Press Release

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Sara Monserrat Teixido

Director of Marketing and Communications

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

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Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts Announces

2011 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium

"The Art of the Book in the 21st Century"

Colette Fu, DCCA Pop-Up Book, 2010 Ultrachrome Ink Prints mounted onto cardstock, Bound in Iris Cloth, 13" x 42"
Wilmington, DE - 9 February 2011 - The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) is proud to announce the 2011 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium to be held on March
25 - 26. The event will be held at the Wings Foundation Auditorium in the DCCA located at 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE, 19801.  The Symposium features speakers from around the country who are prominent book artists, collectors, or who use art books as a marketing medium.  The event will start on Friday, March 25 with a one hour lecture beginning at 7 pm and cocktail reception to follow.  Saturday, March 26 Symposium programming is from 9 am - 3 pm.  An informal breakfast and box lunch are included. The press is invited to attend; please contact Sara Teixido to make arrangements to have your name placed on the RSVP list. Information and registration pages can be found at:


Gretchen Hupfel Symposium 2011

"The Art of the Book in the 21st Century"

Friday, March 25 & Saturday, March 26, 2011


In conjunction with the DCCA exhibition The Book: A Contemporary View, the DCCA presents the 2011 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium. Educators, artists, collectors, book enthusiasts, and art historians will find the topic of "The Art of the Book in the 21st Century" to be relevant to today's issues regarding the future of the book with the advent of the e-reader and web publishing. The speakers will address such topics as book arts in the 21st century, collecting rare books, and the use of art books in marketing today. University of Delaware students and Towson University students receive free admission to this program through sponsorships by the UD English Department and Towson Art Department. Registration is available for both days or for Friday or Saturday only.

To view the full schedule of events and registration details please visit:

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as generous support from private donors. For a full listing of donors see below.  




Featured Speakers in order of appearance:


Buzz Spector: The Book: A Contemporary View
Marcel Broodthaers #2, 2010

Friday, March 25, 7 pm  

Buzz Spector (St. Louis, MO) is an internationally known book artist and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Buzz Spector's work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. He has issued a number of artists' books and editions since the mid-1970s, including, most recently, Time Square, a limited edition letterpress book hand altered by the artist and published in 2007 by Pyracantha Press and ABBA at Arizona State University in Tempe. The work of Buzz Spector is featured in the exhibition The Book: A Contemporary View.  



Library of congress logo
Saturday, March 26, 9:15am
Mark Dimunation
(Washington, DC) is the Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress. As Chief, Mr. Dimunation is responsible for the development and management of the Rare Book Collection, the largest collection of rare books in North America. He acquires materials, develops programs of lectures and presentations, and oversees the operations of the Division. One of Dimunation's most ambitious pursuits has been to rebuild the collection of books that Thomas Jefferson sold to Congress in 1815.  


Doug Beube: The Book: A Contemporary View

Blast: If You See Something, Say Something, 2008

Saturday, March 26, 9:50am

Doug Beube (New York, NY) is an artist who works in collage, sculpture, and photography. He is curator of The Allan Chasanoff Booksworks Collection: The Book Under Pressure and teaches in the photography department at Parsons, The New School in New York, NY. Beube exhibits his work both nationally and internationally and his bookworks and photographs are in numerous private and public collections. Beube uses discarded books as his medium, altering their physical structures to expose something that is "new and visually meaningful." Beube writes that his work explores "the book itself" and is particularly interested in the medium's persistence in the face of technological advancements. The work of Doug Beube is featured in the exhibition

The Book: A Contemporary View.


Melissa Jay Craig: The Book: A Contemporary View

2007 - 2009

Saturday, March 26, 11:10am

Melissa Jay Craig (Chicago, IL) is an artist, curator, writer, and an award-winning professor whose works are exhibited internationally. Craig taught in the Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA program at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College, Chicago, IL. Craig is inspired by the multitude of ways in which we read our world and engage through language. Her medium of choice is paper made from fibers that she processes (and sometimes harvests) herself. The work of Melissa Jay Craig is featured in the exhibition The Book: A Contemporary View.  


Brian Dettmer: The Book: A Contemporary View

Standard American, 2008


Saturday, March 26, 12:45pm 

Brian Dettmer (Atlanta, GA) is an artist who is known for his alterations of vintage books. Dettmer writes that his completed pieces expose new relationships of a book's internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception. Dettmer has shown his work in museums, universities, and art centers throughout the U.S. and Europe. Dettmer is interested in how new technologies (i.e. e-readers, web books, blogs) have reduced the role and functions of traditional books. His work is an attempt to reinterpret the book as an object and, through physically transforming it, imbuing it with new meanings. The work of Brian Dettmer is featured in the exhibition The Book: A Contemporary View.


   Thrill Jockey

Saturday, March 26, 1:45pm  

Interview of Bettina Richards by Maiza Hixson, followed by 15 minute Q & A


Bettina Richards (Chicago, IL) is the founder of the record label Thrill Jockey. While primarily an independent music label representing bands such as The Sea & Cake, Tortoise, and Trans Am, Thrill Jockey is also focused on creating limited edition, special interest publications, and turning mass marketed cds into collectibles.   To date, Thrill Jockey has published three artists' books with accompanying cds and has plans to publish more in the future. Thrill Jockey is moving towards representing visual artists' work in addition to representing musicians who make both art and music.   


Maiza Hixson (Philadelphia, PA) is the DCCA Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art. Hixson 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 completed Post Baccalaureate Study in Art Theory, Criticism, History, and Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.   



Saturday, March 26, 2:30pm - Summation
J. Susan Isaacs, PhD
(Wilmington, DE) DCCA Curator of Special Projects, Professor of Art History and Curator of the Holtzman and Center for the Arts Galleries, Towson University, and Curator of The Book: A Contemporary View. Isaacs has curated many exhibitions, both regionally and nationally, and has published extensively, including exhibition essays, book chapters, and articles in national journals. She trained initially as a painter (Boston University and PAFA), earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history (University of Delaware), owned and operated a commercial gallery, and co-hosted a radio show on the arts. She teaches courses on modern and contemporary art and museum studies at TU where she directs the undergraduate and graduate art history programs. 


This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  


The DCCA would like to acknowledge all of the generous donors who have made The Book: A Contemporary View  and its accompanying symposium possible:


Phyllis and Norman Aerenson  

Laetitia and Preston Ayars

Bauman Rare Books 

Jay and Maret Headley

Alice B. Hupfel

Jan Jessup

Berta and Arnold Kerr

Mark Samuels Lasner

Tim D. Lobach and Watsuki Harrington

Ron and Rebecca Meick

Jeff and Christy Mitchell

Marla and Thomas Norton

Oak Knoll Books

Louis B. Rosenberg and Lynda Schmid

Annette Seidenglanz and Chuck Bowes

Lynn and Rodney Sharp
Towson University Art Department  

University of Delaware, Department of English

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:
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

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