“Victory for Tyler 2009: Sculpture” is the second in a series of biennial exhibitions to benefit the Tyler School of Art’s Exhibitions and Public Programs department. Many works of sculpture from more than 100 artists were considered by the show’s juror, Sarina Basta, curator of the Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY. Ms. Basta will consider the merits of each work and award three cash prizes provided by the Tyler Alumni Association.
Artists from all over the country return to Philadelphia to participate in this show. The art selected for the exhibit included works that Basta says “push the limits of performance and installation”. Tyler Alumni Association President Patti Dougherty said, “The program is made possible through the efforts of more than 30 Tyler alumni volunteers and very generous sponsors.” The exhibition features work by 29 artists and presents three-dimensional sculptures along with several time-based video pieces as well as premieres of several compelling performance-based sculptures.
The Tyler Alumni Association has hosted many events for alumni in the past but when Victory Brewing Company founder and Tyler alumnus, Bill Covaleski, offered to sponsor an event for Tyler alumni, it became clear that a large-scale alumni exhibition was possible. “We are very excited about the energy that surrounds Victory for Tyler. This biennial exhibit offers Tyler an opportunity to reach out to its alumni in a way that really suits their professional needs. Partnering with Crane Arts allows us to show these deserving artists in a venue that is rarely offered to them — a 5,000 square foot gallery,” said Dougherty. Nancy McDonald of the Tyler Alumni Association added, “Victory for Tyler has generated more attendance from our alumni then any other event we’ve done. It’s a wonderful way to see what your classmates are creating and at the same time offer them a world-class venue to show their work.”