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October 8, 2021

Molly Mapstone to present at the American Studies Association conference

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Molly Mapstone (PhD student) will be presenting a paper, "Revealing the Hidden in Plain Sites: Contemporary Ceramic Objects and Political Protest" during the panel Materialities of Making and Revolt at the American Studies Association conference, Monday, October 11 4pm-5:45pm EST on zoom. The program can be found at: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/theasa/theasa21/index.php? She is funded through the Winterthur Museum. Read More

October 5, 2021

Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo Featured on CBS News

Author: Emily Herbein

Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo, whose artistic practice and research explore issues of race, poverty, and inequality, has been drawing national attention for his modern twists on traditional forms of pottery. Lugo was featured recently on PBS NewsHour and CBS Sunday Morning for the ways in which he weaves his cultural and personal roots into his artwork.  CBS's Serena Altschul interviewed Roberto Lugo about the tight-knit family he grew up with in the Kensington neighborhood and how that connection influences both his style and practice at the wheel. They discuss his blending of popular imagery with personal touches that relate back to the cultural calling cards of North Philadelphia, things that might seem at odds when placed in the context of some of his pieces, like classic teapots.    Read More

September 30, 2021

Native American Illustrator Weshoyot Alvitre to Deliver Virtual Critical Dialogue Lecture

Author: Emily Herbein

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is pleased to present  Weshoyot Alvitre as a part of its Fall Critical Dialogue Series on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.  photo credit An Eisner award-winning Tongva and Scottish comic book artist and illustrator, Alvitre prides herself on the many facets of Native American activism and education that her work both pulls from and inspires in her audiences. Her published work includes Umbrella Academy, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream and Little Bird. Read More

September 17, 2021

Leading Artists and Scholars Fill Tyler’s Lecture Series Schedule

Author: Wanda Motley Odom

The fall season of Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s major lecture series – Critical Dialogues, AED Presents and Laurie Wagman Visiting Artists and Artist-in-Residence Series – begins this month with a lineup of cutting-edge artists and scholars working in diverse disciplines, from photographic imagery, Islamic jug filter design, portraiture abstraction to Main Streets and mental health, global urbanization, and modern landscape architecture. This Wednesday, Critical Dialogues will feature Philadelphia artist Eileen Neff, who has been working with photo-based images and photo/installations since 1980. Drawing on both historic and contemporary concepts of picturing the natural and constructed world, Neff's work includes an investigation of studio practice itself as part of its generative sources. Read More

September 16, 2021

Taylor Elyea (BA Art History 2020) appointed Registrar Assistant, the Frick Collection

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Taylor Elyea, a 2020 alum, went on to complete her MA at Georgetown University in Art and Museum Studies, with a focus on Collections Management. While at Temple, she was Collections Management Intern at the Temple University Anthropology Lab, and completed several internships during her semester abroad at Temple Rome. She reports that, "I owe much of my success to the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and its passionate and motivated professors. The Chief Registrar at The Frick with whom I interviewed with attended a semester at Temple Rome, so she was very familiar with Temple's level of excellence." Read More

September 14, 2021

Two Tyler Alumni featured in 2021 Texas Biennial

Author: Wanda Motley Odom

Two Tyler alumni, Kara Springer (MFA ‘17) and Trenton Doyle Hancock (MFA ‘00), are featured in the 2021 Texas Biennial that opened this month, a geographically led, independent survey of contemporary art in Texas spread across five museums in Houston and San Antonio. Springer and Hancock, graduates of the MFA programs in Sculpture and Painting respectively, are among 51 interdisciplinary artists participating in the seventh edition of the biennial, titled A New Landscape, a Possible Horizon. Read More

September 11, 2021

Joseph Kopta (PhD Candidate) to speak at University of Zurich Workshop on "Purple in Medieval Manuscripts"

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Joseph Kopta (PhD Candidate) will speak at the workshop "Shades of Purple: Purple Ornament in Medieval Manuscripts" at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, on November 11, 2021. He will present a paper, "Purple Aesthetics in Middle Byzantine Manuscripts," stemming from his research on pigments for his dissertation on Greek-language Gospel Lectionaries. The workshop is organized by the SNF-Projekt Textures of Sacred Scripture in the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich, and features two days of international papers by art historians and conservation scientists of the medieval world. Read More

September 1, 2021

Always Drawing, Always Painting Student Exhibition on View at Tyler

Author: Carin Whitney

Tyler School of Art and Architecture is proud to present Always Drawing, Always Painting, a survey of more than 40 new paintings and works on paper by 15 current and recently graduated painting students, some with majors in art education and entepeneurial studies. Curated by Tyler painting faculty members Dona Nelson, Mark Shetabi and Ricardo Zapata, the show offers a shot of creative energy at the start of the semester—and following a year-plus of remote instruction, it is an exceptionally welcome sight.  Read More

August 28, 2021

Joseph R. Kopta receives Tyler Art History Graduate Teaching Award 2020/21

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Joseph R. Kopta (PhD candidate) received the Art History Graduate Teaching Award for 2020/21. Joe has taught at every level in the undergraduate program, including most recently, "Destroying Images: Iconoclasm", for which students revised and wrote on under-represented topics on iconoclasm on Wikipedia. In just over a month since the articles were written or published, over 20,000 views were recorded.  Read More

August 28, 2021

Lily F. Scott receives Art History Graduate Teaching Award 2020/21

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Lily F. Scott (PhD candidate) is the recipient of the Tyler Art History Graduate Teaching Award, 2020/21. She has taught a range of courses, pioneering the Arts of the World I and II, teaching the GenEd Arts of the Western World, and upper-level classes such as "Sapphic Art". Lily summed up her teaching philosophy by noting that "I treat my own art historical pratice as an exercise of intellectual investigation, and I encourage my students to join me and be investigators as well." Congratulations to Lily for this well-deserved award! Read More

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