Tyler School of Art's Life After Tyler podcasts

A new initiative from Tyler School of Art Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC): Life After Tyler podcasts! The DSAC asked for career workshops they could fit into a student’s busy schedule, so we will be producing podcasts for you to listen to while you run, commute, or work in the studio. Watch for these helpful podcasts periodically (the goal is to produce at least one every other week). If you would like to suggest a topic, or if you would like to make one yourself, contact Student Life (
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Jan 13, 2020
Co-facilitated by Seher Erdoğan Ford (Architecture).

Sensory perception is closely tied to individual memory-building and cultural conditioning; with this in mind, how can the sensory experience of space be considered when designing for and occupied by the general public? Further, how would the inclusion of embodied knowledge into the “objectivist” paradigm inflect your field of research? Does moving away from this dichotomy bring into focus something about the human experience or is it simply a distraction?No matter your discipline, if your work, research, practice or general interests are concerned with the sensorial attributes of a discipline, the affective experience of space, architecture as a register of memory and identity, etc., please join us for the conversation!

Jan 13, 2020

Co-facilitated by Dr. Erik Cordes (Biology).

When communicating scientific research to a broader public, why does the narrative ordinarily center around ‘a problem’? This has the effect of tying the work to negative issues within policy, economy, culture, etc. in order to augment its perceived relevance. How can various ways of communicating scientific information using the language of other fields (ie: art, social sciences, etc.) make this a more positive message? Can these methods enhance or alter how science is weighed or used in making decisions? At what point during scientific research should other fields become involved?No matter your discipline, if your work, research, practice or general interests are concerned with science communication, the expansion or redefinition of a scientific community, the impact of science upon other disciplinary spheres, etc., please join us for the conversation!

Feb 11, 2019
Temple's Tokyo campus is getting a brand new building in 2019 including improved art facilities.
Hear from Tyler students who have studied there, as well as TUJ printmaking faculty Louise Rouse, about what's available for a semester or year abroad at Japan campus.
Oct 22, 2018

These are on-the-spot interviews with Tyler Alumni at the 2018 Art Market held on October 19, 2018. I asked several alumni what they wish they knew when they were at Tyler. Hopefully, you'll hear this and learn what they wish they knew while you're here!


Aug 8, 2018

Noting the long history of censorship in the comic book world, this panel will explore the role comics, editorial cartoons, and graphic illustration play in issues of censorship and free speech, as well as the history of censorship of comics in the US. Paying particular attention to the use of stereotypes in political cartoons and free speech on college campuses, our panelists discuss the complexities surrounding these issues.

Sandra Suárez, Professor of Political Science at Temple University

Signe Wilkinson, Editorial Cartoonist,
Laura Little, Professor of Law and Government, Temple University
Jennifer Cruté, Comic Artist & Graphic Designer

At one point in the presentation, Prof. Little plays a video. Here it is if you would like to reference it.

This panel was recorded at Temple's College of Liberal Arts Graphic Thinking Conference, on October 17, 2017.

Jul 12, 2018

Listen to this panel discussion from people who are doing rather unexpected things with their degrees. All are in creative fields. They will tell you a little bit about how they got where they are, plus give you some excellent advice to help you navigate your own creative life and career!

  • Holly Quinn, Printmaking major, now Senior Technical Writer for Delaware
  • Melissa Hamilton, English/Creative Writing major, now Community Engagement Co-Director with Cultureworks Philadelphia
  • Ryan Sun, Film and Media Arts major, now Junior Editor at AlkemyX
  • Jordan Spector, Kinesiology major, now a freelance professional artist at Spector Art
  • Moderator: Fiona Fackler, Art History major, graduated May 2018.

Sound quality is as good as I could make it. Please bear with the really tough parts--they are few and far between and if you don't understand questions, the answers will still be useful.

Jun 8, 2018

A key challenge for many artists is continuing to focus on the art they love while earning a living that affords them the lifestyle they desire. A number of new and creative career choices and paths are available which allow you to develop the professional life you desire.

This is the opening panel discussion from our Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp workshop held January 20, 2018. Panelists include:

  • Ashley Peel Pinkham, co-owner, Philadelphia Independents
  • Tiffica Benza, co-owner, Philadelphia Independents
  • Joy Stember, owner, Joy Stember Metal Arts Studio
  • William Farr, owner, Will Farr Design
  • Emily Logan, Moderator

If you would like to read their full bios, click here to download.

