Student Designs Award for Fleisher Art Memorial Gala

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2010

(Philadelphia, PA) A jury from the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia has selected a piece of wearable art by Fine Arts: 3D senior Mary Carnes to purchase and present to Carol Haas Gravagno, the recipient of the organization’s 2010 Founder’s Award.

Fleisher commissioned a class at Moore to produce the 2010 award, to be presented to arts advocate Gravagno at a gala on Friday, June 18. Students in instructor Dawn Bergmaier’s Junior/Senior Metals class received an assignment to design an original art object that captures the spirit of the event and the honoree.

Fleisher’s Founder’s Award is presented each year to individuals who are deeply committed to supporting arts and culture in the Philadelphia region. The award recognizes Gravagno’s significant contribution to people’s participation in and access to the arts.

Carnes will attend the Founder’s Award Gala at Fleisher, a community art center, and receive a $400 honorarium. Images of her work are featured in marketing materials for the event.

“We are delighted that Moore can play a role in honoring Carole Haas Gravagno, a generous and enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Philadelphia,” said Happy Craven Fernandez, president of Moore. “The opportunity for our students to create an award for Carole exemplifies her commitment to Philadelphia’s unique collaborative cultural environment.”

Proceeds from the 2010 Founder’s Award Gala will help support Fleisher’s mission to make art accessible to all, regardless of economic means, background or artistic experience.

Moore routinely collaborates with Philadelphia’s many not-for profit organizations to provide students with a wide range of cultural opportunities that enrich their development as artists. In this way, Moore benefits from and adds to the rich cultural life in Philadelphia. Bringing such projects to the classroom enhances the student experience and provides a real life lesson in networking and working collaboratively.


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May 24, 2010
A jury from the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia has selected a piece of wearable art by Fine Arts: 3D senior Mary Carnes to purchase and present to Carol Haas Gravagno, the recipient of the organization’s 2010 Founder’s Award.

Published on May 24th, 2010