Interior Design Student Wins First Marian Locks Award

  • Photo by Paul Loftland Photography

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) Christine Ferri, an interior design major from Seven Fields, PA received the first Marian Locks Senior Award at Moore College of Art & Design’s 164th commencement on Sunday, May 13.

The Locks Family Foundation gave $100,000 to Moore to endow the $4,000 award for a graduating senior as she launches her career in art and design. Marian Locks (1914-2010) founded one of the first galleries in Philadelphia devoted exclusively to contemporary art.

The Marian Locks Award may be used to supplement income, enable post baccalaureate internships or service, facilitate postgraduate travel and research or help support graduate study.

"It was such an honor to be awarded the Marian Locks Senior Award upon graduation," Ferri said. "I am truly grateful to the Locks family for providing this wonderful opportunity to me and many more Moore graduates to come. I hope that I am able to live up to the pioneering spirit of Marian Locks and pay proper tribute to a woman who devoted her life to the arts."

Ferri submitted a written proposal outlining how the award would advance her career, and gave a power point presentation. She said she would use the money to pay for professional exam fees, membership dues and the cost of continuing education.

“An additional expense in interior design is the constant release of new drafting and 3D modeling software, as well as updating computer hardware to support  these advanced programs,” Ferri said in her application. “To build a competitive practice I will have to purchase and train myself to use rapidly advancing technology.”

In addition to the Marian Locks Award, Ferri was the recipient of the Award for Social & Professional Responsibility and the Business Scholars in the Arts Scholarship.


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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.

Published on May 15th, 2012