Tyler School of Art and Architecture Blog

January 26, 2022

Shwarga Bhattacharjee (MFA '18) Lets Art Imitate Life in "Excavation Paths" Exhibition

Author: Wanda Motley Odom

Tyler alumnus Shwarga Bhattacharjee (MFA ‘18) has always let lived experience be his muse. His large, lushly layered abstract paintings and collage evoke his cultural background and identity as South Asian as well as the history of his home country, Bangladesh.  Concealed within his use of vivid colors, contorted forms, bold and delicate textures, and broad gestural strokes are references to his Hindu religion and mythological stories, national symbols, verdant geographies, star-packed constellations, demons and goddesses, and the ravages of British colonial rule in India.  Read More

January 25, 2022

Peers Remember Moe Brooker (BFA '70, MFA '72), Influential Abstract Artist

Author: Emily Herbein

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture remembers influential alumni Moe Brooker (BFA ‘70, MFA ‘72), who passed away on January 9, 2022. A notable abstract painter with strong Philadelphia roots, Brooker was best known for his joyous interpretation of African American life on canvas.   Read More

January 19, 2022

Edgar Heap of Birds (MFA '79) Debuts Solo Exhibit "Punctures" at K Art Gallery

Author: Emily Herbein

Edgar Heap of Birds (MFA ‘79) is set to exhibit new and older works in a solo show, Edgar Heap of Birds: Punctures, starting Friday, Jan. 21 at K Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. K Art Gallery is one of the few Native American-owned commercial art spaces. The show will feature mono prints and ghost prints, paintings from his Neuf series, and pieces from his celebrated Native Hosts series.   Read More

January 19, 2022

Esteemed Artists and Designers Fill Tyler's Spring Lecture Series Schedule

Author: Emily Herbein

This Spring, the Tyler School of Art and Architecture welcomes several distinguished artists and scholars to speak at the school and engage with students. These speakers represent a diverse range of practices, focusing on everything from Afrofuturistic architectural design, unconventional blending of visual art and sound, to abstract figure drawing and modernized Indo-Persian miniature painting styles.   Read More

January 13, 2022

Pepón Osorio in Conversation with Nicole Fleetwood for MoMA

Author: Emily Herbein

Pepón Osorio, the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Community Art at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, was recently interviewed by artist and scholar Nicole Fleetwood in MoMA magazine. The two artists discuss MoMA’s acquisition of his installation, Badge of Honor, which explores the relationship between an incarcerated father and his teenage son left at home. Fleetwood curated a major exhibition, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, for MoMA that featured the works of artists in U.S. prisons and delved into similar themes as Osorio’s. The exhibition was open from September 2020-April 2021.  Read More

January 12, 2022

Dona Nelson Honored with the College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching Award

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler Professor in Painting Dona Nelson, having presented 20 solo shows over the span of her career, is best known and respected for her use of unorthodox materials, processes, and forms in her immersive and gestural paintings. Nelson has been a respected educator and mentor as well, and was honored with the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award last year.   Read More

December 13, 2021

Occupational Therapy Grad Students and Tyler Foundations Techs Build Real-World Adaptive Design Projects

Author: Emily Herbein

Graduate students in Occupational Therapy Practice: Assistive Technology collaborated with Tyler faculty to build their final projects for the Adaptive Design Outreach Initiative, led by Cynthia Abbott-Gaffney, assistant professor of instruction in the Occupational Therapy Program in the College of Public Health’s Department of Rehabilitation Science. Abbott-Gaffney specializes in neuro, pediatric, and telehealth practices, all of which play a role in students’ understanding of the current scope of the Adaptive Design Outreach Initiative during a mid-pandemic semester.    Read More

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