Notable Alumni //
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The schools that would eventually merge to become the University of the Arts had many notable and accomplished artists of all sorts pass through their halls. Most of those listed here completed the full program of the time; others, such as ironworker Samuel Yellin, we only know attended because they received an award mentioned in a commencement program, or, again, like Yellin, they became faculty members and are listed as alumni of the respective school. Many alumni, such as stained glass artist and teacher Frances Darby Sweeny, had their own businesses as well as holding a teaching position, much like our faculty today.
Several alumni, such as Julian Abele, the first African-American to receive a degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, or Martha Walter, who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts after three years at PMSIA, are better known for attending other schools but were here first. Composer and musician Vincent Persichetti is honored with an historical plaque outside of the Curtis Institute of Music, but in fact had a longer history with the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. Part of the purpose of this Web page is add to the body of knowledge about these artists and to reveal the importance and influence of the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, the Philadelphia Musical Academy, and the Philadelphia Dance Academy.
Abbreviations used below for the schools are:
PMSIA: Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art
PhMSIA: Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art
PMA: Philadelphia Musical Academy
PMSA: Philadephia Museum School of Art
PMCA: Philadephia Museum College of Art
PCA: Philadelphia College of Art
See the Web page of name changes for a complete list of dates and name changes of the colleges that make up The University of the Arts.
Julian F. Abele (1881-1950)
PMSIA Certificate in Architectural Drawing, 1898.
Frederick Graff Prize of $25.00 for work in architectural design, evening class students, 1898 [sic: Julian is misspelled as Julius in the commencement program]
Phoebe Adams, sculptor
PCA. BFA, Sculpture, 1976.
Philadelphia Musical Academy Bachelor of Music (Dance major), 1959
Earned the bachelor's degree through the Philadelphia Dance Academy's college program at the Philadelphia Musical Academy
Recipient of the Australian Dance Awards Lifetime Achievement Award on August 5, 2013, in Canberra, Australia.
"American dancer Ronne Arnold, who settled in Australia after performing in West Side Story in 1960, founded the Contemporary Dance Company of Australia, which performed from 1966 to 1972. Some of the best of the young Australian modern and jazz dancers joined him, responding to the dynamic energy of the American jazz idiom and contemporary themes." quoted from "Australia: Modern Dance" by Valda L. Craig, International Encyclopedia of Dance, Oxford University Press, 1998, volume 1, page 212.
Taught at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association, 1986-2003. Currently (as of May 2012) a faculty member at the Wesley Institute, New South Wales, Australia. In addition to dancing, Ronne has also had a television acting career.
Vernon Howe Bailey (1874-1953)
Received Certificate A, 1888-89.
Awarded the President's Prize (a box of colors and instruments, value twenty-five dollars), 1889, for the best set of works executed by student in the regular first year's course.
Awarded first prize of ten dollars, 1889, for best design for diploma for the Regular Department.
Raymond A. Ballinger
PMSIA, Class of 1931.
President of the Class of 1931.
1931: Second Prize for Advertising Design, Fourth Year Work; Distinguished Rating, Art Department.
1930: Advertising Design Prize for Third Year Work.
1929: Joseph E. Temple Prize for Second-Year Work (shared with 3 others).
College of Art and Design Alumni Award, 1956.
Kim Y. Bears-Bailey
PCPA Class of 1984.
Former principal dancer and current Artistic Director Assistant of Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco).
1992 recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie" award).
UArts School of Dance faculty member.
PMSIA Class of 1936.
First-Year Class Awards (shared) for Drawing, Nature Study, and Design 1933.
Distinguished Work in Drawing, Fourth-Year student, 1936 - others that year.
College of Art and Design Alumni Award, 1967.
Stanley and Janice Berenstain
PMSIA Class of 1945.
Creators of "The Berenstain Bears" books.
Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964)
Musician and composer, best known for his composition The Cradle Will Rock and for his adaptation and translation of The Three-Penny Opera. Blitzstein studied at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, a predecessor of the UArts School of Music, from 1919 to 1921. Awarded the Gold Medal in 1921.
Julius T. Bloch (1888-1966)
1908: Honorable mention, Henry Perry Leland Prize for best work in illustration.
1907: Honorable mention, Henry Perry Leland Prize for best work in illustration.
