Lyn Carter is based near Grand Valley, Ontario. Carter completed her undergraduate work in Textile Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1978 and in 1994 completed a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from York University in Toronto. She works primarily in sculpture as well as drawing. She uses a variety of media to create her sculpture installations but textiles have long been the core focus of her work. Carter has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2008 she was invited to create new work for the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou, China) and in 2016 she was invited to exhibit her work in the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art 2016, Zhejiang Art Museum (Hangzhou, China). Her solo exhibition, Lyn Carter: 11th Line, organized and exhibited at the Textile Museum of Canada (Toronto, Ont.) in 2015/16, was composed of site-specific sculptures, drawings and video. The exhibition toured to Peterborough Art Gallery (Peterborough, Ont.) in 2017 and the Musée d'art de Joliette (Joliette, Que.) in 2018.
Her work is represented in a number of permanent collections, among them the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA); Sheridan College (Oakville, Ont.); Cambridge Art Galleries (Cambridge, Ont.); the AstraZeneca Collection (Mississauga, Ont,); and the Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax, N.S.).