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    December 1, 2022

    Adé Cornelius (MArch '22) Speaks on Inclusivity at the 2022 Designing Libraries IX Conference

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Adé Cornelius (MArch ‘22) received unexpectedly exciting news following her graduation from Tyler's Master of Architecture program in August when she was invited to speak as a panelist at the 2022 Designing Libraries IX Conference held at Temple University’s Charles Library earlier this fall. After being introduced to Nancy B. Turner, Director for Planning, Strategy and Organizational Evolution at Temple Libraries by Kate Wingert-Playdon, Tyler Associate Dean and Director of Architecture and Environmental Design, Cornelius was given the opportunity to draft a presentation regarding inclusive spaces in libraries. Architects, librarians, planners, designers, and information technologists gathered at the event to “explore the achievements and challenges of designing libraries and learning spaces for the 21st century.”  Read More

    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 30, 2022

    The Art of Student Teaching Encourages Confidence and Creativity

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Assistant Professor and Program Head of Art Education Renee Jackson, PhD, delves into this year’s The Art of Student Teaching exhibition, on view this month from November 30-December 4. Last year, the department celebrated 30 years of student teaching shows, originally created by Art Education Professor Emeritus Jo-Anna J. Moore.   Curated by Tyler student teachers through their work in their field placement classrooms, as well as “peer share” session with Jackson, “students learn to emphasize the importance of the work that is meaningful to K-12 students,” Jackson says. Many of the works explore themes and share ideas about everyday life, provide opportunities for their voice, stories, and perspective to be shared, and offer space to learn about the world, themselves, and each other through the process of creation.   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

    November 9, 2022

    Paolo Mentasti (MFA '23) Showcases Work in Revived Sculpture Straw Gallery

    Author: Emily Herbein

    This year, Sculpture’s Straw Gallery, located at the studio’s entrance, will feature two-week exhibition periods that showcase the work of current MFA students. To kick off the series, Paolo Mentasti (MFA ‘23) is exhibiting his piece Proleptic Archaeological Fragment 1 until November 13.    Read More

    November 9, 2022

    Luke Green (BArch '21, MArch '23) Receives AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Student Achievement Award

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Luke Green (BArch ‘21, MArch ‘23) has been selected as Temple’s recipient of AIA Pennsylvania’s Architectural Excellence Student Achievement Award. The award highlights one student per accredited school for their exceptional scholastic achievement and future promise, and their readiness to take on the challenges and responsibilities of the work required in the field of architecture. Other accredited Pennsylvania universities participating include Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Jefferson, Marywood, Penn State, and the University of Pennsylvania.  Read More

    October 27, 2022

    Leah Frances (MFA '21) Reflects on the Purpose of Place in New Photo Book

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Tyler alumna Leah Frances (MFA ‘21) focuses her photography practice on what she calls third spaces — “communal settings outside of home and work such as taverns, church picnics, diners, restaurants, and movie theaters.” Her latest photo book, Lunch Poems (2022, Aliens in Residence), is an homage to the Americana landscape of these empty or just-visited liminal settings. 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 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

    October 11, 2022

    MEd Alum Critiques Public Education Through Art

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Tyler alum Mike Smaczylo (MEd '20), a teacher at Kensington Health Sciences Academy, was recently profiled by The Philadelphia Inquirer about his exhibition Reimagining Monoliths, which explores his vision of Philadelphia through 10 silk-screened posters, currently at the Da Vinci Art Alliance. Smaczylo calls his work "a testament to the disinvestment in public schools," writes Kristen Graham, and features McClure Elementary in Hunting Park, Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia, and Ellen Elementary in Germantown.  Read More

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