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What are the skills needed for you to be a leader in the competitive world of art and design? At this interactive, day-long conference you will learn from women who’ve achieved success by taking risks, being flexible, developing a solid network and creating collaborative endeavors. You will also have the opportunity to have invigorating conversations with students from other colleges and universities.
am – 10:00 am
Breakfast & Keynote by Cecelia Fitzgibbon
am – 11:15 am
“Collaborating -- Our Story and Yours” - Roberta Fallon & Libby Rosof
“Engaging your Peripherals” - Gretchen Diehl
"Creative Collaboration: Piecing Together Community” - Ellen Owens & Kathryn Sclavi
“Is Leadership Any Fun?” - Maria Lindenfeldar
Lunch & Conversation with Dom Streater ‘10
pm – 2:15 pm
“Taking Risks to Achieve Success” - Jody Pinto
“Engaging your Peripherals” - Gretchen Diehl
“Creative Collaboration: Piecing Together Community” - Ellen Owens & Kathryn Sclavi
“A Career of Creativity & Innovation” - Veronica Scarpellino
pm – 3:30 pm
Ivy L. Barsky, CEO, National Museum of American Jewish History
Cecelia Fitzgibbon, President, Moore College of Art & Design
Denise M. Brown, Executive Director, The Leeway Foundation
Amy Sadao, The Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director, Institute of Contemporary Art
Allison Vulgamore, President and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra
Cecelia Fitzgibbon is the eighth president of Moore College of Art & Design. Prior to coming to Moore, she spent 16 years as a professor, director and department head of Drexel University’s Arts Administration and Arts & Entertainment Enterprise programs. As a professor in that program, she focused her research on leadership and transition in the cultural ecosystem. Serving as department head for Arts & Entertainment Enterprise, she implemented cutting-edge curriculum, directed revenue-generating academic enterprises and advised the dean on matters related to curriculum development and educational policy. From 1993 to 1994, President Fitzgibbon directed policy planning, program design, fund raising, communications and organizational development as executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts. She also spent eight years as director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, where she led a $21.5 million arts stabilization project and the creation of the state’s first economic impact study model. President Fitzgibbon serves as executive editor of The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. She has been a speaker nationally and internationally on topics of leadership in the arts and cultural policy. In 2011, she was named one of the region’s top Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.
Ivy L. Barsky was appointed the Gwen Goodman Director and COO of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia on July 1, 2011, and in July, 2012, became its CEO. Ms. Barsky was the Deputy Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York from 1999 until her arrival in Philadelphia. While there, she curated Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française (2008), From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber (2007) and co-curated Yahrzeit: September 11 Observed (2002). She founded MJH’s Education Department in 1996, helped shape the content of the core exhibition, and was instrumental in the planning of the Museum’s 82,000 square foot expansion project, the Robert M. Morgenthau wing. As part of the expansion, she managed the competition that resulted in the Garden of Stones. Ms. Barsky received the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable Award for Excellence in Museum Education award in 2005. She was a professor of Museum Studies at NYU (2003-2011). Prior to MJH, Ms. Barsky was with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and P.S. 1 in New York City. She did her graduate work in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania.
Denise Brown is the Executive Director of The Leeway Foundation and Co-Chair of the Bread and Roses Community Fund. In addition, she serves on the advisory committee of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the boards of Philadelphia’s newly formed Philadelphia Public Access Corporation, Delaware Valley Grantmakers, the Henrietta Wurts Memorial Fund, and Scribe Video Center, a Philadelphia-based media arts organization. She served as Associate Director of the Bread and Roses Community Fund from 1998 to 2005 and was a part of Leeway's program redesign process in 2001. In addition to consulting with the Foundation on a number of projects, she has served as a member of Leeway's Advisory Council and interim Board of Directors, officially joining the staff in July 2006. She previously served on the board of the Funding Exchange and the Women's Community Revitalization Project. A graduate of Brown University, Denise was a film programmer for the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinemafrom its debut until 1998. She has also served as a panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.
Amy Sadao earned an MA in comparative ethnic studies from the University of
California, Berkeley and a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art. She is
currently the Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary
Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania.
