Contemporary sculpture is a broad and diverse field that includes object making, large-scale architectural installation, performance-based work, time-based work, and time-based media. 

The Sculpture Program provides the skills and concepts essential to creative growth. Courses are designed to integrate the development of technical skills with critical discourse and theory, and knowledge of contemporary sculpture. Tyler’s highly regarded Critical Dialogues series regularly brings nationally known artists, critics, and authors to campus to present their work, lead discussions and critique student pieces. Students are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary projects, which mesh public art with video, sound, performance, installation, and digital imaging.

Upcoming Events

  • October 02, 2015
  • 9:00am

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

  • November 01, 2015
  • 11:45pm

Priority deadline for Transfer applicants applying for the Spring 2016 semester. Please go to the following link for information regardin...

Lecture Series

Lecture Series
  • September 09, 2015
  • 6:00pm
  • Tyler School of Art Auditorium

Adam Pendleton is a conceptual artist known for his multi-disciplinary practice, which moves fluidly between painting, publishing, photog...

Lecture Series
  • September 16, 2015
  • 6:00pm
  • Tyler School of Art Auditorium

David Joselit worked as a curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston from 1983 to 1989 where he co-organized several exhibiti...

Lecture Series
  • September 30, 2015
  • 6:00pm
  • Tyler School of Art Auditorium

Barbara Hammer was born in Hollywood in 1939. Her documentary and experimental films are considered among the earliest and most extensive...


  • 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

    Hal Jones

    Hal Jones artwork

    Hal Jones, MFA Sculpture ’78  |   Atelier Art’s moving story about the priceless Barnes collection, June 12, 2012 by Diane Mastrull, for The Inquirer, on |  Hal Jones was a young, long-haired sculptor with a lot of nerve when he showed up with some of his creations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art around 1979. Lucky for him, he did not storm off when the late Anne d’Harnoncourt, the museum’s then-director, made more of a fuss over the packaging around his works than the sculptures themselves. Instead, Jones accepted a subcontracting job to build packing crates for the Art Museum. The wisdom of that pride-swallowing decision would be affirmed more than 30 years later when Jones’ Philadelphia-based company, Atelier Art Services & Storage, landed what he recently called “the move of maybe the century.” By that, he meant the Barnes Foundation relocation. No doubt the envy of art handlers the world over, the move involved 4,323 pieces of a priceless renowned collection by early modernists, including Matisse, Cézanne, Renoir and Picasso. More

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    Featured Event

    Philadelphia Sculpture Gym: Te(a)ch Exhibition

    April 03, 2015

    First Friday in April! Come check out some amazing work Philadelphia Sculpture Gym's  Te(a)ch exhibition! They have techs representing PA

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    Featured Alumni

    Strauss Bourque-Lafrance received his MFA in 2010. He was awarded a fellowship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, the following summer.

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    Featured Event

    Critical Dialogues: Alexander Alberro and Dan Graham (Panel Discussion)

    October 30, 2013

    Alexander Alberro, Virginia Wright Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York, is the author of Conc

    Featured Event

    Critical Dialogues, Christopher Eamon, "Film as Sculpture"

    September 18, 2013

    "Film as Sculpture" is the subject of a talk by curator, Christopher Eamon included in the Critical Dialogues Lecture Series organized by


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