Tyler in the Media


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Above: Students and faculty turned heads in North Philadelphia as they carried Piotr Szyhalski's 450-foot long THEM banner around the block of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, during the artist's week-long visit to the school in 2019. Read more about this here.


Recent news media coverage of Tyler School of Art and Architecture faculty, students and alumni:



  • Tyler Associate Professor of Sculpture Karyn Olivier, a dynamic leader in public art and the exploration of contemporary social issues, has written an Op-ed in The Washington Post, "Removing an offensive mural from the University of Kentucky isn’t ‘racial justice.’" (July 6, 2020) 
  • Alumna Diana Fernandez (BSLA '12) was awarded the inaugural Emerging Professionals Medal by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The new award was created to recognize an individual within their first decade of practice who has demonstrated “exceptional leadership and considerable contribution to the profession of landscape architecture, the prospective recipient’s community, and/or a firm or design team; early in one’s career.” (June 24, 2020)
  • Alumna Ayana Evans (MFA '00) is featured in The New York Times, "What It Takes to Raise a Black Woman Up," which mentions how Evans has been making grueling, yet nuanced performances using her own body to help audiences understand what black women often face. (June 19, 2020)
  • Isaac Scott (MFA '21) and his photogprahs are featured in the June 22, 2020 issue of The New Yorker, in which he documented Philadelphia’s response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the call for police reform and racial equity in the United States that has followed—from the early confrontations to the peaceful protests and marches in the city continuing today. (June 15, 2020)
  • Alumnus Doreen Garner (BFA '10) is featured in artnet for her 2017 performance, in collaboration with Art21, in which she and other black women dissected and performed the same operations on a silicon cast of J. Marion Sims, a pioneer of gynecology who conducted painful experiments on enslaved black women (created by Garner and artist Kenya Robinson). (June 11, 2020)
  • Pablo Meninato, associate professor of architecture and graduate curricular head, recently gave an interview for New Books in Architecture podcast about his book Unexpected Affinities. (June 3, 2020)
  • Rob Kuper, associate professor of landscape architecture, is featured in the June 2020 (Vol. 110, No. 6) issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine where he responds to the benefits of virtual classrooms, how it can reduce the carbon footprint of the entire class, provide more immediate critical feedback and more. (June 2, 2020)
  • Temple Rome alumnus Robert Gober is featured in The New York Times article, "Lessons From Robert Gober, Anxious Homebody," which features the Matthew Marks Gallery's first online exhibition, “Robert Gober: Sculpture, Photographs, and Works on Paper 1976 -2019.” (May 31, 2020)
  • Alumna Laurie Simmons (BFA '71) was featured on artnet: "The Art World Works From Home: Laurie Simmons Is Now Photographing Props Instead of People and Taking Dog-Training Lessons on Zoom." (May 22, 2020)
  • Adobe's blog featured Tyler's Graphic & Interactive Design Program and how effective it was in the spring of 2020 when Tyler, like many colleges and universities across the United States, transitioned to online learning from home, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (May 5, 2020)
  • Tyler Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM alumna Eve Streicker (MFA '13) is the recipient of two awards in 2020: the 2020 Carelle Grant from The Women’s Jewelry Association, awarded annually through a jury process to an emerging design brand in their first five years of business; and a CASE Award by the Jewelers of America, which honors the jewelers who create jewelry pieces with the highest levels of creativity, artistry, skills and excellence in quality and style. (May 5, 2020)
  • Smithsonian Magazine covered the Dinah Memorial Project and the monument being created by Associate Professor Karyn Olivier, which will honor a once-enslaved woman who saved Philadelphia's historic Stenton House with a contemplative space. (May 1, 2020)
  • Sculpture Associate Professor Karyn Olivier's exhibition, Everything That's Alive Moves, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia was reviewed in Artforum. (May 1, 2020)
  • Temple University’s task force—comprised of faculty and students across the university, including the Tyler School of Art and Architecture—are creating 3-D printing ventilator parts and personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face shields, for Temple University Hospital to support medical personnel responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: "‘A World War II kind of effort’: Task force produces equipment for Temple University Hospital" in The Temple News. (April 14, 2020)
  • Lisa Kay, associate professor, department chair of Art Education & Community Arts Practices and program head of Art Therapy, has released her latest book, Therapeutic Approaches in Art Education [Davis Publications, Inc.], which offers readers therapeutic art strategies to support and enhance the art teaching practice as well as gain a better understanding of therapeutic art and how to support students in thoughtful, holistic ways. (April 3, 2020)
  • Alumna Patricia Renee' Thomas (BFA '17) is featured in amadeus Magazine in the interview "Grapejuice: Patricia Renee' Thomas Investigates the Preparations of Being a 'Presentable' Black Woman." (March 11, 2020)
  • Alum Trenton Doyle Hancock (MFA '00) is one of 28 contemporary artists featured in the American Academy of Arts and Letters' 2020 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. Exhibiting artists were chosen from over 150 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy—America’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, composers, and writers. (March 5 – April 5 2020)
  • Alumna Jennifer Packer (BFA '07) has won the 2020 Greenfield Prize, presented by The Hermitage Artist Retreat, which awards individuals whose past work and future prospects position them to make a significant impact on our shared culture through a commission of art. (February 16, 2020)
  • The New York Times wrote about a new exhibition by Tyler alumna Lisa Yuskavage (BFA ’84) and how the artist "demonstrates her mastery of her medium and her unique talent for upending its conventions." (February 12, 2020)
  • WHYY published the story, "Hidden in plain sight: Philadelphia as the center of the American avant-garde," which notes Tyler as a school "expanding and exploring new materials." The story is in reference to the exhibition Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde, which includes a video work by alumna Hannah Wilke (BFA and BSEd ’62). (January 29, 2020)
  • Alum Joe Spix III (BFA '01), currently a creative director for Republic Records, Island Records and Def Jam Recordings, as part of the team that designed the packaging for Chris Cornell, a posthumous compilation album, won the Grammy for Best Recording Packaging at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. (January 26, 2020) 
  • The Glass Art Society announced that Tyler alumnus Nate Ricciuto (MFA ’15) will be a recipient of a 2020 Saxe Emerging Artist Award. (January 23, 2020)