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Lasell Professor Joan Morris to be Honored by The Duplessy Foundation

September 14, 2011

Fashion designer, illustrator, and educator, Lasell's Joan Morris can now add celebrated artist to her resume. On September 24th The Duplessy Foundation, a Boston-based non-profit organization that works to mentor and coach "homegrown leaders," will hold its annual Artists' Celebration at Venu in Boston, honoring local artists, including Morris.

The Duplessy Foundation celebration brings together all facets of the art community. The evening will showcase up-and-coming local artistic talent including chefs, fashion designers - including Lasell students and alumni, visual artists, and comedians. Proceeds will benefit the Duplessy Foundation's mentoring program, which helps young artists who are not in college, reach their career goals.

Morris will be honored for her work mentoring students and as a cancer survivor. Morris, with the help of student volunteers, designed and manufactured a new type of hospital gown for women undergoing mammograms at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Women's Imaging Center.

"Her dedication to breast cancer, as a survivor and advocate were immediately remarkable. She has used fashion in a way that can help so many people", says Derrick Duplessy, the foundation's executive director. "Of course, The Duplessy Foundation is all about mentoring, so Joan's passion for mentoring students really made the choice easy for us".

Morris has been a member of the faculty at Lasell since 1998.

"We are so proud of how Joan has involved students in professional projects in their field, an essential part of our connected learning philosophy of education. Her projects have been especially meaningful in their community impact," Said Jim Ostrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lasell.

Morris received her Master's degree in Education from Cambridge College and a B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has worked in a variety of fields including the bridal and children's industries, allowing her to bring a unique perspective to Lasell students as an assistant professor of Fashion.

She worked as contributing editor for the fourth edition of the textbook, Pattern Making for Fashion Design, by Helen Joseph-Armstrong and served on the Board of Directors of the Boston regional Chapter of the Fashion Group International.

The Duplessy Foundation will also honor chef Didi Emmons of Haley House, Angie Frissore, co-founder of the Boston Comedy Relay, and Dan McCole of the South Boston Artists Association.

Tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door, and $50 for VIP tickets and doors open at 7pm. More information and tickets for Artists' Celebration event can be found at


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