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Lynn Tjernan Lukkas (she/her) is a filmmaker, artist, and curator. She is internationally recognized for her narrative films, film installations, collaborative media performance projects with opera, dance, and theater, and her media-arts curatorial projects. Her film work has screened at international film festivals including, Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival, Nevada Women’s Film Festival, New Jersey Film Festival, Montreal Women’s Film Festival, Toronto Women’s Film Festival, Berlin Kiez Film Festival, Oneota Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Nice Film Festival, and more. Most recently, she was awarded a 2023 UK Fulbright Fellowship to Scotland to conduct research for her upcoming film set in the Faroe Islands and Scotland. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation among others. Lukkas’ co-curatorial project, Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, (2015 – 2019) co-curated with Howard Oransky, was shown at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris; and the Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco. She received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • M.F.A.: Media Arts - Photography, Video, Film, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
  • B.F.A.: Studio Art, Minor: Humanities, University of Minnesota, 1985


  • Filmmaking
  • Interdisciplinary Media Art
  • Photography