Lynn Tomlinson

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Lynn Tomlinson is an award winning animator, documentarian and sculptor focusing on community arts. She is the director of Summer Kitchen Studio, and lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband, Craig J Saper, and her family. She holds degrees from Cornell University (BA, English), the University of the Arts (MA, Art Education) and from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania (MA, Communication). She has been a professor at Cornell and the University of the Arts, an instructor at Richard Stockton College and Tufts University, and a guest lecturer at Harvard College, Loyola University, the University of Central Florida, RISD, the University of Hawaii, Temple University and numerous other institutions. Her films have been screened at numerous film festivals around the world over the past two decades. She has received awards and grants including several Mid-Atlantic Emmys, an ITVS production grant and the 2006 Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.


I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died 1.5 minutes, based on Emily Dickinson's poem of the same name.

Paper Walls Mixed live action and multi-media animation, 1993, 6 mins. Spotlight film for WHYY, based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story.

Cauldron Clay-on-glass, 1994, 5 mins. Funded by Pittsburgh Filmmakers Mid-Atlantic Region Media Arts Fellowship, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and PIFVA Subsidy Grant. Screened at Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema and the Festival of Independents.

MTV Free Your Mind Spot Clay-on-glass, 1994, 30 secs. Produced, directed and animated a 30-second spot for MTV.

WHYY-TV In the 1990s she created numerous short station ID's for WHYY-TV in Philadelphia and other shorts for ITVS that have been televised nationally, e.g., Frog Harmony

Picking Pea Pods Clay-on-glass, 1996, 45 secs. Short film for Sesame Street.

Both Sides Now Clay-on-glass, 1998, 1 min. Segment for A Little Curious on HBO Family.

Media Art Projects[edit]

Hannibal Square Community Mosaic Project A community-based art project working with children and artists from the Crealde School of Art, to celebrate the history of Hannibal Square in Winter Park, FL.

Folkvine Film and interactive documentaries of Florida folk artists. Ms Tomlinson is the videographer and editor.

Girls of the World Five fifth grade girls made animated stories from the history of girlhood. Ms. Tomlinson was the producer and creative director of the project.

Shopping for Utopia Elementary school kids give animated tours of utopian societies that they designed. Ms. Tomlinson was the producer and creative director for this project. One of the tours features work by her son, Sam Saper.

Boxed In 1996 ArtFronts project funded a storefront installation in center-city Phila., Sept.-Nov. 1996. Collaboration with sculptor Bill Tomlinson. A 25-foot (7.6 m)-long man crouched in the store window, holding a television monitor that captured the images of the passers-by. Reviews appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, The City Paper, and the Philadelphia Forum.