November - December 2010 Newsletter
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
|Annette Davidek, #08-08 (Detail), 2009, Oil on birch panel, 42" x 48", Courtesy of Littlejohn Contemporary|
|A Message from the Director|
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 program, 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!
|GRETCHEN HUPFEL CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART|
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 Curatorial 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.
|NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2010 |
| Katie Baldwin, Things Left Behind: World, 2009|
Moku hanga and letterpress, 7" x 7"
|ART SALAD MOVES TO THURSDAY! |
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®.
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!
Monday, November 15
|Docent Class 2009|
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 8-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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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.
|ADULT LECTURES - FREE!
|Gordon Binkle is The Projectionist|
Kendall Messick & The Projectionist
Sunday, November 7, 2010
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.
Street SmArts - KIDS ART WORKSHOP AGES 12 - 16 Register Now!
ONE DAY WORKSHOP!
Saturday, Nov. 13
1 - 4 pm
Ages 12 - 16
|DCCA's FREE FAMILY PROGRAM|
A Trip Through Time
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 Walker 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.________________________________________________________________
|ALTERNATIVES HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW Save the Date!|
Friday, December 3, 2010
5 - 11 pm
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
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|
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 plans. 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.
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Check out our Members' Discount Program!
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
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