Experience Design! Featured Event | Art Market at Tyler

September 17, 2013 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2013 Festival

Temple University's Tyler School of Art presents Art Market at Tyler

Friday, October 11 | 12:00PM to 7:00PM Saturday, October 12 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM 2001 N. 13th Street Free admission; pay as you go merchandise

Shop handmade goods, see demonstrations, and visit the remarkable new building of Tyler School of Art at Temple University for the Art Market at Tyler. For the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, on Friday, October 11, and Saturday, October 12, Tyler will host artists and craftspeople selling work throughout the 160,000 square foot facility on Temple University's campus. Participating artists are being selected by Erin Waxman and Megan Brewster, owners of Art Star Gallery and Boutique. Visitors can also watch and participate in demonstrations, such as silk screening by local phenom, Candy Coated.

Art Market Committee Chairs, Chris Kendig and Louis Cook, tell us more about what to expect, "As a non-profit, all volunteer organization we have a lot of freedom with the way our event is run.  We are not driven to make money.  We our driven to help professional and student-level artists profit both financially and experientially while celebrating an institution that has always championed the regional artists' community. Art Market at Tyler was born from a desire to create an event that celebrates the areas best emerging and established fine artists and crafters. On the surface, we want people to take away lots of shopping bags full of artists' work! At a much deeper level, we intend to build a sense of community. Everyone participating helps each other. Vendor's booth fees provide the funding to run the show, shoppers help support an amazingly talented and dedicated group of artists. Local arts organizations are present to make connections with any creative minded people participating in, or attending the show. This is all great publicity for the school, and in turn Tyler gives us support.  It's a beautiful ecosystem and we're all proud to be a part of it."

Drawing on Philadelphia's Creative Wealth

Like so many of the DesignPhiladelphia event planners, Tyler draws from the depths of Philadelphia's creative community. Cook explains, "Being based out of Philadelphia helps the Tyler Alumni Association tremendously. Not only do we have the resources of Temple University at our fingertips but we are also able to tap into the creative energy and life force of the city. Philly has been able to retain a large percentage of Tyler alumni. So many of which are doing incredible things.  A lot of power lies in the fact that we all live so close to each other, and have a vast network of professionals all with different skill sets. It's hard for us to not get stuff done."

What's on the Horizon?
Kendig tells me Tyler is working on a big "top secret" party in the near future,"Like most of our events, it will be open to everyone and a ton of fun. Keep an eye out!" They are also gearing up for the biennial show, Victory for Tyler, an exhibition at Crane Arts that is sponsored by local Victory Brewing Company. Both Crane and Victory have strong ties to Tyler. Look out for that event coming in the Spring of 2015. See a list of participating artists at Tyler Art Market

DesignPhiladelphia’s 9th Annual Festival, EXPERIENCEdesign! kicks off this year on the evening of October 9th with PopUp Place and festival events running from October 10 through 18. As a signature event of the Center for Architecture, DesignPhiladelphia showcases Philadelphia’s strong design and creative communities through more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, tours, lectures, open studios, and parties that celebrate design’s many dimensions, dynamics, and applications. To give you a sneak peek of things to come, we will be featuring 24 events on our blog; discussing their details and introducing you to the people behind them. Join us on Facebook and Twitter – where you can catch all 2013 Festival announcements and info!

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