Major Gift Endows Marian Locks Award

  • Marian Locks Award

For Immediate Release
March 31, 2011

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) – With a major gift to support Moore College of Art & Design’s mission to prepare   students for careers in the visual arts, The Locks Foundation has given $100,000 to the College.  The gift will endow the new Marian Locks Award for a graduating Moore senior as she launches her career.

“This is an exciting gift for Moore,” said President Happy Craven Fernandez.  “We are deeply grateful to Sueyun and Gene Locks and The Locks Foundation.  Marian Locks was an inspirational leader and mentor to so many.  Her name is synonymous with Philadelphia’s contemporary art scene.  The Marian Locks Award will provide new opportunities to the most outstanding Moore students as they embark on their careers as artists and designers. “

“The new Marian Locks Award at Moore will enable an exceptional Moore graduate to pursue opportunities in art and design with special financial resources to pursue and realize her career goals,” said Sueyun Locks, Director of Locks Gallery. The $4,000 award, which will be granted competitively, will help Moore women make the transition from undergraduate education to a creative career.

Marian Locks (1914 – 2010) founded one of the first galleries in Philadelphia devoted exclusively to contemporary art. The Marian Locks Gallery, established in 1968, became a showcase for new and emerging local artists.  Locks made her mark supporting local artists and introducing their work to national audiences.  The Locks Gallery helped establish the careers of Edna Andrade, Thomas Chimes and Warren Rohrer and continues to represent painters such as Diane Burko, John Moore and Elizabeth Osborne, among many others.

In 1990, Moore College of Art & Design recognized Marian Locks with an honorary doctorate. She retired the same year and her daughter-in-law, Sueyun Locks, became the director in the Washington Square gallery space. Marian Locks’ son, Gene Locks, is the founding partner of the Locks Law Firm in Philadelphia.

The Marian Locks Award underscores Moore’s mission to inspire careers in the visual arts.  Last year, Moore began awarding $1,000 Internship Fellowships to all juniors during the summer they are completing their internships. In February, the College announced five new endowed Penny Fox Internship Fellowships.  Moore is the only independent art and design college to require internships in all majors and to support each student with a $1,000 Internship Fellowship. 

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit
Published on March 31st, 2011