Press Release
Sara Monserrat Teixido
Director of Marketing & Communications
302-656-6466 x7110

Alternatives Museum Shop

Featuring: McDaniel College Students

Feb 1 - March 25, 2011

Wilmington, Del. - 1 February 2011 - The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts features the jewelry program of McDaniel College (Westminster, MD) February 1 through March 25, 2011.  An opening reception will be held Friday, February 4, 2011, 5 - 9 pm. The press is invited to attend.  


About the Artists

Through the use of creative problem solving skills and personal characteristics of tenacity and patience, the students and staff of McDaniel College produce stunning works of wearable and functional art. Seven artists, composed of students, staff, and alumnae, present their art that has been inspired by historical objects, nature, art history, and culture.

About the Exhibition

The jewelry program at McDaniel College (a small liberal arts college in Westminster, MD) provides students with not only the skills needed to succeed in the jewelry studio, but also the skills needed to succeed in life. Through the instruction of Linda Van Hart (professor and creator of the jewelry program) students, alumnae, and staff have benefited from the abiding respect for and knowledge gained about the tools that they have used in Van Hart's classes.

About Alternatives Museum Shop

Alternatives Museum Shop at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) is an eclectic retail gallery featuring an assortment of fine art jewelry, dazzling glass, artfully designed wooden objects, innovative ceramic vessels, hand-printed and bound papers and books, and a variety of wearable fibers for men and women of all ages. Alternatives Museum Shop was the recent recipient of NICHE Magazine's 2009 Best Museum Store.


Works by regional and national artisans make up the collection of functional and decorative handmade items that have been individually selected for quality and innovative design as well as each artist's contemporary approach to his/her craft.  Each artist-made item is either a one-of-a-kind or limited production item.  In addition to its core artists, the shop is an ever-evolving space that is enhanced by regular featured artist shows, national juried exhibitions, and curated work by top-level collegiate programs highlighting a variety of craft mediums.


Guided Tours

To arrange guided tours for DCCA exhibitions, contact the Education Department at 302-656-6466 x7101.


About the DCCA

The DCCA, a non-collecting art museum founded in 1979, presents between 20 - 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society, as well as symposia, lectures and tours. The DCCA provides individual studios to more than 25 artists, who also exhibit regularly within its galleries and throughout the region. The DCCA presents a variety of educational and outreach programs, including programs that integrates contemporary arts into the public school curriculum, and artists' residencies that feature collaboration with underserved community groups. The center is housed in a renovated industrial building at 200 South Madison St. in the heart of the rejuvenated Wilmington Riverfront.


DCCA gallery hours are:

10 am - 5 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Noon - 5 pm Wednesday and Sunday

Admission is FREE




The DCCA is wheelchair-accessible.  Visitors with special needs are encouraged to call in advance.


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.




Sara Monserrat Teixido

Director of Marketing and Communications

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

200 South Madison Street

Wilmington, DE 19801


302-656-6466 x7110

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