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Mary McFadden Receives Visionary Woman 2008

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2008


McFadden was honored September 24, 2008 as part of Moore’s 160th Anniversary Year

(Philadelphia) – Moore College of Art & Design was pleased to present world-renowned fashion designer Mary McFadden with their annual Visionary Woman Award for 2008. As Moore celebrates its 160th anniversary during the 2008-2009 academic year, McFadden will also be on campus several times throughout the year, to install an exhibition showcasing her designs and personal textile collection, as a guest lecturer and as a judge in Moore’s 2009 Spring Fashion Show.

Mary McFadden is known for her exquisite personal style and unique creative design talent, which she brought to life most notably through women’s fashion, but also through textile design, jewelry and costume crafting and interior styling. Influenced by her global travel, McFadden is considered a “design archeologist.” Her signature look was admired and adopted by women such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

At this milestone in its 160-year history, Moore selected McFadden to receive its 2008 Visionary Woman Award, which honors outstanding women leaders who have had a powerful impact on the worlds of art and design. The award reflects Moore’s history as the first and only women’s visual arts college and its mission to educate students for careers in the visual arts. The event benefited Moore’s Visionary Woman Scholarship Fund. McFadden is the thirteenth Visionary Woman honoree.

“We are honored to have Mary McFadden – a true creative icon – as an integral part of our 160th anniversary celebration,” says Moore President Dr. Happy Craven Fernandez. “She embodies the possibilities of what a talented, determined and confident woman can achieve in the world of art and design.”

McFadden accepted the Visionary Woman Award at a gala at the college on September 24, 2008. Goddesses, an exhibition of her own work in The Galleries at Moore, is on view from August 28 through December 6, 2008. As part of Moore’s yearlong 160th Anniversary celebration, which includes special exhibitions, films, publications and events, McFadden will also present two free public lectures: the Zeidman Lecture on September 24, and Goddesses, Symbols and Ancient Textiles on November 18, 2008. She will return to Philadelphia on May 16, 2009, when she will be a guest judge at Moore’s Spring Fashion Show.

Moore is grateful to the following Visionary Woman Award sponsors: The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation (Founding Sponsor); Penelope P. Wilson (Visionary Sponsor); Comcast Family of Companies (Innovators); Blank Rome LLP, Fran Grahm '66 and Bill Graham, and PNC Bank (Leaders); American International Group, Inc., The Bank of New York Mellon, Janice and Art Block, Campbell Soup Company, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, L.F. Driscoll Co ., Happy and Dick Fernandez, Fox Rothchild, Penny and Bob Fox, Sis and Ray Grenald, Hangley, Aronchik, Segal & Pudlin, Bonnie and David Joseph, Keystone Outdoor Advertising Company, Inc., Rochelle Levy '79 and Robert Levy, McDonald's Philadelphia Region, McFadden, Pilkington & Ward LLP, McGinn Security, Elizabeth and Colin Oerton, PECO, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia Eagles, Adele K. and Harold G. Schaeffer, Wm. A.J. Schaeffer Sons, Inc., Spring Garden Construction, Frances and Bayard Storey, Verizon, Dimitri J. Ververelli, Inc. (Pacesetters); Dr. Carolyn T. Adams, Gerry and Dick Fox, Mindy Glassman '72, Graboyes Commercial Window Co., INTECH Construction, Inc., Deborah Larkin '70, Leslie and Andrew Price, Saul Ewing LLP (Friends).  


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 launching 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 acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Sep 24, 2008
Moore College of Art & Design presented world-renowned fashion designer Mary McFadden with its 2008 Visionary Woman Award at a ceremony on September 24, 2008. The award ceremony coincided with an exhibition showcasing McFadden's designs and personal textile collection. Mary McFadden: Goddesses, on view August 28 through December 6, 2008 in The Galleries at Moore will travel to the National Museum for Women in the Arts in the spring of 2009. As part of the ongoing festivities planned for the College's 160th Anniversary, McFadden will return as a guest critic for the 2009 Spring Fashion Show. 

Published on September 24th, 2008