Before assuming the directorship of ICA, Sadao served for ten years as
Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York City. She greatly expanded that
organization’s resources and public awareness of its mission utilizing
contemporary art to provoke dialogue about HIV/AIDS and supporting HIV-positive
artists. Sadao has published catalogues and exhibition brochures including: Share Your Vision (2003), SIDE X SIDE (2008), TaintedLove (2009), Mixed Messages (2011),
and ReMixed Messages (2012).
She is the co-editor of Robert
Blanchon (2006) and
the guest arts editor of Oakazine, V. 4 (2009).
Allison Vulgamore, president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association (POA), is driven by her deep passion for the transformative power of orchestral music and is known as a strategic and collaborative leader with a gift for navigating organizational challenges with grace. Since 2010, Vulgamore has guided The Philadelphia Orchestra through a radically changing cultural environment and financial landscape, remaining committed to maintaining the artistic excellence of this world-renowned ensemble as well as its core principles. Previously, Vulgamore served as President and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) for more than 15 years. Prior to her tenure in Atlanta, Vulgamore served in leadership roles with the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra. A trained musician and student of voice, she began her career in 1981 with The Philadelphia Orchestra following her graduation from the inaugural class of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. Today she is a leading mentor of the next generation of orchestra leadership.
Dominique (Dom) Streater is from Philadelphia and graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in 2010 with a BFA in Fashion Design. Dom is currently one of the designers of Project Runway season 12 and works as an animal caretaker.
Breakout Session Descriptions & Biographies
Roberta Fallon makes art, writes about art and thinks about art probably too much. She’s proud to claim part ownership of theartblog with her dear friend and long-time collaborator, Libby. As a child in Milwaukee, Roberta put on puppet shows in the garage and sold popcorn for a penny and realized she loved an audience but had no head for business. Married to Steve and with three children, Oona, Max and Stella, Roberta has written about art for Philadelphia Weekly, Artnet, Art Review, Art on Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Art and Auction, and has taught and been a visiting critic at Tyler School of Art, St. Joseph’s University and Cranbrook Academy of Art
Libby Rosof credits her husband Murray
and kids Alex and Minna for making her take popular culture seriously. As for
the art, she gave it up in the 10th grade in Brooklyn. Libby says she wouldn’t
have spent so many years on art or spent all her time writing artblog if not
for her good buddy and long-time collaborator Roberta. She founded the
award-winning publication Penn Current
at the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught in public school, the
Journalism Department at Temple University and at Tyler School of Art.
“Collaborating -- Our Story and
There is no recipe for collaboration, and each collaboration will be unique to the people collaborating. Over the last 24 years, Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof have collaborated on art, writing, teaching and lecturing. They shared the financial burden on all projects and, together, created a non-profit organization, TheArtblog, Inc. Fallon and Rosof will share stories from their collaboration and highlight lessons they have learned to keep their collaboration going.
Gretchen Diehl is an independent jewelry designer and professor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia in the Fashion Marketing program. Her schooling was in fine art with a focus on painting and drawing, and she was expecting to show work in galleries and carry out commissions for wealthy patrons. She thought her goals had been derailed until she realized that teaching was something that she had always done, and fashion was something that she had always enjoyed.
“Engaging your Peripherals”
Throughout college, students are encouraged to plan their future and set specific, defined goals to achieve their desires in life. In this session, we will discuss the importance of applying a level of flexibility to this goal setting, and focus on awareness as a tool for finding happiness and success in your future endeavors. You can only plan for a future with the information you have at the time that you make the plan, but sometimes opportunities present themselves in unexpected places. Your future may be built of things which you have not yet seen.
Kathryn Sclavi is a socially-engaged artist who collaborates with communities in creating unique gathering spaces designed to enhance learning, encourage communication, and inspire change. These gathering spaces take the form of participatory projects such as colorful tents, collaborative creations, art parades, zines, and more using media including fiber, found objects, and costume-making. Her projects are created in conjunction with art collectives, schools, museums, non-profit organizations, and alternative spaces. She is an award-winning teaching artist, community artist, and a featured curriculum writer for a number of organizations, including the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Young Audiences of New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania and Louisiana. Sclavi was a co-founder of Philadelphia-based art collective Homeskooled Gallery, a four-year-long nomadic art space creating participatory experiences through interactive art. She holds an M.Ed. in Art Education and a certificate in Community Arts Practices from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She is based in Philadelphia, PA and New Orleans, LA.
