Painting Faculty

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Painting Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Critical Studies, and Program Head of Painting
    Painting, Art History

    Philip Glahn, PhD

    • Email: phglahn@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9176
    • Office: Tyler 300B
    • Philip Glahn’s research and teaching focus on the histories, theories and practices of art as technology, labor and activism. His writings on the legacies of avant-garde strategies, the politics of drawing, digital media and new social formations, radio and the public sphere, as well as other topics have appeared in publications including Art Journal, Afterimage, The Brooklyn Rail, Parallax, Panorama and PUBLIC, as well as several anthologies. 

      His research has been supported by several grants including a Fulbright Fellowship and a Helena Rubinstein...

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  • Associate Professor and Chair of Art
    Painting

    Gerard Brown

    • Email: gbrown@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9713
    • Office: Tyler 210U
    • Gerard Brown is interested in secrets. His creative and scholarly work, which encompasses studio processes such as painting, drawing, printmaking and other forms, examines the use of writing to camouflage and conceal messages in the public sphere.
       
      As a writer, Brown has contributed essays to Ceramics: Art & Perception, Philadelphia Weekly and Juxtapoz, among other magazines. He is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Visual Art Criticism. He has organized exhibits for the Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art & Design...

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  • Assistant Professor
    Painting

    Mark Thomas Gibson

    • Email: mark.gibson@temple.edu
    • Office: Tyler 300C
    • Website: www.markthomasgibson.com
    • ON LEAVE, FALL 2021 & SPRING 2022 -- Hodder Fellow/Princeton
      Mark Thomas Gibson is an artist who uses modes of caricature, pop, fantasy and narrative to reflect on current American history. The work most often takes the form of drawing, painting and books.

      As a graduate student at Yale University, Gibson was the recipient of the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Award in 2013. In 2016, Gibson co-curated the exhibition Black Pulp! with William Villalongo, which has traveled from Yale to the International Print Center New York (IPCNY), University of South...

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  • Professor
    Painting

    Dona Nelson

    • Email: paint@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9710
    • Office: Tyler 300C
    • Website: www.donanelson.com
    • Dona Nelson is an influential American painter and educator best known for immersive, gestural abstract works employing unorthodox materials, processes and formats to disrupt conventional ideas of painting and viewership. She has worked at Tyler School of Art and Architecture since 1991. 

      Nelson has had twenty solo exhibitions of her work, primarily in New York City. In 2014, she was included in the Whitney Biennial. In 2018, she had a large survey show of her paintings at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, which was comprised of thirty large...

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  • Professor
    Painting

    Odili Donald Odita

    • Email: ododita@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9176
    • Office: Tyler 300A
    • Website: www.jackshainman.com/artists/odili-donald-odita
    • ON LEAVE, FALL 2021 & SPRING 2022
      Odili Donald Odita is an abstract painter exploring color both in the figurative historical context and in the sociopolitical sense.
       
      In recent years, Odita was commissioned to paint several large-scale wall installations including Newark Museum (2017); Nasher Museum of Art, Durham (2015); Mural Arts Philadelphia (2016); Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (2015); Savannah College of Art and Design (2012) and the United States Mission to the United Nations, New York (2011).
       
      Odita has...

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  • Associate Professor and Director of Tyler at Temple Rome
    Painting

    Mark Shetabi

    • Email: mark.shetabi@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9176
    • Office: Tyler 300D
    • Website: www.markshetabi.com
    • ON ROME CAMPUS, SPRING 2022 & FALL 2022
      Mark Shetabi is an artist whose work examines a disjointed and subjective overview of history through concurrent bodies of work in painting, sculpture and installation. Born in New York, as a child he lived in Tehran, Iran for five years, returning to the United States on the eve of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The experience of straddling two cultures often in conflict is an enduring subtext of his work. 

      Shetabi has exhibited in venues such as White Columns in New York; the National Building Museum in...

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  • Associate Professor
    Painting

    Jessica Vaughn

    • Website: www.jessvaughn.com
    • Jessica Vaughn is an artist whose practice encompasses working with discarded and mass-produced materials and images to create artworks that convey complex histories of place, production and use. 
       
      Vaughn has had several exhibitions in museums and institutions, including Working Thought, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2022); Lost in America, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Nbk) (2021), Berlin, DE; Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (2018); and Fore Studio Museum in Harlem (2012). In 2021, Vaughn had a...

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  • Associate Professor
    Glass, Painting

    Sharyn O’Mara

    • Email: sharyn.omara@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9128
    • Office: Tyler 120D
    • Website: www.sharynomara.com
    • ON SABBATICAL, SPRING 2022
      Sharyn O’Mara is an artist and educator whose interdisciplinary works explore the marks of language and the language of marks. Her practice is comprised of drawing, sculpture, glass, printmaking and installation.
       
