August 20, 2009

Tyler School of Art, Temple University Announces Finalists in Inaugural Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts

Temple University
three finalists in the inaugural Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine ArtsSanford Biggers, Michael Rakowitz,Ryan TrecartinMelissa ChiuPaolo ColomboIngrid SchaffnerThursday, October 22, 2009Sanford BiggersMichael Rakowitz’sRyan TrecartinAbout the Inaugural Competition

Considered for the Jack Wolgin Competition were artists from around the world, working in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, metals, glass, and fibers, all forms of media that correlate to the diverse curriculum available at the Tyler School. Nominees were selected by a group of nine prominent international art world figures from museums and educational organizations, representing the range of media eligible for consideration. The 14 nominees were then invited to submit an application, which was reviewed by the three-person jury.

About Temple University Tyler School of Art
From advanced technology to the most traditional methods, Tyler is dedicated to providing education in the arts to aspiring and talented students who share the belief that the arts are fundamental to life in the 21st century. A superb and intense art conservatory of 1,500 students offering the resources of a great urban research university of over 35,000 students, Tyler School is also located in one of the most culturally rich cities in the United States. Philadelphia is a diverse and vibrant city, and home to a thriving contemporary arts community. In January 2009, Tyler opened a new 234,000 square-foot state of the art facility within Temple University’s main campus designed by internationally renowned architect Carlos Jimenez.

About Jack Wolgin
Born and raised in Philadelphia, real estate developer, banker, and philanthropist Jack Wolgin is one of the most prominent figures in the city’s cultural landscape. An active civic leader, Mr. Wolgin helped found the Theatre of the Living Arts and has held leadership positions with the City of Philadelphia Art Commission, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Federation of Jewish Agencies, the Philadelphia Fellowship Committee, the Mayor’s Commission on Higher Education, the Albert Einstein Medical Center and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In Israel, where he has made several transformational gifts, Mr. Wolgin is a board member of the Israeli Museum, the Jerusalem Foundation, and the American Friends of Hebrew University.

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