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Moore's Graduating Seniors Showered with Awards Ahead of Senior Show

By Mellany Armstrong

Members of Philadelphia’s creative community and prospective employers gathered in The Galleries at Moore Wednesday, April 24, for the opening reception of Senior Show 2019, a celebration of the talent of this year's graduating class.

Just prior to the show opening, awards were bestowed in Graham Auditorium. The Locks Career Center presented $8,500 in prizes and in-kind awards to students.

"You will shine because you are ready: you have benefitted from the inspiration and guidance of your professors, you have taken your creativity to the next level through discipline and determination," Moore President Cecelia Fitzgibbon told the seniors.

Fitzgibbon welcomed special guests who have supported Moore and its students through their commitment and generosity, including Joan N. Stern, Esq., a member of the Board of Trustees; Advertising Specialty Institute, represented by Jake Krolick, creative director, and Steve Oswald, art director; BLICK Art Materials, represented by the team from the Chestnut Street Store—Assistant General Manager and alumna Kadee Stevens, and Rob Berry, outreach coordinator, and visiting from Chicago, Jane Marzano, district sales and outreach manager.

Fitzgibbon also thanked Apartment Investment and Management Co. (Aimco), represented by Leila Sturzenegger and Scott Seeley; and Paco Rodriguez and Sage Dining Services; the Philadelphia Brewing Co.; and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, represented by President Radhika Srinivas and Treasurer Cheryl Coniglio. 

Fitzgibbon also acknowledged the continuing generosity of Dr. Symme L. Leiter, who has supported the Senior Show for over a decade, and generous awards that have come from several alumnae: Carol Elia '88 of CR Design; Debra Stack '92 of Stack Creative Agency; and Angela Murdoch '10, who sent greetings from Melbourne, Australia.

A very special thank you was made to the Department of Liberal Arts, the Art Education faculty, students and alumni, and the friends and family of Deborah Deery, as well as Richard Harrington and Joe Kulka, the Illustration colleagues of Bill Brown, for important awards that honor the memories of these former faculty members.

The award recipients for 2019 are:

Art Education
Kayli Ziolkowski
Deborah Deery ’01, ’12 Memorial Award for Excellence in Art Education
Sponsor: Friends and Family of Deborah Deery

Animation & Game Arts
Judie Thai
Best in Animation & Game Arts
Sponsor: Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI)

Fiona O'Sullivan
Outstanding Performance in Animation & Game Arts
Sponsor: Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco)

Rebekah Guida
Award for Accomplishment in Animation & Game Arts
Sponsor: Dr. Symme Leiter

Michele O'Brien
Excellence in Animation & Game Arts
Sponsor: BLICK Art Materials

Curatorial Studies

Chandler Israel
Award for Accomplishment in Curatorial Studies
Sponsor: Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco)

Fine Arts

Cassandra Kimbrough
Diana and Clarence Stern Award for Excellence in 3-D Fine Arts
Sponsor: Joan N. Stern, Esquire

Jade Ramos
Diana and Clarence Stern Award for Excellence in 3-D Fine Arts - Honorable Mention
Sponsor: Joan N. Stern, Esquire

Jade Ramos
Superior Performance in Fine Arts
Sponsor: Blick Art Materials

Graphic Design

Tyler Shea
Excellence in Graphic Design
Sponsor: Lenox

Alissa Outwater
Stack Creative Award
Sponsor: Debra Stack, ’92, Stack Creative Agency


Chayla (Dylan) Bolden
Excellence in Applied Illustration
Sponsor: Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI)

Alexis Williams
William David Brown Award for Most Improved Illustration Student
Sponsor: Richard Harrington and Joe Kulka

Rebecca Roberts
Philadelphia Watercolor Society Award
Sponsor: Philadelphia Watercolor Society

Jordan Kressley
Excellence in Illustration
Sponsor: Lenox

Caitlin Carnes
Excellence in Illustration
Sponsor: Lenox

Rachel Friel
Outstanding Performance in Illustration
Sponsor: Blick Art Materials

Interior Design

Amity Tanner
The CR Design Rising Star in Interior Design
Sponsor: Carol Elia ’88, CR Design

Fashion Design

Samira Al-Hassan
Oscar de la Renta Award in Honor of Samira Al-Hassan
Sponsor: Oscar de la Renta

Photography & Digital Arts

Annabel Frengel
Award for Innovation in Photography & Digital Arts
Sponsor: Angela Murdoch ‘10

Ciara Garcia
Excellence in Photography & Digital Arts
Sponsor: Blick Art Materials

Published on May 1st, 2019