Think the summer heat is too much? See how Tyler students handle over 2,000 degrees inside the glassblowing studio.

A missing bust of Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was recovered with the help of Temple University art history professor Susanna Gold

Susanna Gold, assistant professor of art history at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, helped to track down the long lost bust of Richard Allen, abolitionist and founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Originally on display at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Fairmount Park the bust, which stands about two feet high, is believed to be the first work of public art completely conceived and sponsored by African Americans.

Gold was able to track down the work of art by following small mentions in the press over the years. She finally located the sculpture at Wilberforce University, where it has been on display since 1887.

“It’s rare,” Gold told the Philadelphia Inquirer.  “This is the first time the African American community sponsored and erected a public monument to an African American person that I’ve found in my research.”
Read more about this historic discovery here.

– Jazmyn Burton

June 3, 2010

I  came across this new website by Tyler School of Art senior Fiber Major, Caroline Gardner. Check out some of the projects that have been keeping her busy this semester.

Also, don’t forget to visit the Tyler School of Art Fibers blog to keep up with Gardner and her classmates throughout the semester.

Print in the Public Sphere : a conversation with artists Swoon and Jordan Seiler

Thursday, April 8, 6 pm
Tyler School of Art, B004
12th and Norris Streets, Lower Level South
Free and open to the Public

What does it mean to take art out of gallery spaces and embed creativity in public spaces? Independent curator Sheryl Conkelton will talk with artists Swoon and Jordan Seiler about their artwork and its placement beyond the gallery. The discssion is part of an ongoing series of events connected to  Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious; a four month city-wide exhibit focused on print in the public sphere, issues of accessibility, collaboration  and audience.

Both Swoon and Seiler make public space their canvas. Seiler, who lives and works in New York, is inspired by his surroundings and public spaces. He  founded the Public Ad Campaign, which acts on the assumption that public space and the public’s interaction with that space is a vital component of a city’s health. By visually altering and physically interacting with the public environment, residents become psychologically invested in their community.

Swoon, who also lives and works in New York, creates  life-size, wheat-pasted prints of people, architecture, and motifs. Her recent collaborative projects include the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea and Miss Rockaway Armada, and she has exhibited her prints and installations internationally, including at the Yerba Buena Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art, P.S. 1, and the Museum of Modern Art.

– Jazmyn Burton

March 2, 2010

A lunchtime chat with Carl Pope and Mari Hulick
Thursday, March 4th, 12 – 1 pm
Exhibitions seminar room, Temple Gallery
Tyler School of Art, 12th and Norris Streets
Space is limited; please RSVP at
Free and open to the public

In conjunction with Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious at Temple Gallery, artist Carl Pope will present The Wall Remixed: The North Philadelphia Small Business Advertising Campaign along with collaborator and designer Mari Hulick.  Bring your lunches and learn about this major billboard installation on view through March 2010 in North Central Philadelphia.

Philagrafika 2010

January 12, 2010

Street artist SWOON's life-sized wheat-paste prints will be featured on north Philly walls during Philagrafika 2010

Look for art installations by SWOON in and around north Philly during PhilaGrafika 2010 a celebration of the role of print in contemporary artistic practice.

Involving more than 300 artists at more than 80 venues throughout the city, Philagrafika 2010 will be one of the largest art events in the United States and the world’s most important print-related exposition.

– Jazmyn Burton

January 6, 2010

Chad States

Photographic images are central in our culture. The presence and impact of photography is evident in contemporary art practice, as can be seen by the quality and volume of photography exhibited in galleries and museums, as well as in new web-based art forums.

Visit the Tyler School of Art digital photography portfolio to view work created by Temple students and faculty.

– Jazmyn Burton