Denton Lynn

Lynn Denton


BSR Contributor Since April 4, 2009

Lynn Denton is an artist, teacher and filmmaker who lives in Bella Vista. Reach her at {encode="[email protected]" title="[email protected]"}.

Lynn Denton has been an artist, filmmaker and educator in Philadelphia for 37 years.

Her site-specific installations have been seen in solo exhibitions at the Morris Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia, and in exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art as well as other East Coast venues. She has been awarded two residencies by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, and in 2004 she was invited for a residency in Mojacar, Spain, by the Fundacion Valparaiso, which included painting and also filming the mosaics of Andalucia. Lynn has also been awarded her second grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, founded by painter Lee Krasner, which suppports the work of artists in the U.S. and abroad.

As a filmmaker Lynn has created five experimental and narrative fiction films that have been seen in festivals in recent years. City Taxi, a hand painted Super-8 film, which screened at the Festival of Independents, is currently being shown in MIND TV's 2009 “Philadelphia Stories†series. Her 16 mm. film Scumbling, a 35-minute dramatic narrative about a young woman who wants to become an artist, is scheduled to be shown on WHYY-TV in the program, “The Shape of Identity: Four Films by Women,†which she originally organized as a screening in Philadelphia. Her films have received funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association. She served on the PIFVA Board of Directors for four years and is currently completing an original feature-length screenplay that she is developing as an independent film feature.

In recent years Lynn Denton has initiated collaborations with untrained artists and children to transform city environments. In 2001 she worked with recovering addicts and neighborhood children in a North Philadelphia neighborhood to create their designs in a huge wall-sized mosaic and sculpture garden at 20th and Norris Streets.

She has orchestrated 12 additional large-scale tile/mosaic collaborative projects in public places in Philadelphia, including the Susquehanna/Dauphin Subway Station, Edward Heston School, Potter-Thomas School, and Fell School. The Heston School Project, under the auspices of the Mural Arts Program, is the largest mosaic community collaboration ever completed in Philadelphia.

Currently Lynn teaches “Introduction to Community Art†at Moore College of Art and Design, and she serves as an artist/teacher in the MFA Program of Vermont College. She dances Argentine tango, swing, salsa and Zydeco, and shares her life with her partner in Center City, where she is an advocate for maintaining a human-scale environment and rich quality of life.

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Lincoln Center, New York, summer 2008: Why not Philadelphia?

Proposal: A pavilion for the Parkway

New life for the Parkway: A modest proposal

Museums are all well and good, but how can we pump more diverse cultural life onto the Parkway? What about an open-air pavilion for dance, theater and film, at a fraction of the cost of you-know-what?
Lynn Denton

Lynn Denton

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