For Immediate Release
January 21, 2011
(Philadelphia, PA) Moore College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that artist and educator Lily Yeh and graphic designer Paula Scher will receive honorary master of fine art degrees at the College’s 163rd Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, at 11 am in Aviator Park, across from the College.
“We are thrilled to award Lily Yeh and Paula Scher with honorary degrees during commencement exercises,” said Moore President Happy Fernandez. “They are accomplished women whose creative talents and professional leadership abilities are an inspiration to Moore’s emerging artists and designers.”
Born in China, Lily Yeh emigrated to the US in the early 1960s to attend the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Fine Arts. In 1986, Yeh was asked by dancer and educator Arthur Hall to create a park in an abandoned lot next to his building in North Philadelphia. Yeh led the neighborhood in transforming the park into The Village of Arts and Humanities, a community-based art organization she co-founded in 1989. Since then, the organization has repurposed 120 abandoned lots into gardens and parks, renovated abandoned homes, and created educational programs that serve thousands of low-income people every year.
Yeh has taken this collaborative, community-based model into prisons as well as some of the world's most broken communities. She has worked with residents of the Korogocho slum near Nairobi to transform a barren churchyard with murals and sculptures and traveled to Ghana, Ecuador, The Ivory Coast, Rwanda and the Republic of Georgia to work on similar projects. A painter and educator, Yeh continues pursuing her vision through, Barefoot Artists, Inc., her newest organization, which teaches residents and artists how to replicate the Village model in devastated communities around the world.
Paula Scher began her career in the 1970s as a record cover art director at Atlantic and CBS Records. In 1984, she co-founded Koppel & Scher and later joined Pentagram as a partner, where she still works today. Her graphic identities for Citibank and Tiffany & Co. have become case studies for classic American brands. She has developed design campaigns for Bloomberg, Coca-Cola, Perry Ellis and other companies.
Scher is a contributor to The New York Times and GQ. She is a recipient of both the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and the AIGA Medal, the profession’s highest honor, from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).
Scher studied at the Tyler School of Art and holds honorary doctorates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is president of the Alliance Graphique Intenationale (AGI). Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Bibliotheque nationale de France, among others. She taught for over two decades at the School of Visual Arts. In 2002, Princeton Architectural Press published her career monograph Make It Bigger.
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.