Community Arts Practices

April 3, 2018

Teaching Artists Course Visits Russell Craig Exhibition

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Students in the AECAP Department's "Artists Teaching in Communities" course recently visited the Philadelphia Magic Gardens' Russell Craig Exhibition. From the Magic Gardens' website: "Craig makes art on court documents, prison paperwork, and discarded items to convey how art helped him overcome a tumultuous time in his life. Read More

January 25, 2018

Pepón Osorio wins College Art Association's 2018 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement

Author: Hillel Hoffmann

January keeps getting better for Pepón Osorio, Laura Carnell Professor of Community Art at the Tyler School of Art. The College Art Association (CAA) announced today that Pepón had been named the 2018 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement—only nine days after learning he had won a United States Artists fellowship. Pepón is the first artist of Puerto Rican descent to win the award. In a press release, CAA cited his "meticulous installations incorporating the memories, experiences and cultural and religious iconography of Latino communities and family dynamics." He joins a select 31-member club. Previous winners of the award include Hans Haacke, David Hammons, Jacob Lawrence, Yvonne Rainer and Nancy Spero. The award will be presented on Feb. 21, the first day of the CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles. For more details, read our full-length story. Read More

December 19, 2017

Pepón Osorio Receives Distinguished Arts Award From Pennsylvania Governor

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Congratulations to Tyler School of Art, Art Education and Community Arts Practices Professor Pepón Osorio who received the Distinguished Arts Award from Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf. Osorio was honored as a Pennsylvania artist of international renown whose artwork and contributions enrich the state and beyond by the Governor and First Lady. Osorio creates large scale, multi-media, socially conscious art installations. He has worked on long term projects that address critical social issues in collaboration with more than 25 communities across the country and the world. Recently, he was in the Fairhill neighborhood of Philadelphia, where, with the help of the community, he relocated an classroom from a closed District of Philadelphia school, transforming it into a living art installation in the Tyler Community Arts classroom. Read More

December 18, 2017

Tyler Art Therapy Major's Work Featured On Philly.com

Author: Michael Smaczylo

The artwork of Tyler School of Art, freshman art therapy major,  Natasha Yeso was recently featured by Philly.com for her award winning editorial cartoon concerning the shifting policies towards gay and transgender military recruits (above). The cartoon won Natasha first place in the College of Liberal Arts’ political cartoon contest. Congrats! Read More

December 7, 2017

Teaching Artist & Muralist Michelle Ortiz Gives Talk in AECAP Department

Author: Michael Smaczylo

On November 14, Michelle Ortiz, teaching artist, muralist, and activist, gave an exciting presentation on her mural project in Mexico City, and discussed issues relating to immigration, indigenous cultures, and development of sustainable partnerships. Thank you so much Michelle Angela Ortiz for taking the time to speak with our students.        Read More

November 16, 2017

Art Therapy Class Visits Magee Rehabilitation

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Art Therapy students had a valuable chance to meet with Art Therapist Julie Nolan at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital! After a discussion on the varieties of approaches to art therapy and the connections to relational aesthetics, Julie took students on a complete tour of the facility. She also explained what the experience is like for patients, and provided insight on real life experiences of a practicing art therapist.  The art throughout the building, made by patients, shares stories about each artist. During the tour students learned to critique artwork in a non-analytical way, viewing  and viewed it as any other type of artwork. Read More

October 24, 2017

Print Slam 2017 at Tyler Recap

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Here are some photos of Prints Link Philadelphia’s “Print Slam” professional development event, hosted by Tyler School of Art AECAP Department, PAEA Region 12, and Prints Link Philadelphia.  Founded in 2009, Prints Link Philadelphia is an open membership coalition of schools, community arts organizations, museums, art educators, and artists who promote printmaking to Pre-K through 12th grade students in the Greater Philadelphia region. This Print Slam event facilitated art educators to engage as artists with gelatin and trace monotypes printmaking media. These artist educators will bring what they have learned beyond this workshop to their students and classrooms. Read More

October 16, 2017

The Art of Art Education - on view through December 11th!

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Check out the artwork of Tyler Alumni, Tyler Co-op teachers, and friends of Tyler Art Education and Community Arts Practices at The Art of Art Education show in Malvern, PA! Support our local art educators and stop by The Henry Gallery Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm till December 11th. Read More

October 10, 2017

Reception Photos from Implicit Intersections - Artwork of MED Graduate Students

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Here are some pictures from Sunday’s celebratory closing reception for Implicit Intersections!   This was an exhibition showcasing the studio art practices of the Graduate students of Tyler School of Art's Art Education and Community Practices Department. The concept for Implicit Intersections was to celebrate moments when the act of making art intersects with one's development as an educator/researcher.   Implicit Intersections featured the work of the following artists:   Maria La Rosa Benitez John Darling-Wolf Sarah Gregory Laura Hricko Caroline Kulp Kline Maddie Lesage Theresa Murtha Kyle Psulkowski Issa Revell Michael Smaczylo Daphne Smallwood Read More

October 3, 2017

Ver de lejos Exhibition Reception

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Some pictures from last Friday’s Ver De Lejos/To See from Afar show! This gallery showed work from the Mann Older Adult Center bilingual painting course, led by Jamie Forslund. These artists explore themes of memory, heritage, and beauty by connecting their lives in Philadelphia with memories of growing up in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, etc. The reception featured several artists present talking about their process and experience, as well as Art Educator Jamie Forslund talking about her experience teaching in a bilingual community arts program. Forslund highlighted the differences between teaching older adults from teaching children and adolescents, as well as the inspiration for some of the projects in the exhibition.    Read More

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