Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
March - April 2011 Newsletter  
In this issue...   
- A Message from the Director

- Free Family Programs March/April
- Art Salad
- Spring Seminar - Space still available
- March - April 2011 Exhibitions
- Art on the Town
- Gretchen Hupfel Symposium - Register Now!
- Handmade Market
- Alan Levin to speak at Annual Arts and Biz Breakfast
- Teen Workshops
- Summer Camp Registration - $20 off registrations before March 15
- From My Collection to Yours
- Trips - Italy Register before March 31
- Studio Artists
- Members
- Legacy Society
- 3 Enchanted Evenings - Mark your calendars!  
 A Message from the Director

Dear Friends,


The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brightly (today anyway), and spring is busting out all over the DCCA. The Book: A Contemporary View is bringing in large crowds and our attendance is up 60% compared to this time last year. The Gretchen Hupfel Symposium:The Art of the Book in the 21st Century is proving to be our most popular Symposium yet. Sign up while seats are still available! Our bus trip to New York this Saturday is filled to capacity and our fall trip to Italy is gathering lots of interest. Visit our website to register for Italy before March 31st.  We're all looking forward to hearing Alan Levin talk about the contribution of the arts to the state's economic health on April 5 and can't wait to take advantage of the "gently used" art bargains at our spring fundraiser From My Collection to Yours on April 14.  Enjoy learning about all of our other offerings below!


On the less bright side, the DCCA is in a "cash crunch" due to gifts that are arriving later than we expected.  We need your support more than ever so that we can keep providing you with our current level of activities.  We're offering lots of incentives if you respond to our special offers quickly.  You'll get $20 off if you sign your kids up for summer camps before March 15.  And, in the next couple of weeks, you'll be receiving a membership solicitation/renewal letter with lots of new benefits and a cash incentive if you join/re-up by April 18.  And, while we're on the subject of gifts, please don't wait until the end of our fiscal year (July 31) to contribute to our Annual Fund. Make a gift today so that the DCCA can provide you with New Art/New Ideas throughout 2011.Maxine 


See you soon and often at the DCCA!

Maxine Gaiber 


You & the Purple Crayon

Sunday, March 20, 2011, Noon - 3 pm

Ages 4 and up

Join us as we make your favorite books come to life through art! Inspired by beloved children's books including Harold & the Purple Crayon and Where the Wild things Are, children will participate in large-scale collaborative art-making as well as individual Teaching Artist-led activities.

Mapmaker Make Me a Map

Sunday, April 17, 2011, Noon - 3 pm

Ages 4 and up

Many contemporary artists look to street, aerial, and historical maps for inspiration. Join the DCCA as we use map images and projections to create our own place-inspired works of art! Work with a DCCA Teaching Artist to develop individual pieces as well a large-scale collaborative work of art.


Don't miss this exciting season of FREE Lectures!  
art salad
Thursdays through April 28
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 CosiŽ.


March 3  

Dr. Sandra L. Tatman, Director, Athenaeum Museum and Library in Philadelphia, examines historical and contemporary uses of books in visual arts.


March 10

Philadelphia-based artist Colette Fu discusses her ornate, handmade pop-up books. 


Click here to view full Winter - Spring 2011 ART SALAD Schedule.
Wednesdays, February 23 - March 16      5:30 - 7 pm

In conjunction with her exhibition The Book: A Contemporary View, Curator of Special Projects J. Susan Isaacs, Ph.D., will offer a spring lecture series that will concentrate on the role of books in art in recent history. Registration for two sessions still available. Register online now! 

Lecture III - Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - The Book: A Contemporary View Part I
An examination of works in the DCCA Book exhibition in the context of modern and contemporary artist-made books. Illustrated slide lecture and gallery talk.

Lecture IV - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - The Book: A Contemporary View Part II
An examination of works in the DCCA Book exhibition with emphasis on book alterations, deconstructions, and installations. Illustrated slide lecture and gallery talk.