Ellen M. Owens is the Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and sits on the Advisory Board of the Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia. She is an adjunct professor in the Museum Studies graduate program at University of the Arts and is Vice-President of the Museum Council of Philadelphia. In her current position at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Owens frequently partners with many organizations and community groups, including schools, hospitals, business development organizations, social work and environmental groups, and other cultural organizations. Owens was previously the Manager of Education at the American Philosophical Society Museum, where she supervised artists who interpreted historical objects through their artworks. Owens co-founded HomeSkooled Gallery, an alternative and mobile artspace positioned in different Philadelphia sites. Owens graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University, earning a BA in Art Education and a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She received her MA in Museum Education from the University of the Arts. Owens’ past arts experience includes teaching at the Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Arts & Crafts, the Palmer Museum of Art, and managing the Creative Oasis Gallery & Arts Center.
“Creative Collaboration: Piecing Together Community”
Creative Collaboration: Piecing Together Community will focus on the many ways that leaders, artists, and people in creative trades can engage with new partners in their community and beyond. Whether teaming with other artists who provide particular skill sets, to working with museums or businesses to enliven or interpret key issues, this dynamic session will present a large variety of collaborations, discuss ways to develop these friendships, potential strengths and pitfalls, and overall, the importance of connecting to those around you.
Maria Lindenfeldar is the Director of Design at Princeton University Press where she manages a team of nine designers, collectively producing 300 books per year. In 2012-2013, they designed books on a wide-range of topics (Picasso, Tesla, Martin Gardner) and worked with many high-profile authors (Nobel prize-winner Edmund Phelps, dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones, Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei). Maria started as a part-time designer making $10/hour in 2000 and worked her way up to head the department. During this time, she faced many challenges that have forced her to think about the type of leader she wanted to be.
“Is Leadership Any Fun?”
Women often make wonderful collaborative leaders. They tend to listen well, consider many points of view, and pay attention to body language and differences of opinion. These great strengths can also be stumbling points. What happens when there is conflict? How can a leader have confidence in her decisions in the face of resistance? If she has a family, how can she ask for the time and resources she needs to succeed both at work and at home? Is it possible to be a caring, nurturing, and kind person while making tough choices? These may seem like "soft" questions, but they are often the ones that derail women leaders. In contrast, their male colleagues--more comfortable with outright competition and more willing to outsource or delegate family responsibilities--soar ahead. This session will be a frank discussion about the unique challenges that women face.
Jody Pinto grew up in New York City, the daughter of artists, and in the early 60's moved to Philadelphia where she worked as a fashion illustrator for Bonwit Teller and in ad agencies before attending Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) (1964-68). In 1971, Jody founded Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR). This action was in response to the women's movement and her desire to contribute to change. It was the country’s first crisis center to organize city institutions in the care of those who reported rape and in gathering evidence to prosecute the crime. As an artist founded, grass-roots organization, it became a model for centers in the US, Canada and abroad. Today, WOAR is a leader in community and school education and a major influence in law and legal issues dealing with the crime of rape.
“Taking Risks to Achieve
This presentation includes a talk and images about the path from student to activist to collaborative public projects (US, Israel, Japan) and how founding WOAR influenced and laid the foundation for Jody Pinto’s public art through risk, collaboration, and often team work with women. A Q & A session at the end of the presentation will encourage an exchange of ideas.
Veronica Scarpellino, Assistant Director of the Locks Career Center, earned her bachelor’s degree in art from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. She brings a depth of knowledge to Moore from a career that has spanned many facets of the creative industries: a small business owner in Philadelphia coaching fine artists in their careers; an art gallery professional and director; a curator-at-large; a marketing consultant; a locally published writer; an architectural model maker; and a regionally and nationally exhibiting artist. In her strong advocacy for the Philadelphia arts and culture scene, she has participated as a grant panelist for The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance / Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Philadelphia Cultural Fund. She keeps her finger on the pulse of the Philadelphia creative scene and relishes using her wide interests and varied experiences to assist Moore’s students and alumnae to identify their strengths and follow their passions.
“A Career of Creativity
This will be a discussion of ways to incorporate creativity and innovation into all aspects of one’s career. Topics will include identifying what creativity and innovation are, who they apply to, techniques for generating ideas, ways to apply creativity to all areas, and examples to illustrate the concept.