Lynn Di Nino

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Lynn Di Nino
Ice Queen costume from 2009 Fremont Solstice Parade
Born (1945-01-05) January 5, 1945 (age 78)
ElectedFormer President of Northwest Designer Craftsmen

Lynn Di Nino (born January 5, 1945) is an American artist residing in Tacoma, Washington. In 2017, Di Nino was awarded the Washington State Governor's "Artist of the Year" Award.[1]


A self-taught artist, Lynn Di Nino works in a variety of media, often in collaboration with other artists.[2] Raised by a single mother of five who worked as a waitress, she collected many throw-aways in order to create her art projects.[3] Lynn became a full-time artist after a recession lay-off at Seattle Mental Health where she worked as a recreational therapist.[4] She is known for her whimsical animal sculpture with a welded steel skeleton created from fabric or concrete, often incorporating found objects.[5] She also works with recycled materials on projects involving social and political observations.[6]


Examples of her work include:

  • Chalkboard chicken in 1993, which became a business selling molded concrete art objects. Sold business in 2001.[7]
  • Created the armatures used by seven other artists to create the Fremont Solstice Parade and Earth Day Ice Queen Costumes in 2009.[8]
  • Burnham & Root Uprooted assemblage sculptural work memorializing the demolished Luzon Building.[9]
  • Coats of Many Sweaters apparel made from recycled sweaters.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Recipients of the 2017 Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards Announced : ArtsWA". Archived from the original on March 27, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Murakami, Kery (April 15, 2004). "Tacoma tries feng shui". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. retrieved December 17, 2011.
  3. ^ "Lynn Di Nino".
  4. ^ "Lynn Di Nino".
  5. ^ 2009 Margaret K. Williams Arts Awards (November 5, 2009). "Five Artists Honored for Contribution to Arts in Pierce County". Pierce County Arts & Cultural Services Division Archived June 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. retrieved December 17, 2011.
  6. ^ Perry, Nick (March 18, 2007). "War protest in Tacoma has artsy flair". The Seattle Times. retrieved December 17, 2011.
  7. ^ Resume. retrieved December 17, 2011.
  8. ^ Diane Kurzyna (April 16, 2009). "Earth Day Art Shows: Haute Trash". Ruby Re-Usable Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine retrieved December 17, 2011.
  9. ^ Artist Insider (April 27, 2011), "Lynn DiNino". Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine retrieved December 17, 2011.
  10. ^ Johnson, Jennifer (June 23, 2010). "War protest in Tacoma has artsy flair". Weekly Volcano retrieved December 17, 2011.
  11. ^ Nagle, Matt (June 30, 2010). "Lynn Di Nino unveils new line of summer coats made from repurposed sweaters". Tacoma Weekly retrieved December 17, 2011.

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