Individual Lectures: DCCA Members: $10 / Future Members: $15
Students: FREE  

To register, contact Jane Chesson, Curator of Education at 302-656-6466 x 7101 or Register online at  ________________________________________________________________
March - April 2011 EXHIBITIONS
Collette Fu, DCCA Pop-Up Book, 2010


Art on the Town        
Friday, March 4th 5 - 9 pm
  • Artist Studios open 5 - 9 pm  
  • Artist Gallery Talks 6:30 pm  ArtontheTown 

Friday, April 1st 5 - 11 pm

  • Artist Studios open 5 - 9 pm
  • Artist Gallery Talks 6:30 pm
  • City of Wilmington After Party (Music) 9 - 11 pm
  • Alternatives Handmade Market
  • Hearts and Minds film festival April 1 & 2 (FREE) - Visit their website here. 

View full Art on the Town schedule here.  ________________________________________________________________ 


2011 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium: The Art of the Book in the 21st Centruy

Friday, March 25, 2011, 7 - 9 pm

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 8:30 am - 3 pm



ˇ Buzz Spector, Exhibiting Artist and Keynote Speaker
ˇ Douglas Beube, Exhibiting Artist
ˇ Melissa Jay Craig, Exhibiting Artist
ˇ Brian Dettmer, Exhibiting Artist
ˇ Mark Dimunation, Chief of Rare Books & Special Collections,The Library of Congress
ˇ Bettina Richards, Founder, Thrill Jockey Records

Reserve your seats now! Symposium 

Learn more about the Symposium Speakers here.  



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



Friday, April 1, 5 - 11 pm

During DCCA's Art Loop


Alternatives Museum Shop at the DCCA presents its spring Trunk Show. 


Alternatives Handmade Market will feature:


Estelle Lukoff Jewelry and Handbags

Mamoucha Soaps

Punk Rock Knits

Ryefield Ceramics    HandmadeMarket

Learn more about Alternatives Museum Shop. 


Arts and Business Partners Annual Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
7:30 - 9 am  

Alan Levin 

The Significance of the Arts to Delaware's Economy

Guest Speaker: Alan Levin

Network with area business leaders and hear remarks by Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, who will speak about the contribution of the arts to the state's economic health. 





FREE to Arts & Business Partners Members

Future Arts & Business Partners Members - $25ArtsandBiz 

Space is limited! RSVP by March 28  Register online here or call 302-656-6466x 7111.

Handprint 2 Tag: Graffiti Throughout History    
Ages 12 - 18

Saturday, March 12, 2011 

Comic Culture     Ages 12 - 18kidsworkshops
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekend Workshop -Wilmington Prints    Ages 12 - 18

Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14, 2011

LEARN MORE!             Register online! 


DCCA Summer Camps 2011: Imagine, Explore, Create


Register before  

March 15 and get $20 off!  








June 27, 2011 - July 22, 2011

Four Weekly Sessions

The DCCA offers four sessions of summer camp. Children will work with professionally trained instructors and visit the DCCA galleries and artist studios. Students will explore contemporary takes on a number of art themes, including narrative, abstraction, installation, and ephemeral art.


Sessions 1 & 2: Ages 4 - 7

Sessions 3 & 4: Ages 8 - 12


Camp hours: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm.
Optional before and/or after care available for an additional fee of $45 each.

Before care: 8 - 10 am / After care: 4 - 6 pm


Session 1: June 27 - July 1, Ages 4 - 7

Tell Me a Story: Adventures in Storytelling and Art Making


Session 2*: July 5 - July 8 (No Camp on July 4), Ages 4 - 7

Colors and Patterns and Shapes...Oh My: Art by Design


Session 3: July 11 - July 15, Ages 8 - 12

Outside the Box: Exploring Bigger and Better Sculpture


Session 4: July 18 - July 22, Ages 8 - 12SummerCamps

Take it to the Street: Contemporary Street Art


Scholarships available. For more information or to register, contact Jane Chesson, Curator of Education at 302-656-6466 x 7101 or





Future Teaching Artists
Available Sessions: 1 & 2, June 28 - July 9 or Sessions 3 & 4, July 12 - 23

We're seeking responsible, eager, and creative teen volunteers ages 14 - 18 to become Future Teaching Artists (FTAs) for the DCCA's Summer Arts Camps. Volunteering during DCCA camp is a fun way to spend part of your summer and a great way to learn about contemporary art, education, and art museums. Deadline for all teen volunteer applications is May 15. A program participation fee of $50 is payable on acceptance into the program. Download PDF Application for the Future Teaching Artists Volunteer Program.

