Tyler alumni give wedding gift to Temple Rome
Paris might be hailed as the most romantic city in the world, but for Tyler School of Art alumni Candace Jensen, TYL ’08, and Owen Schuh, TYL ’07, Rome is where their love story began. They met while studying at Temple Rome in spring 2007, during a walking tour of the city arranged by the school.
“My roommate and I were debating about going on the tours at all,” Jensen said. “But I saw Owen stand up and gather a group, and frankly, I fell in love at first sight. So we did go on the tour, but I didn't pay much attention to it.”
The pair married in September 2013 and did not forget that Temple Rome was the catalyst of their relationship. So as a part of their wedding registry, they asked for donations to the Temple Rome Scholarship Fund to help students fund trips to Italy. They were able to raise more than $1,500.
“As we prepared for the wedding, we knew we didn’t want or need a lot of things,” she explained. “So we tried to think of a nonprofit or other organization that we could donate our monetary gifts to.”
Maria Ponce de Leon, former interim dean of Temple Rome, helped Jensen and Schuh facilitate their gift and was touched by their generosity.
“To my knowledge, this is the first time someone has ever thought of placing a gift to the university on a wedding registry,” she said. “I find it to be such a beautiful and unique way of giving recognition to the importance of education–and to study abroad—in all aspects of one's life.”
For Jensen, the decision to give back to Temple Rome was easy. “I put myself through school, and because you can’t work in Italy without a special work visa, I had to take out a good bit of money to fund the trip. But it was worth it. We wanted to help someone else have that same opportunity without having to worry so much about paying for it.”
Both Jensen and Schuh continue to create art; in addition to freelance signmaking, Jensen works in calligraphy, oil painting, drawing and watercolor. Schuh is represented by Kit Schulte Contemporary Art in Berlin and has shown several pieces in the U.S. and Europe. This month, he had his first solo exhibition in New York City at the Schema Projects Gallery in Brooklyn.
“Rome was the best part of school,” Jensen said. “I painted and studied art history for hours and hours. It was an immersive, creative time unrivaled by the rest of my college studio experience.”