Using tactile clay-on-glass and experimenting with painterly animation processes, Lynn Tomlinson creates poignant short films and interdisciplinary new media projects that investigate environmental and historical stories told from unusual points-of-view. She has received many grants and fellowships, including Independent Artist Fellowships in Media Arts from the states of Maryland, Florida, and Pennsylvania.
Her 2014 film, The Ballad of Holland Island House, screened in over thirty international film festivals, received several Best Animation awards, and a nomination for the Student Academy Award. Her films have exhibited internationally at the Annecy International Animation Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Tricky Women International Animation Festival, TIFF Kids, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, The Environmental Film Festival at Yale, The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, and dozens of others.
Tomlinson's work has been exhibited in one-person shows at Cornell University and the University of Delaware and in group shows at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Gallery, and is in the Education Department collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York). She has been a visiting artist at the University of Michigan, Bennington College, Tainan National University of the Arts, Bowling Green State University, Cornell University, University of Central Florida, and Northern Vermont University.
Her newest film, The Elephant’s Song, premiered at the Maryland Film Festival in May 2018, received Best of Festival and Best Animation awards at the Peekskill Film Festival, and the Award of Merit for Animation from the University Film and Video Association. The Elephant’s Song is currently screening in international festivals, including Aesthetica Short Film Festival (U.K.), Vaasa Wildlife Film Festival (Finland), Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, San Jose International Short Film Festival, and the Chesapeake Film Festival.
In addition to her animation and media arts work, Lynn Tomlinson is a community-based public artist who led the construction of four large-scale ceramic mosaics in Central Florida. In 2015, she curated an exhibition entitled Cross-Pollinated, Hybrid Art Abuzz, at Towson University’s Center for the Arts Gallery. Tomlinson is an Assistant Professor at Towson University and lives outside Baltimore, Maryland, where she collaborates with her husband, Craig Saper, and two young-adult children, Sam Saper and Lucy Saper.
Some articles and publications citing Tomlinson's work:
The Animation Bible by Maureen Furniss
The Girls of the World in the Orlando Sentinel
Wish You Were Here in the Orlando Sentinel
Memory Tricks in the Baltimore Sun
Memory Tricks in the Baltimore Brew
The Travellers in the Baltimore City Paper