Spring Fundraiser

Art: From My Collection to Yours
Thursday, April 14    6 - 9 pm 

Fabulous "gently used" art at small prices can be yours if you attend this very special event. Generous area collectors have donated works from their own collections for this silent auction that benefits the exhibition and educations programs at the DCCA. Enjoy a special menu of delights created by Philadelphia area caterer Jeffrey Miller Catering

Reservation deadline: April 8

Get your tickets now!   

Do you have a loved artwork that needs a new home?  
Consider making a donation of art to the DCCA!
Learn how.
Let us know by March 15
Travel and Trips with the DCCA

Baltimore - "It's not so much a place as an experience."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
8 am - 6 pm
Reservation deadline: Wednesday, May 25

See Baltimore as you've never seen it before! We'll visit an artist's studio, two private collections, and end the afternoon at the "What Makes Us Smile?" exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum. Cost includes bus, lunch, and all admissions.

$110 DCCA Members / $125 Future Members

Contact Ashlee Lukoff at or call 302-656-6466 x 7111
to reserve your seat now!
  Visit our trips page.


Italy: The Eternal City And La SerenissimaTrips

Venice, Italy - A tour exclusively for DCCA and
Delaware Art Museum Members

September 17 - 24, 2011

Deposit Deadline: March 31, 2011

DCCA and the Delaware Art Museum are pleased to offer a very special trip to Italy for our members organized by New York-based Arts & Crafts Tours. We will introduce our members to the iconic sites of each of these extraordinary cities as well as feature the burgeoning contemporary art scene in Rome and the sprawling Venice Biennale. There will be private receptions, walking tours and talks, and luscious, leisurely meals in the company of other members and a special group of local guides and hosts.

For more information, email Maxine Gaiber at
or call 302-656-6466 x 7102.
Visit our website for PDF Itinerary and Registration form.

DCCA Studio Artists


Studio artists Linda Celestian and Anne Oldach recently had articles published about their exhibitions in DCCA's Elizabeth Denison Hatch Gallery.  Congratulations!


DCCA Studio Artist Delainey Barclay was awarded a Grant for Emerging Professional in Visual Arts: Painting from The Delaware Division of the Arts.  



5 things to know about artists' Waterways exhibit

- Linda Celestian


Cafe: Art on the Town Featuring Linda Celestian

- WITN Channel 22 Wilmington


Abstract images of the familiar on display at DCCA

- Anne Oldach 


The  DCCA has a 275 sq. ft. studio available for rent. Learn more.
Application deadline March 15.  Learn more about DCCA's Studio Artists.

MEMBERS January - February 2011   
Thank you to all DCCA Members New and Renewed!

New Members Jan - Feb 2011
Eyra Allen-Lucas ● Hugo Xavier Bastidas ● Andrea Beizer ● Joyce Berger ● Serena Bocchino ● Dane Borda ● Mona Brody ● Jim Brossy ● Henry A. Brown ● Anne Canfield ● Josh M. Carlevato ● Katlyn A. Cofrancisco ● Bryan Cohen ●  Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Dawson ● Karen B. Delaney ● Elizabeth Demaray ● Jennifer Domal ● Michael Dutcher ● Derek Franklin ● Katherine R. Fraser ● Claire Girodie ● Duane and Kya Gould ● Dameon and Reva Gray ● Joey A. Grimm ● Janie Gross ● Casey Hardy ● Amy Hicks ● Jessica Hoffman ● Bryce Hudson ● Dr. and Mrs. Breyon Justice ● Aissulu Kadyrzhanova ● Ryan Kelly ● Gwendolyn Kerber ● Nichola Kinch ● David L. Knopp ● Patrick Koziol ● Dr. and Mrs. John B Kramer ● Ronna Lebo ● Thaniel I. Lee ● Mary Kate Maher ● Monica Mahoney ● Shalya Marxh and Jeffrey Moser ● Jessica Mazewski ● Mary B. McCollum ● Gregory McCullough ● Joel McDonald ● John A. McNeil ● Jamie E. Moore ● David Nordheimer ● Jason Orman ● Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas F. Panagoplos ● Karen M. Pierce ● Nancy Wyman Ray ● Jackie and Tim Regovich ● Helena S. Richardson ● Etta Roebig ● Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Rowland ● Colleen Rudolf ● Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Rydel ● Csilla Sadloch ● Leonardo Sampaio ● John Schlesinger ● Kathleen Schulz ● Susan S. Schweitzman ● Lillian Shah ● Christopher Stach ● Mike Stofiel ● Anne Subercaseaux ●  Sue A. Taylor ● Tamara L. Tilton ● Kerstin Tyreus ● Eric White ● Kim Wilson ● Tamsen Wojtanowski ● Ara P. Zeibarian ● Nola J. Zirin

