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October 25, 2021

Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo Featured in The New York Times

Author: Emily Herbein

Assistant Professor of Ceramics Roberto Lugo’s work will be front and center in a highly anticipated new period room opening next month at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibition, entitled “Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room,” is inspired by Seneca Village, a Black community that thrived in New York City until the 1850s when it was demolished to make way for Central Park. Lugo’s background and body of work were recently featured in The New York Times’ Fine Arts & Exhibits special report, written by Ted Loos with video footage by Mohamed Sadek.  Read More

October 22, 2021

Lisa Kay Shares Trauma-Informed Art Education Approaches for Teachers

Author: Carin Whitney

How can art teachers help children and adolescents cope with stress and anxiety from traumatic experiences, and what techniques can provide resilience to both students and teachers? Lisa Kay, Associate Professor of Art Education and Art Therapy, notes that while art teachers are not therapists, they are in a position to help children cope with adversity and trauma. Kay works at the intersection of art education and art therapy, specifically with resilience and artmaking with adolescents who have experienced trauma. Kay and co-author Donalyn Heise recently shared their research in the National Art Education Association’s publication, Translations. Read More

October 14, 2021

Sally Harrison, AIA, Honored with 2021 Leverage Award

Author: Emily Herbein

Throughout her career, Professor of Architecture Sally Harrison, AIA has always focused her teaching and practice on the connection between social justice and how it inherently interacts with creativity and the built environment.  In her view, public spaces can project inequality and architecture often informs the way people think and work when faced with community issues. Her ethos reflects the human aspects of community and design and how they interact to support each other.  Harrison’s thinking has greatly influenced the Philadelphia architecture community and made her an obvious choice for the Community Design Collaborative’s 2021 Leverage Award, given during its 30th Anniversary celebration in June.  Read More

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

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