Faculty News

    November 30, 2022

    Andrea Ray, Associate Professor of Instruction, Defines Sculpture Through Research and Rhetoric

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Andrea Ray, Associate Professor of Instruction in the Sculpture department, joins Tyler from a variety of fine arts institutions, including Parsons The New School in New York, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Cooper Union.  Ray holds a PhD in Fine Art from the Malmö Art Academy of Lund University in Sweden where their doctoral project combined time-based art practice with gender and sexuality studies. Previously, Ray completed the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has an undergraduate degree in material making from Rhode Island School of Design. Ray's practice includes a range of public presentations including art exhibitions, publications, and conference presentations.   Read More

    November 17, 2022

    Karyn Olivier Reveals Temporal Display for the Newark Airport

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Professor of Sculpture Karyn Olivier recently unveiled her commission for the Newark Liberty International Airport, two stacks of 17 floating metallic rings that dangle 52 feet in the air. This is Olivier's largest installation to date. The sculptures, titled Approach, feature "panoramic photographs of New Jersey imprinted on the top and bottom of each flat circle, ranging in diameter from 5 to 19 feet. The fluid, telescoping shape of the sculptures, in opposite yin-yang configurations, seem to compress and expand as they are circumnavigated. Fragmented views of New Jersey’s skylines, shipping ports, salt marshes and infrastructure, like its infamous turnpike, conflate and realign in dizzying mosaics," New York Times writer Hilarie M. Sheets describes. Read More

    October 25, 2022

    Tyler Remembers Susan Moore, Vibrant Professor Emerita of Painting

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Susan Moore, Professor Emerita of Painting, sadly passed away on September 29. Moore first came to Tyler in 1979, taught briefly at Washington University in St. Louis, and then returned to Tyler and taught at Temple Rome, Elkins Park, and Main Campus until her retirement in 2020. Dean Susan Cahan remembers Moore as a “beloved painting and drawing professor who stretched her students to grow in ways they didn’t expect, truly embodying the Tyler mission to encourage students to exceed their own expectations.”  Read More

    October 21, 2022

    Dr. Muge Durusu-Tanriover to speak at Bryn Mawr

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    The talk, "Decentering Empire: Ways of Being Hittite in Late Bronze Age Anatolia" will be presented at 4:30 on Nov 11, 2022 in person, at the Classics Colloquium of Bryn Mawr Collegem Carpenter Library B21, Read More

    October 18, 2022

    Art History's presence at the annual American Society for Overseas Research conference

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    At the annual meeting, a gathering of archaeologists, art historians, philologists, epigraphers and historians interested in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, Dr. Muge Durusu will be presenting a paper, "Curating the Past: Cities and Ancestral Nostalgia in the Hittite Empire" (co-authored by N. Ilgi Gercek) at the in-person meeting on November 17. Dr. Jane DeRose Evans has organized and will be moderating a workshop, "Cultural Heritage, Contested Heritage: A Workshop Organized by the ASOR Cultural Heritage Committee", of which she is the committee chair. This workshop will take place at the virtual section of the ASOR meetings, October 20. Read More

    October 17, 2022

    Dr. Rachel Grace Newman to speak at Columbia University

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Dr. Newman will be presenting, "Where Sea Meets Sky: Infinity" (in person) at Columbia University, for the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department; co-sponsored by the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University; Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race at Columbia; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia; Institute for Comparative Literature & Society at Columbia; Institute for the Study of Sexuality & Gender at Columbia; and the School of the Arts at Columbia. Read More

    October 14, 2022

    Associate Professor of Painting Odili Donald Odita Awarded 2022 Pew Fellowship

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Associate Professor of Painting Odili Odita has been awarded a 2022 Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Odita has been using a sabbatical from teaching this year to focus on his practice, spending long hours in his studio in Germantown working on new grant-funded projects. Pew Fellowships are given to “Philadelphia-area artists working in visual art, film, photography, literature, poetry, and multidisciplinary practices. In addition to an unrestricted award of $75,000, a fellowship includes focused professional advancement resources such as financial counseling and career development workshops,” according to the Pew Center press release.  Read More

    September 14, 2022

    Mariola Alvarez co-organizes ISLAA Forum: Living Histories of Latin American Art

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    The Forum will be held at the University of Pittsburgh September 23-24; it is an annual graduate student workshop co-organized by Alvarez, Abigail McEwen (UMD), Jennifer Josten (Pitt) and is funded by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA). The Forum was originally organized  at the University of Maryland in March 2020, but subsequent years had to be delayed due to COVID. Read More

    September 6, 2022

    Tyler Remembers Martha Madigan, Impactful Professor Emerita of Photography

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Martha Madigan, Professor Emerita of Photography, sadly passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on August 22, 2022. Her more than four-decades career at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture left a longstanding impact on the Photography program faculty and students, who remember her for her warm personality and devotion to teaching.   Dean Susan Cahan reflected on Madigan’s impactful teaching style: “Martha’s 40-year career at Tyler was marked by her love of teaching and strong relationships with students that often continued well beyond their graduation. Martha’s passionate mentorship is a lasting part of her legacy.”  Read More


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