Tyler School of Art and Architecture Blog

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

December 3, 2021

Paula Scher (BFA '70) Honored as a Royal Designer of Industry

Author: Emily Herbein

Graphic designer and prominent alumna Paula Scher (BFA ‘70) was recently honored with the UK’s most prestigious design award, the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI), established in 1936. The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) recognizes only 200 individuals at any one time who demonstrate “sustained design excellence” and create “work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society.” Creators across disciplines such as graphic design, fashion, textiles, architecture, and industrial design have been recipients. Presently, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, and Margaret Calvert are all RDIs.  Read More

December 3, 2021

Dr. Lolly Tai (ASLA) Announces Her Retirement and Celebrates 20 Years at Tyler

Author: Emily Herbein

Dr. Lolly Tai, a Professor of Landscape Architecture, will retire at the end of this semester after 20 years of teaching at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. A prominent Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal, the Award of Distinction from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and most impressively, the 2021 Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal, Art and Architecture, her time at Tyler has been highly decorated.  Dr. Tai's teaching style revolved around "the idea of professionalism and good work ethics." Her students were encouraged to build and sustain real-world relationships with their community, value public service projects, and pay attention to the ever-changing role that landscape architecture plays in our every day lives. Her studio maintained an atmosphere of "openness and learning," and with that she forged a close-knit network of current students and alumni. Read More

December 2, 2021

Visual Studies Celebrates Program's 10th Anniversary with Special Exhibition

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler’s Visual Studies BA program marked its 10th anniversary with a special exhibition last month in Tyler’s Green Hallway and towering, 13-foot banners celebrating the achievements of prominent alumni of the program. The exhibition, which displayed the breadth of artistic practice in the major, doubled as the program’s first thesis showcase, and featured pieces that explored students’ interest in social events, climate issues, and BIPOC representation in media. On Dec. 2, Program Head Dr. Read More

December 1, 2021

In Profile: Matthew Autieri, Sculpture '23

Author: Emily Herbein

Matthew Autieri (Sculpture ‘23), entered Tyler with the intention of pursuing a degree in Painting. However, one immersive semester at Tyler’s Rome campus inspired him to take an introductory Sculpture course when he returned, and Autieri was hooked on the breadth of the major from then on.   Read More

November 17, 2021

Temple Contemporary Opens New Exhibition, "In Dialogue."

Author: Emily Herbein

The newest installation in Temple Contemporary, In Dialogue, features the works of several of Tyler’s visiting lecturers from the Critical Dialogue series as well as alumni lecturer Virgil Marti, whose work is pictured above with pieces from artists Eileen Neff and Patrick Macguire. The exhibition is curator Adam Blumberg’s attempt at laying out a cohesive and complimentary display from makers across all areas of the art world.   Read More

November 16, 2021

Remembering Professor Emeritus George Whiting, Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

Author: Emily Herbein

Professor Emeritus George C. Whiting was a constant presence in Tyler’s Landscape Architecture and Horticulture program even after his early retirement in 2006. He often made stops by the department on the Ambler campus in the years that followed to catch up with faculty and check in on the various programs, as his colleagues and students fondly remember.  Dr. Whiting passed away on September 4, 2021, but his legacy lives on in the memories of those he taught and worked with during his more than two decades of teaching at Tyler. Read More

November 15, 2021

MFA Graduates Reunite in Exhibition at Atelier Art Gallery

Author: Carin Whitney

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture presents Everything Must Go (Nov. 20 – Dec. 12), an exhibition featuring selected works from 2020 and 2021 MFA graduates at Atelier Art Gallery. The featured artists work across disciplines ranging from painting and sculpture to video and printmaking; exploring diverse aesthetics and conceptual perspectives. Though many of the artists have since moved away from Philadelphia upon graduating, this final gathering reveals how artists create and maintain communities across distance. Everything Must Go speaks to collective urgency—of closures and potential beginnings during uncertain times. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 20, 3 – 6 pm. Additional hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 5 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Masks are required. Read More



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