Ceramics

    September 12, 2022

    Tyler's Second-Year MFA Cohort Displays Dissonant Exhibition, "NO SIGNAL"

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Christen Baker (MFA ‘23) curated the exhibition NO SIGNAL, now on view in the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, with the intention of engaging the second-year MFA cohort across Tyler’s nine fine arts programs in cross-disciplinary collaboration. Baker, whose major is in Glass, envisioned a theme that would be “broad enough” to encompass many artist’s work, and the concept of NO SIGNAL pulls from “the collective phenomenon of dissonance, uncertainty, and affect”.  Read More

    August 31, 2022

    Kukuli Velarde Displays Time-Based Sculpture in Tyler Courtyard

    Author: Emily Herbein

    This week, Tyler School of Art and Architecture became a satellite host for an installation by Peruvian artist and adjunct Ceramics Professor Kukuli Velarde in collaboration with Philadelphia’s The Clay Studio. The entire work, titled A Mi Vida X (To My Vida), consists of six clay multiple sculptures of infants. One of these unfired figures will reside in the Tyler courtyard until it can no longer withstand the elements of the outdoors.  Velarde joined The Clay Studio in 1997 as a Resident Artist and has spent nearly a lifetime confronting the complexity and painful effects of Western colonialism through her lived experience. Her work reflects visual landscapes of her native country Peru enmeshed with contemporary American life.   Read More

    August 26, 2022

    Tyler Faculty Recognized for Summer Achievements and Exhibitions

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Tyler faculty across Sculpture, Art History, Painting, Ceramics, and Architecture programs have been recognized for their work and research in their fields with national and international exhibitions, publications, and accolades. The consistent affirmation that Tyler's professors receive within the art and design worlds helps to inform their teaching and connects students to real-world opportunities beyond their education. Read More

    October 25, 2021

    Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo Featured in The New York Times

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo’s work will be front and center in a highly anticipated new period room opening next month at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibition, entitled “Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room,” is inspired by Seneca Village, a Black community that thrived in New York City until the 1850s when it was demolished to make way for Central Park. Lugo’s background and body of work were recently featured in The New York Times’ Fine Arts & Exhibits special report, written by Ted Loos with video footage by Mohamed Sadek.  Read More

    October 5, 2021

    Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo Featured on CBS News

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo, whose artistic practice and research explore issues of race, poverty, and inequality, has been drawing national attention for his modern twists on traditional forms of pottery. Lugo was featured recently on PBS NewsHour and CBS Sunday Morning for the ways in which he weaves his cultural and personal roots into his artwork.  CBS's Serena Altschul interviewed Roberto Lugo about the tight-knit family he grew up with in the Kensington neighborhood and how that connection influences both his style and practice at the wheel. They discuss his blending of popular imagery with personal touches that relate back to the cultural calling cards of North Philadelphia, things that might seem at odds when placed in the context of some of his pieces, like classic teapots.    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

    May 24, 2019

    Tyler Alumni in 5 into 1 Exhibition (May 23–June 23, 2019)

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    On May 23, 2019, in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Green Hallway Gallery, Philadelphia Sculptors hosted the opening of its 20th annual 5 into 1 exhibition (on view through June 23, 2019). The show features the work of some of the best up-and-coming artists who have graduated from five local institutions: the Moore College of Art & Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the University of the Arts, the University of Pennsylvania and Tyler. This year, Philadelphia Sculptors—the only professional organization of sculptors in the Philadelphia region, which expands public awareness of the role and value of sculpture within our culture—broadened its parameters for the exhibition beyond students who have graduated solely from sculpture programs. Curators selected artists who promote sculptural thinking and movement, spanning many disciplines and areas of study.  Read More

    February 21, 2018

    2018 MFA Exhibitions

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    The Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture is pleased to host solo thesis exhibitions for 32 of Tyler's MFA Candidates. The exhibitions will take place February 21 – April 21 with a new show opening each Wednesday. A free reception will be held every Friday, 6 – 8 p.m. Come enjoy refreshments and speak with the artists themselves!   Click names below for more information.   February 21 – 24 Opening February 23, 6 – 8 p.m. Images left to right Graduate Arts Community Group Show Shwarga Bhattacharjee Elmi L. Ventura Mata Read More

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