Tyler Blog

April 3, 2023

Lauren Sandler Receives New Fellowship from College Art Association

Author: Emily Herbein

Lauren Sandler, Associate Professor of Instruction and Program Head of Ceramics, is the inaugural recipient of the College Art Association’s Michael Auerbach Fellowship for Excellence in Visual Art, which honors CAA members who have obtained an MFA or equivalent in studio art and are currently teaching studio classes. Sandler’s work encompasses the deconstruction of mythologies and investigates narratives of power and perspective. She discussed her practice in relation to teaching, as well as where this new fellowship will allow her to take her work.   Read More

March 15, 2023

Professor Stephen Anderson Publishes Works on Unique Urban Design Practices

Author: Emily Herbein

Stephen Anderson, Associate Professor of Instruction in Architecture, recently published Sverre Fehn and the City: Rethinking Architecture's Urban Premises (Routledge, 2023), an exploration of 10 of Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn's unique urban projects, and contributed a chapter to Projecting Urbanity: Architecture For and Against the City (David Leatherbarrow ed. Artifice Press, 2023).  Describe your practice? What do you enjoy about your work?  Read More

February 27, 2023

Dionn Reneé (BFA '04) Wins Design Contest with Sony's "Woman King" Film

Author: Emily Herbein

After entering a design contest hosted by Sony Pictures and Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Dionn Reneé (BFA ‘04) was named one of 10 “Selected Creators” worldwide whose work was used to promote the 2022 film Woman King starring Academy-Award winner Viola Davis.  “I thought that my chances of winning weren’t high, but when I saw what the movie was about — empowering women, fighting for freedom — I wanted to submit no matter what,” Reneé says. “Everywhere the film went, the artwork was used for the official marketing campaign.”  Reneé, who studied graphic design at Tyler, says her art style speaks to the film’s message because “it has this powerful quality. It’s a still, but there’s movement to it, which is something that I learned from my graphic design and painting classes that I still hold on to. I approached the project with this child-like excitement,” she says.  Read More

February 23, 2023

Temple Ambler's Secret to Forced Plant Growth for PHS Flower Show

Author: Emily Herbein

Benjamin Snyder, Manager of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture Greenhouse Education and Research Complex at Temple Ambler, Temple Horticulture senior Ethan Smith, and Landscape Architecture sophomore Owen Lambert are working to convince 852 plants from 65 different species that less than two weeks from now would be the perfect time to bloom. Read More

February 22, 2023

Tyler Alumni Host Panel in Museum Life and Arts Administration

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler alumni Princeton Cangé (BFA '19), Laura Igoe (PhD ‘14), Victoria Ravelo (MFA ‘21), and Jennifer Zwilling (MA ‘01) held a panel titled “Museum Life: Careers in Arts Management” moderated by Dean Susan Cahan to discuss their backgrounds in art education, curation, making, and administration. Read More

February 14, 2023

Jessica Hische (BFA '06) On: Making It Work as a Professional Illustrator

Author: Emily Herbein

Jessica Hische (BFA ‘06) is a leading creator in her field, dominating every corner of text and typography, logo refreshing, and literary cover design. Her most acclaimed projects include a collaboration with director Wes Anderson on his film Moonrise Kingdom, for which Hische designed a signature title and credit text; a new take on Fender’s classic Squier guitar logo, and branding Neiman Marcus’ 2022 holiday culinary collection. With more than 15 years of experience, Hische has worked jobs within every niche between corporate and freelance — typography and film credit design, children's book illustration, and big-brand identity  — and now works for herself, on her own time.   Read More

February 9, 2023

Architecture Professors Pablo Meninato, PhD and Jeffrey Nesbit Discuss Their Recent Books

Author: Emily Herbein

Pablo Meninato, PhD, Associate Professor of Architecture and Jeffrey Nesbit, Assistant Professor of Architecture each published books in 2022. Meninato's Informality and the City: Theories, Actions and Interventions explores architecture and environmental design’s impact on informal spaces and Nesbit's Nature of Enclosure unpacks the evolution of designing enclosed spaces and what that means for developing technology and civilization. Nesbit, who is new to Tyler this academic year, focuses much of his outside work and research on urbanization, infrastructure, and the evolution of “technical lands.” Meninato studies the principles and mechanisms that govern an architectural and urban project. Read More

February 7, 2023

Cecilia Secaira (MEd '23) Displays Rhizomatic Cloud Sculpture, "inter/liminal lingering"

Author: Emily Herbein

Cecilia Secaira (MEd '23) works as a graduate assistant and peer advisor in Tyler's Art Education program. With a varied background across several fine arts disciplines ranging from ceramics to textiles, Secaira says her time at Tyler has opened her eyes to her love of art education. Through her practice, which settled in the crafts space, she uses making as a form of self-discovery, research, and communication. Her latest work, "inter/liminal lingering," is a rhizomatic cloud sculpture that employs a/r/tography research techniques and critical thinking skills, all while encouraging viewer engagement and self-relfection. Below, Secaira reflects on her practice and work ethic. Describe your artistic background. Read More

February 1, 2023

Tyler in Rome and the Interconnectedness of Art, Architecture, and Culture

Author: Emily Herbein

In 1966, Temple University’s Rome Program opened its doors in the historic Villa Caproni, a classic multi-story Roman palazzo turned full-support academic center seated just off the east bank of the River Tiber. For more than 50 years, Tyler students have been encouraged to spend a summer, a semester, or a full year in Italy in order to fulfill a variety of graduate and undergraduate requirements in both the fine arts and built disciplines. Hailed as a cultural, social, and historical hub, Rome offers a view of the ancient and modern worlds coexisting with a vibrancy found little elsewhere.  Read More

January 31, 2023

Professor Alpesh Patel Selected as UrbanGlass Curator at Large

Author: Emily Herbein

Tyler Art History Associate Professor Alpesh Kantilal Patel has been chosen as the 2023 Curator-at-Large at UrbanGlass, a Brooklyn, NY nonprofit that fosters experimentation and advances the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium. He will organize four exhibitions under the theme, “Forever Becoming: Decolonization, Materiality, and Trans Subjectivity.”   Read More