1906: Certificate A, Industrial Drawing; Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Prize, honorable mention, for the best work in the course of Industrial Drawing; prize scholarship for the year 1906-1907.
For more on Bloch, see "Julius Bloch: Portrait of the Artist" by Patricia Likos in Bulletin, Philadelphia Museum of Art, v. 79, no. 339 (Summer 1983). Also cataloged as a book in the UArts Greenfield Library.
Frederick Sands Brunner (1886-1954)
Illustrator, also known as F. Sands Brunner
PMSIA Class of 1909.
1909: Diploma in Illustration; first mention, Emma S. Crozer prize for best work in drawing.
1908: Certificate C in Illustration; first honorable mention, Emma S. Crozer prize for best work in drawing.
1907: Henry Perry Leland Prize, $25.00, offered by Mrs. John Harrison for the best work in Illustration.
1906: Certificate A, Industrial Drawing; Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Prize, $20.00, for the best work in the course of Industrial Drawing; prize scholarship for the year 1906-1907.
Bass player/jazz musician.
College of Performing Arts Alumni Award, 1993.
PhMSIA Class of 1949.
PCA Class of 1968.
1993 Silver Star Alumni Award recipient.
Nicola D'Ascenzo (1871-1954)
Stained glass artist.
Attended PMSIA 1891-92 and 1892-93.
Taught Mural Decoration, 1892-93, 1894.
Philadelphia Musical Academy 1969.
Class of 1959.
Parke Emerson Edwards
PMSIA 1915. Metalworker known especially for his work at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Bryn Athyn, PA.
PMSIA faculty member from 1920/1921-1922/1923.
1915: PMSIA diploma in Normal Art Instruction. Received honorable mention under the 2nd prize, Associate Committee of Women, for best work in the course in industrial drawing for an illuminated manuscript.
1914: Received Certificate B, Surface Design and Color (Normal); honorable mention, Herbert D. Allman Prize, for best design for wallpaper; Emily Leland Harrison prize of $10.00 for work in wrought iron; Caroline Axford Magee Prize, $10.00, for tiles.
1913: Certificate in Constructive Design and Modeling (Normal); John J. Boyle Prize of $10.00 for general excellence in modeling [sculpture]; Emily Leland Harrison Prize of $10.00 for work in wrought iron; received scholarship for advanced study in Italy.
1912: Certificate A, Industrial Drawing. Awarded the Emily Leland Harrison Prize of $10.00 for work in wrought iron.
Edwards' papers are housed at the Winterthur Library as part of the Arts and Crafts Society Archive.
William Henry Dietz, aka Lone Star
Artist; football player and coach
Class of 1954
Taught jewelry, 1955-67.
Noted American woodworker/printmaker.
PMSIA. Attended during the 1907-08 school year. Received fourth honorable mention for the Emma S. Crozer Prize for best work in drawing.
Alumni Award, 1957
See Wharton Esherick: Dean of American Craftsmen by Mr. Hoag Levins. Levins interviewed Esherick shortly before Esherick died. Linked with the author's permission.
Walter Hunt Everett
Attended PMSIA 1899-1900 (source: UArts Registrar)
1899: Mrs. George K. Crozer Prize for Drawing ($20.00) (split between Everett and another student).
PMSIA faculty, 1911-1915, as instructor of illustration.
Painter and printmaker
Philadelphia Museum College of Art Class of 1962
Her mother, Miriam Brown Fine, was a member of the Class of 1935
Maurice Freed (1911-1981)
Painter, illustrator, art director
PMSIA Class of 1933
1932: Third-Year Student Illustration award; Cape Cod Summer School Painting award; Third-Year Student Pen and Ink award; Third-Year Student Still-Life Painting award.
1931: Second-Year Student Life Drawing award.
1930: First-Year Work, Drawing from Costumed Model, Elizabeth B. Roberts Prize; First-Year Work, Museum Research, Elizabeth B. Roberts Prize
Allan R. Freelon (1895-1960)
PMSIA Class of 1916
1916: Received diploma in Normal Art Instruction [art education]
1915: Certificate in Constructive Design and Modelling (Normal); honorable mention for John Harrison Prize for work in furniture; Mrs. Joseph F. Sinnott Prize ($10.00) for the best executed piece of Garden Pottery in cement.
1914: Certificate in Surface Design and Color (Normal); Associate Committee of Women's Prize ($10.00) for original design in Mosaic.
