January 28, 2022

Jova Lynne appointed director of Temple Contemporary at Tyler

Temple University

View of Temple Contemporary, 2020. Courtesy of Temple University.

Jova Lynne. Photo: Clare Gotto.

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is pleased to welcome Jova Lynne as its new director of Temple Contemporary, Tyler’s center for exhibitions and public programs, effective January 31, 2022.

Lynne is a curator, educator, and transdisciplinary artist who is completing her term as Susanne Feld Hillberry Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Lynne received her MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA in Film and Video from Hampshire College.

With a deep passion for cultivating developmental and leadership skills among young people, Lynne’s professional and artistic approaches combine practicality, creativity, and opportunity. Prior to working with MOCAD, Lynne served as the Youth Arts and Education manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco, and her time there played a key role in shaping her ideas on inclusion-based artistic ecosystems.

“Jova is a seasoned and intentional curator and a champion of inclusivity who has made meaningful and lasting impact on the communities in which she’s worked,” noted Tyler Dean Susan E. Cahan. “Jova brings a distinctive intellectual vision, an essential understanding of contemporary visual culture, and the collaborative and communication skills to work effectively across disciplines and with constituencies within and beyond the school.”

On accepting the position, Lynne said, “Temple Contemporary is a unique institution that has the potential to be a landmark for the arts in the city of Philadelphia. I am looking forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders at Tyler School of Art and Architecture to continue to grow Temple Contemporary into an arts institution that truly reflects, presents and engages with the best arts and design- based practices of our time.”

Lynne describes her curatorial practice as one that is rooted in uplifting the craft of emerging artists–working across disciplines to present arts-based inquiries that speak to the most important questions of our time. At Temple Contemporary, she intends to foster an environment that celebrates curiosity in the arts in a manner that is responsive and equitable in hopes of embedding Temple Contemporary's legacy in the arts landscape.

While serving as the Director of Temple Contemporary, Lynne will be responsible for curating exhibitions, enriching student life and expertise, and supporting community engagement through her extensive knowledge of the professional art world.

About the Tyler School of Art and Architecture
The Tyler School of Art and Architecture is a collaborative community of bold thinkers and makers studying art, design and the built environment at Temple University, a large, urban, public research university in Philadelphia. Tyler educates and inspires students to be active participants in society with the highest aspirations for creative and social achievement, individual expression, scholarly discovery and innovation.

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