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FINE ARTS AWARD RECOGNIZES NEXT GENERATION OF PHILADELPHIA ARTISTS; ROHM AND HAAS COMPANY SUPPORTS LOCAL TALENT

FINE ARTS AWARD RECOGNIZES NEXT GENERATION OF PHILADELPHIA ARTISTS;
 ROHM AND HAAS COMPANY SUPPORTS LOCAL TALENT
 PHILADELPHIA, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's complex world, aspiring to be the next Picasso, Monet or Van Gogh isn't easy.
 It takes dedication, perseverance and a little nurturing along the way. And with fewer scholarships available, especially for the arts, it's become harder for today's students to fulfill their dreams of having a lifelong career as an artist. And wouldn't it be a tragedy if financial constraints prevented the next Matisse, Degas or Hockney from emerging and sharing their art with the rest of the world? It is in this spirit of support and recognition that Rohm and Haas Company launched the Fine Arts Achievement Awards Program 13 years ago.
 "The Fine Arts Achievement Award recognizes and encourages the developing generation of Philadelphia's fine artists by financially supporting young talent at the city's four premier art institutions," said Del Payne, manager of corporate social investment for Rohm and Haas Company. "We believe strongly that by supporting education we can help to assure a solid future for our young people."
 Each year students from the Moore College of Art and Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the University of the Arts and the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, display their work in a spring exhibition. The winning art works from each institution are then determined by a jury and the students selected are honored with a cash award from Rohm and Haas.
 "The Fine Arts Achievement Award is an excellent program for helping our students refine their skills," said Nancy McGee, the dean of faculty at Moore College of Art and Design. "Our students look forward to participating in the program and we value Rohm and Haas' support of the local arts."
 This year's Fine Arts Achievement Award winners honored today at a luncheon reception and special presentation at Rohm and Haas are: Geoffrey Johnson from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Nancy No from the University of the Arts, Mary Ann Cannella from the Tyler School of Art, and Stephanie Querze from the Moore College of Art and Design.
 Johnson, a third-year student at the Academy, was selected for his work titled "Landscape With a Full Moon."
 "I've been concentrating lately on landscaping scenes and the Fine Arts Award money will allow me to travel around the country painting new scenery and furthering my skills," Johnson said. Added No, "It's great to be honored for my work outside of school, because it gives me an understanding for how it will be accepted by the public."
 The four winning paintings will be added to Rohm and Haas Company's permanent art collection, which is displayed throughout the corporate headquarters building on Independence Mall in Philadelphia and other company locations. More than 50 works dating from 1980 are currently on display. Next summer, all paintings from the Rohm and Haas Fine Arts Awards Program collection will be included in a special exhibition at the Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street and the Parkway.
 Rohm and Haas Company is a strong supporter of the arts and provides annual financial support to symphonies, museums, ballet and opera companies, theater programs, art centers and community art programs across the Delaware Valley. In addition, the company is actively involved in numerous local, regional and national education programs including America 2000, Junior Achievement, Prime, and Adopt-A-School, among others.
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