Lynn Tomlinson

Assistant Professor

Lynn Tomlinson

Contact Information

Media Center 201B


Towson University (MFA)
University of Pennsylvania,
Annenberg School for Communication (M.A.C.)
The University of the Arts (MA)
Cornell University (BA)

Areas of Expertise

Animation, visual effects, film and media history and theory, production and post-production


Lynn Tomlinson has worked professionally in creative media production for over twenty years. Her award-winning animated films have been official selections in festivals internationally and have aired on public television, Bravo, HBO, and MTV. She wrote, directed, edited and created innovative motion graphics for a PBS documentary, Wish You Were Here, funded by the Florida Humanities Council. Grants and awards for her work include Mid-Atlantic Emmys, Cine Golden Eagles, and Individual Artist Fellowships in Media Arts from the states of Florida and Pennsylvania. Known for her clay-painting animation, in the late 1990s she created a series of popular animated spots nationally broadcast on PBS Kids and Sesame Street. Her research includes the history of animation and visual effects; film dream sequences; girls' studies; and digital puppetry/real-time animation. She is collaborating on a digital puppet app, an animated image controlled through an iPad touch screen interface. Her recently published article "The Dance of the Live and the Animated" investigates three women who perform live with their animated creations. Another essay examines the enigmatic animators the Brothers Quay. Her current productions address environmental change in the Anthropocene Era, through animation and digitally layered projects that shift the point-of-view away from human beings onto animals and inanimate objects. The Ballad of Holland Island House, her most recent environmental animated short, premiered at the Chesapeake Film Festival in September 2014. Before joining EMF at Towson, she taught at Cornell University, MICA, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.