Visionary Woman Awards

Visionary Woman Awards Gala

Moore College of Art & Design presented the Visionary Woman Award to Helen W. Drutt English, Janet Fish and Nicole Miller on September 23rd, 2014. The annual Visionary Woman Awards celebrate exceptional women who have made significant contributions to the arts and are national leaders in their fields.

Launched in 2003, the Visionary Woman Awards recognize women whose lives and careers have made a significant impact on the worlds of art and design. As the first and only women’s visual arts college in the country, Moore College of Art & Design is honored to highlight the extraordinary achievements of women in the arts and provide powerful role models for our talented students. The Visionary Woman Awards bring national attention to Moore and raise funds for Visionary Woman Honors Program for Moore undergraduates.

The Visionary Woman Honors Program and scholarship award is developed for highly ambitious, reflective, independent-minded students who are interested in entrepreneurship, leadership, service while pursuing their creative discipline and academic achievements.  Each student will have an opportunity to create her own path as part of the honors program, and will engage in experiences both inside and outside of the classroom that will supplement the academic curriculum.  The Visionary Woman Honors Program requires a separate application. Students accepted into the program will have a superior portfolio, exceptional academic history and evidence of future potential of leadership in the arts.

Each year, Moore hosts 300 guests that include sponsors as well as alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends to honor the Visionary Woman Awardees during an evening ceremony and gala dinner.


The Elizabeth Greenfield Zeidman Lecture
The Elizabeth Greenfield Zeidman Lecture, held at 2:00 pm on the afternoon of the gala, features the Visionary Woman Awards honorees in a panel discussion open to the Moore community and the public. An engaging question and answer session follows the lecture. The Zeidman Lecture is endowed by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.

2014 Helen W. Drutt English, curatorial consultant & educator
  Janet Fish, painter
  Nicole Miller, fashion designer
201 Kathy Butterly '86, ceramics
  Ann King Lagos, jewelry designer
2012 Victoria Hagan, interior designer 
  Ellen Lupton, graphic designer, writer, curator, critic
2011 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith,  painter, printmaker and activist
  Jane Walentas '66, artist and DUMBO community advocate
  Signe Wilkinson, Pulitizer-Prize winning editorial cartoonist
2010 Wendy Ewald, photographer and founder of Literacy Through Photography
  Judith Leiber, handbag designer
  Ann Temkin, art historian and first female chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
2009 Nancy Kolb, former president and CEO of the Please Touch Museum
  Billie Tsien, architect for the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway
2008 Mary McFadden, fashion designer
2007 Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains, installation artist, arts activist and educator
  Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler, philanthropist, arts advocate and educator
2006 Thora Jacobson, arts administrator and former executive director, Fleisher Art Memorial
  Mary Ellen Mark, photographer
  Linda Nochlin, feminist art historian
2005 Faith Ringgold, educator, painter, quilt artist and author
  Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, founder, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
2004 Judy Chicago, feminist artist
  Dorrit Bern, entrepreneur and former CEO of Charming Shoppes, Inc.
2003 Denise Scott Brown, architect
  Adrienne Vittadini ’66, fashion designer
  Jane Golden, founder of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program