1913: Certificate A in Industrial Drawing.
For more on Freelon see this article on Freelon by David Karp made available on the Traditional Fine Arts Organization Web site. Portrait of Freelon is courtesy of Randi Vega and of the Woodmere Art Museum, who supplied the image. Do not use without permission.
© Photograph courtesy of Dr. John L. Fuller, Sr. Do not use without express permission of Dr. Fuller.
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968)
1898: Receives diploma and Teacher's Certificate
Received an award for an additional year of study for 1898/99.
Honorable Mention, Mrs. George K. Crozer Prize, for the best work in modelling [sculpture] 1898.
1899: Mrs. George K. Crozer Prize, $20.00, for the best work in modelling [sculpture] .
1904: Mr. H. H. Battles First Prize, $25.00, for a jardiniere.
PCA, BFA in Painting, 1976.
Sidney Goodman (1936-2013)
Philadelphia Museum School of Art, Class of 1958
College of Art and Design Alumni Award, 1971.
Faculty member, 1960-78.
Joseph Hirsch (1910-1981)
PMSIA Class of 1931.
Received prize for illustration, 4th year student work, 1931.
Distinguished rating, 1931.
Second prize for illustration, 3rd year work, 1930.
First prize for drawing from life, memory sketches, 1930
Second prize, costumed model, 1930
Alumni award, 1958
A 1970 oral history interview with Hirsch is transcribed and online at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Web site.
Cynthia Iliff Koehler
PMSIA Class of 1930
First prize for 4th year design and for museum research, 1930.
Received the Annie E. Sinnott Memorial Fund European Travelling Scholarship, 1931.
1930: Class of 1928 prize for highest rating in the senior class.
Distinguished rating, 1930.
1929: First prize for 3rd-year work in design
Jerome E. Kaplan (1920-1997)
PhMSIA Class of 1947
Henry Pepper Leland Fund Award for black and white mediums, lithography, 1947.
Paul F. Keene, Jr. (1920-2009)
Studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, 1939-41.
Faculty member, 1954-68.
Film producer/director. Producer of numerous films including Legally Blonde (2001), Six Degrees of Separation (1993), The Recruit (2003), and Welcome to the Jungle starring The Rock, to be released in 2003 or thereabouts.
PCA. BFA, Film, 1972
College of Art and Design Alumni Award, 2003
PMSIA Diploma in Illustration, 1939
Scholarship Award to the New York World's Fair; Henry Perry Leland Award for Graphics and Pen and Ink Drawing; Thornton Oakley Gold Medal Award; all 1939.
1938: Award for Outstanding Work in Illustration and Decoration, Third-Year Students. Award for Work in Water Color.
1937: Award for Outstanding Work in Illustration and Decoration, Second Year Students. Award for Distinguished Work in Drawing, Second Year Students. Award for Work in Water Color.
Elaine Kurtz (Elaine Kahn Epstein)
PMSA Diploma in Advertising Design, 1950.
PMSIA Diploma 1891
1889: Received Drawing Certificate as well as second prize of $5.00 for best design for diploma; honorable mention for the Barton Scholarship for general excellence of the year's work.
Jacob Landau (1917-2002)
PMSIA Diploma in Illustration, 1938
1938: Award for Outstanding Work in Illustration and Decoration, Fourth-Year Students.
1937: Award for Outstanding Work in Illustration and Decoration, Third-Year Students. Award for Distinguished Work in Drawing, Third Year Students.
1936: Prize for Pictorial Expression for Exceptional Work, Second Year Students. Award for Distinguished Work in Drawing, Second Year Students. Award for Distinguished Work in Painting, Second Year Students.
Frances Madeline Lichten
Received Alumni Medal of Merit Award, 1959.
1907: PMSIA diploma. Honorable mention, Emma S. Crozer Prize for modelling; honorable mention, Ketterer Prize for best adaptation of an historic motive from studies at Memorial Hall.
1906: Certificate B, applied design. Pooley Prize, $20.00, for group of studies in interior decoration.
1904: Certificate A, industrial drawing. Honorable mention, Elizabeth Duane Gillespie prize in industrial drawing.
Modestino Francesco Martino
PMSIA Diploma in Illustration, 1917
Honorable mention for Henry Perry Leland Prize in Illustration, 1917.
