Blog Archive

October 25, 2013

Producing Space lecture series presents Marisa Jahn

Author: AlleyDee

Visual Studies is proud to present a lecture by artist, writer, and activist Marisa Jahn in the Producing Space lectures series on Nov. 21st at 6PM. Of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa Jahn’s work trammels the boundary between the printed word and public space. She writes, “My work hijacks icons of high and low culture to generate meaning anew. I make art based on the freebies offered by telecommunications companies, the timing of apple harvests, the traffic patterns of soccer moms, and the ineffable Santa Claus logic that prompts terror. My work depends on these contingencies; to understand, I slip and slink into new surrounds. I package the sacrosanct; I embrace the bastard.” Read More

October 24, 2013

Daniel Clayman

Author: Anonymous

For the Fall 2013 semester, Tyler School of Art is pleased to announce Daniel Clayman as a visiting artist in the Glass Department. During his time at Tyler Clayman has also been visiting the Printmaking Studio, to produce a series of etching and collagraph prints. Below are several images of Clayman talking to students about his process in print and working with Bonnie Kissinger (a senior in Printmaking).  Read More

October 24, 2013

Katie Grinnan

Author: Anonymous

From September 9th - 14th, 2013, artist Katie Grinnan was invited to complete a short-term residency at Tyler School of Art. During her stay she worked directly with the students to complete a series of prints on cement, for an exhibition at the Print Center, entitled "For Your Information". In conjunction, Katie Grinnan also presented a lecture in which she spoke about her work and practice, from graduate school to the present.       Read More

October 23, 2013

Albert Paley (BFA ’66, MFA ’69) featured on the PBS premier of "Forge" on October 25th!

Author: Kelli Cavanaugh

FORGE: Exceptional artists forging metal magically transformed by fire, featured Tyler alumnus Albert Paley on the PBS premier episode! Highlighted was his 50-year career as a master metal sculptor and his spectacular installation of sculptures on New York City's Park Avenue. The steel works, at sites between 52nd Street and 67th Street, range in weight from 2.5 to 7.5 tons with dimensions as large as 21 feet high and 40 feet long. They are on view through November 2013. In early October, Paley was inducted into the esteemed Gallery of Success at Temple University! Image: "Progression", Paley on Park Avenue, Courtesy of NYC Parks. Read More

October 21, 2013

Lecture Discussion: Amy Kulper's "Turning the Tables on Experimental Practice"

Author: Saumon Oboudiyat

As a continuation from the earlier blog post—a summary of Amy Kulper’s “Turning the Tables on Experimental Practice” lecture—the following is an interview that I completed with Professor Kulper after her lecture. Her responses are summarized in paraphrased format: How can this idea of table vs. tabula become integrated into a design curriculum? Read More

October 18, 2013

Graphic Design Alumnus, Tim Ogline Publishes History Book

Author: Kayla Cropper

On October 1, award-winning illustrator Tim Ogline (GAID '92) released his new book. Ben Franklin for Beginners was published by For Beginners Books and distributed through Random House. "The genesis of my Franklin project began in 2003 after hearing a story on NPR about the upcoming tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin's birth just three years away in 2006," Ogline said. Ogline has always been interested in the idea of storytelling through both his designs and the written word. "I've have a lifelong interest in storytelling, and have always seen my professional work in graphic design and illustration as using iconographic and conceptual means to engage in storytelling," Ogline said. "Employing storytelling through the combination of text and illustrations in concert with a carefully conceived design structure in the book making process has always been a passion and goal of mine." Read More

October 18, 2013

Ana Vizcarra Rankin (BA, Art History '10) begins portfolio project, Feast

Author: Kayla Cropper

While photographing portfolios to digitize the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art's permanent collection, Ana Vizcarra Rankin (BA-Art History '10) had the idea to begin her own portfolio project, Feast. "I reached out to a few colleagues about the idea and received a very positive response," Rankin said. "Once the project started moving forward, I found myself in a curatorial position, which I am attempting to fulfill to the best of my abilities." Each artist that Rankin reached out to will be contributing one image to the portfolio. "I chose the artists that I invited because I see a common thread in their work. Amazingly, I reached out to a dozen artists, and they all agreed to participate," Rankin said. "Since then, we have all been promoting the project within our own networks including social media, print media, and word of mouth." Read More

