G)

July 10-12, 2009
Ingenuity Festival of Art andTechnology
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

May 8th. 2009
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

April 17 - MAY 1, 2009
Cleveland, Ohio

April 10 – May 2, 2009
Asterisks Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

Feb. 7 – Mar. 7, 2009
Cleveland Pubic Library, MLK Branch
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

December 16, 2008 – Jan. 31, 2009
Lakeland College
Kirtland, Ohio (G)(C)  


Oct. 20 – Dec. 14, 2008
Cleveland Public Art
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

October 10 - November 7, 2008
Asterisks Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

April 4 – May 11, 2008
Asterisks Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (G)(C)

February 2 - March 3, 2008
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, Ohio (S)

Jan. 11 – Feb 22, 2008
Valley Art Center
Chagrin Falls, Ohio (G)

December 17, 2007 – Jan. 26, 2008
Lakeland College
Kirtland, Ohio (G)(C)  


June 8 - 29, 2007
Asterisks Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

May 3 – 31, 2007
Cleveland State University
Cleveland Ohio (G)

April 28 – 30, 2007
United Way Metro Fund Raiser
Atlanta, Georgia (G)

March 24 - April 3, 2007
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

Photography: Ronald Clayton ©2007
Finished size: 19"x 13”

February 13 – Mar. 3, 2007
Forced Alterego Exhibition
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio (S)

February 12 – Mar. 2, 2007
Booz Allen Hamilton Event
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

January 2 – 28, 2007
Lakeland College
Kirtland, Ohio (G)(C)  


Nov. 10 – Dec. 9, 2006
Doubting Thomas Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (G)(C)

March 24 - April 3, 2006
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

March, 2006 
Lake Erie Artist Gallery/Bravo Event
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

January, 2006
Lakeland College
Kirtland, Ohio (G)

Dec. 2005 to January 2006
Lake Erie Artist Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (G)  


July 1-15, 2005 
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio (S)  


August 2004 to May 2005
Atmosphere Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (G)  


October 3-31, 2003
Boot Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (S)

September 17-19, 2003
Tremont Arts Cultural festival
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

August 17-October 1, 2003 
Creative Impetus Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

May 9-24, 2003
Doubting Thomas Gallery
Cleveland, Ohio (S)

April 24-27, 2003
Cleveland, Ohio (G)  


Nov.17, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003
Chagrin Valley Art Center
Chagrin falls, Ohio (S)

Cleveland State Art Gallery,
Cleveland, Ohio (G)

Big Show Expo 87
Washington D.C. (S)

1987/85, Derring Gallery
Beachwood, Ohio (G)



Community Partnership for the Arts and Culture Fellowship $20,000.00 awarded in the category of Photography/Visual Arts from Cleveland, Ohio in 2009.


East Cleveland Public Library, OH
Patric McCoy Collection Chicago, IL
William Savage Collection Pittsburgh, PA 
Woman Care Center of UPMC HorizonHospital Hermitage, PA


CAN Journal
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Summer 2022

CAN Journal
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Winter 2019

Chicago Reader
(Chicago, IL)
2/2010, 2/2013, 8/2014, 9/2015, 11/2016, 12/2016, 7/2017

The Lakelander Newspaper
(Kirtland, Ohio)

The Lakelander Newspaper
(Kirtland, Ohio)

The News Herald

The CityNews USA
(Cleveland/Akron/Columbus edition)

Artist Review Magazine

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Scene Magazine Vol. 39 #16

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Scene Magazine Vol. 39 #15

Cleveland Freetimes,Vol.15 #49

The CityNews USA (Cleveland/Akron/Columbus edition) March/20-26/2008 

Northern Ohio Live Magazine Vol. 28 #6

The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio)

Northern Ohio Live Magazine Vol. 28 #5

The Observer, CWRU Newspaper Vol. XXXIX #19
March 2/2007

Cleveland Freetimes,Vol.14 #45
Feb 28-March 5/2007 

Scene Magazine Vol.39 #8

The Patriot Ledger (Quincy. Massachusetts)

The News Herald

Cleveland Freetimes,Vol.13 #11
July/ 13-19/2005 

Ar’t-e-fakt Magazine

FOX News Morning Show
Sept/27-to Oct/1/2004

Solon Herald Sun Press

Cleveland Sun Press

Chagrin Valley Times

Kent Stater Newspaper

AM Cleveland
NBC/WKYC, Dec/85

Cleveland Magazine

untitled painting 48” x 48” created in 2011

“I’m not really interested in offending anyone, as opposed to bringing you on a journey and creating an experience. Through this involvement, we can start to dissect and talk about the deeper context that’s sublime or hidden within the work. I’m interested in re-contextualizing these objects in order to cast a new light on their place in history.”