Mary Lucretia Ramborger Prize for Sketches Made in the Alumni Association Costume Class, 1917. Certificate in Illustration, 1916.
Honorable mention, Joseph T. Bailey Prize for Best Sketches of Animals from the Zoological Gardens, 1916.
Honorable mention, Mabel Bradley Holbrook Prize for Section I Illustration Class for Best Nature Work, 1915.
Honorable mention,F. Weber Prize for Best Work in Instrumental Drawing, 1914.
PhMSIA Class of 1948
Honor list, sophomore year 1946
Award in advertising Design, 1946
Philadelphia Art Directors' Club Gold Medal Award First Honorable Mention 1947
PhMSIA Class of 1939
Received Associate Committee of Women Scholarship Award to the World's Fair, 1939
Taught photography, 1949-1971
College of Art and Design Alumni Award, 1955
Karl G. Nacke
1888: Received Drawing Certificate; honorable mention, Associate Committee of Women prize for best work in original design in the general course. Source: PMSIA. 13th annual report... for the year ending December 31, 1888, p. 11.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1887-88" in 1888-89 catalog, p. 46, as Charles Nacke.
Nacke is notable as the first instructor in metalwork (first offered as of October 1903), which he taught until 1912.
PCA Class of 1965
Grace Norcross Fisher
PMSIA Class of 1922. Painter, illustrator. Faculty member from 1934-1948.
1922: Diploma. Thornton Oakley Prize "to that student whose work as a whole has developed most consistently along the principles taught by the instructor in Illustration"; Mrs. C. Shillard-Smith Prize for the graduating class in illustration.
1921: Mr. and Mrs. John D. McIlhenny Scholarship; Joseph T. Bailey Memorial Prize for best horse show poster.
1920: Charles Godfrey Leland Scholarship; Major Charles Weaver Bailey prize for general excellence in nature study, first-year.
1919: Certificate A. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Prize, Industrial Drawing course.
First appears as a school staff member (drawing) for 1923-24 in the 1924 annual report. Final listing is for 1924-25 in the 1925 annual report.
A collection of children's books illustrated by Norcross is held by the Free Library of Philadelphia's Children's Literature Research Collection.
PCA. BFA, 1967, Sculpture.
Gallery owner: Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Joseph Pennell (1857-1926)
Illustrator and printmaker
Pennell was in the very first class of students to attend the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art in December 1877. According to the Report of the Proceedings at the Closing Exercises of the Schools for the First Term, Held June 26, 1878, a J. Pennell of the evening class was admitted to Advanced Class B.
Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987)
Composer and teacher.
Philadelphia Conservatory of Music: Master's in Music, 1941; Doctorate, 1945.
Philadelphia Conservatory of Music faculty member, 1939-1962.
Attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art
Angelo Pinto (1908-1994)
PMSIA certificate, 1929
Prizes and awards, 1929: Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for Design, 4th year work, 3rd prize; Emma S. Crozer Prize for Drawing from Life, 4th year work, 1st prize; F. W. Weber Award, 1st place; Distinguished Rating.
Prizes and awards, 1928: Mrs. Arthur W. Meigs Prize for Drawing from the Costumed Model, 2nd prize.
Prizes and awards, 1927: 2nd year drawing from cast from the Temple Fund, 2nd prize.
Taught art appreciation at the Barnes Foundation for 57 years.
Angelo, Biagio, and Salvatore Pinto were brothers. All studied at PMSIA and became affiliated with the Barnes Foundation.
Biagio Pinto took many photographs for the Philadelphia Dance Academy, where his daughter Gina was a student.
PCA, 1973 (degree conferred January 1974)
Daughter of Angelo Pinto.
Salvatore Pinto (1905-1966)
According to his obituary (Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia, October 6, 1966), Salvatore Pinto was a PMSIA student from 1921-25.
See also his October 8, 1966, New York Times obituary.
Gertrude E. "Trudy" Pitts
PMA: Bachelor of music and teacher's certificate, 1953.
Gold medal piano award, 1950.
Graduate Studies at Temple University and Julliard School of Music Pianist and organist; performances and recordings with John Coltrane, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, James Moody, Red Rodney, Grover Washington, Jr., Sonny Stitt, Roland Kirk, Al Cohn, Donald Byrd, and Ben Webster. Included in A Century of Greatness: the Urban League of Philadelphia's Tribute to the Outstanding African-American Philadelphians of the Twentieth Century. Search the UArts library catalog for Trudy Pitts.
