March 22, 2022

    Visual Studies Alumna Alison Evans (BFA '21) Recognized by Honoring the Future for Sustainability Project

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Visual Studies alumna Alison Evans (BA ‘21) was recognized with an Honorable Mention from Honoring the Future’s Fellowship and Award Program for Emerging Craft Artists Advancing Sustainability. Thanks to the organization, “craft students across the nation are rising to the challenge of climate change, using their powerful visual voices to offer hope and inspiration for achieving a sustainable future.” Evans’ project, Water Works, explored the relationship between  Philadelphia’s waterways and various levels of pollution.  Read More

    December 3, 2021

    Paula Scher (BFA '70) Honored as a Royal Designer of Industry

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Graphic designer and prominent alumna Paula Scher (BFA ‘70) was recently honored with the UK’s most prestigious design award, the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI), established in 1936. The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) recognizes only 200 individuals at any one time who demonstrate “sustained design excellence” and create “work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society.” Creators across disciplines such as graphic design, fashion, textiles, architecture, and industrial design have been recipients. Presently, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, and Margaret Calvert are all RDIs.  Read More

    December 2, 2021

    Visual Studies Celebrates Program's 10th Anniversary with Special Exhibition

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Tyler’s Visual Studies BA program marked its 10th anniversary with a special exhibition last month in Tyler’s Green Hallway and towering, 13-foot banners celebrating the achievements of prominent alumni of the program. The exhibition, which displayed the breadth of artistic practice in the major, doubled as the program’s first thesis showcase, and featured pieces that explored students’ interest in social events, climate issues, and BIPOC representation in media. On Dec. 2, Program Head Dr. Read More

    November 13, 2019

    Tyler Glass alumnus builds “House of Learning” at local synagogue

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    Eight decades after his grandfather fled Nazi Germany and his family’s beloved synagogue was destroyed during the terrors of Kristallnacht, Tyler Glass alumnus Dan Ostrov (MFA ’08) has helped construct a suite of new, one-of-a-kind furniture for the Beit Midrash, or “house of learning,” at Kohelet Yeshiva, a Modern Orthodox K-12 school near Philadelphia in Merion Station, Pennsylvania.  Read More

    October 8, 2019

    Tyler alumni and faculty featured in an exhibition of visionary Philadelphia craft artists from the last 70 years

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    From October 9–November 10, 2019, numerous alumni as well as current and former faculty of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture will be featured in a monumental exhibition, Philadelphia: Then and Now 1950–2019, presenting works from more than 50 Philadelphia-based craft artists from the last seven decades. Bertrand Productions, in collaboration with Helen Drutt (BFA '52), Matthew Drutt and Globe Dye Works, will include 14 emerging and mid-career artists as well as more than 40 historic works in various craft media by artists celebrated in their field. Philadelphia: Then and Now is part of the programming for The American Craft Council “Present Tense 2019” conference in Philadelphia (October 10–12, 2019), which will host a national conversation on craft’s relevance as a powerful catalyst for navigating and making meaning in an increasingly complex present. Read More

    October 7, 2019

    Two Must-See Exhibitions by Painting Alumni

    Author: Zachary Vickers

       Images (left to right): Epistrophy (2018) by Louise Fishman and An Exercise in Tenderness (2017) by Jennifer Packer. Images courtesy of the artists.   Two distinguished Tyler School of Art and Architecture alumni are currently featured in exhibitions in Philadelphia and New York City: Read More

    October 7, 2019

    Philly business led by Tyler alumni is first to earn “Zero Waste” honor from city

    Author: Zachary Vickers

       Tyler alumni Mark Ellis (BFA ’06) and Danielle Ruttenberg (BFA ’06), two of the three co-owners and co-founders of Remark Glass. Image courtesy of the artists.   Remark Glass—a majority women-owned studio co-owned and co-founded by two Tyler School of Art and Architecture alumni, Mark Ellis (BFA ’06) and Danielle Ruttenberg (BFA ’06), along with artist Rebecca Davies—is the first business to earn the “Zero Waste” designation from the City of Philadelphia’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, which is charged with creating a comprehensive plan for waste reduction and litter prevention. Read More

    October 3, 2019

    Tyler alumnus creates mural with Philadelphia high school students to enhance community

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    In spring 2019, Tyler School of Art and Architecture Community Development alumnus Jon Fiamoncini (BSCD ‘19) helped create a mural and garden at Philadelphia’s George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science (GWC), with the help of students and generous donors. “Originally, I’d been assigned the task of assisting a group of GWC students with a community engagement project through my Placemaking: Revitalizing Urban Communities class at Tyler,” Fiamoncini said. After the class ended, he continued to volunteer at GWC. That’s when plans were discussed for the creation of a mural and garden. Read More

    September 23, 2019

    Tyler Graphic & Interactive Design alumni show transformative work in "We the Women" poster exhibition

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    Come experience the work of Tyler alumni and other artists at the We the Women Poster Exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia from Wednesday, October 2 through Sunday, October 13, 2019. We the Women is a visual initiative made up of female, female-identifying and non-binary designers who are bringing awareness to the general public focused on women’s rights in the United States. Women designers were invited to contribute their talents in the form of poster designs. Each designer’s unique perspective is represented in the collection and is a response to the attacks on women’s rights. Read More


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