Tyler School of Art and Architecture Blog

March 22, 2021

Dr. Tracy Cooper publishes article

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Cooper's article, "Intermediality, Image & Text in the Construction & Circulation of Cassinese Identity," is in The Network of Cassinese Arts in Renaissance Italy, edited by Alessandro Nova and Giancarla Periti (Officina Libraria, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut). Read More

March 19, 2021

Linda Earle appointed PEW Center for Arts & Heritage 2021 Visiting Scholar

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Linda Earle (Professor of Practice, Art Management) has been appointed the PEW Center for Arts and Heritage Visiting Scholar for 2021. In this role, she will organize a series of conversations with Center constituents, staff, and thinking partners considering how Black archives can serve as a framework for a multivalent exploration of Black cultural production. "I was asked to think about issues around Black cultural productivity with the Center, and I wanted to find a way into the subject that would facilitate a sort of rhizomatic exploration across the expanse and diversity of that landscape," said Earle. "Looking at what is recognized, documented, preserved and 'metabolizedm' by institutions provides an opportunity to discuss fundamental elements like the formation of cultural narratives, individual and collective legacies, and the dynamics of racism and resistance."  Read More

March 18, 2021

Dona Nelson's new exhibition brings to mind the sensory overload of living in a city

Author: Zachary Vickers

Dona Nelson, professor of painting at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, has a new exhibition, Dona Nelson: Stretchers Strung Out On Space, at Thomas Erben Gallery (February 20–April 3, 2021), and features Nelson’s two-sided paintings that, according to a March 13 article in Hyperallergic, "brings to mind the sensory overload of living in a city." “Most of the paintings start as two-sided paintings, and sometimes, early in the process, one side looks particularly good to me," said Nelson. "I decide that the painting is a wall work and usually cover the back with muslin.” A variety of her double-sided paintings, and some one-sided works, are included in the exhibition. Read More

March 12, 2021

Karyn Olivier Wins Commission at Bethel Burying Ground Historic Site Memorial

Author: Zachary Vickers

Karyn Olivier, associate professor of Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture has won a commission by The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and the Bethel Burying Ground Historic Site Memorial Committee for her memorial design entitled Her Luxuriant Soil. “Karyn’s proposal is not only a memorialization of our past, but it also communicates what we value as a city,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “When they view Her Luxuriant Soil...visitors...will understand that the City of Philadelphia truly values the diversity of our history and the contributions of African Americans.” Read More

March 11, 2021

RECAP: Art History's Presence at CAA

Author: Zachary Vickers

A large number of graduate students and faculty of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture's Art History Department presented papers, chaired sessions and were panelists at the annual College Art Association of America (CAA) conference (February 10–13, 2021). As the principal organization in the United States for professionals in the arts, CAA is the most important professional conference to for advocacy in the arts and intellectual engagement with cutting-edge theory with its broad and diverse membership. Meeting together only once a year, this is where makers and interpreters of art exchange ideas and foster understanding of the arts. Read More

March 3, 2021

Art Therapy Graduate Takes First Prize for Research, Fieldwork

Author: Zachary Vickers

  Tyler alumna’s interdisciplinary scholarship at local rehabilitation facility wins AATA award Elizabeth Allen (BA ‘20), a graduate of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture Art Therapy Program, has earned first prize at the annual American Art Therapy Association (AATA) conference’s poster presentation competition. Her presentation, titled “Common Threads: Community Weaving with Patients with Cognitive and Physical Trauma,” was given virtually in late January as part of the 2020 AATA conference, which delayed a few panels due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

March 3, 2021

Ashley West Elected as Vice President of Historians of Netherlandish Art

Author: Zachary Vickers

Ashley West, associate professor of Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art, 1400–1700 in Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Art History Program, has been elected as vice president of Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA). “I am very honored to have been voted by my colleagues across the globe to be the next vice president of HNA,” said West. The HNA is a group of over 800 international academics, curators and graduate students who are all dedicated to the study of Netherlandish, German/Austrian and Franco-Flemish art and architecture. During her four-year term, working closely with president-elect Walter Melion of Emory University, West will help lead the organization through a variety of new and existing initiatives. Read More


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