Summer Painting & Sculpture Intensives


The Tyler School of Art SPI / SSI is a 7-week immersion program run by the Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture for artists interested in developing their work in a challenging and supportive environment. The program is a non-credit, post-baccalaureate-style residency suitable for BA and BFA seniors and recent graduates aiming to hone their artistic and intellectual skills, for students building a portfolio for application to graduate school, as well as professional artists seeking to strengthen their abilities and expand their outlook.

The SPI / SSI program seeks to give participants a foundation in concept and craft while providing students with the tools to think critically about their own practices and art in general. Week by week, group critiques, individual studio visits and critical studies seminars form the primary support to individual studio practices. The program is led by an artist-director, and the faculty consists of Tyler’s full-time faculty as well as visiting artists and critics, curators and art historians. Students will discuss their work in group settings and in one-on-one conversations with leading members of the contemporary art world. The session will culminate in a group show of student work.



Intensive studio time: Students are expected to put in significant time in the studio. The chief function of the program is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in a sustained and intensive studio experience. Each student accepted to the program will be given a private studio space and have free use of Tyler’s large new studios. Students will have 24-hour access to the fine arts building

Field studies: There will be weekly visits to major art centers in New York and Philadelphia. This will include galleries in Chelsea, Lower East Side and Brooklyn, as well as the major museums in the greater New York area. Trips in Philadelphia will include the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Fabric Workshop/Museum, the Slought Foundation, and the Barnes Foundation. These trips will also include visits to artist’s studios and other cultural institutions.

Critical studies: Students and faculty participate in weekly group discussions of contemporary ideas, theory and issues based on readings and current events. The seminar provides a critical exchange about artistic production and its institutions and discourses. Time will also be given for discussions of topics important to students seeking to apply to graduate programs or otherwise taking steps towards becoming a working artist.


The faculty of SPI/SSI lead seminars and workshops, discussions and group critiques, and regularly meet individually with the students to discuss their work as well as more general practical, theoretical, or historical questions. The program has the participation of Tyler’s full time painting and sculpture faculty as well as lectures and critiques by a significant roster of visiting artists.

2015 Visiting Artists:

Wendy White
Judith Linhares
Alex Da Corte
Sheila Pepe

2015 Seminar Leaders:

Gregory Volk
Saul Ostrow
Risa Puleo

2014 Visiting Artists:

James Sienna
Joanne Greenbaum
Joe Amrhein
Polly Apfelbaum

2014 Seminar Leaders:

Philip Glahn
Gregory Volk
Saul Ostrow


Tyler School of Art is home to one of the preeminent painting and sculpture programs in the country. Graduates of the BFA and MFA programs regularly go on to illustrious careers on the international stage. In Spring 2009, Tyler School of Art moved from its suburban campus in Elkins Park, PA, to a stunning new 160,000-square-foot building, situated in the heart of Temple University’s historic campus. The $75 million building, designed by Carlos Jimenez, boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent studio space.

Philadelphia is a thriving city with a vibrant art and music scene. Innovative and historic cultural centers convenient to the new building include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Barnes Foundation.

Philadelphia is located 90 miles south of New York City, 5 hours from Boston, 3 hours from Washington DC.


Four scholarships of $1000 each are available. Every applicant will be considered.


Housing for SPI/SSI students is available on Temple campus. The current rate, subject to change, is $33.00 for single occupancy without linens, $29 per person for double occupancy. Use of Temple housing is not required of the participants.  It is simply offered as a convenience. Accepted students will be sent complete information about housing options.


All applications must include:

1. A  cover letter discussing your interest in the program, your work, and artistic goals (no more than 2 pages)
2. A résumé or C.V. including name, address, and telephone number (school and/or permanent)
3. Two letters of recommendation
4. 15 examples/images of your recent work

Digital images, letters of recommendation, your resume and letter must be submitted via

Payment for SPI/SSI can be made online HERE

If paying by check, please include THIS FORM with your payment, and mail to:
Continuing Education
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

General program inquiries:

Matthew Sepielli:

Mark Shetabi, PDS Chair:

Payment Questions:




2016 Dates

June 6, 2016 - July 22, 2016

Acceptance to the program will be based on rolling admission. Applications be accepted starting on November 1, 2015 and will be viewed starting on February 1, 2016 through April 15, 2016.

Apply Here:

Online Registration and Payment Click Below:
Tyler SPI/SSI Registration

If paying by check, please include THIS FORM with your payment, and mail to:
Continuing Education
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

2015 Visiting Artists: Wendy White, Judith Linhares, Alex Da Corte, Sheila Pepe

2014 Visiting Artists: James Sienna, Joanne Greenbaum, Joe Amrhein and Polly Apfelbaum

2015 Seminar Leaders: Risa Puleo, Gregory Volk, Saul Ostrow

2014 Seminar Leaders: Philip Glahn, Gregory Volk and Saul Ostrow

Field trips to galleries and museums in New York and Philadelphia.


Past Visiting Artists

Ellen Alfest, Joe Bradley, Katherine Bernhardt, Matt Connors, Keltie Ferris, Sarah Braman, Andra Ursuta, Wendy White, James Hyde, Steven Vitiello, Richard Aldrich, Joanna Malinowska, Dasha Shiskin, Tyson Reeder, Lauren Luloff, Carrie Moyer, Daniel Hesidence, Michael Mahalachick, Michael Williams, Terry Adkins, Leeza Meksin, Julian Kreimer, Arnold Kemp

Past Studio and Gallery Visits

Angela Dufresne, Lauren Luloff, Odili Odita, Shanna Waddell, R.H. Quaytman, Ilya and Emilia Kabokov, Anna Betbeze Jess Fuller, Alison Katz

Past Seminar Leaders

Philip Glahn, Saul Anton, Katherine Carl, Martha Schwendender, Triple Canopy, Cecilia Doughtery, James Hyde