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For Immediate Release
October 12, 2010
(PHILADELPHIA PA) – Moore College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that Foundation Chair and Professor Moe Brooker has been named the Artist of the Year by Governor Edward G. Rendell of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Governor Rendell will present the awards to Brooker and four other awardees at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 30, at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater.
First Lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell made the announcement September 23, 2010. The honorees were selected from a field of more than 70 nominations submitted by arts organizations, artists, arts patrons, elected officials and the public. In addition to Brooker’s Artist of the Year Award, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts include:
Distinguished Arts Award Charles Dutoit, chief conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra Pennsylvania Creative Community Award Cultural leader John Vanco of Erie, director of the Erie Art Museum
Patron Award Carole Price Shanis and Joseph Shanis of Philadelphia
Outstanding Arts Leadership & Service to Youth Award ArtsQuest, Bethlehem arts organization that began as a downtown music festival in 1984
The annual awards are a 30-year gubernatorial tradition honoring outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.
“Each of these honorees has made indelible contributions to the vitality of the arts in their communities over decades,” said First Lady Rendell. “They exemplify the commitment of Pennsylvania’s artists, arts organizations and arts patrons to beauty, creativity, and the value of the arts to the future of Pennsylvania.”
The ceremony moves to a different community each with past host cities that have included Reading, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Philadelphia’s ceremony will mark the 30th anniversary of the first presentation of the awards in 1980 and will gather past recipients to celebrate the event’s prestigious history.
The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency under the Office of the Governor that works to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of the arts throughout the state. The awards ceremony in November will be free. Tickets will be available starting October 15.
Brooker trained at both the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Tyler School of Art, Brooker is one of Philadelphia’s most prominent abstract artists. His radiant paintings express an inner spiritual joy. Brooker creates expressive color harmonies with mixed media on panel and paper. His work reveals a mastery of line, color and composition. Brooker’s work moves from quiet introspective moments to intensely passionate crescendos. There is an undeniable musical language permeating his work, achieved through compositional structure, color harmony and rhythmic improvisation. The viewer is invited into his complex abstract spaces which can be felt, explored and contemplated with both heart and mind.
Along with his dedicated studio practice, Brooker is very involved in the Philadelphia arts community. He serves as the Chair of the City of Philadelphia’s Art Commission. He is Professor and Chair of the Foundation Department at Moore College of Art & Design. Brooker is collected by major public and private institutions including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Woodmere Art Museum, LaSalle University Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company and AT&T Headquarters, Boston.
A solo exhibition of Moe Brooker’s new paintings and drawings, Shorthand For The Real, is currently on view at The Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia October 1 - 30, 2010. Brooker’s work is also on view in a group show of present-day masters of Philadelphia’s Sketch Club at the Woodmere Art Museum through October 17.
For additional information on the honorees, visit: http://pacouncilonthearts.org/2010bios.cfm
Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.