October 14, 2013

Visual Studies New Lecture Series Producing Space

Author: AlleyDee

Visual Studies is pleased to present a new lecture series titled Producing Space. The title acknowledges Henri Lefebvre’s widely influential book The Production of Space (first published in 1974), which continues to serve as a reference for understanding the multi-faceted construction of today’s urban environment; one simultaneously formed and unformed through geography, discourse, and representations. Artists, scholars, and thinkers who are actively producing new spaces of social interaction and critical consciousness will be invited to share their creative practice and interdisciplinary collaborations with the Tyler community. Read More

October 10, 2013

Temple Alum Talks Bricks at Arch Street Meeting House

Author: Michael Carwile

Let’s first set the story aside and contemplate the setting. I think the Quakers would approve of such a reflective pace. It’s a leafy yard in Old City on a weekday afternoon. It’s not quiet per se (few places in the city really are) but the street noise feels held back by a stout wall. Within the wall stands a surefooted brick building, modest but not timid, large – two tall stories under a high hip roof – but not imposing. Against the wall of the building, a master inspects its craft. For it was in this contemplative setting, at the Arch Street Friends Meeting House, that Brent Schopfel, President of Masonry Preservation Group, gave a brief introduction to his trade. Read More

October 9, 2013

Dan Keplinger, a.k.a. KING GIMP, featured in Temple News

Author: jamieforslund

October 2nd and 3rd, Dan Keplinger visited Tyler School of Art to share his story and methodology with Art Education and Community Arts Practices students and the Temple Community.  You can read about the experience in the Temple News in a wonderful article by Alexa Bricker; or in the King's own words at kinggimpthoughts.blogspot.com Read More

October 8, 2013

Tyler alum, Virgil Marti, MFA’90 Painting has one-person show at the Wadsworth

Author: Kelli Cavanaugh

Congratulations to Tyler alum, Virgil Marti, MFA ’90 Painting, on his one-person exhibition, “Ode to a Hippie” at the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Matrix Gallery.  On view through January 5, 2014 the site specific exhibition draws on the museum’s collection in combination with Marti’s work to pay homage to poet John Keats and artist Paul Thek. Read More

October 8, 2013

Lecture Summary: Amy Kulper's "Turning the Tables on Experimental Practice"

Author: Saumon Oboudiyat

Temple University’s Architecture Department Lecture Series welcomed guest speaker Amy Kulper, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan Tauban College of Architecture & Urban Planning where she teaches theory and design.  Kulper’s presentation, entitled “Turning the Tables on Experimental Practice” deconstructed and re-constructed the methodologies in which architects understand architectural construct, specifically, how the fields of science, architecture, and encyclopedic knowledge have synthesized and offered a new platform for the discourse in experimental culture.  This post will serve as a synopsis of the lecture, and propose new platforms of discussion from which artists and designers alike may synthesize their practice with the theories presented in the lecture. Read More

October 7, 2013

Park(ing) Day 2013

Author: Michael Carwile

Images: Park(ing) Day Parks: Temple Landscape Architecture (left); Philadelphia Water Department in collaboration with the AIA Community Design Collaborative (right) When the weather is nice, even deep into September, sometimes the best way to spend an afternoon is lounging in the park. Maybe you noticed that on September 20th you had a good many additional options to choose from for your lounging.  For the first time this year it felt like fall today, after the rain, and this reminded me of an event I’ve been meaning to write up from a couple of weeks ago on the still-summer afternoon of September 20th. Read More

October 7, 2013

Dan Keplinger Event--Success!

Author: jamieforslund

October 2nd and 3rd, Dan Keplinger visited Tyler School of Art at the behest of the Art Education and Community Arts Practices department. Keplinger’s work and life has been the focus of a documentary, King Gimp, as well as featured in the Phyllis Kind Gallery in SOHO. Having earned both his BFA and MFA at Towson University. Keplinger continues to work with Towson and keeps Maryland as his home base.   Wednesday October 2nd, Dan presented a workshop demonstration of his drawing techniques during Dr. Lisa Kay's ARTE4088 and4003 Student Teaching and Special Needs courses. A small group of student teachers, master’s students, and practicing teachers and retired art educators from the Philadelphia School District were able to meet Dan Keplinger, ask questions of him and his wife Dena, and learn more about approaches to painting and drawing techniques for artists with physical impediments.    Read More

