Moe Brooker Named First Penny & Bob Fox Distinguished Professor at Moore

For Immediate Release
May 17, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore is pleased to recognize artist and educator Moe Brooker as the first Penny and Bob Fox Distinguished Professor. Penny Fox presented the award at the College’s 2011 Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 15.

The Penny and Bob Fox Distinguished Professorship, the first endowed professorship at Moore, was established by Penny Fox, Chair of Moore’s Board of Trustees, and her husband Bob. Their historic gift of $2 million to the College this spring endows the professorship and also funds five endowed student internships annually. The professorship will typically rotate every two years.

The Penny and Bob Fox Distinguished Professorship recognizes a faculty person who exemplifies teaching excellence and outstanding leadership. Brooker, professor and chair of the Foundation Department at Moore, has been teaching for 36 years. He joined the faculty at Moore in 1995. Before coming to Moore, Brooker taught at several other prestigious art and design schools. Moe Brooker received his MFA from Tyler and his undergraduate studies were at PAFA. At Moore, he has also provided positive leadership, serving as faculty representative to the College’s Board of Managers and on numerous committees.
 
“Moe Brooker is an inspiration to students,” Fox said during her remarks. “He shares his passion and joy for art and for life with all at Moore. A widely recognized artist, he is a leader at Moore and in the wider community.”
 
Brooker is one of Philadelphia’s most prominent artists. Along with his dedicated studio practice, he is very involved in the Philadelphia arts community, as chair of the City of Philadelphia’s Art Commission and a member of the Mayor Nutter’s Cultural Advisory Council. He also serves on President Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee.
 
“It is my great pleasure to name Moe Brooker as the first Penny and Bob Fox Distinguished Professor,” said Dr. Happy Craven Fernandez, president of Moore College of Art & Design. “It is a particular pleasure to be able to honor and celebrate Moe’s dedication to excellence in his teaching and artistic practice, along with his commitment to civic leadership and great enthusiasm for mentoring young artists.”
  
Brooker holds many awards and honors. This year he was honored by the African American Museum in Philadelphia at their 35th Anniversary Celebration. In 2010, Brooker was named the Pennsylvania Artist of the Year by Governor Ed Rendell and also received the 2010 Artists Equity Award. In 2009 he received The Philadelphia Art Alliance Medal of Achievement. He was awarded a Conrad Nelson Fellowship in 2004 and a Van Der Zee Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
 
Brooker has an extensive exhibition record of both solo and group exhibitions. Currently, he exhibits at the June Kelly Gallery in NYC, the Robert Roman Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and the Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia. His work is included in many public collections.
 
This fall, The Galleries at Moore will curate In the Studio: Honoring Moe Brooker on view in the Widener Memorial Foundation Gallery at Moore from October 1 – November 12, 2011.
                                                                               
Penny Fox is the Chair of Moore’s Board of Trustees and has served on the Board since 1991. She is also a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Ballet. She recently served as the chair of the Philadelphia Craft Show Committee. Robert Fox is the chairman and CEO of R.A.F. Industries, Inc., a private investment company acquiring and managing a diversified group of operating companies and venture capital investments. The Foxes have also endowed the Zena Fox Scholarship in Fine Arts, underwritten the creation of Moore’s Penny & Bob Fox Center for Digital Arts, Design and Print Media and generously supported Moore’s first capital campaign and expansion into Wilson Hall in 2000.
 
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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.
Published on May 17th, 2011