Moore College of Art & Design will present its 2019 Visionary Woman Awards to fine artist and Clay Studio co-founder Jill Bonovitz (a 1974 Moore alumna); June Kelly, owner and director of the historic June Kelly Gallery in New York City, and acclaimed graphic designer Paula Scher, principal in the New York office of Pentagram, the distinguished international design consultancy.
Bonovitz, Kelly and Scher will receive the awards at Moore’s Visionary Woman Awards on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6–9 pm at the College, located at 1916 Race Street, on The Parkway in Philadelphia. The annual fundraising gala honors outstanding women leaders in art and design during an evening ceremony and dinner. Proceeds raised from the gala benefit undergraduate women in Moore’s Visionary Woman Honors Program, which includes a $22,000 annual scholarship for highly ambitious, reflective and independent-minded students who are interested in entrepreneurship, leadership and service while pursuing their creative disciplines and academic achievements.
“The annual Visionary Woman Awards is an opportunity for us to recognize the remarkable work of women who have substantiated their roles in the creative industries,” said Moore President Cecelia Fitzgibbon. “Moore’s legacy and impact connects art and design education with careers; these women are the exemplars of that vision.”
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 2, 12:30–2 pm, in Graham Auditorium at 1916 Race Street. 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.
These Visionary Women will be honored with an exhibition of their work in The Galleries at Moore, October 3 – November 16, 2019. A selection of Bonovitz’s wire sculptures and porcelain vessels will be on view in Wilson Gallery. Graham Gallery will feature posters and design projects from Scher’s portfolio, along with interviews and ephemera celebrating Kelly’s 30+ years as a gallerist who represents more than 30 artists.
The Visionary Woman Awards began in 2003 and the annual fall gala has become a signature Moore event. The awards bring national attention to women artists and provide powerful role models for Moore’s talented students. Past Visionary Woman Awards recipients include New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast; photographer, professor and art historian Deborah Willis, PhD; Spelman College President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell; interior designer Alexa Hampton; jewelry designer Ann King Lagos; fashion designers Nicole Miller and Mary McFadden; painter Pat Steir; and feminist artist Judy Chicago.