From day one, 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 the majors to the challenges and rewards of an art career. The program is rigorous and critical but also nurturing, and the kind of respect that students have for each other is a very consistent, healthy aspect of the department.
The BFA 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 both studio and seminar courses, faculty members present a range of skills and concepts essential to artistic development. Each semester, instructors expose students to awide variety of contemporary viewpoints complemented by frequent visits to museums and galleries in Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Tyler’s highly regarded Critical Dialogues series provides an added dimension to the undergraduate experience in Painting. The series regularly brings nationally known artists, critics, and authors to campus to present their work, lead discussions, and critique student pieces. Students are also encouraged to pursue creative collaborations with faculty and students in other media at Tyler and Temple. Recent interdisciplinary projects have meshed painting with video, sound, and digital imaging.
In addition to the many opportunities on campus, most Painting undergraduates in their junior year also take advantage of the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at Temple Rome, Temple’s eminent and longstanding program in the Eternal City. The department is also invited to nominate students for the prestigious Yale/Norfolk Summer Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing. All of this activity exposes Tyler undergraduates to the real working world of art and gives them the best foundation possible as they continue to build their careers.