Moore Presents 2010 Visionary Woman Awards

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2010

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore College of Art & Design presented its 2010 Visionary Woman Awards to photographer and educator Wendy Ewald, couture handbag designer Judith Leiber and art historian and curator Ann Temkin.

Ewald, Leiber and Temkin accepted the Visionary Woman Award at a gala on Thursday, September 30 at the College.

The gala, attended by 280 guests raised $313,000, with proceeds going to support the Visionary Woman Scholarships.

Since 2003, the Award has become a signature event at Moore each fall. In 2005, the College designated proceeds from the Visionary Woman Awards benefit Visionary Woman Scholarships. Since then, 24 four-year scholarships have been awarded.

Ewald's Literacy Through Photography program engages students, artists and teachers throughout the world. Leiber is a renowned couture handbag designer. Curator Temkin is the first woman to hold the Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The Visionary Woman Award honors women whose work and leadership have had a powerful influence on the visual arts. Previous award winners have included Faith Ringgold, Linda Nochlin, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Jane Golden, Dorrit Bern, Elizabeth Sackler, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Mary McFadden, Nancy Kolb and Billie Tsien.

“We are delighted to honor three exceptional women with the 2010 Visionary Woman Award,” said Moore President Dr. Happy Craven Fernandez. “Each has made invaluable contributions to her respective field. Their leadership provides inspiration to Moore’s emerging artists and all women artists and designers.”

The 2010 Visionary Woman Award gala will be held at Moore College of Art & Design, located at 20th Street and The Parkway. Proceeds from the gala support Visionary Woman Award Scholarships. The Elizabeth Greenfield Zeidman Lecture featuring the three honorees will be held earlier that day at 2 pm in the Stewart Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.


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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.


Brief Bios of Awardees

WENDY EWALD
Wendy Ewald has for 38 years collaborated in projects with children, families, artists and teachers throughout the United States and the world. Ewald’s Literacy Through Photography program has become an international model for engaging students through photography to explore identity and cultural diversity and improve literacy.

Ewald’s many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Commission, and solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the George Eastman House, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Nederlands Foto Institute in Rotterdam, and the Fotomuseum in Switzerland.

Ewald has published ten books. She currently teaches at Amherst College and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

JUDITH LEIBER
Renowned as the world’s foremost designer of couture handbags, Judith Leiber’s creations bridge the worlds of fine art and fashion. Leiber was born and raised in Budapest. With the outbreak of World War II, she entered the Hungarian handbag guild – the first woman to enter and to achieve Master status.

After moving to the United States, Leiber worked as a pattern maker and foreman for several handbag companies until she formed her own company in 1963. Initially, she and her husband, Gerson, were the sole employees, with Leiber designing and producing while her husband made deliveries to major department stores.

Today, Leiber’s handbags are in the collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

ANN TEMKIN
Ann Temkin is the first woman to hold the position of Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. At MoMA, she has curated celebrated exhibitions, including Gabriel Orozco, Monet’s Water Lilies, and Color Chart: Reinventing Color.

From 1990 through 2003, Temkin was the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, curating major exhibitions and catalogues including Barnett Newman, Alice Neel, Raymond Pettibon, Joseph Cornell/ Marcel Duchamp, and Constantin Brancusi. She has written for periodicals including Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, and Grand Street. She is a founding trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators.

Temkin received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD from Yale University.

Contact:
Amanda Mott
Director of Communications
Moore College of Art & Design
amott@moore.edu

October 5, 2010
Moore College of Art & Design presented its 2010 Visionary Woman Awards to photographer and educator Wendy Ewald, couture handbag designer Judith Leiber and art historian and curator Ann Temkin. Ewald, Leiber and Temkin accepted the Visionary Woman Award at a gala on Thursday, September 30 at the College.

Published on March 16th, 2010