      O’Mara’s current work involves reflections on empathy and longing while living in a media-possessed culture that so often feels devoid of intimacy and trust. Deeply connected to her dogs, she works with the residue of their existence—nose prints, shed hair, cremains—taking otherwise overlooked materials and...

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  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Julia Clift

    • Email: tuj68282@temple.edu
    • Website: www.juliaclift.com
    • Julia Clift is a Philadelphia-based artist working primarily in painting and drawing. Her recent work uses a language between abstraction and representation to discuss ideas of contemporary American space and mediated perceptions of reality. As a teacher, Julia emphasizes both traditional drawing and painting skills and experimentation. She aims to expand her students' technical tool belts while empowering them to take creative risks.

      MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BFA, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Associate Professor
    Foundations, Painting, Visual Studies

    Samantha Simpson

    • Email: samantha.simpson@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9151
    • Office: Tyler 230C
    • Website: www.samanthasimpson.com
    • Samantha Simpson makes paintings and drawings that reference cartooning, 14th century woodcuts and the history of modernist painting. Her recent pieces specifically address the uneasy juxtaposition of the everyday and the political.

      Simpson’s work has been shown nationally and internationally and has been included in solo and two-person exhibitions at Firecat Projects; Gallery Joe; Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center; Tufts University; the Lawndale Art Center in Houston; Slugfest Printmaking Workshop in Austin, Texas and Gallerie Michael Rasche in Fribourg, Germany. Her art has...

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  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Rebekah Callaghan

    • Email: tua04473@temple.edu
    • Website: www.rebekahcallaghan.com
    • Rebekah Callaghan is a Philadelphia-based artist who paints gardens and plants that are reduced to abridged forms to broaden the landscape of color, touch and light. She is interested in finding space in her paintings for moments of transformation that call to both the complexity of change and the simplicity of growth.

      MFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
      BFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University 

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Anthony Coplan

    • Email: anthony.coplan@temple.edu
    • Website: www.anthonycoplan.com
    • Anthony Coplan’s work focuses on process, repetition and reflection through visual anecdotes. His work has been exhibited in The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Fleet Week exhibition as well as several other institutions.

      MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BFA, Montclair State University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Kati Gegenheimer

    • Email: kati@temple.edu
    • Website: www.katigegenheimer.com
    • Kati Gegenheimer is a Philadelphia-based artist working primarily in painting and drawing. Her paintings serve as an ongoing visual diary exploring ideas around feminism, emotional labor and 'women's work' through symbolism, landscape and language. She has a strong interest in researching decorative and folk arts as they relate to painting, installation, heritage and domestic environments. 

      MFA Yale University School of Art
      BFA Tyler School of Art

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Brooke Lanier

    • Email: elizabeth.lanier@temple.edu
    • Website: www.brookelanier.com
    • Brooke Lanier uses art to search for patterns and logic in scenes that seem impossibly complex. She creates nuanced, collage-based paintings that explore architectural interjections into the natural environment, particularly areas near water.

      MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

       

  • Adjunct Professor
    Foundations, Painting

    Alicia Link

    • Email: alicia.link@temple.edu
    • Website: www.alicia-link.com
    • Alicia Link’s work offers a type of expanded painting that manifests itself across disciplines. Using fantasy and humor to explore the relationship between loss, love and the body, she often lingers in a space that draws attention to the invisibility of trauma.

      MFA, University of Texas at Austin
      BFA, Boston University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Dana Lok

    • Email: tu69395@temple.edu
    • Website: www.danalok.com
    • Dana Lok is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in painting and drawing. Her work imagines speech, knowledge and the passage of time as activities that happen on a stage, not unlike tricks in a magic show.

      MFA, Columbia University
      BFA, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Stuart Lorimer

    • Email: stuart.lorimer@temple.edu
    • Website: www.stuartlorimer.com
    • Stuart Lorimer is a Scottish-born, New York-based painter and curator. Stuart makes narrative paintings that employ a realism informed by observation and fiction. He paints figures often posed in action and tinged with allegory—or otherwise, they are at rest and caught in seeming existential worry. These characters present unclear psychologies and exist within graphic environs that conjure municipal and leisure spaces.

      MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BFA, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Riley Strom

    • Email: tuj78717@temple.edu
    • Website: www.rileystrom.com
    • Riley Strom is a painter and educator based in Philadelphia. In her painting, she investigates the relationship between image and lived experience by means of figuration and abstraction. She co-directed the artist-run gallery 99 Cent Plus Gallery in Brooklyn, NY from 2013–2016.

      MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BFA, Sarah Lawrence College 

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Kyle Thurman

    • Email: tuo28213@temple.edu
    • Website: www.kylethurman.com
    • Kyle Thurman is a New York-based artist whose multifaceted practice weaves together both diaristic and journalistic perspectives. By employing primarily drawing and painting, Thurman’s practice often considers notions of biography and memory in relation to collective and cultural representations by the mass media and other governing institutions. Thurman’s work was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York—where his work also resides in its permanent collection, as well as in other prominent institutions' collections.

      MFA, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College
      Guest student, Kunstakademie Dusseldorf
      BA, Columbia University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    David Walsh

    • Email: tua55699@temple.edu
    • Website: www.davewalshgallery.com
    • Dave Walsh makes large-scale paintings that investigate American mythologies of nature in national parks and recreation spaces. He explores how history and culture have informed perceptions of landscape over time in the United States; utilizing fieldwork, research and memory to recreate environments using multiple perspectives.

      MFA, Yale School of Art
      BFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Lauren A. Whearty

    • Email: whearty@temple.edu
    • Website: www.laurenwhearty.com
    • Lauren Whearty is a Philadelphia-based painter, curator and teacher. She is also a co-director of an artist-run curatorial collective, Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, NY. Whearty's paintings investigate personal identity through memory, lived experience, the familiar objects of everyday life, a love of color and the material processes of painting and drawing which bring them all together. 

      MFA, Ohio State University
      BFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting, Sculpture

    Misha Wyllie

    • Email: misha.wyllie@temple.edu
    • Originally from the South, Misha Wyllie is a Philadelphia-based artist and teacher with a commitment to art creating space for dialogue. Her interests include education, language, ecology and theories of representation, appropriation and the politics at work in them. With a background in making objects, she approaches writing and 2D work through sculptural concerns.

      MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
      BFA, New College of Florida
      BFA, School of Visual Arts

  • Adjunct Professor
    Foundations, Painting

    Ricardo Zapata

    • Email: tuh16851@temple.edu
    • Website: www.ricardozapata.net
    • Ricardo Zapata makes interdisciplinary work in painting, drawing and sculpture concerned with notions of power struggle, displacement, transgression and anxiety. He is a member of Pink Noise Projects, a collectively-run project space in Philadelphia.

      MFA, University of Pennsylvania
      BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

  • Professor Emeritus
    Painting

    Richard Cramer

    • We mourn the loss of Richard Cramer who passed away on April 10, 2020. Richard Cramer taught at Tyler School of Art and Architecture from 1966 to 2003. He developed two unique courses during his time at Tyler: Urban Industrial Landscape and Color. Upon his retirement, he established The Richard Cramer Color Award in Painting for which we are most grateful. Read his obituary by his wife, Carol Markel.

      Early in his career, Cramer developed a proprietary color mixing system to create thousands of nuanced colors for use in his color-field paintings. This work was shown widely in New York and across the country and at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in a one-person exhibition in 1978. After this body of work, Cramer went on to create drawings and paintings in an abstract-figurative style.

      MFA and MS, University of Wisconsin
      BS, University of Wisconsin
      BFA, Layton School of Art

  • Professor Emeritus
    Painting

    Marilyn Holsing

    • Email: mholsing@temple.edu
    • Website: www.marilynholsing.com
    • Professor Holsing’s work has been included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts among others.  Her paintings and work on paper have been shown at MIT, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Drawing Center, and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, as well as, galleries in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.  Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer and many online publications, such as, the Huffington Post and the Artblog.  Professor Holsing has received two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants, a National Endowment, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation grant, and recently an Independence Foundation grant. 

  • Professor Emeritus
    Painting

    Margo Margolis

    • Email: margom@temple.edu
    • Margolis is the recipient of numerous awards including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, New York State Council on the Arts Grant, Yaddo and Mac Dowell Residency Grants. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at at Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, Esso Gallery, New York, Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston and included in group exhibitions at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago Chicago, Munson-Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, New York, University Museum, Santa Barbara, California, Delahunty Gallery, Dallas Texas. Her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia Museum, Philadelpia, Zimmerli Archives, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York, General Mills, Minneapolis, MN, Estee Lauder Corporation, New York among other public collections.

  • Professor Emeritus
    Painting

    Susan Moore

    • Email: susan.moore@temple.edu
    • Phone: 267-693-7044
    • Office: Tyler 300A
    • Website: www.susan-moore.com
    • Susan Moore is a painter whose evolving group of portraits combine painting, photography and collage. Each portrait is painted individually and has a particular presence even as they relate to each other, catching a distinct light and texture in their own space. Her works continue to explore the tensions, revelations, intersections and disconnects of individuality and anonymity. 

