One of the primary reasons for Tyler’s preeminent reputation among institutions of higher education is the collective record of achievement produced by its graduates. Tyler’s philosophy emphasizes the investigation and articulation of concepts leading to a high level of personal inquiry, resulting in work that challenges and extends the traditional boundaries of the media and their accepted definitions.

Tyler graduate programs are intended for students whose work has achieved strong definition and who seek continued growth and education in their discipline. Admission to the program is highly selective.

Tyler’s internationally recognized graduate faculty brings a reputation for excellence in academic research, studio practice, and teaching with a broad range of attitudes and philosophic positions. The educational atmosphere at Tyler is characterized by a system of mentorship that encourages diversity, respect for individual direction, and a rigorous exchange of ideas and creative challenges. Tyler graduate students work closely with the faculty and contribute significantly to the life and strength of the school.

Tyler’s Exhibitions and Public Programs department provides another important educational tool. It operates one main gallery for professional and MFA thesis exhibitions and the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery devoted to student work.

Tyler’s location in the northeast corridor is invaluable. Not only are the extensive art collections and institutions of Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. easily accessible, but the opportunities to complement Tyler’s faculty with an extensive program of visiting artists, critics, and scholars drawn from these cultural centers are unlimited.

Upcoming Events


  • ArtNOW: Philadelphia Features Four Tyler Artists

    In 2012, the artNOW exhibition began its three-city show series with artNOW: Baltimore. The exhibition continued in 2013 with artNOW: DC, and will end with artNOW: Phi...

  • "Artists for Haiti" to Hold Charity Fundraiser

    In 2011, the Penn State Project Haiti chapter approached Temple University to start an organization that would work to fund a new orphanage in Petite Riviere de Artibo...

  • Costumes and Prints Bring “CandyCoated Wonderland” to Life

    “CandyCoated Wonderland” is a whimsical installation of costumes and prints straight from the imagination of Philadelphia-based artist Candy Coated (’97 MFA Ceramics),...

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    Dylan Beck

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    At present, Dylan J. Beck is an Assistant Professor of Art and the Ceramics Area Chair at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. As a 2012 NCECA Emerging artist, Dylan was chosen to represent the organization by presenting a lecture at the CAA conference in NYC this winter. His research focus is on the interaction between built space and the natural environment and the idea that manmade landscapes express a society’s material and political priorities. Dylan has received research grants for work with rapid prototyping as well as studio sustainability and efficiency modifications. Since graduating from Tyler, Dylan has exhibited his work extensively. This summer he will present a solo exhibition at the Leedy Voulkos Arts Center in Kansas City, MO.  More

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    Laura Ashley and Jordan McDonald Demonstration and Lecture

    April 02, 2014

    Laura Ashley and Jordan McDonald will be demomstrating their studio processes and presenting a lecture about their work at 2:30 p.m.  

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    Wendy Gers Lecture

    March 31, 2014

    Please join is for a lecture by Wendy Gers, Curator of the 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale titled Ceramics Now: Art Design& Digital Mat

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    Adelaide Paul Lecture

    April 09, 2014

    Please join us for a lecture by Philadelphia artist Adelaide Paul. Adelaide is a sculptor residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She ear

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    This January Mallory Wetherell accepted the opportunity to teach ceramics and be the Artist in Residence at Tyler School of Art.  

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    Emily Ward Bivens Lecture

    October 08, 2013

    Emily Ward Bivens is an Associate Professor of 4D/Transmedia Design and the Director of Foundations at the University of Tennesee at Koxv

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    Emily Ward Bivens: Proxy; In A State Of Apparent Death

    October 10, 2013

      Emily Ward Bivens creates spaces and characters. These elements invite us to investigate our own relationship to similar environments,

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    Paul Scott Lecture

    October 10, 2013

    Paul Scott is an artist best known for his research into ceramics and print. He creates individual pieces that blur the boundaries betwee

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    Jeanne Quinn Lecture

    November 04, 2013

    Jeanne Quinn was born in Lemoore, California. She received her BA cum laude in art history from Oberlin College; she recieved her MFA in

    Caroline Slotte: One-to-one
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    Caroline Slotte Lecture

    March 10, 2014

    Finnish artist Caroline Slotte, known for her trompe l'oeil ceramics and altered historical ceramic objects, will be lecturing on her wor

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    Tyler Ceramics at NCECA

    March 6, 2014

    The Ceramics Program at Tyler will be at NCECA in Milwaukee! Stop by our table in the Resource Hall and say hello. We'll have infomation

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    Charity Thackston, MFA Thesis Exhibition Reception

    March 14, 2014

    Tyler Ceramics MFA candidate, Charity Thackston, Thesis Exhibtion.

    Julia Bunn Thesis Exhibition
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    Julia Bunn, MFA Thesis Exhibition Reception

    April 18, 2014

    Tyler Ceramics MFA candidate, Julia Bunn, Thesis Exhibtion.


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