Moore College of Art and Design

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Moore College of Art & Design
Moore College of Art and Design logo.jpg
Type Visual arts College, BFA for women; co-ed graduate and continuing education
Established 1848
President Cecelia Fitzgibbon
Undergraduates Approximately 500
Location 20th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Campus Urban
Founded by Sarah Worthington Peter in 1848, Moore College of Art & Design is the first and only women’s visual arts college in the nation.
Penelope Wilson Hall contains studios and offices.

Moore College of Art & Design is an independent college of art and design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Founded in 1848 by Sarah Worthington Peter as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, it was the first women's art school in the United States.[1] The school was established to prepare women to work in the new industries created during the Industrial Revolution, of which Philadelphia was a center. The school occupied the Edwin Forrest Mansion at 1326 North Broad Street from 1880 to 1960. The institution was renamed Moore College of Art & Design in 1932 after Joseph Moore, Jr. set up a $3 Million dollar endowment in memory of his parents. The endowment was used to found the Moore Institute of Art, Science and Industry when it merged with the Philadelphia School of Art & Design.

Moore now offers ten undergraduate programs including Art Education, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Design, Fine Arts with emphases in 2D and 3D, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation & Game Arts, Interior Design, Photography & Digital Arts, and Liberal Arts, each leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts(BFA).

Moore has approximately 500 women enrolled in its all-female undergraduate BFA program. Co-educational graduate programs, post-Baccalaureate programs as well as adult continuing education and a Young Artists Workshop are open to people of all ages. [2]


The college offers ten undergraduate majors, one post-baccalaureate program, three graduate programs, in addition to continuing education programs for adults and youth.

Undergraduate majors (BFA)[edit]

  • Animation & Game Arts
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Photography & Digital Arts
  • Liberal Arts

Post-baccalaureate program[edit]

  • Art Education

Graduate programs (MA and MFA)[edit]

  • MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations
  • MFA in Studio Art

The Galleries at Moore[edit]

Open to the public, free of charge, The Galleries at Moore present exhibitions, educational programs and publication.

Exhibition history includes: Jane’s Carousel: The Making of a New York Landmark, September 24 – December 10, 2011; Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: I See Red, Paintings and Prints 1992-2005, September 24 – December 10, 2011; Signe Wilkinson: The World in Line!, August 20 – October 15, 2011; Frances Trombly: Everything and Nothing, January 29 – March 15, 2011; Jenny Drumgoole: Real Woman of Philadelphia, January 29 – March 15, 2011; Judith Leiber – Art of the Handbag, September 10 – October 17, 2010; Wendy Ewald - Secret Games: Collaborative Works with Children 1969-1999, May 22 - October 16, 2010; Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious, January 29 - April 11, 2010: Artists: Gunilla Klingberg (Sweden); Virgil Marti (Philadelphia); Paul Morrison (London); Betsabeé Romero (Mexico); and Regina Silveira (Brazil); Bicycle: People + Ideas In Motion, June 19 – October 13, 2009; YUMI KORI: utatane, January 30–March 14, 2009; Women through the Lens of Time: Students Select from 180 Years of Photojournalism in The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 30–March 14, 2009; InSights: Devon Dikeou — Marilyn Monroe wanted to be Buried in Pucci, January 30–March 14, 2009; Mary McFadden: Goddesses, August 28 - December 6, 2008; Alice Neel — Drawing from Life, August 28 - December 6, 2008; Women to Watch: Photography in Philadelphia, October 26 – December 9, 2007; The Moore International Discovery Series 6: Artur Barrio: Actions After Actions, February 8 – March 19, 2006; Faith Ringgold: A View from the Studio, September 16 – October 30, 2005; Janet Biggs: Norms and Forms, November 12 – December 15, 2004; Jörg Immendorff: I Wanted to Become an Artist, January 23 – March 21, 2004; Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art of the 1970s, January 21 – February 26, 2003; Raoul de Keyser, November 17, 2000 – January 21, 2001; The Moore International Discovery Series 3: Valie Export: Ob / De+Con(Struction) January 18 – February 27, 2000; Guerrilla Girls Talk Back, A Retrospective: 1985–1991, May 21 – June 30, 1993; Tom Chimes, A Compendium: 1961–1986; September 5 – October 18, 1986; The Heart of Creation: The Art of Martin Ramirez, September 6 – October 18, 1985; Femmes Fatales: An Installation by Lady Pink, April 9 – May 10, 1984. Full Exhibition History

Notable people[edit]

The Edwin Forrest Mansion housed the school from 1880 to 1960. It has housed Freedom Theatre since 1968.



1848 to 1900s


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mary Russell Ferrell Colton". Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Hoffmann, Mott, Sharon, Amanda (2008). Moore College of Art & Design. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-5659-9.
  3. ^ "Kate Bartouldus". IMDb. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5. 
  5. ^ "Mona Brody". Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Moore College of Art and Design." Art Schools Digital. Accessed July 19, 2007.
  7. ^ "Karen M. Hartley-Nagle." Accessed July 19, 2007.
  8. ^ "Margie Palatini." Houghton Mifflin. Accessed July 19, 2007.
  9. ^ Art, Industry, and Women's Education in Philadelphia, by Nina De Angeli Walls, (Bergin and Garvey, Westport, Conn) 120 pp., ISBN 0-89789-745-5
  10. ^ *Choppa, Karen. Bessie Pease Gutmann: Over Fifty Years of Published Art. Schiffer Publishing, 1998, 160 pp., ISBN 0-7643-1908-6
  11. ^ Art, Industry, and Women's Education in Philadelphia, by Nina De Angeli Walls, (Bergin and Garvey, Westport, Conn) 96 pp., ISBN 0-89789-745-5
  12. ^ Opitz, Glenn B, Editor, Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers, Apollo Book, Poughkeepsie NY, 1986
  13. ^ Cook, Bonnie L., "Lizbeth Stewart, ceramicist known for her animals" in The Inquirer, July 05, 2013

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