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Alpern, Tyler J Senior Instructor


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research overview

  • I am the biographer for Frances Faye and Bruz Fletcher. I have done extensive research into Reta Ray and Elver Barker. I maintain an online annotated index of homophile publications before 1980. As an artist I do work in drawing, painting and digital arts. My subject matter is usually quite narrative but I also do figure work, landscapes and portraits. I have worked with students on a number of public art projects and advised other programs on how to engage their students in mural projects.


  • Bruz Fletcher, Frances Faye, Reta Ray, Elver Barker, Homophile Publications before 1980, Drawing, Painting, Digital Art, Visual Literacy, student murals, landscape, narrative subjects, human figure, portraits



courses taught

  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • LIBB 1133 - Exploring Art, Culture and Visual Literacy through Drawing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Teaches basic drawing skills, mechanics of two dimensional space and deconstructs the kinds of artistic images students commonly encounter in social media, street art, graffiti, advertising, comics and tattoos as a basis for understanding how complex visual language communicates profound meaning. Experiential learning activities introduce the practices of design thinking, idea production, the creative process and critical thinking.


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