October 6, 2013

Brigitte Knowles Honored at Snøhetta Lecture Sponsored by Architecture Alumni

Author: Rashida Ng

The first annual Architecture sponsored lecture featuring Craig Dykers of Snøhetta was held in the recently renovated Baptist Temple (Temple Performing Arts Center) last April 4th.  The lecture was dedicated to Brigitte Knowles in recognition to her more than four decade commitment to Architecture at Temple.  Snøhetta has been awarded the commission for the new Temple University Main Library, and the event served to formally introduce them to the Temple community.  Programming and conceptual design for this campus changing project is now underway.  Above: Craig Dykers of Snøhetta at the lecture podium. Read More

October 5, 2013

Albert Paley Inducted Into Gallery of Success

Author: Kayla Cropper

Around the time Albert Paley (BFA '66, MFA '69) was 18 years old he had a mutual friend who was enrolled at Tyler. He had been doing artwork on his own for some time and decided to visit the campus. "That's when it was in Elkins Park," Paley said, "And it was just amazing, the versatility of the programs." With a limited amount of money, Paley decided to give Tyler a try. "After the first six months, I was hooked," Paley said. As an undergrad, he majored in sculpture and minored in metals. "I was really drawn to the discipline and the process of metalworking," Paley said. "So I actually got a teaching assistantship and I taught at Tyler in the Sculpture Department and also in the Metals Department." He received his Master's Degree in Goldsmithing when he graduated in 1969. Read More

October 5, 2013

Cookies, Coffee, and Student Art

Author: Kayla Cropper

Every Wednesday, the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery hosts the Cookie Jar and Java event. Guests are welcome to enjoy free coffee and cookies while viewing student art. On October 2, the gallery featured work from students in Karyn Olivier's installation class. "Basically each room is a group of four and the groups were assigned randomly," Painting Senior Austin Burkey said. "We had to make something that altered the space in some way. So we all just brainstormed and went through many, many, many different ideas." While Burkey's group was assigned to the first room, Junior Sculpture major Jessica Foster's group altered the middle room. "We chose to build a wall and we wanted to create a seclusion from the gallery space," Foster said. "A place for people to seek comfort and relax and let go." Read More

October 5, 2013

Tyler Alum Gives Advice With New eBook

Author: Kayla Cropper

Erica Wernick (GAID '08) fell in love with Los Angeles when she spent a summer at UCLA during high school. "I always wanted to go back and once I figured out that I wanted to work in the entertainment industry, I knew it was the city for me," Wernick said. After graduating from Tyler, she decided to make the move to the city of her dreams. When she got there, she found herself struggling with every aspect of her life. "Finding work, finding a place to live, making friends; it was all very difficult and scary, especially with no stability," Wernick said. Once she settled in, the graphic designer decided to write an eBook with advice for people who want to move to Los Angeles but are not sure where to start. Read More

October 2, 2013

Producing Space Lecture Series with Artist Bayeté Ross Smith

Author: AlleyDee

6:00 PM Tues, October 22 Tyler School of Art, Temple University Room B004 / Free and open to the public Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art is please to announce the first speaker in a new lecture series titled Producing Space. New York-based artist, photographer, and educator Bayeté Ross Smith will speak about his multi-media works that reckon with the complexities of identity in a media-saturated environment. His photographs, books, installations, and collaborative films produce new forms for visualizing the social, economic and geographical boundaries that prevent communities from interacting with each other.   Read More

October 1, 2013

Adele Nelson’s book, Jac Leirner in conversation with/en conversación con Adele Nelson

Author: Susanna Gold

Prof. Nelson's book appears in Portuguese translation by the São Paulo publisher Cosac Naify under the title Jac Leirner conversa com Adele Nelson. The first in-depth study of the Brazilian conceptual artist Jac Leirner’s creative process, the book presents an extended dialogue between the artist and Nelson, with an introductory essay by Robert Storr. Leirner, born in 1961 in São Paulo, emerged in the early 1990s at the forefront of a new transnational generation of artists looking to the art of the 1960s and 1970s as a point of departure. Read More