Renewed Members Jan - Feb 2011
Elyce Abrams ● ● Ruth Ansel ● Jose Avila ● Dennis Beach and Toni Vandegrift ● Beth Blinebury ● Mr. and Mrs. James J. Butler ● Mr. and Mrs. Peter V. Buttenheim ● Edward L. Carey ● Linda Celestian ● Deng - Yao Chang ● Hunter Clarke ● Colette Gaiter ● Linda Dubin Garfield ● Bruce Garrity ● Daniel Gerwin ● Maggie Gourlay ● Florin Hategan ● Artemis Herber ● Jennifer A. Hintz ● Mary Powers Holt and Kenneth J. Holt ● Jennifer Jones-O'Neil and Mr. Sean O'Neil ● Andrew D. Jordan ● Jerry Kaba ● Amanda Kamen ● Gwendolyn Kerber ● Annette Laszczkowska ● Emily Brett Lukens ● Mary Lytle ● Michele Madeksza and Glenn Krasker ● Julie Maloney ● Deirdre Murphy ● Sandi Neiman Lovitz ● Belinda and Michael Orzada ● Robert L. Palandrani ● Jane Quartarone ● Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rothrock ● Dr. and Mrs. Morris Schimmel ● James E. Shirey ● Mrs. Connie M. Simon ● Stan Smokler and Madeline Lewis ● Lisa Sylvester ● Michelle Tobia ● Victoria Rene Vinton ● Mark Winicov ● Vivian T. Wolovitz

Check out our Members' Discount Program!NewMembers   


Featured Member Discount


Pipe Organ POPS Spectacular

John Dickinson High School Auditorium

Saturday, March 12, 7 pm   



Jelani Eddington and Chris Gorsuch 

Learn More! 


Tickets $14 

DCCA Members receive $5 off ticket price at door  

with DCCA Membership Card


The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society enjoys a well-known reputation for premier performances presented on an internationally acclaimed instrument. For over 30 years, DTOS has presented concerts by the finest theatre organists. The organ itself has evolved from a typical movie house instrument into a complete "unit orchestra," presenting a full palette of sounds the artist may choose as he presents his music. 


Not a DCCA member? Join now! 



DCCA's Legacy Society

If you have a retirement plan, it's easy to name the DCCA as a beneficiary of some or all of the funds that may remain in your IRA, 401(k), or other plan after your lifetime. Just complete a new beneficiary designation form that includes the DCCA and its Tax ID number (51-0242942) and submit it to your plan administrator.


No lawyer fees! No change in lifestyle since your gift comes from leftover funds! And you become a proud member of the DCCA's Legacy Society.


What could be easier? Just let us know when you've made your designation.

Thank you!LegacySociety

Maxine Gaiber

302-656-6466 ext. 7102




Great art, great homes, great company! Join DCCA members and friends for wine, hors d'oeuvres, and collection tours at three delightful residences. The generous owners are graciously opening their homes and grounds to benefit the DCCA.


North Wilmington Cinco de Mayo! 

Thursday, May 5, 6 - 9 pm


Chadds Ford Charmer

Tuesday, May 24, 6 - 9 pm


Kennett Square Artist Hideaway

Thursday, June 2, 6 - 9 pm


Space at each home is limited!

Purchase your tickets today and call 302-656-6466 x 7111.


Visit us online!  

Individual evening: $75 DCCA Member / $85 Future MemberEnchantedEvenings 


Two evenings package: $125 DCCA Member / $145 Future Member


Three evenings package: $170 DCCA Member / $200 Future Member  


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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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