Blog Archive

April 29, 2024

Meet the Student Speaker for Tyler’s 2024 Commencement

Author: Jordan Cameron

Kalila Jones will receive a BFA in Fibers & Material Studies with a concentration in K–12 Art Education at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s 2024 commencement. A proud Philadelphia native, speaking at commencement has been a bucket-list item for Jones, and now that the time has come, she is feeling a range of emotions. “I was super excited to find out that I would be speaking at commencement,” Jones said. “I am a little nervous to speak in front of such a large crowd. Excited, nervous, curious, elated—you name it, I am probably feeling it right now.”Jones’s professor Dr. Lisa Kay recommended her for the student speaker role earlier in the spring semester, which gave her the courage and inspiration to take it on.  Read More

April 25, 2024

Tyler Architecture Alum Named A 2024 Woman Of Live

Author: Jordan Cameron

Tyler Architecture alum, Emma Castro-Krivanek, BArch '08, was honored as a 2024 Woman of Live by VenuesNow, a trade publication covering live entertainment venues across the globe, serving managers, owners, operators and bookers of arenas, amphitheaters, stadiums, performing arts centers, clubs, theaters and convention centers.Women of Live celebrates women with exceptional leadership and accomplishment in live entertainment and facilities. Castro-Krivanek is an architect and associate principal with Populous, a global architecture and design firm specializing in sports facilities, arenas, and convention centers.  Read More

April 22, 2024

Tyler Professor of Sculpture Creates Monument at Stenton Museum

Author: Jordan Cameron

In 2019, Tyler Professor of Sculpture Karyn Olivier was selected from three finalists to create a monument to Dinah, a Black woman remembered by history for saving Stenton—a colonial-era mansion, now a museum at 4601 N. 18th St. in Philadelphia's Logan neighborhood—from destruction during the Revolutionary War. Though records of her life are sparse, and no images or likenesses of her exist, Stenton staff began researching to learn more about Dinah in preparation for the monument. She was an enslaved woman at Stenton, who asked for her freedom and was emancipated on April 15, 1776, remaining as a paid caretaker.  Read More

April 19, 2024

Art History representation at the 2024 Philadelphia Area Undergraduate Art History Symposium

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Zoë Kilgore and Seohyun (Sera) Park have been selected to represent Tyler on April 26 1-4:30 at the Community College of Philadelphia; with Yogev Avidar (BA 2023) as the discussant. Zoë's talk, "A Sacred Space: Manifestations of Queerness in Vodou Practices" and Sera's talk, "Painting the Privileged: Genre Paintings of Sin Yun-bok and Jean-Honoré Fragonard" grew out of their projects for the capstone class. We're proud to be represented by these three scholars! Read More

April 18, 2024

Emily Neumeier publishes book on the Hagia Sophia

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Emily notes that, "I am the co-editor, along with Benjamin Anderson (Cornell University) Hagia Sophia in the Long Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press). I also contributed a chapter." You can find the book here: Read More

April 16, 2024

Natalia Ángeles Vieyra (PhD '21) Appointed First Associate Curator of Latinx Art at National Gallery of Art

Author: Jordan Cameron

Art History alum Natalia Ángeles Vieyra (PhD '21) has joined the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in the newly created role of Associate Curator of Latinx Art. This position originated as part of the Advancing Latinx Art in Museums initiative, with the support of the Mellon, Fort, Getty, and Terra Foundations. “This transformative program has provided the support for the creation of several new curatorial positions specializing in Latinx art across the United States and Puerto Rico, including my new role at the National Gallery of Art,” Vieyra, who is Mexican American, said. Vieyra says her top priorities as associate curator include building on the National Gallery’s collection of Latinx art, exhibition programming, and community outreach.  Read More

April 15, 2024

Meet Natali Rodrigues, Laurie Wagman Artist-in-Residence at Tyler

Author: Jordan Cameron

Natali Rodrigues is a glass artist and the spring 2024 Laurie Wagman Artist-in-Residence at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. During her time at Tyler, she has created a body of work that will be on view at AUTOMAT in an exhibition curated by Tyler alum and Associate Professor Brynn Hurlstone (MFA ’23) titled A Sliver of the Moon / A Single Branch of Flowering Plum. “Each of the objects in the exhibition is an investigation of ceaseless change using mitosis as a metaphor, symbol, and/or method of production,” Rodrigues described in an artist statement. “The exhibition invites viewers to experience "a world of refraction, distillation, excessive textural noise, and quiet, blessed quiet, amongst the frenzied dance of life.”  Read More

April 10, 2024

Tyler Faculty Take a Lead in Climate Action

Author: Wanda Motley Odom

For the last two years, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Rob Kuper has been diligently working with fellow faculty members to organize around the topic of climate change, particularly how institutions such as Temple University can reduce their use of fossil fuels.On April 18, Kuper will combine his efforts with other proponents of decarbonization at Temple for a community conversation, “Your Role in Decarbonizing Temple,” about innovative solutions to promote the use of renewable energy and make the university’s energy infrastructure less reliant upon fossil fuels. Read More

April 5, 2024

Maria de Lourdes Marino (PhD candidate) wins two summer awards

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Maria has been accepted  for the Goizueta Fellowship with the University of Miami for June and July 2024. This fellowship supports research at the Cuban Heritage Collection, one of her dissertation's primary sources. She has also been appointed Smithsonian American Art Museum's inaugural Audrey Flack Short-Term Fellow for August 1-30, 2024. This fellowship allows her to be in DC for a month to research the Smithsonian collections related to her research. Read More

April 3, 2024

Back to the Nest: Tyler Architecture Alum’s Career Journey Comes Full Circle

Author: Alina Ladyzhensky

Tyler Architecture alum Aaron Bell (BArch ’11) has worked on a wide range of projects throughout his career– from a food hall in Nashville to a historic bank building-turned-hotel in Pittsburgh. But two recently completed projects have stood out for bringing his professional journey uniquely full circle: Bell had the opportunity to work on iNest, a new Temple University innovation center, in addition to serving as project architect for The Battery, a mixed-used complex that repurposed the very same structure that Bell studied for his thesis work at Tyler. Read More