Henry C. Pitz
PMSIA Class of 1918
Received Medal of Merit, 1956
Taught Rendering, Pictorial Expression, Illustration, Decoration, 1919, 1921-22, 1934-60; Supervisor of Pictorial Expression, 1933-36; Supervisor of Illustration and Decoration, 1936-39; Director of Illustration Department, 1941-60.
Ruth Collings Pleasonton
PMSIA Class of 1925
Francis (Frank) L. Price
PMSIA Certificate A, 1887; Certificate C (Modelling), 1889.
Maddock Prize $25.00, offered by Thomas Maddock, of Trenton, NJ, for best design for pottery. Honorable mention went to his sister Mary Louisa Price. Source: PMSIA. 14th annual report... for the year ending December, 31, 1889, p. 14.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1887-88" in 1888-89 catalog.
Appears in Appears in "Roll of Students, 1888-89" in 1889-90 catalog.
Architect and brother of architect William L. Price.
Mary Elizabeth Price (1877-1965)
no relation to the other Prices on this page
PMSIA Industrial Drawing Certificate A, 1898.
PMSIA Normal Certificate, Teacher's Course, awarded to Elizabeth Price, 1899.
PMSIA Certificate C, Illustration, 1900. Awarded Mrs. George K. Crozer Prize of $20.00 for the best work in drawing.
A member of the "Philadelphia Ten" women artists group (originally called Ten Philadelphia Painters). For more information see The Philadelphia Ten: A Women's Artist Group, 1917-1945 by Page Talbott and Patricia Tanis Sydney (Philadelphia: Galleries at Moore; Kansas City, MO: American Art Review Press, 1998), Greenfield Open Stacks 709.748110904 T142p.
Mary Louisa Price [DeMoll] (1871-1902)
PMSIA Drawing Certificate, 1889.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1887-88" in 1888-89 catalog.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1888-89" in 1889-90 catalog.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1890-91" in 1891-92 catalog, as does brother Walter F. Price.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1891-92" in 1892-93 catalog, as does sister Susanna M. Price.
Maddock Prize honorable mention, offered by Thomas Maddock, of Trenton, NJ, for best design for pottery, 1889. Source: PMSIA. 14th annual report... for the year ending December, 31, 1889, p. 14.
Ripka Prize, second place, 1890. Source: PMSIA. 15th annual report... for the year ending December, 31, 1890, p. 11.
Richards first prize, 1892. Richards Prize is for best work in pen and ink.
Sister of architect William L. Price (1861-1916). See also Artists 1901-1911 of the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society.
Susanna Martin Price (1853-1941)
PMSIA Diploma in the Regular Course, Drawing and Painting, 1889. Source: 1889 annual report, p. 12.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1885-6" in 1886-7 catalog.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1887-88" in 1888-89 catalog.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1888-89" in 1889-90 catalog.
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1891-92" in 1892-93 catalog, as does sister Mary L. Price.
Sister of architect William L. Price (1861-1916).
For more on the Price family, see William L. Price: Arts and Crafts to Modern Design by George E. Thomas (New York: Princeton Architecutural Press, 2000), Greenfield Open Stacks 720.924 P932t.
Walter F. Price (1857-1961)
Appears in "Roll of Students, 1892-93" in 1893-94 catalog.
Brother and partner of architect William L. Price (1861-1916). Although Walter Price appears to have not received any certificates or diploma from PMSIA, he did attend classes of some sort and gave a lecture on "Athens and Its Memories" at the school on March 18th, 1892. (Source: PMSIA annual report for the year ending December 31, 1892, p. 14.) He is listed as a former student in the 1904-05 through 1911-12 catalogs.
The Brothers Quay: Timothy (Illustration major) and Stephen (Film major)
PCA Class of 1969
According to The Animation of Heaven and Hell section on the Brothers Quay, the Brothers Quay, creators of animated films such as "Street of Crocodiles" and "The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer", do not wish to have a Web site. Plenty of information can be found about them and their films through periodical indexes and through Web sites such as Animation World Network and Internet search engines.
Search the UArts library catalog for the Brothers Quay.
