Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jane Walentas '66 and Signe Wilkinson To Receive 2011 Visionary Woman Awards

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For Immediate Release
July 12, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) -  The 2011 Visionary Woman Awards will honor three exceptional women who have made significant contributions to the arts: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jane Walentas '66 and Signe Wilkinson. The awards gala will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm at Moore College of Art & Design.

Since 2003, the Visionary Woman Awards has become a widely recognized event that honors women whose work and leadership have had a powerful influence on the visual arts. In 2005, the College designated proceeds from the Visionary Woman Awards to benefit Visionary Woman Scholarships. Since then, 40 four-year scholarships have been awarded.

The personal vision of each of this year’s honorees has had broad impact. Internationally renowned painter, printmaker and artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the most acclaimed American Indian artists today. Jane Walentas, a 1966 Moore graduate and former Estee Lauder advertising executive, is credited along with her husband as the developer of the arts-rich DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY and the artist behind a restored 1922 Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel to be installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park in August. Signe Wilkinson, the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning, has worked for the Philadelphia Daily News for more than 25 years.

The 2011 Visionary Woman Award gala will be held at Moore College of Art & Design, located at 20th Street and The Parkway. The Elizabeth Greenfield Zeidman Lecture featuring the three honorees will be held earlier that day at 2 pm in the Stewart Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The festivities will also include individual Visionary Woman Award exhibitions of the work of all three honorees.

Signe Wilkinson: Keeping the World in Line, will be on view in the Graham Gallery from August 20 – October 15. The exhibition highlights the career of Wilkinson and includes a selection of editorial cartoons that she has produced for the Philadelphia Daily News. Grouped by ongoing themes found in the artist’s work, they include her perspectives on education, peace and/or war, women and more.  The exhibition also includes a section devoted to works from Family Tree, a daily comic strip that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: I See Red, Paintings and Prints 1992 – 2005, will be on view in the Goldey Paley Gallery from September 24 – December 10, 2011. Elaborating on her Native heritage and worldview, Smith’s richly layered juxtapositions of text and image in her large-scale prints and canvases address today’s tribal politics, human rights and environmental issues with a sophisticated combination of humor and wit.

Jane’s Carousel: The Making of a New York Landmark, will be on view in the Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia from September 24 – December 10, 2011. Jane’s Carousel follows the dedicated efforts of Moore alumna Jane Walentas, who spent more than two decades working on the complete restoration of a historic carousel made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. It is the first carousel to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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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 www.moore.edu.
Published on July 12th, 2011