For Immediate Release
April 26, 2012
(Philadelphia, PA) Moore is pleased to announce that Michelle Ortiz ’00 will be this year’s Commencement speaker. Ortiz has a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design and was a fine arts major. She also holds a Master’s from Rosemont College. Ortiz has designed and created more than 30 large-scale public works both nationally and internationally. She also works with various nonprofit arts organizations in Philadelphia. Moore’s Commencement is Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 2 pm.
A widely recognized visual artist and arts educator, Ortiz was named a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts (2011), received a Leeway Foundation Transformation Award (2008), and was awarded a Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant (2005).
As an arts educator, Ortiz uses the arts as a tool for communication to bridge communities. Since 2008, she has led international artist residencies through the US Embassy. She has trained local artists in public art techniques in Juarez and Chihuahua City, Mexico and Suva, Fiji.
Ortiz works with various nonprofit arts organizations in Philadelphia. In 2007, she joined the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation where she has developed programs and workshops to support the professional development of teaching artists. She is also an active member of “Las Gallas,” a Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary art collective that gathers to share stories, inspire dialogue and debate about ideas of family, traditions, religion, education and gender roles.
Ortiz was named one of the 2011 Delaware Valley’s 50 Most Influential Latinos. Latina Style Magazine, a national magazine dedicated to the needs and concerns of the contemporary Latina professional working women, featured Ortiz in the Arts and Culture section of their November 2010 issue.
Ortiz also maintains a busy studio practice and last year had a solo exhibition at the McKinney Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
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