Moore College of Art and Design

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Moore College of Art & Design
Moore College of Art and Design logo.jpg
Motto in English
The World Needs Moore
TypePrivate art school
Established1848; 174 years ago (1848)
PresidentCathy Young
UndergraduatesApproximately 500
Location, ,
United States
Moore College building at 20th Street and the Parkway in Philadelphia
Penelope Wilson Hall contains studios and offices.

Moore College of Art & Design is a private art school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its undergraduate programs are only available for female students; its other educational programs, including graduate programs, are coeducational.


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 nine undergraduate programs including Art Education, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation & Game Arts, Interior Design, Photography & Digital Arts, and Film & Digital Cinema, 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 nine undergraduate majors, twelve minors, one post-baccalaureate program, three graduate programs, in addition to continuing education programs for adults and youth.

The Galleries at Moore[edit]

The Galleries at Moore are open to the public and free of charge.

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]


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  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 met industry at women's college". The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 5, 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ Opitz, Glenn B, Editor, Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers, Apollo Book, Poughkeepsie NY, 1986
  14. ^ Cook, Bonnie L. (July 5, 2013). "Lizbeth Stewart, ceramicist known for her animals". The Inquirer. Retrieved 2022-05-13.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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