Celebrate Fleisher: The Founder's Award
Honoring Marsha Moss
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Please save Wednesday, June 7, as Fleisher supporters, faculty, students, and friends will present public art curator and consultant Marsha Moss with the 28th annual Founder’s Award.
The Founder’s Award recognizes Marsha Moss, whose commitment to providing access to the arts, promoting excellence in creative expression, and enriching Philadelphia’s cultural resources reflect the values of our founder, Samuel S Fleisher.
The celebration is Fleisher’s most significant fundraiser, and your support will further Fleisher’s mission to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience. Founded in 1898, Fleisher is one of the country’s oldest nonprofit community art schools and is committed to advancing the vision of our founder, Samuel S. Fleisher, who believed that art is one of society’s greatest assets and equalizers. Today, Fleisher is a source of inspiration, creativity and community. Every year, more than 17,000 people experience the transformative power of art by participating in Fleisher’s classes, workshops, exhibitions, and community-based programs.
About Marsha Moss
Fleisher celebrates Marsha Moss’ contributions to the field of public art with the 2017 Founder’s Award. Marsha believes that the presence of public art elevates the soul of our city, energizes its economy and enhances the quality of its public life.
As Director of Sculpture Outdoors, Marsha curated over fifty exhibitions on public and alternative sites, in Philadelphia and across the country. During her tenure as President of the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, she accompanied an exhibition to China.
As a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, Marsha founded The Artfront Partnership, an innovative venture that commissions artists to transform dark empty storefronts into illuminated dynamic Artfronts.
Because Marsha is recognized as an ardent advocate for artists, she is often invited to serve on boards and committees of our city’s arts and culture organizations.
Throughout her professional life, Marsha has sought to combine the vision of an artist with public purpose by advancing major permanent commissions at medical and corporate centers, transit stations, universities and in Percent-for-Art projects. She has reminded us that when art is alive and engaged in these public places, both the human experience and the physical environment are enriched.
Founder's Award Committee
Diane Burko, Honorary Co-chair
John Wind, Honorary Co-chair
Suzanne Sheehan Becker
Jolley Bruce Christman
Karen B. Davis
Susan Miller Davis
Libby S. Harwitz
Karen A. Melikian
Suzanne Reese Horvitz
Past Founder's Award Recipients
Dr. Dennis W. Creedon, 2016
Louise Clement-Hoff, 2015
Helen Cunningham & Ted Newbold, 2014
Dina & Jerry Wind, 2013
Jill & Sheldon Bonovitz, 2012
Al West & Paige West, 2011
Carole Haas Gravagno, 2010
Louis Massiah, Pepón Osorio, & Lily Yeh, 2009
Peggy Amsterdam & Karen Davis, 2008
Anne d’Harnoncourt, 2007
James Nelson Kise, James Bennett Straw, & David A. Schultz, 2006
Frank & Betty Louchheim, 2005
Suzanne Fleisher Roberts, 2004
Dr. Luther W. Brady, Jr., 2003
Thora Jacobson, 2002
Happy Fernandez, 2001
Linda Lee Alter, 2000
Hon. Edward G. Rendell, 1999
Marian Locks, 1998
Joseph Rishel, 1997
Dorothy R. B. Manou & Melinda Whiting, 1996
Ella King Torrey, 1995
Helen W. Drutt English, 1994
Edna Andrade & William Parshall, 1993
Penny Balkin Bach & Jody Pinto, 1992
Judith Tannenbaum, 1991
Frank Gasparro, 1990