(Philadelphia, PA) – Moore College of Art & Design’s Preview & VIP Reception for its 2015 Senior Show: Emerging Artists and Designers on Wednesday, April 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm is the launching pad for the College’s seniors as they transition into their professional careers. The exhibition, featuring the finest work by these artists, designers, educators and scholars, is on view through May 16, 2015.
More than 650 art collectors, art enthusiasts, designers, internship hosts and prospective employers are expected to attend the event to purchase original work and recruit top creative talent for their business or organization. Approximately $11,000 in prizes and in kind donations will be distributed to students at the Senior Show Awards Ceremony, preceding the VIP reception.
“The VIP Reception is like a ‘reverse job fair’ or ‘mini-interview,’” said Veronica Scarpellino, assistant director of the Locks Career Center, which coordinates and sponsors the event. “Instead of walking up to employers, the employers can walk up to 100 different students’ 3-D portfolios. Artists are standing there to defend their work, explain it and engage a new network of professional contacts.”
While some art and design colleges offer senior exhibitions to celebrate their students’ achievements and sell student work, these events are not typically focused on getting jobs, Chapp said. Moore is a leader in establishing this standard for its Senior Show. It’s part of the College’s mission and its heightened emphasis on a career-focused education.
“We have always used our Senior Show to directly connect our students to opportunities,” Chapp said. “We have always prepared students. We are a leader in how we do it.”
Elissa Tuerk ’15 will be stationed at her mini-exhibition space in The Galleries at Moore, professionally dressed, business cards in hand, ready to market herself and her work. It has been a long journey to get to this point, but Tuerk, a Photography & Digital Arts major, is ready. It’s her time to shine.
“Both artistically and professionally, the Senior Thesis Show is an opportunity for me to present my work to prospective galleries and employers,” she said. “I took my first art classes at community college seven years ago. This show is not only a culmination of my past year of work, or my time at Moore; instead, it feels like I have been working towards this defining moment for the past seven years.”
The Career Center over time has build up a large network of employers and motivated alumni in art and design fields who are intensely committed to the welfare of future classes. In the past, students have been offered interviews or internships from the connections they made at the Senior Show.
Belena Chapp, Director of the Locks Career Center, is particularly optimistic.
“This is a strong season for college graduates because the economy is stronger,” she said. “The opportunities are there…Philadelphia, in particular, is a very welcoming place with an entrepreneurial, ‘do it yourself’ spirit and desire for excellence. Our colleagues and peers are excited to engage and welcome students into their ranks.”
Moore’s Career Center provides crucial career preparation and support services to BFA, Graduate Studies and Continuing Education students and alumni. The Center provides free resume advice and career coaching, help with networking skills and job searches, interview preparation and programmatic leadership opportunities.
The Career Center also provides assistance in internship preparation and competitive fellowships. Moore is the only art and design school to provide $1,000 paid internships for each student in every major. About 40 percent of Moore students have been hired immediately from their internship or have received a commitment for the future.
2015 Senior Show sponsors include: Blick Art Materials, Advertising Specialty Institute, Macy’s, QVC, Anonymous, Donors to the Deborah Deery ’01 ’12 Art Education Award, Angela Murdoch ’10, Carol Reitter Elia ’88, CR Design; Lenox, Liberal Arts Department, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Philadelphia Water Color Society, Philadelphia Sculptors, Plastic Club, Roslyn Pilla ’92, Eightegrity and Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Philadelphia Chapter.
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. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women and since 2009, five coeducational Graduate Studies programs. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore; Continuing Education programs for professional adults; the acclaimed Youth Programs for young people grades 1-12, which was founded in 1921; The Art Shop and Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.