Philadelphia, PA -- Moore College of Art & Design will present its 2017 Visionary Woman Awards to sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard and Andrea Baldeck, a photographer who began her career in medicine.
Von Rydingsvard and Baldeck will receive the awards at the Visionary Woman Awards gala on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6 – 9 pm, at the College, located at 20th Street and The Parkway in Philadelphia. The annual scholarship fundraising gala 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 October 11, 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/vwa.
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 Philadelphia muralist and social practice artist Meg Saligman, Spelman College President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, 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
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Ursula Von Rydingsvard is best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from cedar beams, which she painstakingly cuts, assembles, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work’s textured, faceted surfaces. Recently she has cast sculptures in bronze from full-scale cedar models. She deliberately uses cedar boards milled into 4" by 4" widths with varied lengths, which create a neutrality or "blank canvas" that enables her to dip into many different possibilities, often within the arena of the psychological and emotional. Ursula’s work is represented in the permanent collections of over 30 museums. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, three awards from the American section of the International Association of Art Critics, the International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Born in a rural village in western New York, Andrea Baldeck began photographing with a simple Brownie camera at age eight, imagining herself a Life photographer canoeing through the jungle to meet Albert Schweitzer. This interest and dream pervaded years of musical study at Vassar, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and practice as an internist and anesthesiologist. On medical trips to Haiti and Grenada, camera and stethoscope occupied the same bag. In the early 1990’s she left the operating room for the darkroom, to work as a fine-art photographer in black and white. During the following decade, her portfolio grew to accommodate portraiture, still life, and landscapes, as featured in her books. Since 1996 she has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad, and her images are found in museums and private collections. When not in the darkroom, she explores mountain peaks, far-flung islands, fields and gardens, seeking to entrap the transient through the magic of her photography.