Artist's Biography

Jenny Lynn is an accomplished photo-based artist, whose work has been widely exhibited, collected, and published.

Her unique and varied work ranges from conceptual photographs, to photograms, collages, and sculptural/functional pieces. Best described as a "media mix," her artwork has been featured in Photo District News, The New Yorker, and ZOOM International magazines, as well as on book covers, for such publishers as Random House and Simon & Schuster. Ms. Lynn is also well known for the widely-seen magazine advertisement ABSOLUT LYNN. (commissioned for the “Absolut Artists” series).

Ms. Lynn has also created a number of signature art objects, such as her Eyewatch wristwatch, Box of Blue, and PhotoTotems. Her largest project to date is "Dreams in Transit," a 10 foot by 30-foot public art piece commissioned by New Jersey Transit, permanently installed at the 9th Street Station in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Jenny Lynn’s artwork is represented in many private and public collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, and the Norton Museum of Art. Ms. Lynn exhibits regularly at galleries and museums.

She has taught and lectured at colleges, universities, and professional organizations throughout the country. Her retrospective monograph, PhotoPlay, features numerous examples of her inventive works. In 2015, a book that Ms. Lynn conceived and edited, EyeBook: Sixty Artists. One Subject., was published by the fine art publisher, Damiani, of Bologna, Italy.

Jenny Lynn was born in Tampa, Florida, and raised outside Philadelphia. After studying painting and photography at the Tyler School of Art, she briefly pursued filmmaking at the New York University Graduate School of Film and Television. Returning to photography, Ms. Lynn established herself as a freelance photographer and designer in New York City, and later lived in Santa Barbara, California, before moving to Philadelphia, where she currently resides and works.

Artist's Statement

I think of my work -- which ranges from photographs, photograms and collages to large-scale installations and dimensional constructions -- as visual poems. Realms in which I explore the interplay between dream and reality, chance and design, word and image, and collective and personal consciousness. Drawing upon my backgrounds in painting, photography and film, I “use everything” in my art. I take an intuitive, tactile, hands-on approach to my work, mixing careful planning with the "accidents" that happen during the creative process. It's an active collaboration between myself and the work, and the finished piece -- my end point -- then becomes the starting point for the viewer.

Selected Exhibitions

UNFILTERED Jenny Lynn: Vintage SX-70 Polaroid Art, Workshop Underground, Philadelphia, PA

Everything Echoes, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

LOOK!, Janus on Pine, Philadelphia, PA

Jenny Lynn: The Object is Art, The Project Gallery, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

Jenny Lynn: The Object is Art, Warner Gallery, St. Andrews School, Middletown, DE

PhotoPlay, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Box of Blue, Square One Gallery, New York, NY

Sight/Insight, Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, Philadelphia, PA

Two Person
Pairs: Painter Jeffrey Jonczyk and photographer Jenny Lynn, Industry: A Gallery, Tuscon, AZ

Beyond Narrative: Photographs of Jenny Lynn & Jill Mathis, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; and Albin O. Kuhn Gallery, UMBC, Baltimore, MD

Pant, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA

FOCUS: 4th Annual Abstract Photography Exhibition, LGTripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Victory for Tyler: Works on Paper, Crane Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Robert Storr

Summer Shorts 7. It's a Sign Video projection, Morris Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Julien Robson

Through the Lens, The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Portraits of Women, Jeanie Freilich Contemporary, New York, NY

Focus On: New Photography, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

Sticks and Stones: The Making of a Sculpture Garden, Devault, PA
Curator: Eileen Tognini

A Thousand Hounds, Traveling Exhibition, UBS Art Gallery, New York, NY; The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Winnipeg Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
Curator: Raymond Merritt and Miles Barth

Light 2; Images from the Photography Collections, Albin O. Kuhn Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Curator: Andy Grundberg

Snapshot, Traveling Exhibition organized by the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD

Beyond the Silver Print, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Jurors: Kathleen Edwards, Martha Mock and Richard Weisgrau

Complexity and Contradiction: Postmodernism in Philadelphia Photography, The Paley Design Center, Philadelphia, PA

