The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University has named Jova Lynne as the new director of Temple Contemporary, Tyler’s center for exhibitions and public programming, effective January 31, 2022.
Lynne is a curator, educator, and transdisciplinary artist who is completing her term as the Susanne Feld Hillberry Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). She 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. Before 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.”
At Temple Contemporary, Lynne will be responsible for curating exhibitions, enriching student life and expertise, and furthering community engagement.