Anette Davidek : In Canon
Annette Davidek, #08-08 (Detail), 2009, Oil on birch panel, 42" x 48", Courtesy of Littlejohn Contemporary
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
November - December 2010 Newsletter
In this issue...
- A message from the Director
- Meet the new Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art
- Current Exhibitions
- Art Salad through December 9
- Volunteer as a Docent Tour Guide

- Art on the Town
- Meet Kendall Messick: Film Maker and Writer
- Register now for Kids Art Workshop
- Free Family Program - November
- An evening with Johnnie Walker
- Holiday Craft Show - Mark your calendar!
- Legacy Society
- Artist Opportunities
- New Members
- small art BIG AUCTION Wrap-up
- small art BIG AUCTION Photo Book!
A Message from the Director

Dear friends,

A belated trick or treat!

I know that it's November and you're already tired of leftover Halloween candy, but I couldn't resist a little musing on Halloween.

It is, indeed, a treat for me to be the director of the DCCA.  The supportive board, tireless staff, impressive facility, stimulating displays, and wonderful programming make it a joy to come to work.  The continuing creativity of contemporary artists makes it Halloween every day at the DCCA as our galleries are "costumed" in ever-changing exhibitions.  The joy on young people's faces as they participate in our Family programs, camps, and school and community outreach programs reminds me daily of the power of contemporary art to change lives.

The trick, quite frankly, has been to continue providing all we do on a shoestring budget. Bank regulations have made borrowing more difficult, foundation funding has decreased, state support has diminished, our full-time staff is 27% smaller than it was a year ago.  We are determined to let none of this stand in our way.  We pledge to keep our admission free so that all may appreciate the finest in contemporary art.  We have a new curator who is invigorating our exhibition Directorprogram, which is now in place through 2012. We are welcoming a new class of volunteer tour guides who will begin training in January to learn how to take the "mystery" out of contemporary art for our visitors.       

We can't do any of this without your help.  We know that you are deluged with end-of-the-year requests for support from many worthy organizations.  We hope that you will put our request near the top of your list. Help us continue to offer our treats to everyone who comes through our "industrial chic" doors!


Maxine Gaiber 

Donate Now!

Maiza Hixson

We welcome Maiza Hixson, our new Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art, to the DCCA curatorial team.  Maiza has extensive museum and curatorial experience and has been affiliated with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, and the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY.  She holds an MA in Critical and CuratorCuratorial Studies from the University of Louisville and did Post Baccalaureate Study in Art Theory, Criticism, History, and Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She will be responsible for the DCCA's exhibition program and will coordinate the efforts of Curatorial Assistant Watsuki Harrington, Exhibition Designer/Preparator Stephen Ruszkowski, and Curator of Special Projects J. Susan Isaacs, PhD.

Katie Baldwin, Things Left Behind: World, 2009
Moku hanga and letterpress, 7" x 7"



Fall 2010
Thursdays, September 30 - December 9
12 noon - 1 pm

Art Salad is a free lunchtime lecture series that features multi-point perspectives into the world of contemporary art from artists, historians, educators, and curators. Bring your own lunch or arrive by 11:45 am to place an order for delivery from Cosi®.ARTSalad

November 4

Baltimore artist Rene Trevino will discuss his work included in the
exhibition In Canon.

Click here to view full FALL 2010 ART SALAD Schedule.
DCCA Volunteer Tour Guides 

Be part of the DCCA community, learn about art, and have fun by joining the DCCA Docent Corps!

Join us for an afternoon coffee & tea Docent Class 2009 information session about
DCCA's Docent Corps!

Information Session
Monday, November 15 
Docent Class 2009

3 pm
The DCCA is now accepting applications for the museum's volunteer docent group.  Docents are  a vital part of the museum's educational mission, as well as an important link between the DCCA and the community. Selected applicants will attend an Docent8-week training course that will prepare them to develop theme-based interactive tours and lead children and adult groups through the DCCA galleries. No previous teaching or art experience is required- just an enthusiasm for learning about contemporary art and  working with people.

Learn More!
Application deadline is December 10, 2010; training begins in January 2011. 

To reserve a place at the tea, for more information, or to apply, contact
Jane Chesson,
Curator of Education, at (302) 656-6466 ext. 7101 or
Art on the Town      
Friday, November 5th
5 - 9 pm

Friday, December 3
5 - 11 pm


  • re:fresh Art on the Town after party @ the DCCA
  • DCCA's Alternatives Holiday Craft Show
  • Openings for Renee Benson and Felise Luchansky

View full Art on the Town schedule here.

