Back to Blog October 7, 2019

Karyn Olivier creates new site-specific work, finalist for another

Author: Zachary Vickers

Karyn Olivier, associate professor of Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, was featured in a The Philadelphia Inquirer story describing the proposals of three finalists selected to design a memorial to Dinah, a once-enslaved woman who saved the city's historic Stenton House from burning during the Revolutionary War.

Additionally, the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s Percent for Art Program and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation announced the completion of School is Out, a new site-specific public artwork by Olivier installed in conjunction with the major renovation of a community center and playground at Stenton Park.

A recipient of a Rome Prize in 2018–19, Olivier's site-specific projects include her mirrored remix of a Revolutionary War battle memorial in Philadelphia for the Monument Lab project, her wall and car-shaped installations at Lehigh University that incorporate used clothing and discarded shoes, as well as her installation at the University of Kentucky at the site of a New Deal-era mural at the university that sanitizes slavery and its legacy.

You can see more of Olivier's work in the faculty gallery.


Image: Detail rendering of Karyn Olivier’s monument proposal for Dinah. Image courtesy of the artist.