Moore's Art In City Hall Exhibit: Fairmount Park's Colonial Elite Opens October 19

For Immediate Release
October 14, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore is pleased to announce its partnership with The Park House Guides of the Historic Fairmount Park Houses, a volunteer group of about 100 members, to present Fairmount Park’s Colonial Elite, the fall 2009 Art in City Hall exhibit.

The juried exhibit, designed to increase the city’s awareness of the Historic House Museums of Fairmount Park, will feature artist interpretations of the seven houses: Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion, Sweetbriar and Woodford. The featured work of more than 40 Moore sophomore, junior and senior students and alumnae represents a variety of mediums.

An awards reception and preview of the exhibition will be held on Monday, October 19, from 5 - 7 pm on the 5th floor (NE corner) of City Hall. Cash awards totaling $1,350 will be presented.  Each artist has been invited to sell their artwork commission free once the show is installed. Fairmount Park’s Colonial Elite will be on view through December 6, 2009. 

Christine Mifsud ’80, a graphic design graduate of Moore and a volunteer Park House Guide and Belena Chapp, Director of Moore’s Locks Career Center, as part of an outreach initiative of the College, organized the exhibition and recruited students and alumnae. Fairmount Park’s Colonial Elite was installed under the direction of Tu Huynh, Director of Art in City Hall.

As part of the process, participating students visited the various historic houses last spring and summer through a combination of independent work and classroom assignments. Park House Guides provided tours for the students and individual visits continued throughout the summer.

“It was the opportunity to take the talents of the women at Moore to these various sites, and let them loose to discover the unique qualities of the houses and in some ways identify as artists and designers with the history they were presented with,” Chapp said.

Part of Moore’s mission to educate women for careers in the visual arts is to provide opportunities for students to collaborate with Philadelphia’s cultural organizations through a variety of programs, including Emerging Leaders in the Arts and Business Scholars in the Arts scholarships and the Culture in the Classroom program, as well as the required internships that often pair students with a practical experience in the region’s non-for-profit sector.

Judging of the artwork took place at Moore on Friday, September 25. The judges included: photographer Tom Crane; Dr. Roger Moss, author and executive director emeritus of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia; William Perthes, instructor, Violette de Mazia Foundation; and Nancy Rogo Trainer, principal, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.

When picking the winners, the judges looked for a combination of imagination, creativity, technique and clever adaptation of imagery, Chapp said.

1st Place/Best in Show was awarded to Angeline Nesbit ’11, a fine arts: 3D major, for her interpretation of the Mount Pleasant House through digital photography and collage on canvas.

“I was inspired by the builder’s life at sea and the overall design elements of the house,” Nesbitt said.

The 2nd Place award went to Kathryn Finn ’11, a fashion design major, for Retro Lemon Dress, a garment inspired by Lemon Hill Mansion and made of cotton, silk, taffeta, lace trim, metal findings, and polymer clay.

Dana Osburn ’10, a fine arts: 2D major, took 3rd Place for her interpretation of Woodford Mansion through watercolor and pencil on paper.

“What we presently know as Woodford Mansion is actually the result of many layers of building and renovation performed on the mansion over the course of its existence,” Osburn said. “These layers inspired my piece.”

Sponsors of the Art in City Hall event include Benjamin Moore Paints, Chaddsford Winery, City Tavern Restaurant, Fairmount Park, Moonstruck Restaurant and Waterworks Restaurant.

To take a tour of the historic houses of Fairmount Park, visit

For more information on Art in City Hall, visit

Student/Alumnae Award Winners:

Mount Pleasant
Angeline Nesbit - fine arts: 3D - 1st Place Best in Show Award
Christi Montgomery - textile design - Honorable Mention
Vanessa Longworth - Mount Pleasant House Award

Cedar Grove
Kelly Wood - photography & digital arts - Cedar Grove House Award

Sweet Briar
Angela Murdoch - photography & digital arts - Honorable Mention
Breana Copeland - photography & digital arts - Sweet Briar House Award

Lemon Hill
Kathryn Finn - fashion design - 2nd Place Award
Ykaterina Shoykhet – illustration - Lemon Hill House Award

Laurel Hill
Justin Provenzano - illustration (alumnae) - Laurel Hill House Award

Dana Osburn - fine arts: 2D - 3rd Place Award
Lisa Murphy - fine arts: 2D - Honorable Mention
Marie Elcin - textile design (alumnae) - Honorable Mention
Lorraine Gonzalez - illustration (alumnae) - Woodford House Award

Strawberry Mansion
Zoe Locklear - illustration (alumnae) - Strawberry Mansion House Award

Click here to read the Philadelphia Inquirer story about the Art in City Hall exhibit.


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October 14, 2009
Moore is pleased to announce its partnership with The Park House Guides of the Historic Fairmount Park Houses, a volunteer group of about 100 members, to present Fairmount Park’s Colonial Elite, the fall 2009 Art in City Hall exhibit, opening October 19.

Published on October 14th, 2009