Student Artwork Chosen for Philadelphia's Sister Cities program

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2010

(Philadelphia, PA) The International Visitors Council of Philadelphia (IVC) has chosen four pieces of artwork from students in Dawn Bergmaier’s junior/senior Small Metals Class to be used as diplomatic gifts in its Sister Cities program.

One of the gifts chosen will go to the Sister City of Incheon, South Korea, while the other three pieces will be sent to other sister cities as diplomatic gifts in the future. Students Emma Pouncey and Monika Kuder each received a $400 commission and Jade Appel and Corrine Willich each received $200.

The Sister Cities program links Philadelphia to the world by creating special relationships with ten Sister and Partnership cities and one Partners for Peace city with the Iraqi city of Mosul.

“I thought we should have something made by someone in Philadelphia,” said Nancy Gilboy, IVC president. “We shopped at The Art Shop (at Moore) and it made me think that I’d rather support local artists to do this. This is more significant for us and very exciting.”

Students in Bergmaier’s class were invited to attend the International Visitors Council’s annual meeting on April 29, where their individual works were on display.

Pouncey, a fine arts major who graduated in May, said she was thrilled by the opportunity to design for a commission. “With the guidance of our professor, we came up with some really interesting pieces,” she said. “These opportunities really help to build your ideas and confidence. It is so exciting to know that the wider community is already seeing you and your work.”

Moore routinely collaborates with Philadelphia’s many not-for profit organizations to provide students with a wide range of cultural opportunities that enrich their development as artists. In this way, Moore benefits from and adds to the rich cultural life in Philadelphia. Bringing such projects to the classroom enhances the student experience and provides a real life lesson in networking and working collaboratively.


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May 24, 2010
The International Visitors Council of Philadelphia (IVC) has chosen four pieces of artwork from students in Dawn Bergmaier’s junior/senior Small Metals Class to be used as diplomatic gifts in its Sister Cities program.

Published on May 26th, 2010