Moore's Art in City Hall Exhibit to be Displayed at the Welcome Center

For Immediate Release
December 14, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) Twelve works by Moore students and alumnae from the juried exhibition Art in City Hall: Fairmount Park's Colonial Elite, will be on display from December 14 through January 31 at the Fairmount Park Welcome Center in Love Park.

The featured artists are Angela Murdoch, photography & digital arts; Diane Johnson, photography & digital arts; Susi Hartsell, Illustration; Sara Lenton, Illustration; Lorraine Gonzalez, Illustration Alumna; Jacqueline Gardner, Illustration; Justin Provenzano, Illustration Alumna; Victoria Dominguez, Art Education; Shanna OLeary, Illustration and Kelly Wood, Photography & Digital Arts.

In October, Moore partnered with The Park House Guides of the Historic Fairmount Park Houses, a volunteer group of about 100 members, to present Fairmount Park’s Colonial Elite, the fall 2009 Art in City Hall exhibit. The exhibit was up through Dec. 6.

The juried exhibit, designed to increase the city’s awareness of the Historic House Museums of Fairmount Park, featured artist interpretations of the seven houses: Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion, Sweetbriar and Woodford. The featured work of more than 40 Moore sophomore, junior and senior students and alumnae represented a variety of mediums.

Cash awards totaling $1,350 were presented. Each artist was encouraged to sell their artwork commission free once the show was installed.

Christine Mifsud ’80, a graphic design graduate of Moore and a volunteer Park House Guide and Belena Chapp, Director of Moore’s Locks Career Center, as part of an outreach initiative of the College, organized the exhibition and recruited students and alumnae. Fairmount Park’s Colonial Elite was installed under the direction of Tu Huynh, Director of Art in City Hall.

As part of the process, participating students visited the various historic houses last spring and summer through a combination of independent work and classroom assignments. Park House Guides provided tours for the students and individual visits continued throughout the summer.

Part of Moore’s mission to educate women for careers in the visual arts is to provide opportunities for students to collaborate with Philadelphia’s cultural organizations through a variety of programs, including Emerging Leaders in the Arts and Business Scholars in the Arts scholarships and the Culture in the Classroom program, as well as the required internships that often pair students with a practical experience in the region’s non-for-profit sector.

To take a tour of the historic houses of Fairmount Park, visit http://www.fairmountparkhistoricsites.org/index.html

Student/Alumnae Award Winners:

Mount Pleasant
Angeline Nesbit - fine arts: 3D - 1st Place Best in Show Award
Christi Montgomery - textile design - Honorable Mention
Vanessa Longworth - Mount Pleasant House Award

Cedar Grove
Kelly Wood - photography & digital arts - Cedar Grove House Award

Sweet Briar
Angela Murdoch - photography & digital arts - Honorable Mention
Breana Copeland - photography & digital arts - Sweet Briar House Award

Lemon Hill
Kathryn Finn - fashion design - 2nd Place Award
Ykaterina Shoykhet – illustration - Lemon Hill House Award

Laurel Hill
Justin Provenzano - illustration (alumnae) - Laurel Hill House Award

Woodford
Dana Osburn - fine arts: 2D - 3rd Place Award
Lisa Murphy - fine arts: 2D - Honorable Mention
Marie Elcin - textile design (alumnae) - Honorable Mention
Lorraine Gonzalez - illustration (alumnae) - Woodford House Award

Strawberry Mansion
Zoe Locklear - illustration (alumnae) - Strawberry Mansion House Award


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December 14, 2009
Twelve works by Moore students and alumnae from the juried exhibition Art in City Hall: Fairmount Park's Colonial Elite, will be on display later this month at the Fairmount Park Welcome Center in Love Park.

Published on December 14th, 2009