Alumni News

April 8, 2020

Tyler Almuna Jennifer Packer Receives Greenfield Prize

Author: tuf83247

Tyler School of Art and Architecture alumna Jennifer Packer (BFA ‘07) has been selected as the  2020 Greenfield Prize recipient from a competitive pool of well-established artists. The prestigious prize consists of a $30,000 commission and a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Packer joins a distinguished group of artists to receive this prize, including another Tyler alum, Trenton Doyle Hancock (MFA ‘00). Read More

April 3, 2020

Tyler Alumna, Christa DiMarco, wins Art History Award

Author: tuf83247

Tyler School of Art and Architecture Art History alumna Christa DiMarco (MA ‘07, PhD, ‘15) has been awarded the Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) President's Award, which honors members who have contributed in extraordinary ways to both the Nineteenth Century Studies Association and to scholarship in interdisciplinary 19th-century studies. “[DiMarco] is a versatile scholar and writer,” remarked Susan E. Cook, president of the NCSA. “...[She] is also a tireless advocate for the profession and professional organizations like NCSA, as well as a tireless educator.” Read More

April 3, 2020

Tyler Alumna Patricia Renee Thomas’s Solo Show

Author: tuf83247

Tyler School of Art and Architecture alumna Patricia Renee Thomas (BFA ‘17) is featured in her solo show, “Grapejuice,” at Kapp Kapp gallery in Philadelphia, which is currently closed due to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. The exhibition, inspired by Thomas’s experience getting her hair done as a child and focuses more widely on “the self in the form of preparation, and the form of preservation, and the form of performance, especially as a black woman,” will be extended once the gallery reopens.  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

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