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

  • October 10, 2014
  • 11:00am

Tyler's Annual Graduate Open House is an opportunity for prospective graduate students to tour the facilities, meet with faculty and curr...

  • October 10, 2014
  • 12:00pm

  Friday, October 10th (12 - 7 p.m.) & Saturday, October 11th (12 - 5 p.m.) Shop handmade goods. See demonstrations. Make somet...


  • Lauren Dombrowiak at Philadelphia Art Alliance

    Alumni Lauren Dombrowiak presents an exhibition of new work at the Phildadelphia Art Alliance. 251 South 18th Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103   Heavily influen...

  • Jordan McDonald Nominated for Prestigious Award

    Adjunct Assistant Professor Jordan McDonald has been nominated for this prestigious People's Choice Award in Toronto at the Gardiner Museum of Art.  Voting for the fin...

  • 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...

  • Undergraduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    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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    Ceramic Sculpture by Jury Smith

    Jury Smith at Plinth Gallery

    September 12, 2014

    Tyler Alumni Jury Smith's latest exhibition"White Out" can be seen at Denver's Plinth Gallery from September 5th - 27th.   Smith’s work h

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    Annual Graduate Open House

    October 10, 2014

    Tyler's Annual Graduate Open House is an opportunity for prospective graduate students to tour the facilities, meet with faculty and curr

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    Featured Faculty

    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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    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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    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

    Adelaide Paul
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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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    Featured Event

    Art Market at Tyler

    October 10, 2014

      Friday, October 10th (12 - 7 p.m.) & Saturday, October 11th (12 - 5 p.m.) Shop handmade goods. See demonstrations. Make somet

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    Digital Consequences—Reflections on the Creative and Experimental Use of Technology in Art

    September 30, 2014

    The Art & Technology Group is pleased to announce the upcoming event Digital Consequences—Reflections on the Creative and Experimenta


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