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Tyler School of Art, 7725 Penrose Avenue, Elkins Park, PA 19027


Established in 1934, Templeís Tyler School of Art has an independent campus in suburban Elkins Park, eight miles north of the Main Campus in North Philadelphia. On a 14-acre estate, which was the gift of Stella Elkins Tyler, modern residence halls and studio-classroom buildings have been constructed to accommodate a comprehensive curriculum in the visual arts for 800 undergraduate and graduate students.

The Universityís resources are available to the Tyler student, who may participate in athletics and other activities, or take evening and summer courses at other Temple campus locations. A full academic and studio program is given at Tyler, however, and for most students the Elkins Park campus provides a complete college experience of unique character.

For applications or other information, please contact the Tyler Admissions Office at

To Reach Tyler

The Tyler School is located at 7725 Penrose Avenue, Elkins Park, a short distance from the intersection of Penrose Avenue, Cheltenham Avenue, and 19th Street.

From Main Campus: Follow Broad Street north to its end at Cheltenham Avenue (6 miles from Main Campus). Turn left at Cheltenham Avenue, proceed to Penrose Avenue (1/2 mile). Turn right on Penrose Avenue to Tyler Campus (less than 1/2 mile).

From Pennsylvania north, east or west: Reach the East-West Pennsylvania Turnpike. (From the north, use the Northeast Extension) Exit at Fort Washington (Exit 26). Drive south on Route 309 Expressway to Cheltenham Avenue (third traffic light). Turn left onto Cheltenham Avenue. At the fifth traffic light (Penrose Avenue/19th Street), turn left onto Penrose and proceed to Beech. Turn right onto Beech.

From northern New Jersey: Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the East-West Pennsylvania Turnpike (Exit 6). Exit at Fort Washington (Exit 26). Proceed as above.

From Washington, Baltimore, Wilmington: Take I-95 North to Route 476 North (The Blue Route). Take 476 North to Route 276 East (The Pennsylvania Turnpike). Exit at Fort Washington (Exit 26). Proceed as above.

From southern New Jersey: Take the New Jersey Turnpike, or US 295 to Route 73 West and the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. After crossing the bridge into Pennsylvania, proceed straight on Levick Street to Tookany Creek Parkway (approximately four and one-half miles). At this intersection you will have come down a large hill, having crossed over train tracks and a creek. A country club is on the opposite corner. Turn left onto Tookany Creek Parkway and drive to the first traffic light, which is Cheltenham Avenue. Turn right and follow Cheltenham Avenue for two and one-half miles to the intersection of Penrose Avenue/19th Street and turn right onto Penrose. Proceed to Beech Avenue and turn right.

By Public Transportation:

For SEPTA commuter trains that stop at 30th Street Station or Market East: Take the R2 Local to Elkins Park or Melrose Park Station. Each is a short taxi ride to Tyler (just over one mile).

From Center City Philadelphia: Take the Broad Street subway north to the Olney stop. Transfer to the "C" bus or the "22" bus (headed north). Get off at the corner of Penrose and Cheltenham and walk north on Penrose Avenue to Beech Avenue (five blocks).

Special Facilities


The Tyler Gallery in Elkins Park serves as an active forum for the contemporary arts. The Temple Gallery, situated in one of the cityís most artistic communities on 45 N. 2nd Street, extends Tylerís involvement to the rest of the city. Both galleries provide access to a number of exciting exhibitions each year. The exhibitions feature work by emerging, as well as internationally known, artists. An extensive lecture series accompanies the gallery activity, scheduled in conjunction with the exhibiting artists. Penrose and Elkins Galleries, located in the studio buildings on the Elkins Park campus, are reserved for student work and offer the opportunity to exhibit in a professional setting. The M.F.A. thesis exhibitions are usually the culmination of the Tyler graduate experience; they allow students to share and evaluate completed works with the larger community. Openings at the galleries are recurring occasions within the social and professional life of the campus.

Library and Slide Collection

The Library of the Tyler School of Art supports the Schoolís students and faculty with a collection of more than 30,000 volumes and more than 100 English and foreign language journals devoted to art, art history, and general studies. The library is part of the Temple University Libraries and, through the Online Catalog and daily deliveries of materials requested via intra library loan, the Tyler academic community is provided with convenient access to the collections of all libraries on Templeís main and suburban campus sites.

Paley Library is the main library of the University and houses a collection of 2.3 million volumes and 15,000 current serials. Students and faculty may also request books and copies of journal articles through Interlibrary Services. These requests are filled using an international network of cooperating academic, public, and special libraries. The acquisitions and development of library resources for the Tyler School of Art are guided by an art librarian who coordinates the activities at Tyler with those on the Main Campus.

The Tyler School of Art Library is connected to the Scholars Information Center Network that supports online access to the Temple University Librariesí Online Catalog, electronic databases for research held by the Libraries or licensed for access via the Internet, and Internet resources.

Adjacent to the Tyler Library is a separate slide library under the direction of the Art History Department, which has developed a collection of more than 300,000 slides for faculty and graduate student use.

Special Programs

Temple in Rome

The art studentís educational experience is enriched by the opportunity to study at the branch of the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. The program is open to M.A., M.F.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D. students. It is recommended that graduate students attend the Rome program for a complete year. Housed in the Villa Caproni, facing the Tiber River just north of Piazza del Popolo, the School offers courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Facilities include a library, an art gallery, private work areas for painters, full equipment in other studio disciplines, and a computer lab. Art history is taught through direct observation of original works and historic sites. The student also may elect courses in Italian, history, or literature offered by the College of Liberal Arts, which shares facilities with the Tyler School of Art in the Temple University Abroad center in Rome.