PHILADELPHIA, PA., PALM BEACH, FLA. and MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Marion (Kippy) Boulton Stroud died suddenly on Aug. 22, 2015. She was born on March 22, 1939. The only child of Marion Sims Rosengarten Stroud and Dr. Morris W. Stroud, she was raised in Philadelphia and graduated from the Chatham Hall School in Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania.
Enormously energetic, creative, generous and tirelessly hard-working and driven, Stroud was multifaceted, as esteemed as a leading professional and patron in contemporary art as well as for owning National Open Championship Retrievers and several times her Labradors, which she greatly loved, were the high-winning competition dogs in the United States.
In 1977, after serving as artistic director of the Philadelphia inner-city educational Prints in Progress program, she founded and remained artistic director of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in Philadelphia, Pa., until her death. The Fabric Workshop — and later its museum of its holdings and major exhibition spaces and program — began as an experimental cloth print shop hosting two-week artist residencies. It has evolved into an international, nonprofit center for the commissioned production of major projects with artists including Marina Abramovic, Anne Hamilton, Joan Jonas, William Kentridge, Lorna Simpson, Sarah Sze, Richard Tuttle, and Bill Viola. Stroud curated numerous exhibitions there and wrote for and edited numerous FWM publications, including the award-winning “New Material as New Media: The Fabric Workshop and Museum,” “Doug Aiken A-Z Book” (Fractals), “Comfort Zone,” “Lee Bul: Live Forever II,” “Jorge Pardo,” “Material Pleasures/The Fabric Workshop at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, A Decade of Pattern,” and “An Industrious Art and Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms (2010),” winner of the International Association of Art Critics award for best project in a public.
Over 30 years ago, as an outgrowth of inviting her friends to stay with her on Mount Desert Island, she founded the dynamic Acadia Summer Arts Program, a private summer resident fellowship program on Mount Desert for artists, scholars and outstanding practitioners of all disciplines, including art museum directors, curators, arts administrators, academics and patrons. It has hosted hundreds of guests and their families.
Stroud served as a longtime trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was chair of its Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Committee, and a member of its 20th century art and African-American art committees. She was a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, Art Table, and the American Crafts Council and was a panelist and reviewer for the National Endowment of the Arts and for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She was awarded Maine’s Skowhegan Governor’s Award for outstanding service to art and artists.
Stroud lived in Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Fla., and on Mount Desert Island. She is survived by a large and devoted family of Rosengarten, Sims and Stroud cousins and a multitude of friends across the U.S. and around the world.
Contributions in her memory should be made to the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.