Moe A. Brooker to Receive Medal of Achievement from Philadelphia Art Alliance

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) Moe A. Brooker will be awarded the Medal of Achievement by the Philadelphia Art Alliance at the 29th Annual Wetherill Ball, one of the oldest and most prestigious award ceremonies and galas in Philadelphia.

Brooker, professor and chair of the Basics Department at Moore College of Art & Design, will receive the award on Thursday, April 16 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, the art alliance announced today.

We are delighted that Moe Brooker has been recognized by the Philadelphia Art Alliance for its Medal of Achievement,” said Dona Lantz, Academic Dean at Moore.  “As an artist for more than 35 years, Moe has exhibited extensively and received numerous honors and awards. Moore has been fortunate to have him on faculty for the past twelve years as he is an outstanding teacher and role model to aspiring student artists. He is a deserving recipient of an award that recognizes his numerous contributions to the growth and development of the arts. We are very proud of him.”

Established in 1940, the Medal of Achievement honors individuals who have become distinguished in their chosen field or have actively contributed to the growth and development of the arts. Brooker’s work is held by major art institutions and in private collections across the country. He is a regular member and exhibitor with the June Kelly Gallery in New York, the Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia, and the Robert Roman Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.

Many public collections contain Brooker’s works in their holdings, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Musee des beaux-arts due Canada, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and The Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  He is the recipient of several honors and awards, including an accepted invitation from Oxford University in 2006 and 2008, and the Van Der Zee Lifetime Achievement Award. He has taught at Moore since 1995.

Two other awards at the Wetherill Ball will be granted to Keith Straw, a Moore board member, and her husband James. B. Straw, who will be honored with the Award of Merit, recognizing an outstanding Philadelphian who has been an innovator, achiever or contributor to an artistic field. Keith Straw is a member of the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is also known for her work on the board of The Pennsylvania Ballet and the Landmarks Society, among others.

Linda Richardson, an alliance board member in the early 1990s, will receive the Special Presidential Honor award.

The Wetherill Ball features a cocktail reception at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, followed by the award presentation and dinner at The Rittenhouse Hotel

Founded in 1915, the Philadelphia Art Alliance continues to occupy its historic Center City Philadelphia building and is devoted to presenting emerging and established artists from the visual, literary, and performing arts.


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April 1, 2009
Moe A. Brooker will be awarded the Medal of Achievement by the Philadelphia Art Alliance at the 29th Annual Wetherill Ball, one of the oldest and most prestigious award ceremonies and galas in Philadelphia.

Published on April 1st, 2009