Aug 22, 2017

Becoming a working artist: strategies for: Fundraising your projects • Securing fellowships, Residencies and Awards • Securing agents, galleries, distributors • DIY distribution/exhibition

LeAnn Erickson, Professor, FMA Dept

Kari Scott, Assistant Director, Student Life, Tyler School of Art

Sara Zia Ebrahimi, Program Director, Leeway Foundation

Barbara Gorka, Director of Fellowships Advising, Temple University (

Andrew Simonet, co-founder Artists U


Aug 11, 2017

Tyler's Department of Art History Presents a Guest Lecture: Blake Bradford from Lincoln University talking about “Preparing for Careers in Museums.” This lecture was recorded on Monday, April 10, 2017 in Anderson Hall 007. Blake Bradford is the newly appointed director of the museum studies program at Lincoln University, which works closely with the Barnes Foundation and was formerly Bernard C. Watson Director of Education at the Barnes Foundation.

Jul 27, 2017

A conversation with Chris Peterson, Temple Career Coach for the Arts and Liberal Arts, and Tyler Student Life Assistant Director Kari Scott, about what a career coach does and why you want to see one. For more on Career Services at Tyler visit the Tyler Career Services page. To take the Focus2 career assessment, visit this page, and to make an appointment with Chris or one of Temple's other Career Coaches, visit here.

Jul 21, 2017

Namita Wiggers joins Tyler professors Chad Curtis and Jesse Harrod in a conversation about Questions of Critical Craft. Namita Gupta Wiggers is a writer, curator, and educator based in Portland, OR. She is the Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum. Wiggers teaches in MFA Applied Craft + Design, co-administered by Oregon College of Art + Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art, and at Portland State University. She contributes to online and in-print journals and books, serves as the Exhibition Reviews Editor, The Journal of Modern Craft, and on the Editorial Board of Garland. Recent projects include: Across the Table, Across the Land with Michael Strand for the National Council on Ceramic Education in the Arts; EVERYTHING HAS BEEN MATERIAL FOR SCISSORS TO SHAPE, a textile-focused exhibition at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian American Experience, Seattle; a forthcoming publication with Wiley Blackwell Publishers; and a study of gender and jewelry with Benjamin Lignel. 

Jun 28, 2017

This talk was hosted by Tyler Art History Professor Dr. Ashley West on April 6.  Before her talk, Laura gave a block-cutting and printing demonstration in traditional Chinese printing techniques in the studio hosted by Tyler Professor Amze Emmons.  In this talk, Laura shares with us her experiences living abroad in China to learn these ancient printing techniques and how she incorporates them in unexpected ways into her current artistic practice. More about Laura's work can be found on her website.

Jun 20, 2017

This panel discussion, moderated by Tyler Art History junior Fiona Fackler, will focus on Temple alumni who have taken the path less traveled, doing unexpected things with their Temple Degrees. Panelists include: Melissa Alam, Femme and Fortune; Sara Strugger, Hugh Wood, Inc,; Michael Latini, Monkey Boys Productions; Erica Hawthorne-Manon, Small But Mighty Arts; Christanna Ciabattoni, Skai Blue Media and Jereme Holiman, UrbanStems.  If you're looking for the resume resource that Sara made in her remarks about creating a better resume, you'll find that here:

May 19, 2017

Tyler Professor Gerard Brown leads a panel discussion with Sharon Louden, Hrag Vartanian, and Deana Haggag covering  a range of topics, including: Identifying and communicating assets and skills common to the artists studio practice that are useful to mean of creating value for industrial partners. These assets include, among others, the capacity to utilize failure productively, and cultural reciprocity, an acute awareness of the use of cultural exchange for growth. The inherently collaborative nature of artistic disciplines in contrast to myths of individual, autonomous creative work. The ways in which artists, who routinely produce something from nothing, can contribute to the discussion of quantifying success.

 If you are interested in Sharon's book, you can find it here.

May 16, 2017

Before technology became so prominent in job searches, people used to use elevator pitches to get their jobs. It was the statement that sold them to a company or a CEO and took only as much time as riding an elevator up a floor. With LinkedIn and other job websites becoming popular, the art of the elevator pitch isn’t lost, it’s just changed. Learn about the six perfect pitches and land the job you want.

Mar 31, 2017

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Temple's Rome Program, Emeritus Professor John James Pron speaks about that city's architectural heritage, the shared experiences of the many architecture alumni who studied there, and Rome's direct influence on his own artistic oeuvre.

Until his retirement in 2013, Pron taught design studios and lectured on architectural history, but his particular design was the historic preservationa nd adaptive reuse of older buildings - also the focus of his current consulting practice.  He is a recipient of a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching as well as Temple University's Great Teacher Award - its highest academic honor.  He knows the Rome capus well: he has led Study Tours of Italy in 1977, 1983 and 1987, taught at the Rome campus in 1996 and 2012, and had two sabbaticals there in 2002 and 2009.

