Born and raised in Edmonton, Lynn Malin was educated at the University of Alberta and then the University of Toronto. After extensive travels overseas, which involved further education in France and some early experiments with painting, Lynn commenced her professional career by teaching art at Harry Ainley High School in Edmonton. In the early 1980s, She turned to painting full time; first, with watercolours and later, with acrylics and oils both on canvas, paper and lexan. Lynn also produced many monotypes. Eighteen years ago, she began to collaboratively work in sculpture, producing pieces and installations that are now in the public domain in downtown Edmonton, and at the University of Alberta. Lynn have maintained a studio in Edmonton since 1985.
Lynn has attended workshops at Emma Lake (University of Saskatchewan), Grande Prairie North, the Emily Carr College in Vancouver a self directed residency at the Banff centre for the Arts. As well, she has held residencies at the Columbia Icefields, the Gushel Studio in Blairmore (the University of Lethbridge), the Leighton Colony Residencies (Banff Centre), in Mojacar, Spain and just recently at Meyers of Munich working with glass.
Lynn has been awarded grants by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in 1991 and 2001, an Edmonton Arts Council Project grant in 2011 and a travel grant from the Edmonton Arts Council in 2014. Collaborative public sculptures, CONTENT, RECYCLES RECYCLES, IN-SIDE-OUT, PINWHEEL and ELEMENTAL (a personal installation) were selected winners of competitions from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Art in Public Places, The University of Alberta, and The Edmonton Arts Council.