Sculpture

The Sculpture program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture cultivates and promotes exploration, unabashed experimentation, intellectual commitment and rigor through a wide range of media, processes and approaches.

Tyler Sculpture students enter a lively community of innovative artists, thinkers and creators who engage contemporary practice in a myriad of forms. Students develop the skills to pursue a range of pathways, including object making, socially-engaged work, video and lens-based media, installation, sound, performance, evolving technologies, research-based practices, digital fabrication, interdisciplinary projects and public practice.

Students also have access to extensive resources that inform and advance their practice as part of Temple—a large, public research university, located in Philadelphia, an historic city with a vibrant arts scene. Working closely with an award-winning faculty of artists in Tyler’s state-of-the-art, expansive facilities (which include dedicated metal, wood and mold-making shops, new media labs and a sound recording booth), students are challenged to grow creatively, intellectually and emotionally through risk-taking, technical proficiency and expanded practical knowledge.

Facilities

  • More than 16,000 square feet of studio space that includes a woodshop, metal fabrication shop and mold-making facilities with all of the tools necessary for sculpture
  • Expansive studio space
  • Two 2-ton gantry cranes, smaller hoists and a 1000-square-foot outdoor assembly pad
  • Video, sound and projection equipment; access to Tyler’s technology resources, such as 3D printers and virtual reality, as well as a Media Outpost Room
  • Access to Temple University’s technology resources through strong relationships with the Boyer College of Music and Dance; the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts; and Temple Libraries' Digital Scholarship Center

The Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Fellowship in Sculpture (for MFA Alumni)
Upon completion of their studies, Tyler MFA Sculpture students become eligible to apply for The Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Fellowship in Sculpture, an honorary annual grant awarded for past excellence and future promise to help transition from an academic environment to professional studio practice.

You can discover additional graduate funding opportunities here.

Visiting artists and lecturers
Tyler’s renowned Critical Dialogue series and a host of other visiting artist and lecture series bring influential artists, curators, critics, dealers, filmmakers, art historians and more to enrich the Tyler Sculpture experience and interact with students. MFA students gain additional access to prominent thinkers and makers through studio visits, critiques and lecture programs.

 

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Undergraduate
  • BFA in Sculpture with Entrepreneurial Studies

    In partnership with Temple University’s Fox School of Business, Tyler offers a BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies as an option for students who want to learn skills for entrepreneurship, from innovative thinking to how to start a business, as p... More More about BFA in Sculpture with Entrepreneurial Studies

  • Graduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    Kim Brandt

    Kim Brandt's work in choreography asks motion to answer questions about how a body can be, and explores how a coming together can alter the tone of our environment. Her “smart, affecting, weird-form dances never take for granted the bodily habits or functional protocols of modern choreography and its users” (David Velasco, Artforum). Brandt received the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2017 and was an Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room (2015); Movement Research (2016-17); and was a Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation (2016). She is the recipient of THE AWARD: NYC (2015), and the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant (2016), which was used to research the work of Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt, Michael Heizer, and Walter de Maria. Her works include Untitled (Kitchen) (The Kitchen, New York, 2014); Silhouette (Ice Box Gallery, Philadelphia, 2015); Landscapes (Audio Visual Arts Gallery, New York, 2015); Untitled (Artists Space) (Artists Space, New York, 2015); Clear Night (Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, 2016); and The Volume (SculptureCenter, Long Island City, 2017).  More