Here's a link to the PDF version of the slide show if you want to follow along with the pictures.

Mar 15, 2017

A presentation given to Tyler's Introduction to Art Therapy class on February 28, 2017 by Kathryn Snyder, ATR-BC, LPC, Director, Parent to Child Therapy Associates and Spark School-Based Art Therapy.


Mar 10, 2017

Artist as Entrepreneur: Working as an Independent Contractor- Advanced tips
Forming an LLC • Legal needs of small businesses • Taxes • Management and Marketing your brand

Panel: LeAnn Erickson, FMA Professor: Facilitator • Anthony Fletcher, founder of ABM Digifilms, LLC, independent features and webseries • Doris Lin, founder of Spirit Animal, full service video production house • James Madison, Owner/Producer, Expressway Grip and Productions


Feb 13, 2017

Many employers today are using Automated Tracking Systems (ATS) to do the first line resume reviews. This computer system "reads" your resume to decide if you're qualified for the job you're applying for. If your resume isn't formatted correctly, it may end up in the circular file before a human being even sees it. In this podcast, we'll decode the secrets you need to know and learn just how to create and update your resume to make sure that it gets past the ATS system, and ends up in a human's hands. Here's a link to the Powerpoint on GoogleDocs (you must be logged into your Temple email to view).

Jan 19, 2017

This presentation was given by Tyler Architecture students Lourdes Monje and Veronica Ayala at the the American Institute of Architecture Students FORUM Conference in Boston, MA on December 31, 2016. Their talk centers around issues that Temple faces while growing in it’s North Philadelphia neighborhood. Here’s their description of their talk to give you a context for the presentation.

As a college campus grows, a residential community is left with less to keep. Come find out how Temple University AIAS and Philly BRIC (Building Relationships in Communities) are using design to effectively resolve university/resident conflicts in an urban setting. We recognize architecture’s role in reasserting public spaces as a necessary stage for dialogue and engagement. By using storytelling to activate participation, and gathering communities through common interests to encourage interaction, we consequently abolish the false narratives that keep us apart. The “Sharing Stories” project is the first of its kind in the North Philadelphia area. It seeks to fully engage citizens in all parts of the design-build process. The end product, then, is a space designed to create unity, social inclusiveness, and a reflection of the collaborative nature of the process; a place designed by everyone, for everyone, to create and strengthen the bonds in our neighborhood.

Jan 5, 2017

Art coach Carlee Meyer will teach you how to keep a balance in your life as a creative person while also being more productive. This podcast was recorded from a public workshop Carlee gave in Temple Contemporary on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Carlee's website is a treasure trove of information; visit it here:

Dec 20, 2016

Rebecca received her BFA in 2000 and her MFA in 2002 from Tyler in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. She currently is a Professor of Visual Arts at Penn State Altoona. This conversation was recorded in the Fall of 2016 between Rebecca and current Tyler Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM student Kyle Blute. A big thanks to Kyle for arranging this interview and recording it so you all could hear it! (November 21, 2016)

Dec 20, 2016

Learn what employers are looking for with this short (10 minute) introduction to core competencies and how knowing more about them can help you get a job after college. (November 7, 2016)

Dec 20, 2016

Freelancing and independent contracting is the wave of the very near future.  This is the first of four workshops to help filmmakers, artists and all creatives prepare to work and compete in the Gig Economy. Workshop Facilitator: LeAnn Erickson, Professor, Dept of Film and Media Arts. Panelists: Bruce James-Freelance Videographer and Producer; Patrick Decaumette- Freelance Film Composer and Sound Designer; Todd Broadbent- Freelance Web Designer. (October 25, 2016)

Dec 20, 2016

Andrea Pippins shares her stories of creative “Life After Tyler.” Andrea is a designer, illustrator, and educator who began harnessing her artistic talent into a BFA in graphic design and later earned her MFA at Temple University, Tyler School of Art.  She is a tastemaker, an artist, a designer, and an educator with an eye for bold colors and funky patterns. Her work can be seen in magazines and on television as well as on clothing and stationery. In addition to designing and illustrating, Andrea curates her art and design blog, Fly, a weekly resource to inspire young women to pursue their creative passions. In November 2015, Andrea published her first book, I Love My Hair, with Random House Children’s Books/Schwartz & Wade. I Love My Hair is a coloring book featuring her illustrations celebrating various hairstyles and textures. Her second book, Becoming Me, just released this month, for young women to color, doodle, and brainstorm their way to a creative life. Andrea is based in the Washington, D.C. area, but currently in Stockholm. Check out her work at (October 18, 2016)

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