Bachelor of Music, Philadelphia Musical Academy, 1967
College of Performing Arts Alumni Award, 1994
Stanley L. Reckless (born Zbytniewski) (1892-1955)
Certificate A, 1909-10
Mrs. J. L. Ketterlinus Prize ($10.00) for the best design for a cover for the Museum Bulletin, 1910-11
Co-founder of the ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Richard H. Reinhardt (1921-1998)
PhMSIA Class of 1947 Bachelor of Applied Arts in Education
Honor List freshman year, 1940
Honor List sophomore year, 1941
Award in Teacher Education, 1946
Alumni Association Prize for Outstanding Achievement, 1947
College of Art and Design Alumni Award, 1975.
Faculty member, 1947-1986.
Retired and was named professor emeritus in 1986
Search the UArts library catalog for Reinhardt, Richard H
Anne Estelle Rice (1877-1959)
PMSIA Class of 1897
1895-96: Received Certificate A,
1896-97: Received diploma and Certificate B for the Course in Decorative Painting and Applied Design. Awarded 2nd place for the Mrs. George K. Crozer Prize for Modelling [Sculpture] in the amount of $10.00.
See The Expressive Fauvism of Anne Estelle Rice, an exhibition catalog from Hollis-Taggart Galleries, New York.
William Seltzer Rice (1873-1963)
Watercolor artist and printmaker known for his California Arts & Crafts-style block prints.
1893-94: Received Certificate A, Henry Perry Leland Prize.
1894-95: Received Certificate B, Associate Committee of Women's second prize for wallpaper, and the Weil & Taws Prize.
Ben Rose (1916-1980)
PMSIA Class of 1938.
Taught Photography, Advertising Photography, 1945-50.
Well-known cartoonist and illustrator.
PMSA Class of 1956.
College of Art and Design Alumni Award, 1979
Susan Gertrude Schell
Teacher and artist.
1917: Received Miss Lea First Prize for work in water color painting.
A member of the "Philadelphia Ten" women artists' group.
Taught at PMSIA from 1926 to 1957.
Edgar Viguers Seeler (1867-1929)
1890: Awarded a certificate [not described].
1886: Awarded the Richards Prize for the best drawing in pen and ink. Awarded a free one-year scholarship for excellence, June 1886. Source: PMSIA. Eleventh annual report... for the fiscal year ending December 31, 1886, pp. 10-11.
1885: Appears in the PMSIA Circular of the committee on instruction... 1886-87. Roll of students, 1885-86, p. 64.
See entry for Seeler in Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Web site. Their information states that Seeler received his architecture degree from MIT in 1890, but the PMSIA annual report of 1890 lists an Edgar V. Seeler being awarded a certificate.
Seeler was elected to the PMSIA Board of Trustees in 1906, having served as a member of the Advisory Committee since 1901, and remained on the board until his death in 1929.
Charles Sheeler (1883-1965)
Received PMSIA Certificate A in Industrial Drawing, 1901.
Received PMSIA Certificate B in Decorative Painting and Applied Art, 1902.
Alumni Award, 1957
According to the 2001 Oxford Dictionary of Art, painter and photographer Sheeler was "the best-known exponent of Precisionism." His work can be found in museums across the USA.
Search the UArts library catalog for Sheeler.
Edward E. ("Harry") Shenton (1895-1977)
Received PMSIA Certificate A in Industrial Drawing, 1917. (source: UArts Registrar)
1919: honorable mention for Mrs. J. L. Ketterlinus Prize first prize for sketches made in service A. E. F.
PMSIA faculty member in Illustration, 1931-32-1945-46.
See "The Book Illustration of Edward Shenton" by Henry C. Pitz, American Artist 25.5 (May 1961): 22-27, 58-59.
Clyde F. Shuler (1892-1969)
Architect and industrial designer. Industrial Design Society of America: Academy of Fellows.
Shuler was a faculty member of the school from 1933-1952 and taught Pageantry, Stage Craft, Marionettes, Interior Design and Industrial Design. He was the Industrial Design department director from 1944-1952. See entry for Shuler in Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Web site.
PMSIA Class of 1921: Diploma for Course in Interior Decoration.
1913: Certificate in Interior Decoration. Honorable mention, Mrs. Thomas Roberts Prize for General Excellence in Interior Decoration Course; Miss Lea Prize ($10.00) for Best Work in Watercolor; Mary Lucretia Ramborger Prize for Best Set of Sketches Made in the Alumni Association Costume Class ($5.00).
