Moore Names 2012 Distinguished Alumnae

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore College of Art & Design is pleased to announce the 2012 Distinguished Alumnae Award recipients - Mary Lou Ford-Dallam ’66, Margie Palatini ’72, and Lonni Rossi ’70.

The three awardees will be honored at a luncheon during the annual Alumnae Reunion on February 18, 2012.

"Although this year’s honorees have had different careers,” noted Doris Chorney, director of alumnae affairs, “they have all enhanced peoples’ lives in some way.”

Margie Palatini ’72 
Margie Palatini is the author of over three dozen popular and award-winning picture books for children, including Sweet Tooth, Bedhead and the Bad Boy Series. Since her picture book debut with the bestselling Piggie Pie! in 1997, she has garnered more than 100 awards and honors for her books and distinctive voice.

One of her most recent popular titles is Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes, a third collaboration with award-winning illustrator Barry Moser. The book has received five state award nominations and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, among other honors. Hogg, Hogg & Hog, released this past May, which she also illustrated, has also been warmly received.

In 2008, Palatini was a panelist for What I Know Now Seminar in conjunction with Girls Inc of Philadelphia.

Palatini earned her BFA in graphic design from Moore in 1972.

Lonni Rossi ’70 
Lonni Rossi is an award-winning fiber artist and fabric designer with a sophisticated style and passion for textiles. Rossi’s one-of-a-kind textiles are hand-painted and multi-processed works of art that often incorporate fragments of text or typographic characters. She also designs commercial quilting fabrics and licenses these designs to Andover Fabrics Inc. of New York.

She showcases her fabrics at Lonni Rossi Fabrics in Ardmore, PA, a retail store that serves quilters and designers interested in unique fabrics. She also produces quilt patterns and kits that have appeared in national publications. She teaches workshops and lectures about surface design.

A graphic designer for more than 30 years, Rossi has also taught at Moore and at Drexel University. She was co-founder of Art Quilt Elements and has had numerous one-woman art quilt shows. Her art quilts, made from her own fabrics, have been juried into numerous national and international quilt shows and have been exhibited at Moore and the Kimmel Center.

She earned her BFA in graphic design from Moore in 1970.

Mary Lou Ford-Dallam ’66 
Mary Lou Ford Dallam is a well-known art educator who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) 2011 National Conference. In 2007, she received the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Special Needs Art Educator of the Year Award.

Dallam graduated from Moore with a BS in Art Education in 1966 and began teaching in the Philadelphia School District and then in the Central Bucks School District. In 1983, she joined the Pennsylvania Department of Education where she developed and directed the Very Special Arts in Pennsylvania and Arts in Special Education. While a consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, Dallam developed art-based programs for the Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Program and created the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s special needs web section online.

From 1998 – 2002, Dallam developed and implemented the Children’s Art Institute at the National Autism Institute at Penn State University. She was also a founding member of NAEA’s Special Needs Issues Group and served as its first secretary.

Since retiring in 2002, Dallam has devoted her time to creating an inclusive arts- based early childhood program and conducting arts and crafts programs for children at the Harris Street United Methodist Church in Harrisburg.

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 February 9th, 2012