Designing Women // Moore on WHYY

Designing Women

Art of Life — Produced by Karen Smyles

Moore College of Art & Design is dedicated to excellence in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the first and only visual arts college for women in the United States. Through its undergraduate bachelor of fine arts degrees for women and its coeducational graduate programs, Moore cultivates creativity, promotes scholarship and prepares its students for professional careers in the arts by emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, risk-taking, and strong communication skills. Moore is dedicated to producing graduates that distinguish themselves as leaders in their fields. Friday Arts got the opportunity to see just how Moore goes about creating those leaders.

We went behind the scenes with Moore students to see how several talented, young women are paving their pathways to success. In Spring 2015, Emily Oluoch and Erin O’Brien got the opportunity of a lifetime. They were chosen to display their work in the windows of the Century 21 department store here in downtown Philadelphia. Each was given an entire window to decorate, with their names and the inspiration for their work displayed on the window. Emily is a senior, studying Fashion Design and Erin is a junior Fine Arts major. They both share what’s behind their winning designs.

Later, we drop in to the graphic arts studio and talk with seniors Brianna Boulanger, Spring Paul and Wydelah Campbell while they work on their senior thesis projects. They share how Moore has prepared them for life after Moore. And, Moore President, Cecelia Fitzgibbon, Roy Wilbur, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Century 21 Chief Marketing Officer, Valentino Vettori, tie it all together with the details on how Moore graduates are finding success in the world of design.

Published on June 8th, 2015