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Morrison named dean of Art School

The noted artist and educator will lead Tyler through its relocation to Main Campus

As dean, Keith Morrison, an accomplished artist, curator, scholar and educational administrator, will help lead the Tyler School of Art in its relocation from suburban Elkins Park into a new, world-class, $75 million building on Main Campus.

Distinguished artist and art educator Keith Morrison has been named dean of the Tyler School of Art.

Morrison, who joined Temple effective July 1, most recently was dean of the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University.

“Keith Morrison’s accomplishments as an artist, curator, scholar and educational administrator make him the ideal person to lead Temple’s Tyler School of Art as it prepares to relocate from the suburbs into a new, world-class, $75 million facility on our Main Campus in Philadelphia,” President David Adamany said.

Morrison, who in addition to his current post at San Francisco State has been a teacher or administrator at the University of Michigan, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Illinois at Chicago, Fisk University, DePaul University and the San Francisco Art Institute, described Tyler as “one of the best comprehensive art schools in the nation, with programs in the fine arts that are second to none.”

“Tyler and Temple are both on the move,” Morrison added.

“Temple’s extensive recruitment of new faculty, the quality of its student body, and some $400 million in construction projects — including an upcoming new home for Tyler that will be the envy of art schools around the world — make Temple one of the most exciting places in higher education today. I am thrilled about this opportunity.”

Among his academic accomplishments, Morrison led the San Francisco Art Institute through its first major revision of undergraduate and graduate programs in 15 years. At San Francisco State, Morrison redefined several academic programs and improved others to national prominence, and he promoted cultural exchanges between artists and scholars in the San Francisco Bay area and their counterparts in Cuba, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan.

Morrison’s teaching experience includes courses in drawing, painting, lithography, art education, African-American art and others. He has lectured at institutions such as the Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. Morris has written essays for numerous exhibition catalogs and the popular press. A book about Morrison’s art and art criticism by art historian Renee Ater, titled Keith Morrison, was published in March by Pomegranate Press.

Morrison’s paintings and prints have been featured in many publications and exhibited across the United States and abroad. His works are included in numerous private and public collections, including those of Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the World Bank. He also has served as curator for exhibitions at Philadelphia’s Brandywine Workshop, the University of Chicago and San Francisco State.

“It is hard to imagine how we could have found a person better suited to assume leadership of the Tyler School of Art at this critical time in its history,” Provost Ira Schwartz said. “Keith Morrison has the artistic vision and leadership expertise to sustain and build upon Tyler’s strong programs while helping elevate Tyler’s prominence through its move into a new state-of-the-art facility for creating, teaching and appreciating art.”

A native of Jamaica, Morrison holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Morrison succeeds acting Dean Hester Stinnett, who led Tyler since 2002. She is resuming her role as a professor of printmaking in the graphic arts and design department at Tyler.

“For three years, Dean Stinnett has guided Tyler with creative energy and a steady hand,” Schwartz said. “We thank Hester for her willingness to serve in an acting role for an extended period, and we know her students will be excited to have her back in the classroom.”

The new, $75 million home for the Tyler School of Art on Main Campus is being designed by award-winning architect Carlos Jimenez of Carlos Jimenez Studio in Houston, designer of some of the country’s premier art education facilities and exhibition spaces. The world-class facility, incorporating a variety of art-related spaces including studios, workshops and exhibition galleries, is expected to be completed in 2008. Tyler currently occupies a campus in suburban Elkins Park.

Jimenez, recognized nationally for his designs of urban educational facilities, will design Tyler’s signature building in a joint venture with H2L2 Architects/Planners, a Philadelphia-based firm specializing in the design of academic buildings.

Tyler School of Art offers the opportunity to pursue study of the arts within small learning communities while also providing the advantages afforded by a large comprehensive research institution. The Tyler curriculum encompasses programs in the fine arts, crafts, design, art history, art education and architecture taught by faculty who are accomplished studio artists and highly respected scholars. Tyler’s M.F.A program is often listed among the top such programs in the United States.

- By Mark Eyerly

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