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Moore College of Art & Design
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TypeVisual arts College, BFA for women; co-ed graduate and continuing education
PresidentCecelia Fitzgibbon
UndergraduatesApproximately 500
LocationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, US
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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.

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Penelope Wilson Hall contains studios and offices.

Moore College of Art & Design is a private college focused on art and design and located 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 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, twelve minors, one post-baccalaureate program, three graduate programs, in addition to continuing education programs for adults and youth.

The Galleries at Moore

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

Notable people

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



  • Kate Bartoldus, sculptor, set designer (The Sixth Sense, 12 Monkeys, Unbreakable, Chasing Amy),[3]
  • Janet Biggs, video artist
  • Betty Bowes, painter[4]
  • Mona Brody, printmaker[5]
  • Kathy Butterly, sculptor[6]
  • Karen Hartley-Nagle, former Congressional candidate[7]
  • Amy Ignatow, illustrator and author of The Popularity Papers series of children's books.
  • Alice Neel, artist[6]
  • Margie Palatini, author of children's literature[8]
  • Polly Smith [1], Emmy-award winning costume designer, Jim Henson, The Muppets.
  • Dom Streater, fashion designer, Winner of Project Runway (Season 12), and Project Runway All Stars (season 5)
  • Sharon Wohlmuth, Pulitzer-prize winning photographer
  • Pink (singer) Singer/Songwriter [dropped out]
  • Adrienne Vittadini, fashion designer[6]

1848 to 1900s

  • Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, artist, author, educator[1]
  • Elizabeth Shippen Green, illustrator[9]
  • Bessie Pease Gutmann, children's book and magazine cover illustrator from the early 1900s[10]
  • Laura Marie Greenwood, painter[citation needed]
  • Anne Parrish, novelist and children's author[citation needed]
  • Esther Richards, first woman to design US postage stamp
  • Anna Russell Jones, textile and graphic designer and medical illustrator[11]
  • Jessie Willcox Smith, illustrator[12]


  • Elliott Cresson, first president of the board of directors
  • Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, honorary degree recipient
  • Beatrice Fenton, sculptor and faculty member (1942–1953)[13]
  • Moe Brooker, painter and faculty member (1995- )
  • Daniel Garber, painter and faculty member (1907–1909)
  • Robert Henri, painter and faculty member (1891–?)
  • Samuel Murray, sculptor and faculty member (1890–1941)
  • Simon Nicholson, artist and teacher from 1964–66
  • Lizbeth Stewart (1948-2013), American ceramist (BFA 1971)[14]
  • Lowery Stokes Sims, honorary degree recipient

See also

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  • Edwin Forrest House
  • Women's College Coalition


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mary Russell Ferrell Colton". Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. 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. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "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 met industry at women's college". The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 5, 2016.
  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., "Lizbeth Stewart, ceramicist known for her animals" in The Inquirer, July 05, 2013

External links

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