Moore Celebrates Women's History Month

For Immediate Release
March 9, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) As the nation’s first and only women’s art college, Moore College of Art & Design marks its 160th Anniversary and a unique place in women’s history, as it commemorates March, Women’s History month with a special broadcast, a series of free exhibits and events, as well as collaborations featuring and celebrating women artists.

Moore’s anniversary represents an important milestone in the advancement of women. In 1848, as Sarah Peter founded the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, to educate women for careers in the applied arts, her friend and neighbor Lucretia Mott joined Elizabeth Cady Stanton to lead the charge of women’s advancement at the Seneca Falls Convention, where women first called for the right to vote.

The College continues to thrive and deliver on the promise of empowering women to achieve financial independence by providing a quality, career-focused education in the visual arts. With an average student body of 525 and faculty to student ratio of 8:1, Moore College of Art & Design offers ten distinguished bachelor of fine arts degrees to women. The annual Visionary Woman Award, honoring women who have made important contributions to the arts, raises money for scholarships and provides mentorship to students. The Art Shop on campus and online is dedicated to selling the original work of students and alumnae. Required internships and uunique leadership programs prepare students for the competitive economy and workplace.

On March 22, at 6 pm, WHYY-TV will broadcast Moore at 160: Celebrating Visionary Women in the Art, an hour-long tribute to Sarah Peter, founder of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, and Moore’s 13 Visionary Woman Awardees. The film tells the powerful stories of these important contributors to American Art and Design: Amalia Mesa-Bains, Dorrit Bern, Denise Scott Brown, Judy Chicago, Jane Golden, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Thora Jacobson, Mary Ellen Mark, Mary McFadden, Linda Nochlin, Faith Ringgold, Elizabeth A. Sackler Adrienne Vittadini, Moore class of 1966.

Over 16 decades, the College has embraced and adapted to the changing times. Moore’s alumnae were the first to break the gender barrier in many fields. They include the first woman to design a US postage stamp, to serve as art director of an American advertising agency, to design fabric for automobile interiors, to introduce art instruction at a school for the hearing impaired, and the first female general contractor to register with the Carpenters Union.

Today, Moore graduates work in a wide range of fields as fine artists and designers. They can be found in top fashion houses such as Diane von Furstenberg and Walter Baker, designing textiles and products for Target or Urban Outfitters, owning their own businesses, teaching art in the public schools, leading their own graphic design or interior design firms or exhibiting in galleries nationally and internationally. Each is living out her own vision for a creative career.

Along the way, Moore College of Art & Design has also become a vibrant center for the arts on the most beautiful corner of The Benjamin Franklin Parkway. As a leader in the arts and cultural communities, Moore promotes the visual arts through distinctive education and gallery programs.

Through March 14, the Galleries at Moore celebrate women’s artists through five exhibitions: Women Through the Lens of Time: Students Select from 180 Years of Photojournalism in The Philadelphia Inquirer; Yumi Kori: utatane; Devon Dikeou: Marilyn Monroe Wanted to be Buried in Pucci; Celebrating 160 Years and Beyond: Pages from Moore's History: Making Their Mark - Celebrating Moore's Alumnae and Footsteps: 2009 Alumnae Exhibition.

A city-wide exhibition of twelve six-foot boot sculptures, Moore Footsteps, continues through May. Designed by fourteen alumnae, the indoor sculptures can be seen in such places as City Hall, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Free Library and The Four Seasons Hotel.

In addition to gallery exhibitions, Moore also offers a series of artist talks, tours, film screenings and discussions. As part of its Art for Lunch series, Moore will be celebrating Women’s History Month with a film screening of “She’s Nobody’s Baby: The History of American Women in the 20th Century” on March 10 and 12 at 11:45 a.m. Moore continues to partner with local and non-profit organizations to help bring exhibits, symposia and other programs to the community at large. Some of these events include:

Community CoLAB: Words & Images
March 6 – March 18
Philadelphia Wall
A collaboration between The Galleries, students in the Teen Thursdays program at the Free Library of Philadelphia and Moore’s Art Education and Fine Arts Departments, this project draws inspiration from Voices of the Revolution, 15 color woodblock prints by Edith Kaplan with an anthology of poems and historical notes edited by Helen Haynes based on the civil rights movement of the 1950’s. Students will research the libraries’ archives for documentation of Philadelphia’s role during the civil rights era to create their own woodblock print book about how the movement shaped the city of Philadelphia and its community.

Scorched: an exhibition
Thru March 29
Installations in the Lobby of the Wilma Theater inspired by the production of Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad. Moore fine arts juniors have designed and installed interactive site specific works.

Moore College of Art & Design is the place to be year round! Come visit The Art Shop, a venue for Moore alumnae and students to sell their creations to the public. We hope you will take part in other ongoing events offered throughout the remainder of the 2008-9 academic year.

Thru May 1, 2009
Interior/Exterior: Works by Photography & Digital Arts Students from Moore College of Art & Design
Comcast’s 56th Floor Gallery

Fashion Show
May 16, 2009
Event starts at twilight in a large tent in Aviator Park. Mary McFadden will be a special judge
Moore's 2008-09 exhibition season is presented with support from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Gallery Sponsor's of Moore's 160th Anniversary Year. For the latest information on current exhibitions and programs please visit For general information and a full list of events at Moore College of Art & Design visit


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

March 9, 2009
As the nation’s first and only women’s art college, Moore College of Art & Design marks its 160th Anniversary and a unique place in women’s history, as it commemorates March, Women’s History month with a special broadcast, a series of free exhibits and events, as well as collaborations featuring and celebrating women artists.

Published on March 9th, 2009