By Kathleen Shaver
The 2017 Fall Alumni Days began on October 11th with a Meet and Greet Brunch at Le Pain Quotidien. The food was delicious and the conversation lively.
Alums greeted old friends and met new ones, exchanged business cards, expertise, and experiences.
Following brunch, alums toured exhibitions of the 2017 Visionary Woman awardees, sculptor Ursula Von Rydingsvard and photographer Dr. Andrea Baldeck. At the annual Elizabeth Greenfield Ziedman Lecture, the two honored artists discussed their work with Moore's Academic Dean, Patti Philips.
On Thursday, alumni had the opportunity to visit fashion design, graphic design, and animation and gaming arts classes in progress. Kathy Shaver had the opportunity to meet several senior fashion design students and learn about their exciting design concepts for this spring's senior fashion show at the Barnes Foundation. They were hard at work on the initial muslin versions of their designs. Kathy also got to visit with senior graphic designers who shared the various analogue and digital assignments they have tackled while studying at Moore.
In the evening, alumni, friends, and a potential Moore student, took to the studio for an enamel jewelry making workshop with Pat Rosenburger. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet up with former classmates, to make new friends, and to take home a cool pair of earrings or necklace as well. Alumni could also choose to attend a free Artist Talk with Nick Lenker about his exhibit in The Galleries at Moore.
Classes were again open for alumni visits on Friday. In the afternoon, Damon Reaves, one of the curators responsible for the current groundbreaking exhibit at the PMA, Philadelphia Assembled, led us in an exclusive tour. Damon gave us the inside story of how the exhibit was conceived, coordinated between many non-profit and activist groups in Philadelphia, and installed. Afterward, we enjoyed wine, tapas and the music of Hot Club Philadelphia in the PMA's Great Hall.
Saturday, alumni attended Moore's signature all-day Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts. Dr. Natalie Nixon, a design strategist and hybrid thinker, delivered a keynote address on how to be a creative thinker: "Span the boundaries, be curious, improvise, follow intuition, and discover insight!" Several Moore alums presented workshops on topics that covered everything from inspired meditative dance to puppetry. There were opportunities to explore yoga techniques, dig your fingers into the transformative magic of salt, draw blindfolded, discuss professional development and goal setting, or learn about how to make it in a break-out career like tattoo body artist.
The 2017 Fall Alumni Days were capped off with an informal gathering at the Assembly Roof Top Lounge next door to Moore. Moore's Fall Alumni Days are an opportunity to get connected with other artists and designers, expand your network of resources, tour current exhibits, get inspired, catch up on curricular and built environment developments at Moore, meet current students and faculty, wine and dine, and of course, visit The Art Shop at Moore!
Moore's next alumni gathering is the Spring Alumni Reunion and Exhibition, June 8-9, 2018.