Blog Archive

October 27, 2022

Leah Frances (MFA '21) Reflects on the Purpose of Place in New Photo Book

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler alumna Leah Frances (MFA ‘21) focuses her photography practice on what she calls third spaces — “communal settings outside of home and work such as taverns, church picnics, diners, restaurants, and movie theaters.” Her latest photo book, Lunch Poems (2022, Aliens in Residence), is an homage to the Americana landscape of these empty or just-visited liminal settings. Read More

October 25, 2022

Tyler Remembers Susan Moore, Vibrant Professor Emerita of Painting

Author: Emily Herbein

Susan Moore, Professor Emerita of Painting, sadly passed away on September 29. Moore first came to Tyler in 1979, taught briefly at Washington University in St. Louis, and then returned to Tyler and taught at Temple Rome, Elkins Park, and Main Campus until her retirement in 2020. Dean Susan Cahan remembers Moore as a “beloved painting and drawing professor who stretched her students to grow in ways they didn’t expect, truly embodying the Tyler mission to encourage students to exceed their own expectations.”  Read More

October 21, 2022

Dr. Muge Durusu-Tanriover to speak at Bryn Mawr

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

The talk, "Decentering Empire: Ways of Being Hittite in Late Bronze Age Anatolia" will be presented at 4:30 on Nov 11, 2022 in person, at the Classics Colloquium of Bryn Mawr Collegem Carpenter Library B21, Read More

October 18, 2022

Art History's presence at the annual American Society for Overseas Research conference

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

At the annual meeting, a gathering of archaeologists, art historians, philologists, epigraphers and historians interested in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, Dr. Muge Durusu will be presenting a paper, "Curating the Past: Cities and Ancestral Nostalgia in the Hittite Empire" (co-authored by N. Ilgi Gercek) at the in-person meeting on November 17. Dr. Jane DeRose Evans has organized and will be moderating a workshop, "Cultural Heritage, Contested Heritage: A Workshop Organized by the ASOR Cultural Heritage Committee", of which she is the committee chair. This workshop will take place at the virtual section of the ASOR meetings, October 20. Read More

October 17, 2022

Dr. Rachel Grace Newman to speak at Columbia University

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Dr. Newman will be presenting, "Where Sea Meets Sky: Infinity" (in person) at Columbia University, for the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department; co-sponsored by the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University; Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race at Columbia; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia; Institute for Comparative Literature & Society at Columbia; Institute for the Study of Sexuality & Gender at Columbia; and the School of the Arts at Columbia. Read More

October 14, 2022

Associate Professor of Painting Odili Donald Odita Awarded 2022 Pew Fellowship

Author: Emily Herbein

Associate Professor of Painting Odili Odita has been awarded a 2022 Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Odita has been using a sabbatical from teaching this year to focus on his practice, spending long hours in his studio in Germantown working on new grant-funded projects. Pew Fellowships are given to “Philadelphia-area artists working in visual art, film, photography, literature, poetry, and multidisciplinary practices. In addition to an unrestricted award of $75,000, a fellowship includes focused professional advancement resources such as financial counseling and career development workshops,” according to the Pew Center press release.  Read More

October 11, 2022

MEd Alum Critiques Public Education Through Art

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler alum Mike Smaczylo (MEd '20), a teacher at Kensington Health Sciences Academy, was recently profiled by The Philadelphia Inquirer about his exhibition Reimagining Monoliths, which explores his vision of Philadelphia through 10 silk-screened posters, currently at the Da Vinci Art Alliance. Smaczylo calls his work "a testament to the disinvestment in public schools," writes Kristen Graham, and features McClure Elementary in Hunting Park, Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia, and Ellen Elementary in Germantown.  Read More

October 5, 2022

Architecture Students Host Juried Exhibition in Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery

Author: Emily Herbein

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter at Temple University is hosting a juried exhibition of drawings and posters ranging from freshman through graduate levels of Tyler's architecture program, organized by AIAS President Ranzen Ocampo (BArch ‘23) and faculty advisor Chris McAdams, Assistant Professor of Instruction. Work will be on display in the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery from October 3 through October 22.  Read More

October 4, 2022

Professor Clifton Fordham on the Building Blocks of Tyler's Facilities Management Program

Author: Emily Herbein

Clifton Fordham, Associate Professor and Program Head for Architecture, encourages his students to understand the importance of finding strategic, comfortable solutions to problems surrounding interior space planning and facilities management when they enter the workforce. Facilities management as an industry provides the tools and services that support the functionality, safety, and sustainability of buildings, grounds, infrastructure, and real estate. Read More