1911: Certificate A, Industrial Drawing.
John Ray Sinnock
Chief engraver for the U.S. Mint, 1925-1947. Credited with the design of the Roosevelt dime.
1913: Diploma in Normal Art Instruction; Mrs. Francis Forbes Milne Prize, $10.00, for original design in decorative landscape; honorable mention, Mrs. J. L. Ketterlinus Prize for best design for a cover for the Museum "Bulletin"; honorable mention, Mary Lucretia Ramborger prize for best set of sketches made in the Costume Class; scholarship for advanced study in Italy.
1912: Certificate C, Constructive Design and Modelling (Normal); Mrs. Joseph F. Sinnott Prize, $10.00, for the best executed piece of garden pottery in cement; honorable mention, G. Gerald Evans Prize for piece of cabinet work meritorious in design and execution; honorable mention, Charles J. Cohen prize, for design for a fountain; Mary Lucretia Ramborger Prize, $5.00, offered by the Alumni Association for the best set of sketches made in the Costume Class; Edward Tonkin Dobbins Scholarship for School Year 1912-1913, awarded by the Alumni Association
1911: Certificate B, Surface Design and Color (Normal); Mrs. Thomas S. Harrison Prize, $15.00, for wrought iron; Edward Tonkin Dobbins Scholarship for School Year 1910-1911, awarded by the Alumni Association.
1910: Certificate A, Industrial Drawing; Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Prize for best work in drawing, honorable mention; Prize of the 1910 Graduating Class, $15.00, for best work in drawing from the antique, first-year classes.
Olaf Skoogfors (1930-1975)
PMSA Class of 1953.
Dean's list, 1951-52.
Taught Freshman Program, Art Education, Silversmithing, Three-Dimensional Design, 1959-75; Chair of Crafts Department, 1971-75.
Alumni Award, 1976.
The exhibition catalog Olaf Skoogfors : 20th Century Goldsmith, 1930-1975 (Philadelphia, PA: Falcon Press, 1979) is an excellent source of information on Skoogfors. Includes a chronology, photographs of Skoogfors and his work, a selected bibliography plus selected newpaper and periodical reviews.
Sophie B. Steel
PMSIA Diploma 1882; Certificate A, 1881
Howard Fremont Stratton
PMSIA Diploma 1882; Certificate A, 1881
Edward Richie Strawbridge (1903-1999)
PMSIA Diploma, 1928 (Illustration); Mrs. John D. McIhlenny Prize for Illustration, 1928; Art Department Distinguished Rating, 1928
1925: Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Prize honorable mention for general excellence in the beginners' class; Emma S. Crozier Prize for first-year cast drawing and for first-year color and design; earned Certificate A.
1926: Mrs. Albert B. Weimer Prize first prize for water color sketches
1927: Mrs. John D. McIlhenny Prize in illustration, third prize; Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for outstanding work in drawing from life, second prize.
Attended 1925-28 (Source: PMCA Alumni Association News Bulletin, v. 3, no. 6, Feb. 1961 contains profile of Streeter written by S. Gertrude Schell).
Blacksmith, author of Professional Smithing, ISBN 1-879335-66-2.
Frances "Fanny" Darby Sweeny
Stained glass artist. Proprietor of the Decorative Glass Company, Philadelphia.
Had an exhibit at PMSIA in March 1894. Source: 19th annual report for the year ending December 31, 1894, p. 23.
Joined PMSIA faculty 1899/1900. Source: 24th annual report for the year ending May 31, 1900. Report of the principal, p. 27.
Last appears as faculty member in 1908-09 catalog.
33rd annual report for the year ending May 31, 1909, p. 34. "The teaching staff remains about the same. In the Art School, Mrs. Sweeney has resigned as instructor in design applied to stained glass, her place being taken by Mr. Copeland."
Resignation is also mentioned in Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Museum, #26, April 1909, p. 37: "Mrs. Frances Darby Sweeney, long connected with the School as instructor in charge of the Normal Art Course and of the classes in stained glass, has been obliged to resign owing to the increased demands of her studio work."
1893-94 catalog is first appearance as former student.
1919-20 catalog is last appearance as former student.
A Mrs. D. W. Sweeney appears in the "Roll of Students, 1885-6" in the catalog for 1886-87, "Roll of Students 1889-90" in the catalog for 1890-91,and in "Roll of Students 1890-91", in the catalog for 1891-92.
