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October 11, 2022

MEd Alum Critiques Public Education Through Art

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler alum Mike Smaczylo (MEd '20), a teacher at Kensington Health Sciences Academy, was recently profiled by The Philadelphia Inquirer about his exhibition Reimagining Monoliths, which explores his vision of Philadelphia through 10 silk-screened posters, currently at the Da Vinci Art Alliance. Smaczylo calls his work "a testament to the disinvestment in public schools," writes Kristen Graham, and features McClure Elementary in Hunting Park, Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia, and Ellen Elementary in Germantown.  Read More

April 5, 2022

Art Therapy's Hope Springs Installation Spreads Joy Across All Programs

Author: Emily Herbein

Art Therapy major Kianna Cooper (BA ’22) unwinds a length of black thread, snips it and knots an end around a colorful, twisted wire-and-glass bead object. Then she eases up a ladder and loops the other end around the exposed coil innards of a full-size mattress.  Cooper is adding final tendrils to a mobile-like installation title Hope Springs, conceived by Graduate Assistant and Peer Art Education Advisor Ali Ruffner (MEd ‘22) and executed with Art Therapy Program Head and AECAP Department Chair Dr. Lisa Kay as a project to uplift Tyler students, faculty and staff alike as they returned to in-person learning last fall from the imposed separation of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More

February 21, 2022

Assistant Professor David Herman Jr. Explores Black Image and Ways of Seeing

Author: Emily Herbein

Assistant Professor of Art Education David Herman Jr., PhD, believes past perceptions shape the way we examine the present. He will explore this theme as part of the Testimony: Visual and Embodied Gateways to Black Histories series, presented by the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University. Herman, a lens-based artist, will give a virtual lecture titled "Witnessing Gestures: Spatial Aspects of Black Visualities in the Cinematic Image" on Wednesday, February 23. In this Q&A, he discusses the influences for his lecture, what he hopes will resonate with the audience, and why social topics like this are relevant and important. Registration information can be found here. How did you choose the topic of your lecture?  Read More

November 12, 2021

Scout Cartagena (BFA '22) Displays New Exhibit at DaVinci Art Alliance

Author: Emily Herbein

Scout Cartagena, (BFA ‘22), a 2021 DaVinci Fellowship recipient, is currently showing a collection of new works titled “You Have Their Eyes” at the DaVinci Art Alliance until November 24th, and themes of identity, memory, and connection play important roles in each piece. Recently profiled in the Philadelphia Tribune, Cartagena discusses their primary influences and how working as a Black non-abled person has defined their practice.   Read More

October 22, 2021

Lisa Kay Shares Trauma-Informed Art Education Approaches for Teachers

Author: Carin Whitney

How can art teachers help children and adolescents cope with stress and anxiety from traumatic experiences, and what techniques can provide resilience to both students and teachers? Lisa Kay, Associate Professor of Art Education and Art Therapy, notes that while art teachers are not therapists, they are in a position to help children cope with adversity and trauma. Kay works at the intersection of art education and art therapy, specifically with resilience and artmaking with adolescents who have experienced trauma. Kay and co-author Donalyn Heise recently shared their research in the National Art Education Association’s publication, Translations. Read More

November 11, 2020

Faculty Renee Jackson honored by PAEA as Outstanding Art Educator

Author: Zachary Vickers

Renee Jackson, assistant professor and program head of Art Education, is the recipient of the 2020 Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award at the PAEA Conference (October 16–17, 2020) for her research and teaching related to social justice art education and the integration of game-design and game-play as collaborative art forms and learning tools. “I am very proud and honored to be recognized by PAEA, the largest state art education association in the United States, fueled by dedicated, passionate art educators,” said Jackson. Read More

October 12, 2020

Tyler News Round Up September/October 2020

Author: Zachary Vickers

Stay up to date on all that is happening with faculty, students and alumni of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture: Trenton Doyle Hancock (MFA '00) gives the origin story of his alter ego, Torpedo Boy, talks about what Philip Guston’s infamous Klansmen have to offer as well as discusses his latest exhibition, “Something American,” on view at James Cohan’s two New York City locations through October 17, 2020. (October 7, 2020) Tyler Painting alumna GaHee Park (BFA '12) has been named one of "5 Artists on Our Radar This October" by Artsy. (October 6, 2020) Tyler Printmaking alumna Madison Ketcham's (BFA '18) illustration of Fleet Foxes's lead singer Robin Pecknold is featured in The New Yorker. (October 6, 2020) Read More

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