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.

Many of our peer museums and galleries come up with a great idea and then start looking for an audience to come and see it. At Temple Contemporary, we start with the public first! Our programming is designed with the public at the forefront of our process. Learn about how we do it here.

Temple Contemporary (previously known as Temple Gallery) at Tyler School of Art and Architecture 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 and Architecture at Temple University’s main campus in North Philadelphia.

For an archive of previous projects, please visit our external site here.