Given an alumni exhibition in 1907: Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Museum, #20, October 1907, p. 71: "The first exhibition of 1907-'08 to be given under the auspices of the Alumni Association of the School will be a display of stained glass windows, by Mrs. Frances Darby Sweeny, shown with the original sketches and cartoons."
Watch the Quicktime video on Sweeny from public television station WHYY! Go to http://www.whyy.org/artsandculture/movies/stainedglass.html for a story on Sweeny told by stained glass scholar and historian Jean Farnsworth.
© Photograph courtesy of Rosemont College Archives.
Mary Bahls Sweeny (1896-1978)
Alumna and long-time faculty member; active with the Alumni Association
PMSIA diploma, 1918, industrial art teacher's course
1917: Charles Godfrey Leland Scholarship; certificate in Constructive Design and Modeling (Normal)
1916: Certificate A in industrial drawing; Mrs. Thomas Roberts Prize, to be awarded at the discretion of the principal, $10.00 to Mary B. Sweeny for Byzantine embroidery; Aspasia Eckert Ramborger Scholarship for school year 1916-1917
1915: Special certificate in Surface Design and Color [sic]
Riitta Vainio (left) and Susan Glazer, School of Dance director, May 2005
Riitta Vainio (1936-2015)
Philadelphia Musical Academy, 1962
Obtained her degree from the Philadelphia Musical Academy through a cooperative arrangement with the Philadelphia Dance Academy.
Considered the mother of modern dance in Finland.
Awarded the university's Silver Star alumni award during the May 18, 2005, commencement ceremony.
Martha Walter (1875-1976)
Studied for 3 years (1895-1898) at PMSIA.
1895/96: Receives Certificate A. Receives honorable mention for the Henry Perry Leland Prize given by Mrs. John Harrison for work in Pen and Ink; $20 second prize for best set of drawings in the Course of Industrial Drawing.
1896/97: Receives John T. Morris Prize of $10.00 for drawing of Details of the Human Figure; Jacob H. Weil Prize of an outfit of Oleo Water-Colors for best sketch in water-colors from Life.
1897/98: Honorable mention for the Mrs. George K. Crozer Prize offered for the best work in drawing; Caroline Axford Magee Prize of $20.00 for group of designs introducing decorative use of the human figure.
Walter later studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. An exhibition of Walter's paintings, Impressionist Jewels: The Paintings of Martha Walter, was recently held at the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia.
Neil Welliver (1929-2005)
PMSA Class of 1952 BFA Education
Honor list, sophomore year, 1949
Dean's list, 1951-52
Anne E. Sinnott Award for Excellence in the Art Education Course, 1952
PCA Class of 1983 BFA Photography
Portrait and fashion photographer best known for her books (co-authored with Lauren Cowen), Girlfriends and Daughters & Mothers.
PCA, BFA in Photography, 1975
University of the Arts Alumni Award, 1995
Photographer, curator, author, scholar
Professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" award in 2001 for her services to African-American photography. In 2002 she won the Exposure Group's award for Lifetime Achievement in Photography.
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Samuel Yellin (1885-1940)
Attended PMSIA 1906.
Awarded a Special Prize of $10.00 by the Principal for group of work in wrought iron, 1906.
Taught Wrought Iron, 1907-19.
Awarded the PMSIA Alumni Association gold medal, at the Feb. 5, 1931 alumni dinner dance at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel.
In the May 1926 newsletter of the PMSIA Alumni Association we learn that "Mr. Samuel Yellin, a member of the Alumni Association, was awarded the Bok Prize for the year 1925. Mr. Yellin has received many other citations for his artistic work in iron. He ascribes much of his success to the excellent instruction received at this school, under the tutelage of the members of the faculty, and he especially comments on the fine instruction he received from the late Charles T. Scott. To view the work at the studio is an inspiration for anyone who would like to see the artistic possibilities of craftsmanship in iron. We may hope that his ideal, a school for craftsmen, may materialize, as has his artistic ability."
The caption for the image above reads, "Weather Vane. Designed by Carl A. Dubs, and executed by Samuel Yellin, pupils of the school." Source: School of Industrial Art of the Pennsylvania Museum. Circular of the School of Applied Art, 30th season, 1906-07, page 
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