Painting

Tyler is ranked among the top 10 MFA programs in Painting by U.S. News and World Report. Our Program provides the skills and concepts essential to your artistic growth. The faculty has designed a pattern of studio and seminar courses that fosters the development of pictorial concepts realized in the tangible form of painting and drawing.

Students entering Tyler’s BFA program in Painting become part of the working world of art. Faculty who are all practicing artists, graduate students in the school’s top-ranked MFA program, visiting artists, critics, authors, gallery owners, and curators all play a role in exposing majors to the challenges and rewards of an art career. The program focuses on studio practice as a career, and encourages students to explore and hone a variety of techniques while developing their own personal visions. Through studio and seminar courses, faculty members present a range of skills and concepts essential to artistic development. 

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Lecture Series and Seminars

  • December 06, 2017
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The works of Paul Pfeiffer repeatedly engage negation, the nature of which is as elusive and compelling as a seemingly absent subject, th...

  • November 29, 2017
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Biopolitical collectivism: critical subjectivities in contemporary African art Massa Lemu is a Malawian visual artist and writer whose ...

  • November 15, 2017
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Kim Brandt has presented her work in New York City at The Kitchen, Pioneer Works, SculptureCenter, Artists Space, Movement Research, Aunt...

News

  • MoMA acquires sculpture by Barbara Chase-Riboud

    The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has acquired The Albino (aka All that Rises Must Converge/Black), 1972, its fourth acquisition of Barbara Chase-Riboud's work. Her solo...

  • The Game: recent work from Painting BFA alumna Angela Washko '09

    Angela Washko, a writer, game developer, and teacher at Carnegie Mellon University graduated from Tyler in 2009. She was interviewed this summer in The Guardian about ...

  • MFA Painting Alumnus Trenton Doyle Hancock profile in the Houston Chronicle

    MFA Painting Alumnus Trenton Doyle Hancock is profiled in the Houston Chronicle. You can read the article here. Hancock's work is currently on view at Rice Gallery, or...

  • Undergraduate
  • BFA in Painting with Entrepreneurial Studies

    In partnership with the Fox School of Business at Temple, Tyler School of Art offers BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies for all BFA major disciplines. The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies is a 126 credit degree program integrating the disciplin... More More about BFA in Painting with Entrepreneurial Studies

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    Trenton Doyle Hancock

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    Trenton has had exhibitions at major galleries and museums throughout the world. Recent exhibitions have included A Better Promise, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA,,2010 Trenton Doyle Hancock, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX,2009, FEAR, James Cohan Gallery, New York, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy, Institute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. He is the recipient of the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist retreat, Sarasota, Florida,2013 the Joyce Alexander Wein Award, Studio Museum of Harlem,2007, S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Prize in the 181st Annual Exhibition, National Academy Museum, New York, NY,2006, Penny McCall Foundation Award,2004, Artadia Foundation Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Grant Recipient and the Skowhegan Camille Hanks Cosby fellowship for African-American Artists, Skowhegan, MA More

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    Barry Schwabsky
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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Barry Schwabsky

    October 25, 2017

    Barry Schwabsky is art critic of The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. He has published several books of critic

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    Rosalind E. Krauss
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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Rosalind E. Krauss

    November 08, 2017

    ROSALIND E. KRAUSS​ After Abstract Expressionism Wednesday, November ​8th​ at 6P​M​​ AUDITORIUM B004

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    MFA Open Studios

    October 06, 2017

    Tyler's MFA studios will be open to the public Friday, October 6th from 5-9pm! Get a behind-the-scenes look at graduate student work and

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    Miya Masaoka
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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Miya Masaoka

    September 13, 2017

    Re-imaging Sound, Perception and the Vagina: The Vagina Is the Third Ear

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    Chrissie Iles
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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Chrissie Iles

    October 04, 2017

    Black box / white cube: moving image installation at the end of the world as we knew it

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    Rob Pruitt
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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Rob Pruitt

    October 11, 2017

    Rob Pruitt was born in 1964 in Washington, D.C. He studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. and Parsons Scho

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    Chitra Ganesh
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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Chitra Ganesh