      Moore has been the recipient of numerous grants including the BaderFund Fellowship; four Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships; a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Mid-Atlantic NEA. Moore’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; The Pennsylvania Convention Center and the New York Public Library. She had a major retrospective at Denison University in Ohio in 2019, which included 40 years of work and over 60 paintings and drawings.
       
      MFA, University of California at UC Davis, 1979
      BFA, Indiana University, 1977

      Selected Awards
      Bader Fund Fellowship (2003)

      National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1989)

      Selected Award
      Moore, S. (2019). Susan Moore: A Portrait Retrospective 1980-2019. Denison University 
           Artspace, Newark, OH, February 1–March 8, 2019.

      Moore, S. (2014). Sub Rosa and Double Persona. Spazio Galleria Aquadro, Rome, Italy,
           May 13–May 26, 2014.

       

      Image credit: Stephanie Price
  • Professor Emeritus
    Painting

    Keith Morrison

    • Email: keith.morrison@temple.edu
    • Website: www.keithmorrison.com
    • Keith Anthony Morrison is an artist, art educator, curator, art critic and administrator. His native country of Jamaica awarded him the national title, Commander in the Order of Distinction (CD) and also selected him to represent Jamaica at the 2001 Venice Biennale.

      His works are included in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Cincinnati Art Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art; the Museum of Modern Art, Monterrey, Mexico; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the National Gallery of Art, Jamaica. He has had solo exhibitions in galleries in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington and San Francisco; and in such museums as the de Young Museum, San Francisco; the University of Delaware Museums; and the Alternative Museum, NYC. 

      MFA and BFA, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

       

  • Professor Emeritus
    Painting

    Charles Schmidt

    • Charles Schmidt has had 26 solo exhibitons of his paintings in America and Europe. His work can be found in over 50 museum and public collections.

      MFA, Cranbrook Academy
      BFA, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Professor Emeritus
    Painting

    Stanley Whitney

    • Drawing influence from a range of sources, including Abstract Expressionism and his African-American heritage, but hewing to none, Stanley Whitney produces abstract paintings focused on color. In inexhaustible variations, Whitney organizes blocks of colors into grids that fill the canvas. He likens his process to the call and response flow of traditional African-American music, explaining: “I start at the top and work down. That gets into call and response. One color calls forth another. Color dictates the structure, not the other way around.”

      MFA, Yale University
      BFA, Kansas City Art Institute

  • Adjunct Professor
    Foundations, Sculpture, Painting

    Suzanne L. Seesman

    • Email: tuc70362@temple.edu
    • Website: www.suzanneseesman.com
    • Suzanne L. Seesman is a Philadelphia-based artist and art-service worker whose research explores the emotional and material conditions upon which political, intellectual and art histories are built. Her experiences working in collective and labor organizing and the service industry shape her approach to teaching, writing and art making.

      MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BFA, Ohio University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Chris Riddle

    • Email: chris.riddle@temple.edu
    • Website: http://riddleartillery.com
    • Chris Riddle is an artist interested in camouflage as a conceptual and pictorial apparatus. Through painting and drawing, Riddle explores how camouflage acts as a stand-in for painting itself: simultaneously and paradoxically covering while revealing underlying meaning and intention. Riddle's paintings often explore ideas surrounding the ubiquitous nature of reproduction and mimicry in the natural world as well as within the artistic process. Photography, found objects, and language play key roles in these investigations of uncovering that which hides in plain sight.

      Riddle has...

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  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Maria Stracke

    • Email: maria.stracke@temple.edu
    • Website: http://www.mariastracke.com
    • Maria Stracke is an artist and educator whose material-based investigations in painting, drawing, mixed media and ceramics consider notions of nostalgia, home, place and family. Interrogating constructions of "Asian Americanness," in relation to Korean shamanistic and folk art traditions, is also an evolving subtext of Maria's practice.

       

      MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

      PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

      BFA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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  • Adjunct Professor
    Painting

    Jazmyn Crosby

    • Email: tuj73286@temple.edu
    • Website: http://www.jazmyncrosby.com
    • Jazmyn Crosby is an interdisciplinary artist whose work investigates transmission and discarded objects. She is particularly interested in moments when connection fails, her painted work tends to distort familiar objects, pulling inspiration from diagrams, communication technologies, and organic material. Born and raised in New Mexico, Jazmyn lives in Philadelphia, she is an educator with experience in STEAM (STEM+Art) , an event facilitator, and is a founding member of Graft Gallery/Collective. 

       

      MFA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture

      BFA, The...

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