For Immediate Release
June 8, 2008
(Philadelphia, PA) Anne Seidman, Graphic Design Professor and Illustration department faculty at Moore College of Art & Design, has been awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She is one of twelve Philadelphia-area artists who have received $60,000 fellowship awards for 2008--an increase of $10,000 from previous years--and the largest such grants in the country for which individual artists can apply. This year, the awards went to artists working in folk and traditional arts, painting and playwriting, and were selected from a pool of 323 applicants.
Professor Anne Seidman describes her work as rigorous and controlled, while at the same time allowing room for spontaneity, irony, and consciousness. Seidman's practice has allowed her to explore the nature of pure painting through abstraction, suggesting friction, awkwardness and ultimately a sense of self. Her painting relies on a commitment to process, working through the unfamiliar until it becomes recognizable, eventually reaching a resolution.
Seidman earned her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in coordination with the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in 1973, and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 1976. She also earned her MA from Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1986. Seidman has exhibited extensively over the years, most recently at Mercer Gallery, NYC; George Billis Gallery, LA; and Arcadia University, Glenside, PA. A solo exhibition of her work just ended at Schmidt-Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, by whom she is represented. Seidman has received many honors including grants from the Leeway Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Purchase Awards from both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Arcadia University. She has been teaching at Moore College of Art & Design since 1986.
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 launching 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 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.
Jun 08, 2008
Anne Seidman, Graphic Design Professor and Illustration department faculty at Moore, has been awarded a prestigious 2008 Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She is one of twelve Philadelphia-area artists to receive the fellowship.