Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
May - June Newsletter 2010
In this issue....
A Message from the Director
Free Family Program
Awards and Grants
Member Benefits
Mothers Day Gifts at Alternatives
New Members
Art on the Town
DCCA on Facebook and Twitter
A Message from the Director

"Forward-thinking, community-minded Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts has exhibits that challenge the mind and inspire the heart."  Delaware Today, May, 2010

Thank you, Delaware Today; we couldn't have said it better ourselves!

Despite the economic downturn, the DCCA has continued to provide first-class exhibitions of contemporary art to our entire community -- regardless of their ability to pay, and stellar educational programs to schools and community groups.  We pledged to serve our community and the community has responded!  The "winter of our discontent" is behind us, thanks in large part to two extremely generous donors, and our dedicated staff has been energized and is putting together an exciting 2010-2011 season of thoughtful exhibitions, stimulating programs, and fun-filled, creative events.

However, we are by no means out of the woods and hope that you respond generously to our annual fund appeal beginning later this month.  Our fiscal year ends July 31, a month later than many non-profits, which gives you an extra 31 days to put something aside for the DCCA so that we can end the year "in the black" and position ourselves favorably for the coming year.

We promise to make giving fun!  Every dollar that you give to our annual fund up to $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by a gift from an anonymous donor. And every donor of $1,000 or more will be invited to a reception this September at a private home that boasts a risqué Picasso in the master bedroom and major works by masters of modern art throughout the home's interior and grounds. Giving has never been easier, with on-line giving and monthly options available.


Maxine  Gaiber                                         
Executive Director

P.S. It's not too late to sign up for our Two Enchanted evenings on May 6 and June 24, to enjoy the many activities at DCCA's loop night on May 7 , including wonderful animated films by Carlos Ferguson's students that will be featured at dusk at Justison's Landing, or to sign your kids up for our wonderful summer camps

FREE FAMILY PROGRAM  -  Bring a picnic!

Friday, May 7, 2010
This event is rain or shine!
5 - 9 pm -  Video Screening at Dusk

Bring your family to the DCCA for an outdoor screening of short video animations created by Wilmington community-members with DCCA resident artist Carlos Ferguson and Tiny Circus, who travel the country in the Tiny Circus "rolling magic lantern," a solar-powered, vintage Airstream trailer equipped with sound and a movie screen. Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to the Justison Landing Greenspace, adjacent to the Riverwalk, to picnic before the show begins at sunset.

Program time: 5 - 9 pm
Video Screening: Sunset
Location: Justison Landing Greenspace, adjacent to the Riverwalk and just south of the corner of
Justison and West Streets. Look for the vintage Airstream trailer!
Parking: Available at DCCA (a two-minute walk from the event)
What to bring: Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic fare

**In the event of rain, the movie screening will be held inside the DCCA,
where picnic space will also be available.

Learn More!



The DCCA would like to acknowledge the Norman A. Lockman Excellence in the
Arts Grant Program (NALEAGP)
for their support of DCCA website development funding.


DCCA Members!  New Benefits for you!
DCCA Members enjoy an exhibition preview at the March 25 Members Evening

Check out our Members' Discount Program!  We have just added new discounts for our all our members and we plan to add more over time!

If you are not a current member, NOW is a great time to join

It is also the perfect time to give a membership as a gift for the artist or art history graduate on your list.  A  $125  "Supporter" level membership includes free admission and special discounts to almost 400 museums around the country.

Imagine giving your favorite graduate  privileges at the High Museum in Atlanta, the Corcoran Gallery and The Phillips Collection in D.C., the Museum of Art and Design in NY, and a host of other wonderful museums all over the country!

It doesn't get any better than that!

You might even want to give yourself a gift of membership or a membership upgrade (especially if you paid part of the tuition!).
Congratulations!!  You deserve it ! Join now!



Image: Leah Frankel, Book Contour, 2009, Found books, 78" x 7" x 4", Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Click here for a listing of all current exhibitions.

Banner image: Dennis Beach, Turn, 2010, Plywood, acrylic, solar motors, 8 1/2" x 48" x 48", Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Ron Longsdorf

Ron Longsdorf- DCCA Security Manager has our congratulations for securing a one-year residency with the HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence Program in Spartanburg, SC.  Ron's residency will begin in June of 2010 so be sure to stop by and wish him well.

PSST- If you know of anyone who might think it's exciting to be the Security Manager of a contemporary arts museum tell them to contact Helen Page!

Whitney Marsden

Whitney Marsden
- Niche Award winning Retail Manager of DCCA's Alternatives Museum Shop has moved on to join Historic Kennett Square as Coordinator of Marketing and Special projects.  We wish Whitney all of the best in her future endeavors.  Please introduce yourself to Amy Milli our new Retail Manager of Alternatives Museum Shop.
Samantha Fruchtman

Samantha Fruchtman - Sam is leaving her position as Curatorial Coordinator at the e
nd of May 2010 after 9 years of dedicated service to the DCCA.  Sam is going to take a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of DCCA life and dedicate her time to her family.  The DCCA would like to thank Samantha for the many years of hard work and dedication to the DCCA, and wish her all of the best in her future.  


Niche award-winning Alternatives Museum Shop is the perfect place to shop for moms on Mother's Day!  We pride ourselves on our great selection of unique and hand-crafted items that will show her that she is a true one-of-a-kind.  With prices to fill all budgets there is no better place to shop than DCCA's Alternatives Museum Shop. Members of the DCCA always receive 10% off.


Click here to view the schedule for our current and upcoming Featured Alternatives Artists.


Linda and Dale Barnett  ·  Mary and Paul Beckman  ·  Bixby's Catering  ·  Sandra Borror and David Baldt  ·  Billi Jo Cherkaoui  ·  Susan and Gus Cicala  ·  Stephanie and Michael Cutrona and family  ·Jag Deshpande  ·  Anda K. Dubinskis  ·  Ian and Katrina Glidewell  ·  The Goddard School  ·  Andrew W. Graham  ·  Rebecca and Jonathan   Greenblatt  ·  Tracey Lewis  ·  Michael G. McMann  ·  Erika and Curtis Pace  ·  Jarrod Ranney  ·  April Saler-Smith  ·  Judith K. Sandler  ·  Miriam Sawyer


Art on the Town      

Summer Dates:                                           

Friday, May 7, 2010  5 - 9 pm

Friday, June 4, 2010 5 - 9 pm 

Friday, July 9, 2010**

View full Art on the Town schedule here.

**Held on second Friday of the month due to 4th of July holiday.



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DCCA exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, through individual contributions; membersʼ support; major grants from AstraZeneca, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; and by Amtrak - Official Transportation Provider for the DCCA.

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Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10 - 5
Wed & Sun: 12 - 5
(closed Mondays)

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