Student Life

The Office of Student Life plans programs and activities for students throughout the Academic Year.  Activities are free and open to all students at Temple University, so your non-Tyler friends are usually welcome to join.  Most activities are planned with the assistance of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, but individual students are welcome to submit proposals for activities they would like to see Tyler Sponsor.  Examples of recent activities:

  • Free Bus Trip to Dia Beacon Museum in upstate New York
  • Free Bus Trip to First Friday Gallery Walk in Old City Philadelphia
  • All Art School Mixer with students from Moore College of Art, PAFA, and UArts
  • Movie Night in the Artist Palette Cafe
  • Open Studios Night at Tyler
  • Big Sing Holiday-along at the Temple Bell Tower
  • Holiday Crafts donated to a local Senior Center
  • Spring Carnival with free food

Student Life also plans career events, alumni-student events, the freshman Convocation and the annual Commencement Ceremony (link to Commencement page).  The Office of Student Life serves as Ombudsperson for the students, faculty and staff at Tyler, and can help Tyler students navigate other offices at Temple University as needed.  Contact Kari Scott at the Office of Students Life or call 215-777-9141.

Student Life also publishes the Weekly newsletter for students, the Week Here At Tyler (WHAT).  Also included are free things to do in the Philadelphia area.  The WHAT is also emailed to all Tyler students every Monday morning.

Student Life can also help student find on-campus Student Activities to match students’ interests.  Temple offers over 250 students-led groups with a wide range of interests.  

Exhibitions & Public Programs

The mission of the Exhibitions and Public Programs department of Tyler School of Art is to explore and encourage experimentation in artistic practice, presentation and interpretation. The department provides a platform for innovative artists for the production of their work, and a forum for the larger community to examine the most recent developments in contemporary art and their relationships to broader cultural contexts. Temple Gallery is a featured program of the Exhibitions department and offers original exhibitions and programs that present emerging practices and artists with local, national and international reputations. Each year the Gallery presents the MFA thesis projects as a series of one-person exhibitions. The Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries feature works by students in projects organized by faculty, students and guest curators.

Tyler Exhibitions’ programming is designed to foreground the material work of artists and to operate in the arena in which students begin to address the public with their work as professional artists. Exhibitions are featured, along with collateral programming (web sites, lectures, symposia, programs generated by the exhibiting artists), artists’ residencies, commissions and publications. The programs offer students opportunities to meet and work with exhibiting artists, visiting curators and invited critics as well as to participate in the gallery program working on research, administrative, and installation projects. The student-run exhibition program, “Produce,” organizes exhibitions, performances and lectures both on-campus and at other locations.

Leadership Opportunities

Tyler students are engaged in a variety of student organizations and community service activities.  The block on the right links to the more than 300 student organizations at Temple, including a number of Tyler student organizations.

Students who engage in leadership opportunities and active participation in student organizations often have the edge when it comes to scholarships, jobs or other opportunities.  Choose to join a Tyler or Temple student organization, or consider joining the Center for the Arts Dean's Student Advisory Committee.  This student committee, under the mentorship of Assistant Director for Student Life Kari Scott, creates events and activities to enhance the life of students within the Center for the Arts, within Temple and in the near community.  This group organizes annual crafting events for the University, the annual Carnival and special events like the Gender Ball fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Scholarship and TUArts Fest, a weeklong celebration of the arts at Temple. Interested in learning more?  Just contact Kari at or Miranda Westrick, Professional Programs Administrator, at 

Students also have the opportunity to become leaders within major-specific or interest-specific student groups.  There are over 300 student groups listed on OwlConnect at Temple university linking student with diverse interests such as acapella singing, ballroom dancing, snowboarding, or baking, as well as ethnic and religious affinity group.  There is something for everyone, and students who don't find a group to their liking may start their own. Several of these group are of particular interest to Tyler students:

Visiting Artists & Lecturers

Every semester, Tyler is host to dozens of distinguished visiting speakers: artists, designers, architects, historians, educators. Open to all students and to the public, these presentations inform and inspire, bringing to campus the best contemporary thinkers, critics, makers, and teachers. These lectures are an extension of the Tyler curriculum, a time when students and faculty gather to experience cutting-edge work in myriad disciplines. These presentations by emerging and established arts professionals are one example of how Tyler connects its students with the real world of visual arts practice.