Visit Tyler’s NEW website

July 8, 2014

We’re not posting on this blog anymore… Instead, Tyler has a new, improved blog on the new website.  For information about what’s going on at Tyler please visit

Relaxing on Tyler Front Lawn

Photo by Sam Fritch


Class of 2013 Says Goodbye!

May 17, 2013


Tyler’s Class of 2013 participated in Commencement exercises at McGonigle Hall on May 16, 2013.  Dean Robert Stroker handed out diplomas to over 300 newly-minted graduates, and thanked the students’ families, friends and loved ones for helping them make it to this joyous occasion. There were cheers all around as the last (former) student recieved her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies.

Student speaker Katie Yuen, BFA Photography, summed it up the Tyler experience and gave all the graduates a task to undertake:

And with that, graduating class of 2013, while I truly wish you the best of luck in your futures, I would like to leave you with this charge: have the courage to face the challenges of the modern world with your fiery passion, have the courage to be so far out of the box that you can’t even see it anymore and have the courage to strive for greatness in every thing you create. It’s not about making a living, it’s about making a life doing what you love. Thank you.

You can see a slide show of the festivities here: Special thanks to Tyler staff member Suzanne Earnest for taking most of the photos.  Music here provided by Oliphant under a Creative Commons license.

Mega Monday Mixer!

March 29, 2013

Mega Monday Mixer Poster

Poster by Jocelyn Naarden

Join us Monday, April 8 from 6-8 pm for our annual Mega Monday Mixer.  Students from PAFA, UArts and Moore College of Art have been invited to come and see all the wonderful work Tyler students have done!  We’ll have a large spread of food for your enjoyment, jazz music, and other goodies!

Professor Emeritus Winifred Lutz Named 2012 Outstanding Educator by the International Sculpture Center

January 18, 2013


Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Winifred Lutz on being named 2012 Outstanding Educator by the International Sculpture Center.

Read a feature article,“Place as a Condition of Time: A Conversation with Winifred Lutz” in Sculpture Magazine.

As the ISC notes, “Winifred’s teaching emphasizes the importance of developing a lifelong working practice that embodies active comprehensive attention in the world. Her site-integrated installations and permanent public projects are known for their remarkable sensitivity to each site, and for how they reveal the discrete history of a place. Lutz is also recognized as a primary innovator in the field of hand papermaking as an art form. She has lectured nationally and internationally on her unique paper casting methods.”

Tyler Students Participate in Temple University Office of Sustainability’s Campaign to Conserve Project

January 17, 2013

Kosbab_RachelRachel Kosbab’s winning entry

During the Fall 2012 semester, Graphic & Interactive Design students were given the assignment to design a poster for the Temple University Office of Sustainability’s Campaign to Conserve project. This was the project brief:

Temple University has made a long-range commitment to carbon neutrality. In 2012–13, the Office of Sustainability is focusing on an energy conservation campaign, a component of which is to encourage the conservation of electricity. This will impact favorably on the environmental cost to the planet and the financial cost of energy to Temple University. Your assignment is to design a poster for this campaign that promotes electricity conservation to the Temple University community.

Students in Graphic Design 2001 (Sophomores), Typography 3011 (Juniors) and Visual Design Thesis 8095 (MFA candidates) participated in this project. Graphic & Interactive Design faculty  selected the pieces to be exhibited. Gavin Cooper and Michelle Cooper, principals of Cooper Graphic Design in Philadelphia, juried the first through third place prizes and honorable mention awards. Kathleen  Grady, Director of the Temple University Office of Sustainability, juried the Office of Sustainability Award. The cash awards were generously funded by the Temple University Office of Sustainability and the Hallmark Fund of the Graphic & Interactive Design program.

First Prize: Rachel Kosbab
Second Prize: Bryan Satalino
Third Prize: Colleen Demenna
Honorable Mention: Noopur Agarwal, Maureen McGirr, Mirim Seo, Christian Stewart, Lauren West
Temple University Office of Sustainability Award: Dahye Lee

–Alice Drueding

Stanley Whitney, Professor Emeritus, Wins First Robert De Niro, Sr. Award For Painting

December 13, 2011
(Untitled ’10, January 7th – February 6th 2010, Team Gallery, NYC)

Tyler Professor Emeritus Stanley Whitney was recently named the first recipient of the $25,000 Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize, given to an outstanding mid-career American painter.  Mr. Whitney served as chair of the painting department until he retired in 2009.  He also taught several semesters at the Temple Rome campus. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and came to New York in 1968 to attend the Studio School. He was encouraged by painter Rob Reid to attend Yale University, where he earned his MFA and studied under painter Al Held. An abstract Modernist painter, he was also awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across The U.S. as well as internationally.

“Stanley’s work and the way he practices his craft both show what this prize is all about—honoring a person with great passion for and lifelong commitment to art,” said the namesake artist’s son, actor/producer Robert De Niro. “I am so proud to pay tribute to my father through this inaugural prize in his name, and to recognize and support an artist who has achieved so much throughout his career.” The jury added: “For the recipient of the first Robert De Niro Sr. Prize, we have selected a painter who represents the spirit of commitment, independence, and invention that marked De Niro’s own work as an artist. Stanley Whitney proves that you can be a traditionalist without being a conservative. His concerns are those of painters from the Venetians through Delacroix to the Abstract Expressionists: color, light, and a sense of movement communicated through visual rhythm—but his painting is a continual adventure in these realms that he shows to be without limit. For many years he has worked with a consistent set of structuring devices but has used them as a basis for more than just variations on a theme, for the true structural basis of Whitney’s art is color, not shape, and he rediscovers it anew each time.”

You can read more about the prize and Robert De Niro, Sr. at the estate’s website.

Tyler Student Profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer (and NOT for the reason you expect!)

October 5, 2011

Tyler Senior painting major Emily Youcis of Harrisburg, had a profile of her at work in Tuesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer.  She has a rather unusual day job!  You can read the article by Michael Vitz, as well as see a picture of her at work, here.  Thanks to former Student Life Coordinator, Theresa Kitch, for bringing me the article.  And, as Debby Jolly would say, GO PHILLIES!