Tyler Alum Takes On Two Year Sculpting Project

July 1, 2013
Photo Credit: Myers Creative Images.

Photo Credit: Myers Creative Images.

Tyler alum Albert Paley (BFA ’66, MFA ’69) has prepared 13 sculptures that will be displayed at New York City’s Park Avenue.

As an undergrad, Paley studied sculpture and then went on to do his Master’s work in the metal department. After graduating, he taught in the university system for 25 years and is now a well-known metal sculptor based in Rochester.

Paley was invited to do this project by the Fund for Park Avenue Sculpture Committee almost 2 1/2 years ago. Since then, PBS from New York City has been filming a one hour documentary on the Paley on Park Avenue project which will be broadcast this fall.

“You could either apply or be invited,” Paley said. “I was invited because of the work I do with public sculpture. ”

Paley’s 15 person staff have working on massive sculptures for the show. Several of them are more than 20 feet high and one is 50 feet long.

“Public sculpture, especially large scale sculpture, creates a dialogue between architecture and public display,” Paley said. “Most of the work that I do is large scale.”

The sculptures, installed June 14, will stay up through November 8 between 52nd street and 67th street.

After being a practicing artist for 40 years, Paley no longer worries about how his work will be seen by the audience.

“All the artist can do is deal with the integrity of his or her vision,” Paley said. “People will respond with whatever their own background is.”

Coming up, Paley will be featured in many exhibitions. In September, the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York will be showing Paley’s conceptual drawings and will then publish a major book about the work. Then, in 2014, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. will be hosting a 50 year retrospective of Paley’s work.

To learn more about Albert Paley and his work, visit http://www.albertpaley.com


Temple Contemporary Receives Pew Grant

May 8, 2013

Temple Contemporary has received a Pew Grant for $160,000. For Director of Exhibitions & Public Programs, Robert Blackson, this is a very important step for Temple Contemporary.

“This is the first time Tyler School of Art has received an implementation grant from Pew…and such a large amount of support will build our competitive capacity to apply for other large grants in the future,” Blackson said.

To apply for the grant, Temple Contemporary had to go through a very thorough and lengthy process.

“It begins in October by submitting a Letter of Intent. The purpose of this letter is to describe the project and how much money the project is likely to cost. This letter is peer-reviewed by a panel of experts and based on this decision you may be asked in December to submit a full application. If you are asked to submit a full application it is due in February,” Blackson said. “Thankfully, Temple Contemporary was asked to submit a full application and by the time we were done it was over 300 pages long.”

This grant will help support Temple Contemporary’s mission and allow for more collaboration with the community.

“Temple Contemporary’s mission is to creatively re-imagine the social function of art through questions of local relevance and international significance. With Pew’s support we can apply our mission in collaboration with a range of publics, artists, and scholars that would have previously been out of our reach due to funding limitations,” Blackson said.

The project, “A Funeral for a Home,” is one of the projects that will benefit from Pew’s support. It will arrange a funeral for a row home that is about to be pulled down in North Philadelphia.

“This project has obvious resonance with our local community, but thanks to Pew’s support we can also draw connections to the housing market collapse, the depopulation of post-industrial cities like Philadelphia, and artists from around the country who are building creative solutions for urban revitalization,” Blackson said.

Tyler Students win Carpet Design Competition

April 30, 2012

Tia Bianchini and Caleigh Stednitz, Grand Prize Winning Design, Fauna Category

Fibers and Material Studies area students Tia Bianchini and Caleigh Stednitz were announced as the grand winners in the Fauna category and will have their design woven by the Langhorne Carpet Company. Kate Corcoran and Ashley Rodriguez Reed were announced as second place winners in the Flora category and received a cash prize.

The winning patterns, which will kick off Langhorne’s Conservation Collection, was revealed to the public last night and will ultimately be woven by the legendary Bucks County mill and sold to customers around the world. Winning teams receive cash prizes and non-profit organizations, including the Philadelphia Zoo and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, will share in all sales proceeds for the benefit of conservation education.

Twenty teams of students representing six area colleges and art institutes submitted original designs as part of the rigorous competition that began eight months ago. Their research included site visits to the legendary carpet mill in Penndel, as well as special tours of the Zoo and Philadelphia Flower Show. Among the competition’s numerous creative and technical criteria, the teams were required to submit at least one pattern evocative of the fragile plant kingdom and another representing the world of threatened wildlife. In addition, they needed to demonstrate that their proposed carpet designs could be woven on the mill’s Jacquard Wilton looms – the gold standard of global carpet making dating back to 18th century England using hand-cut punch cards to “program” the looms. The panel of judges will also take into consideration the market appeal of the designs and input from representatives of the Zoo and Horticultural Society.

Bill Morrow, Langhorne’s President and a member of its founding family, has personally provided the nearly 50 student designers an in depth behind-the-scenes mill tour. “Every student has been intensely interested in our dedication to the time honored methods of Jacquard Wilton weaving and use of the finest wool. As one of the remaining mills of its kind in the U.S., we are as excited as the students and honored to sponsor this competition, “ said Morrow. “Every team will have a great addition to their portfolio upon graduation as a result of the competition and the winners will forever be able to boast they have their own line.”

Judges included Philadelphia decorator Bennett Weinstock, an Architectural Digest Top 100 member; New York-based designer Alex Papachristidis, Elle Décor “A List“ member, and Hilary Jay, Executive Director, DesignPhiladelphia.

Design teams represent: Philadelphia University, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Drexel University, Arcadia University, University of the Arts, and Art Institute of Philadelphia.