Gordon Binkle is The Projectionist

Kendall Messick & The Projectionist

Sunday, November 7, 2010Messick

2 PM Film Screening
3 PM Book Signing
4 PM Reception

Kendall Messick is an installation artist who works with photography, film, video, and other media.
The Projectionist
is a documentary film, book, and multi-media exhibition created by Messick that focuses on Middletown resident Gordon Binckle, Everett Theatre's projectionist for 33 years; his life-long fascination with the golden age of film; and the small-scale version of a grand movie palace that he built in his basement.

Learn More!

KIDS ART WORKSHOP AGES 12 - 16                    Register Now!

Street SmArts -

Saturday, Nov. 13Workshop
1 - 4 pm

Ages  12 - 16


A Trip Through TimeFamilyday
Sunday, November 21
Noon - 3 pm

Ages 4 and up, FREE

An Evening with Johnnie Walker
Young Contemporaries Night: 
An Evening with Johnnie Walker
Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
6 - 9 pm

Join us for an evening of tasting Johnnie Walker, superior whisky. A Johnnie JohnnieWalkerWalker Master of Whisky will join us at the DCCA for a night of education and tastings.  Sample all five Johnnie Walker whiskies, enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, and enjoy exhibits in our seven art galleries. 

Reservations required.  Buy your tickets now!   Don't Delay!


DCCA Young Contemporaries Member $20
DCCA Regular Member and DCCA Future Members $25

Registrants must be 21 years of age or older.


, December 3, 2010CraftShow
5 - 11 pm


A truly unique and exciting holiday shopping experience!

During DCCA's December
Art on the Town Celebration
The DCCA Welcomes its newest Legacy Society Member
Alice Hupfel

The DCCA has launched a Legacy Society to honor members and friends who demonstrate their deep commitment to contemporary art by making a life income gift or including the DCCA in their estate LegacySocietyplans. You can provide significant support for the DCCA through various tax-advantaged contributions made through your will, trust, IRA, or life insurance.

Learn more about DCCA's Legacy Society.



Visit our website for a list of upcoming artist call for entry opportunities.


23rd & 5th Design Studio, LLC

AAA Mid Atlantic - Ms. Leslie Atik

Mr. Stuart Baron and Ms. Judith Goldsmith - Ms. Donna N. Cusano

Essen Kosher Catering - Feast Your Eyes Catering - Mr. Vittorio Ferrato

Ms. Sandra Goldsborough

ING Direct - JPMorgan Chase Bank

Ms. Judy Kelly - Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Kipp - Ms. Kristen Letts Kovak

Ms. Ellen Martin - ParenteBeard, LLC - Mr. and Mrs. Luis A. Pellicano - Poland & Sullivan Insurance - Mr. Oliver B. Schemm - Security Instrument Corp.

Ms. Shannon A. Tomanovich - Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Wilson 

Check out our Members' Discount Program! bwlogoNewMembers

Featured Member Discount! $5 Off ticket prices for DCCA members.

THE ALUMINUM SHOW at the DuPont Theatre

Friday, Jan 14 - Sunday, Jan 15

Fr/Sa at 8 pm, Sa/Su at 2 pm

Tickets start at $45

Call 302-594-3111 and mention this ad.

The DuPont Theatre. Usually known as Delaware's Broadway Experience, not Delaware's Experimental Contemporary Experience, right? THE ALUMINUM SHOW is Broadway taking a chance. It is in the performance art genre of STOMP and BLUE MAN GROUP, but is itself nothing like them. THE ALUMINUM SHOW is a new performance combining movement, dance and visual theater unique to the stage. Learn more.

Not a member? Join now!


We would like to extend a big Thank You to all of those who participated in DCCA's small art BIG AUCTION on October 23.  With your help the DCCA raised necessary funds to continue the support of contemporary art in our community.

Thank you to the artists who donated art works! SABA

Thank you to our participating sponsors!

AAA Mid-Atlantic - Artisan's Bank - Asset Management Alliance - Poland and Sullivan Financial Services - Aloysius Butler & Clark - Green Dreams Landscaping - Pratt Insurance - Royal Pest Service - You've Been Framed

And thank you to our auction donors!


small art BIG AUCTION Photo Book

Check out these photos and many more online!

Many thanks to photographer Kathleen Buckalew for capturing the spirit of our event! Just go to and type in DCCA. 

Register to view the album. You will have the option to purchase photos
from Buckalew Photography. Happy Viewing!

Guests look over the small art BIG AUCTION art sale.

Elliott Golikoff and Jan Jessup

Caffé Gelato at DCCA's small art BIG AUCTION


Annette Seidenglanz and Chuck Bowes

Patt Panzer and Carson Zullinger
Guests get ready for our live auction.

Arkadi Kuhlmann and John Bone of ING Direct

PJ. Foster, Toni Vandegrift and Dennis Beach

Guests examine art work at DCCA's small art BIG AUCTION.

Creative Socks!
Phillies Fan!
Creative Shirt!


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

Admission: FREE

phone: 302-656-6466

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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