Photography 6, Perkins Center for the Arts, NJ
Juror: Peter MacGill

Selected Articles, Reviews, Publications

Through The Lens: Studies in Photography, Exhibition Catalogue, Trout Gallery

Sozanski, Edward J. "Her body of work is intriguing," The Philadelphia Inquirer

PhotoPlay, artists monograph, Introduction by Richard Burgin, Critical Essay by Virginia Heckert

West, Judy "The Artist at Home," Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine

Merritt, Raymond & Miles Barth, A Thousand Hounds, Taschen, Cologne, Germany

Beyond Narrative: Photographs of Jenny Lynn and Jill Mathis, Introduction by Jill Snyder, Essay by Tom Beck, Exhibition Catalogue, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art

Zimmer, William "Personal Styles Centered on Enigma," The New York Times

Checci, Rosanna "Jenny Lynn: Personal Myths portfolio," ZOOM International, Milan, Italy

Senft, Bret "Jenny Lynn’s Surreal World," Photo District News, New York, NY

Senft, Bret "Jenny Lynn Bookcovers," Projects: Photo/Design, New York, NY

Professional Experience

1978 - present
Freelance Photographer

Clients include: Absolut Vodka, ABSOLUT LYNN (for Absolut Artists series), Baker Law, Ballard Spahr LLP, Bloomberg Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, Citibank, Conde Nast Publications, Cross Pointe Paper Company, Dorland Global, Dow Jones, Drexel University, Esquire Magazine, Foundation For Architecture, Hersha Hospitaliy Group, Letraset, McDonald’s Corporation, Monadnock Paper Mills, New York Magazine, Random House, Rolling Stone Magazine, SBK Pictures, Simon & Schuster, Sony Music, Spy Magazine, Stolichnaya Vodka, The Chroicle Review, The Cygnet Foundation, The New Yorker, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Philadelphia Bar Foundation The Westin Hotel Philadelphia, Walnut Street Theatre, WHYY, Woodcock Washburn.

Teaching, Workshops, Speaking Engagements
Teaching Experience: Master Lecturer, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Classes taught: Professional Practices, The Hand Altered Photograph, A Personal Approach to Commercial Photography.

Workshops: A Closer Look: Photographing Flowers, Katonah Museum of Art; The Photographic Sequence, St. Andrew’s School

Speaking Engagements: Delaware College of Art & Design, Drexel University, St. Andrew’s School, School of Visual Arts, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Tyler School of Art, State University of NY at New Paltz, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of the Arts: Paradigm Lecture Series

Awards and Honors

Olympus-Europa/Science for Life Foundation/Digital Elements 2004 Award

Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation Fellowship


Public & Private
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Buhl Collection, New York, NY
Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
Absolut Vodka’s Absolut Artists collection, New York, NY
McDonald’s Corporate Collection, Chicago, IL
The Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, MA
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

Special Projects & Commissions
EyeBook: Sixty Artists. One Subject, published by fine art publisher, Damiani, of Bologna, Italy

A Little Night Magic, 30-second video created for and chosen by PECO's "Art in the Air" program, run in conjunction with the Philadelphia group, Breadboard

Keys to the City, Independent Hotel, Philadelphia. Exterior and interior photographic installation

Westin Hotel Philadelphia; uwishunu room: Product packaging and merchandise

Dreams in Transit, Public Art Project commissioned by New Jersey Transit; 10' x 30' photo mural for 9th St. Station in Hoboken, NJ. Permanent installation fabricated in porcelain enamel on steel

PhotoPlay, Retrospective monograph, self published in conjunction with solo exhibition of the same name, at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Little Rituals Portfolio, A selection of eight 16x20 gelatin silver photographs, published by the Summit Art Trust, New York, NY

Connections, 3-foot by 4-foot gelatin silver photomontage for Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia, PA

DogTotem, 7-foot tall freestanding photo-sculpture commissioned by The Cygnet Foundation, for A Thousand Hounds traveling exhibition

ABSOLUT LYNN, Absolut Photographer 1994, print ad commissioned by Michel Roux for Absolut Artists series


New York University Graduate School of Film and Television, New York, NY

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BFA in Photography, cum laude