For Immediate Release
April 16, 2012
(Philadelphia, PA) – On April 13, 2012, at the BFA Honors Convocation, Moore College of Art & Design awarded the first Penny Fox Internship Fellowships to five students. Funded by a generous gift from Penny Fox, Chair Emerita of Moore’s Board of Trustees, and her husband Bob, the competitive Fox Internship Fellowships provide $3,000 to each student. The winners of the first Penny Fox Fellowships are Jasmine Bagley, Gabriella Farfan, Marilyn Foehrenbach, Aimee Gilmore and Michelle Lynch.
The new fellowships significantly enhance Moore’s commitment to preparing students for careers in the arts. In 2009, as part of its career-focused education, Moore began awarding a $1,000 Internship Fellowship to all students completing the required 240-hour internship. Moore is the only independent art and design college to require internships in all majors and the only college to provide funding to each student in support of an internship experience. The additional $3,000 Fox Internship Fellowships recognize five outstanding students and encourage applicants to consider “bigger and bolder” internship opportunities.
As part of the application process, students were required to submit a letter of intent and secure recommendations from faculty and staff members. The five winners were chosen from a pool of 16 applicants. On March 27, finalists for the Fox Fellowships were interviewed by three jurors: Maiza Hixson, the Gretchen Hupfel Curator at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and former associate curator at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; Mindy Glassman ‘72, board member and graphic designer/entrepreneur; and Academic Dean Dona Lantz. Proposals included internships in Los Angeles, Miami, Barcelona, Istanbul, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, DC, among others.
“What an impressive group of Moore women,” says Penny Fox, Chair Emerita of Moore’s Board of Trustees, of the Fellowship winners. “They will be fantastic ambassadors and representatives of Moore. I’m only sorry we couldn’t help all sixteen applicants!”
The winners include students majoring in fashion design, illustration, fine arts and curatorial studies.
Jasmine Bagley, a fashion design major, will be completing her summer internship at Diane Von Furstenberg at the company’s headquarters in New York. She will learn dyeing techniques and how to create print designs, as well as gain insight into the entire design process.
Gabriella Farfan, an illustration major, is taking her learning experience overseas with an internship in Barcelona, Spain. Thanks to the funding from the Fox Fellowship, she will intern for ApemanStudio, under the guidance of its chief animator. Farfan will assist with the studio’s animation projects, as well as the development of a feature film project.
Marilyn Foehrenbach, an illustration major, will pursue an internship in botanical illustration, and be mentored by renowned staff illustrator Alice Tangerini, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and will also work in the graphics unit of the United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Aimee Gilmore, a fine arts major, will intern with artist Janine Antoni at her studio in New York City this summer. Gilmore will have the opportunity to experience firsthand what goes into having a career as a studio artist. The additional support from the Fox Fellowship will allow her to travel to and live in New York City, as well as supplement her internship with museum visits.
Michelle Lynch, a curatorial studies major, will use her internship fellowship to travel to Istanbul, Turkey. She will intern at the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), where she will interact directly with contemporary and historic texts, as well as immerse herself in the operation of a research institute.