— by Meg Wolensky, Continuing Education Program Manager

Emily Rose Hirtle is a representational painter and draughtswoman living and working in Philadelphia. 

Hirtle arrived in Philadelphia in 2013 to attend The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to obtain a BFA in painting. After completing PAFA’s BFA program in 2017, she moved to New York to attend the New York Academy of Art for an MFA in drawing. 

She has served as a studio art instructor at the Abington Art Center, Germantown Friends School, Wayne Art Center and currently works for the Community Art Center in Norristown. This fall, Hirtle joined the esteemed YAW faculty at Moore as our Painting Studio instructor for high school students.

She talked with Continuing Education Program Manager Meg Wolensky.

Where are you from and what brought you to Philadelphia?
I’m originally from Westerville, Ohio. I arrived in Philadelphia in 2013 to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to obtain a BFA in Painting. 

What do you love about Moore College of Art & Design?
I love the caring energy and strong sense of community amongst the students, faculty, and staff at Moore. 

What have you been feeling inspired by?
I’m feeling inspired by Ann Gale’s work that was recently exhibited in her solo show at UMASS.

What’s your biggest career achievement in the arts?
Brooke Shields and Aidan Turner each bought one of my paintings during the Tribeca Ball in New York City. I attended the event during my time in graduate school at The New York Academy of Art.