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.

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  • C.T. Jasper (aka Professor Christian Tomaszewski) with collaborator Joanna Malinowska have been selected to represent Poland in the 56th Venice Biennale this summer!

    C.T. Jasper (aka Professor Christian Tomaszewski) with collaborator Joanna Malinowska have been selected to represent Poland in the 56th Venice Biennale this summer! T...

  • Center for the Arts Students Begin Scholarship Campaign

    There is a scholarship fund on the horizon for students who have a creative voice that needs to be heard.  The Dean’s Student Advisory Committee of the Center of the ...

  • Adam Brody and Suzanne Seesman Are Each Winners of the 2014 Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Fellowship!

    The Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Fellowship is an honorary award established in 2012 in honor of the Russian-born, American-based artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The fello...

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    Alumni Spotlight

    Hal Jones

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    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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    Critical Dialogues, Su Friedrich, "Documentary Isn't Real and Fiction Isn't Invented."

    September 11, 2013

    The Critical Dialogues Series is presented by the department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture. Artist Sue Friedrich will speak that eve

    • Le Lit (The Bed) by Barbara Chase-Riboud
    • Monument to Man Ray's "The Enigma of Isidore Ducasse," by Barbara Chase-Riboud
    • All That Rises Must Converge / Red by Barbara Chase-Riboud
    • All That Rises Must Converge / Red, detail by Barbara Chase-Riboud
    • Malcolm X #10 by Barbara Chase-Riboud
    • Malcolm X #10, detail by Barbara Chase-Riboud

    Chase-Riboud BFA'57 at PMA

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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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