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.
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.
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.
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)
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 andreapippins.com. (October 18, 2016)