More about Langhorne Carpets is can be found at:

Amber Cowan on the Cover of Glass Line Magazine!

February 6, 2012

Glass Professor Sharyn O’Mara writes:  Amber Cowan, MFA Glass 2011 and adjunct faculty in Glass, has been awarded the prestigious international Stephen Proctor Fellowship in Canberra, Australia.

She is also on the cover of the new Glass Line magazine, and featured in an article in the publication.

And, she is one of only eight invitational finalists for a prestigious invitational residency at the Toldeo Art Museum to commemorate one of the most significant historic events in the American Glass Movement.

We are all thrilled for Amber and to share this news.

Exciting News About Tyler Alumnus Dean Daderko

February 6, 2012

In light of his exciting new position, Daderko spoke to Robert Blackson, Director of Tyler’s Exhibition and Public Programs Department, about his curatorial philosophy. In conversation Daderko explained that it is complicated for him to “articulate the difference between [his] creative career and personal ethics” as he views the two as deeply interrelated. But, it is because of this meaningful relationship that he has gone into curatorial work. Such work, Daderko says, can be viewed as, “a way to ask questions in an intentionally public forum. It’s not about providing better answers, but about asking better questions.”

Since earning his BFA in Sculpture, Daderko has worked within the art  world in a variety of roles, and is perhaps best known for his curatorial work. In addition to Parlour Projects, his five year transformation of a spare room in his Williamsburg apartment into one of the most adventurous curatorial projects in New York, he has curated exhibits nationally and internationally for Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and in Argentina, Canada, and Lithuania. He is also credited with being one of the first curators to work with artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, the 2011 United States delegates at the Venice Biennale. Most recently, he has joined the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as Curator (www.camh.org). His first show at CAMH is scheduled to open in May of 2012 and will address the presence of the readymade in contemporary artistic practice, and will attempt to recuperate some of the radicality of Duchamp’s initial gesture by showing work by artists who use the readymade’s simple materiality and economy of means to address a diversity of social, political, aesthetic and temporal issues.

Daniel Roman, MFA Candidate in Painting, In Frieze Magazine

October 6, 2011
Bernardo da Bicci, 'Let This be a Space of Light, Beauty and Truth’
installation view (2011) (From Frieze Magazine)

Daniel Roman is an MFA candidate at Tyler in painting.  His alter ego, Bernardo da Bicci, had a solo show in Rome this past summer, which was recently reviewed by Mike Watson in Frieze Magazine, a prestigious international art journal.  You can read the full review here, but here’s a taste:

Da Bicci presents an interesting constellation between art, politics and mysticism, a feat which can only be all-consuming for the artist himself. Indeed, one cannot be sure quite where the artist – who was born in Chicago to Mexican immigrant parents – is heading, such are the diverse ranges of references within his work and his enigmatic nature. Yet the boldness of the installation at extraspazio heralds the emergence of a talent for whom the resolution of various disparate elements may contribute a social significance which goes far beyond the evident personal psychical development of the artist.

Erica Prince at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

October 6, 2011

Erica Prince, an MFA Candidate in Painting, is participating in a major juried show of MFA Candidates at various regional institutions which explores the role of art education while asking the question: What does it mean to have an MFA?  You can see the Exhibit at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Delaware from this Friday, October 7 through February 5, 2012.  Admission to the center is free.

From the official description of the exhibit: In contrast to an exhibition that seeks to find the next Art Star, Masters of the Visual Universe explores the constellation of artistic mediums, concepts, and practices rotating around 2011. Drawing upon themes of mastery in art, Masters of the Visual Universe probes the notion of art education, aesthetics and display. Conventionally, Masters of Fine Arts programs train graduate students to gain control of a particular medium such as painting or sculpture, and monumental thesis exhibitions like biennials strive to showcase the “best” examples of art under a particular theme. Such traditions in art have long been critiqued through a postmodern lens, yet these practices still persist in the art world and academia. Masters of the Visual Universe questions whether educational mastery in and of art is still a fact or a science fiction relic in the eyes of many young artists today. The exhibition also queries if an MFA Biennial can adequately reflect an awareness of all of the art being made in MFA programs in this geographic region. The viewer is asked to form his or her own opinion of educational traditions and museological practice today. Masters of the Visual Universe explores how recent graduate students and MFA candidates approach aesthetic traditions in ways that go beyond the creation of precious objects to mine the gallery of ideas as a free and galactic space.

Mollie, a curatorial intern at the DCCA, interviewed Erica about her work, and posted it on the DCCA blog.  Here’s an excerpt from the blog:

Q: tell me a little bit about the ideas behind your work and what you hope to convey to your audience. How would you describe your art to someone who had never seen it?

EP:A lot of the ideas behind my work are focused around the idea of the utopian society. I think it’s important for art to be able to explore utopian ideals because that’s the only place they can exist. The primary piece that I am showing, Permission Granted, has 35 images in a grid installation. It contains imagery of architecture, landscape, invention, monument, celestial bodies, alchemical devices, etc. …..

Q: How has the MFA influenced your development as an artist and as a person?

EP:I’m still in the midst of it so it’s hard to have a completely clear perspective. It’s given me the opportunity to focus on my work without having a billion distractions. It has allowed me to figure out what I’m truly interested in, and I’ve started pursuing these things more intensely. I’ve developed a lot of respect for different types of work that I was never interested in before. When I came to Tyler I thought I knew what I liked and what I didn’t like, what was good and what was bad. But now, I am more curious about the wiggly line between “good” and “bad”. I’ve discovered that what I like and don’t like might be a little less concrete than I thought.