Tyler Blog

June 12, 2023

William Toney on: Curating Meaningful Exhibitions

Author: Emily Herbein

William Toney, Graduate Assistant at Temple Contemporary and current MFA candidate in Tyler's Photography program recently curated his first exhibition, Message Received, which was on view until June 17th. The exhibition engages artists from Tyler as well as Temple at large in conversations surrounding the relationships between visual art and the written word. Toney speaks on his experience curating this exhibition, his role working in Temple Contemporary this year, and what he hopes to bring to the space in the upcoming months. Describe your role with Temple Contemporary? How does this position speak to your larger goals as an artist? Read More

June 8, 2023

Barbara Chase-Riboud (BFA '57) Reminisces on Tyler's Early Years

Author: Emily Herbein

Artist, writer, and poet Barbara Chase-Riboud (BFA '57) spoke with Serpentine Galleries, which organized a recent exhibition of work that spanned seven decades of her career. Barbara Chase-Riboud: Infinite Folds, which was on view October 11, 2022- April 10, 2023, showcased her " innovation in sculptural technique, exploring memory, history and power through monumental sculptures and works on paper," Serpentine Galleries writes. "Her unique approach to sculpture and materiality involve "the interplay between folds of cast bronze or aluminum and coils of wool and silk which are knotted, braided, looped, and woven." "For me," Chase-Riboud says as she opens the interview, "sculpture was never a hobby. Sculpture was something integral to life." In this video, she recounts her early life and time at Tyler, the evolution of her career, and the truths behind her practice. Read More

May 19, 2023

AIA Philadelphia Highlights Tyler's AED Department

Author: Emily Herbein

AIA Philadelphia recently published an umbrella overview of Tyler's Architecture and Environmental Design offerings, showcasing the hard work of faculty members across all primary focus areas: Environmental Research, Socio-Cultural Research, Urban Design, and Creative Making. The interconnection of faculty research and student work is evident within project assignments and studio courses; Professor Jeff Richards' 4th year design studio took a trip to FDR park to study the area's potential as a Southeast Asian market, while Dr. Jeffrey Doshna, AICP, spearheaded City and Regional Planning's efforts to research and design projects located within the scope of Philadelphia. Horticulture experts Drs. Sasha Eisenman and Josh Caplan were profiled for their ongoing work at Temple Ambler as they continue on a multi-year project in collaboration with Villanova, AECOM, and PennDOT to investigate factors affecting plant and soil health along the I-95 corridor of Philadelphia. Read More

May 15, 2023

John Dowell (BFA '63) Honored by TILT Institute

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler alumnus John E. Dowell Jr. (BFA ‘63), Professor Emeritus of Printmaking, was honored at the TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image's annual fundraiser, InVISION, on May 4, the proceeds of which support TILT’s programming and events, educational programs, exhibitions, and artist residencies. Dowell was recognized for his six decades-long career in fine art, painting, photography, and printmaking — works that he has shown in more than 50 solo exhibitions and that reside in the permanent collections of 70 museums.  Read More

May 12, 2023

Alumna Finds an Intersection of Fine Art and High Fashion

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler alumna Kaitlyn Riccardi (BFA ‘19) earned her degree in painting and drawing, and her combined passion for the fine arts and fashion landed her at one of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses: Louis Vuitton. Working as the first artisan with the brand’s King of Prussia location, Riccardi hand paints custom designs onto their iconic luggage.   Read More

May 11, 2023

Tyler 2023 Diploma Project Unveiled at Graduation

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler's 2023 "Diploma Project," a special gift to the graduating class made by a distinguished alum, is a one-of-a-kind cast pin to celebrate their achievement.  Since 2019, the Tyler School of Art and Architecture has presented its graduating students with a special class gift: a unique work of art made by one of Tyler’s renowned alumni — a tradition that connects two generations of creatives.  Read More

May 7, 2023

A Closer Look at Tyler's Architecture Design Thesis Studio

Author: Emily Herbein

In Tyler’s Architecture Design Thesis Studio, graduate students easily image a new world order: vertical agriculture to reduce the carbon footprint in food production, applied prostheses to salvage decaying buildings, convertible storm shelters for hurricane displaced survivors, and nuclear power sites as a focal point for recreational public spaces.  These ideas were some of the ideas in presented in the projects in the Architecture Design Thesis Studio course for students completing Tyler’s Master of Architecture, a first professional degree that prepares students to design structures and that engages them with urgent urban, architectural, environmental and sociocultural issues.  Read More

April 26, 2023

Professor Tackles Game Play and Critical Thinking

Author: Emily Herbein

Renee Jackson, Assistant Professor and Program Head of Art Education, will publish a board game with TU Press at the end of this year, Tales of Woo and Woe, which is now on display in the Charles Library as part of the exhibition Game On! Design and Play for a Sustainable Future. She discusses her practice, pedagogy, and the importance of connecting critical yet imaginative thinking to the world around us. The exhibition, featuring works by Gabriel Kaprielian, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Tyler, and Matt Shoemaker, Head of the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio at the Charles Library, is on view now through October. What is the concept of Tales of Woo and Woe and what inspired you to create it? Read More

April 21, 2023

Architectural Design Capstone Studio Project to be Displayed at Venice Architecture Biennale

Author: Emily Herbein

Senior-level design courses at Tyler don’t typically build the designs that they conceive. This year, however, visiting critics Mario Gentile and Tyler alum Tim Barnes (BSArch '09) of Shiftspace Design along with help from Clifton Fordham, Associate Professor and Program Head of Architecture, are leading the students through the design and assembly of a pavilion destined for this summer’s 18th International Architecture Exhibition in the European Cultural Center in Venice, Italy. The pavilion is conceived as a filter aimed at mediating current environmental, cultural and political climates.  Read More

April 6, 2023

Architecture Student-Teaching Course Partners with Philadelphia K-12 Schools

Author: Emily Herbein

In an upper-level Architecture course led by Kate Wingert-Playdon, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Architecture and Environmental Design and Fauzia Sadiq Garcia, Assistant Professor of Instruction and Curriculum Coordinator of Facilities Management and Architecture Majors, Tyler undergraduate students are learning to adapt their design education instruction to a broader audience by creating custom design curriculums for students in the School District of Philadelphia.  Read More