Moore College of Art & Design Hosts Opening Ceremonies for FiberPhiladelphia 2012

  • Hitoshi Ujiie

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2012

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) (Feb. 28, 2012) –Moore College of Art & Design will play host to the opening ceremonies. Events begin Friday March 2nd 2012 at 2:30 -3:45 pm in the Stewart Auditorium. The Honorable Mayor Michael Nutter will open the ceremonies with a proclamation declaring March 2012, Fiber Arts Month.

               Following the Mayors welcome, Elissa Auther will deliver the Keynote Address titled Fiber in the 21st Century Art World, discussing the explosion of fiber and fiber-based practices in contemporary art and everyday life. Ms. Auther is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Adjunct Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver and author of String, Felt, Thread and the Hierarchy of Art and Craft. Book signing and reception following. The event is free and open to the public, Registration is required through at www.FiberPhiladelphia.com

               FiberPhiladelphia 2012, March - April 2012, is an international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art. Exhibitions are planned for 40 locations including major institutions and independent venues. They will include work by renowned international artists and a new generation of artists breaking into the field.

               Four of the current exhibitions on view through March 17 in The Galleries at Moore are related to FiberPhiladelphia. They include: Philagrafika: Doing Time | Depth of Surface, A Circumstantial Assembly (in cooperation with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ (CFEVA) Career Development Program), Shizuko Kimura: The Poetics of Form and Materiality: Annual Alumnae Exhibition featuring fashion and textile designs by 33 Moore alumnae. All of these exhibitions are free and open to the public with details at www.thegalleriesatmoore.org.

               In addition, both current and retired Moore faculty will also play key roles in FiberPhiladelphia 2012. Amy Orr, an ajunct faculty member in textile design at Moore, is the director of FiberPhiladelphia 2012. Orr is one of seven artists featured in Bound and Found on view March 2 – April 28 at Bathdeebahdu, 1522 North American Street. Heather Ujiie, assistant professor of textile design at Moore, exhibits her work as part of Outside/Inside the Box, March 2 – April 15 at the Icebox Project Space, Crane Arts Building. Heather Ujiie and husband Hitoshi Ujiie will also speak about how digital technology can enhance or change the work of textile designers and artists who work in fiber at The Philadelphia Art Alliance on April 11 at 7 pm.

               Retired Moore faculty members Deborah Warner ’69 and Lewis Knauss are included in the FiberPhiladelphia exhibition honoring Distinguished Educators, also at the Crane Arts Building, 1400 N American Street, Philadelphia. Many Moore alumna are participating and Orr recruited current students to host the opening and assist with exhibition installations and gallery tours. Six current students are included in the volunteer exhibition at the Crane titled Launch: Kelly Montgomery, Danielle Sweeney, Chloe Van Stralendorff, Adriana Rabinovitch, Laura Lomascolo and Kat Statsenko.

               Textile artist Marie Elcin ’00 curates Softer Edges – Fiber Artists and the Urban Environment at the Fleisher Art Memorial. Elcin’s work is included in Not a Stitch on view March 1 – April 28 at B Square Gallery, 614 S. 9th Street. The show includes the work of alumna Aubrie Costello among fifteen featured artists. On view March 1 – April 28, Not a Stitch at B Square Gallery (owned by alumna Heather Bryson ’92) is a US/UK group exhibition featuring nine artists, among them two Moore alumnae: Marie Elcin ’00 and Allison Frick ’07. Look for work by Libbie Soffer ’84 on view in Mending = Art at the Borowsky Gallery at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street March 4 – May 6. Work by Erin Endicott ’93 will be on view at Kellijane, 1721 Spruce Street. March 2 – April 2.

               The many ties to FiberPhiladelphia 2012 build on Moore’s long legacy of teaching textile design since it’s founding in 1848. For more than 160 years, Moore College of Art & Design has been educating women for careers in art and design. For more information visit www.moore.edu.     


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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.

FiberPhiladelphia 2012, March - April 2012, is an international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art. Exhibitions are planned for 40 locations including major institutions and independent venues. They will include work by renowned international artists and a new generation of artists breaking into the field.

In the past 20 years, the boundaries between High/Low art and medium specific recognition have been blurred. Unlike the other major craft media, textile artists have the freedom of transcending materials, unbound from tradition. Although many choose to continue to work with historic materials and methods, many have branched out to explore the infinite possibilities of materials and techniques. One can weave metal, clay, even light. Quilts are not necessarily bound by thread or cloth and vessels can be more than objects to contain physical matter; they can reject functionality and explore conceptual notions of spiritual and metaphysical containment. www.FiberPhiladelphia.com

CONTACT:
Amanda Mott
Director of Communications
215.965.4068
267.259.8610
amott@moore.edu

Published on March 1st, 2012