Illustration Faculty Member Ernie Norcia Wins National Award

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2010

(Philadelphia, PA) The American Artists Professional League ( AAPL), a leading national organization dedicated to recognizing, encouraging and promoting traditional realism, today announced the award winners of its 82nd Grand National Exhibition.

Ernest Norcia, who teaches at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, has been selected to receive the Audubon Artists Award for his oil painting entitled Miranda, pictured left. His work was selected from 96 oil paintings in the competition. The award was presented to Mr. Norcia by AAPL President Larry Mallory at the AAPL’s annual meeting and award s reception held in New York City on November 7, 2010.

The AAPL, a not –for-profit organization hosts its Grand National Exhibition, a show that highlights major and emerging professional artists in oil, watercolor, pastel, graphic and sculpture. Entries are accepted from all 50 states as well as internationally and judged by a selection committee consisting of professional artists.

This year , the American Artists Professional League’s 82nd Grand National Exhibition highlights the achievements of 180 artists. The paintings and sculptures are on display through November 12,2010.

The AAPL, with approximately 1,000 members nationwide, is headquartered at the Salmagundi Club Galleries, 47Fith Avenue, New York, New York 10003.


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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.

November 7, 2010
Moore Illustration faculty member Ernie Norcia received the prestigious Audubon Artists Award at The American Artists Professional League  ( AAPL) 82nd Grand National Exhibition.

Published on November 19th, 2010