Philadelphia, PA -- Moore College of Art & Design will present its 2016 Visionary Woman Awards to art historian, advocate and president of Spelman College Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and Meg Saligman, a muralist and social practice artist with a worldwide following.
Campbell and Saligman will receive the awards at a gala on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6 – 9 pm, at the College, located at 20th Street and The Parkway in Philadelphia. The annual scholarship fundraising gala, the Visionary Woman Awards, honors outstanding women leaders in art and design during an evening ceremony and dinner. Proceeds benefit Moore undergraduate women in the Visionary Woman Honors Program through scholarships and leadership training.
The Elizabeth Greenfield Zeidman Lecture will feature the Visionary Woman Awards honorees in a panel discussion and town hall question and answer session. The Zeidman Lecture is free, open to the public, and will be held 12:30 – 2 pm in the Stewart Auditorium. The Zeidman Lecture is made possible by a generous endowment by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. For information on the lecture and gala: moore.edu/visionarywoman.
The Visionary Woman Awards began in 2003 and has become a signature event at Moore each fall. The awards bring national attention to women artists and provide powerful role models for our talented students. The Visionary Woman Honors Program is designed for highly ambitious, reflective, independent-minded students who are interested in entrepreneurship, leadership and service while pursuing their creative discipline and academic achievements.
Past Visionary Woman Awards recipients include interior designer Alexa Hampton, jewelry designer Ann King Lagos, fashion designer Nicole Miller, handbag designer Judith Leiber, founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, and fashion designer and alumna Adrienne Vittadini ’66.
BIOS OF THE AWARDEES
Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell
In 2015, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell became the tenth president of Spelman College, a leading liberal arts college for women of African descent located in Atlanta, GA. Before coming to Atlanta, Dr. Campbell was a major force in the cultural life of New York City in a variety of roles. Under her leadership, the Studio Museum in Harlem was transformed into the country’s first accredited black fine arts museum. She served as the city of New York’s cultural affairs commissioner under the late Mayor Edward Koch. She returned to the private sector in 1991 to become dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she stayed for more than two decades. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Campbell as vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a non-partisan advisory committee. She sits on numerous boards and holds many honorary degrees. A published author and editor, Dr. Campbell is currently completing a book on Romare Bearden for Oxford University Press.
A public artist whose work has a worldwide following, Meg Saligman is a master at transforming the two-dimensional surface. She is known for her collaborative process and intricate designs, which bring new life to existing architecture using a variety of media that includes paint, light and glass. Saligman depicts observations of community and the cycle of life in saturated palettes, using groundbreaking techniques that consistently garner critical acclaim. Saligman’s talents have led to numerous commissions resulting in works of art on a massive scale, including both the largest publicly funded mural and the largest single project mural in the United States. In 1997, she painted Philadelphia’s landmark Common Threads mural. Saligman’s national and international work includes a fresco in Mexico City, Millennium Moon in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the recently completed Fertile Ground in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2006, Saligman was named by the Public Art Review as one of ten influential muralists throughout the country. She has received numerous awards, including honors from The National Endowment for the Arts.
Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's visual arts college for undergraduates. The College's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district, surrounded by world-class museums. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women and four coeducational graduate programs. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, Continuing Education Certificate programs for professional adults, the acclaimed Young Artists Workshop, The Art Shop and Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.