Mission and History

Temple Contemporary’s mission is to creatively re-imagine the social function of art through questions of local relevance and international significance.

Temple Contemporary (previously known as Temple Gallery) at Tyler School of Art has an artistic lineage that stretches back to the mid 1980s. Formerly located in Philadelphia’s Old City, Temple Contemporary was closed and re-opened in 2009 as a 3,400 square foot purpose-built gallery inside the new Tyler School of Art at Temple University’s main campus in North Philadelphia.