Lynn Tomlinson investigates expanded animation projects as an artist, scholar, and curator, reflecting her interest hybrid art forms and interdisciplinary practice. Current projects include painterly animated short films, digital puppetry, live multi-media performances, and interdisciplinary collaborations in performing and media arts. Her research pushes the boundaries between animation and other media, with a focus on environmental change, metamorphosis and transformation, and states of subjectivity.
Her clay-on-glass animated shorts have been screened in festivals internationally and aired on children’s public television, MTV, and Sesame Street. Tomlinson’s animation workshops and clay-on-glass techniques are featured in The Animation Bible, a well-known textbook by Maureen Furniss, and in the book Fluid Frames, by Corrie Francis Parks. Grants and awards for her work include Media Arts fellowships from the states of Maryland, Florida, and Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. She leads workshops that use animation and technology to engage and empower students, particularly girls and young women. She holds degrees from Cornell University (BA, English), the University of the Arts (MA, Art Education) and the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania (MA, Communication), and Towson University (MFA, Studio Art). Tomlinson’s art projects include a series of large-scale community-built mosaics in Central Florida, work on the digital humanities project Folkvine.org, and Wish You Were Here, a half-hour PBS documentary which she directed and animated. She has taught at the University of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Delaware College of Art and Design, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Stockton State College, and Cornell University. Tomlinson is an Assistant Professor in the department of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University.