    November 01, 2017

    The Scale of Myth

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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Cameron Rowland

    November 07, 2017

    Born in Philadelphia in 1988, Cameron Rowland lives and works in Queens, NY. Rowland holds a BA from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

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    Kim Brandt
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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Kim Brandt

    November 15, 2017

    Kim Brandt has presented her work in New York City at The Kitchen, Pioneer Works, SculptureCenter, Artists Space, Movement Research, Aunt

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    Massa Lemu
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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Massa Lemu

    November 29, 2017

    Biopolitical collectivism: critical subjectivities in contemporary African art

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    Paul Pfeiffer
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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Paul Pfeiffer

    December 06, 2017

    The works of Paul Pfeiffer repeatedly engage negation, the nature of which is as elusive and compelling as a seemingly absent subject, th

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    THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES - Prem Krishnamurthy

    September 06, 2017

    Prem Krishnamurthy is a Founding Principal of design studio Projects, recipient of the Cooper Hewitt’s 2015 National Design Award for Com

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    Tyler MFA Open Studios

    October 22, 2016

    The graduate students at Tyler School of Art, are participating in Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, the largest tour of artist studios and

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    CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- JENNY SNIDER

    April 06, 2016

    Jenny Snider spent her working life teaching Studio Art. She is best known for her black and white dance drawings, painted wooden taxis,

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    CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- TAMEKA NORRIS

    April 13, 2016

    Tameka Norris states:

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    CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- HARMONY HAMMOND

    March 30, 2016

    Harmony Hammond is an artist, art writer and independent curator who lives and works in Galisteo, New Mexico. Considered a pioneer of the

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    CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- LAUREL SPARKS

    March 16, 2016

    Laurel Sparks was born in Phoenix AZ in 1972 and lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts B

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    CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- SHAUN LEONARDO

    March 09, 2016

    Shaun Leonardo is a multidisciplinary artist who uses modes of self-portraiture as a means to convey the complexities of masculine identi

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    CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- CULLEN WASHINGTON, JR.

    February 10, 2016

    Cullen Washington Jr. received his BA from Louisiana State University and his MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts

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    CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- STEVE LOCKE

    February 03, 2016

    Steve Locke (born 1963) is an African American artist who explores figuration and perceptions of the male figure, and themes of masculini

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    CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- JUDY GLANTZMAN

    January 27, 2016

    Judy Glantzman is an artist living and working in New York City, represented by the Betty Cunningham Gallery, New York City. She graduate

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    CRITICAL DIALOGUES LECTURE- HALSEY RODMAN

    January 20, 2016

    Halsey Rodman’s work proposes a consensual and liberating encounter with objects by rendering apparent the radical instability of their f

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    MFA Open Studios

    November 13, 2015

    Tyler School of Art will host its fourth annual MFA Open Studios on Friday, November 13th, 2015, from 4 - 8pm.  Graduate studios will be

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    MFA Painting Alumnus Trenton Doyle Hancock Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing

    March 25, 2015

    Mar 26, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015 STUDIO MUSEUM HARLEM

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    The Artist's Voice: Trenton Doyle Hancock in Conversation with Stanley Whitney

    March 26, 2015

    In this edition of The Artist's Voice, Trenton Doyle Hancock and Stanley Whitney will discuss Hancock's drawings, collages and works on p

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    Featured Alumni

    Trenton Doyle Hancock, MFA in Painting, 2000 is the recipient of the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist retreat, Sarasota, Florida, 2013.

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    Virgil Marti, MFA'90 at Wadsworth!

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    Critical Dialogues: Alexander Alberro and Dan Graham (Panel Discussion)

    October 30, 2013

    Alexander Alberro, Virginia Wright Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York, is the author of Conc

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    Critical Dialogues, Christopher Eamon, "Film as Sculpture"

    September 18, 2013

    "Film as Sculpture" is the subject of a talk by curator, Christopher Eamon included in the Critical Dialogues Lecture Series organized by

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    Critical Dialogue Lecture Series

    The Critical Dialogue series at Tyler brings to campus outstanding, internationally renowned artist, filmmakers, architects, curators, scholars, and writers.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

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