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

- Summer 2011 Exhibitions
- Family Members Evening July 19
- Art on the Town
- DCCA News
- Monsters are back!
- Teen Workshops
- Artist Residency Project Summer 2011
- Save the Date!
- DCCA Artists
- Members
- Legacy Society 
A Mess
age from the Director

Dear friends,

What service does the DCCA provide to the community?
In this period of economic austerity I have been thinking about this question that is often asked of social service agencies but rarely of cultural institutions.  I am proud to respond that we provide a number of invaluable services that are not duplicated by other area organizations.

Did you know that we offer:
-free admission throughout the year to see the BEST in contemporary art
-full and partial scholarships for children participating in our programs.  This summer we are offering 50 scholarships to economically disadvantaged children for our summer camps
-opportunities for emerging artists to show their work, many for the first time
-free weekly lunchtime lectures from October- May
-free artist talks on Art on the Town evenings
-a "home" and community for the 26 artists who work in our studios and share their creativity with our visitors
-free interactive art experiences for families six times a year on family days
-free, in-depth arts education outreach experiences taught by talented artist/educators for underserved schools and community groups
-inexpensive opportunities to enrich your art collection through our fundraisers
-unique travel opportunities locally, around the US, and abroad
-life-long growth and learning opportunities through our adult programs

Is this a good "business model"? 
Obviously we give a lot away.  We do this because we believe that cultivating engagement in the arts is a good investment.  We believe in the power of contemporary art to enlighten, enrich, and improve our lives.  We believe that children deserve an education that includes the arts as well as reading and math, and understand that financially strapped schools cannot provide sufficient opportunities on their own for young minds to grow creatively. We believe that the mind is a muscle and that the lifelong learning opportunities which we offer keep our minds alert and nimble. We believe that everyone deserves access to these experiences regardless of ability to pay.

Enjoy your summer and please visit us often!  We have great exhibitions on display!Maxine


Maxine Gaiber
Executive Director

P.S.  Our fiscal year ends in 19 days.  Help us continue to provide these vital services by giving to our Annual Fund today! 


Robert Straight, P-463










Robert Straight

P-460, 2010

Acrylic, laser cut paper, impression of expandable mesh and safety fence, wood panel, 60" x 54"




Young Country 

July 6 - July 29, 2011


Young Country: DCCA's first satellite exhibition in Philadelphia.


The DCCA would like to thank the UArts Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery for sharing their gallery space for DCCA's first ever satellite exhibition. On Wednesday, July 6 many DCCA supporters and curious Philadelphia art patrons attended the elbow-room only opening for the exhibit.  The DCCA is excited to spread the word about the fantastic contemporary art on view at the DCCA in Wilmington, Delaware through collaborations like this.  Young Country is curated by DCCA Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art Maiza Hixson; the exhibition has traveled from its first showing at the Quonset Hut in Louisville, KY.  This exhibition is devoted to rural themes in contemporary American art and examines how artists are re-defining ideas of "country" in America. Learn more.   


Young Country Catalog


Young Country catalogs are for sale.  Purchase your copy at Alternatives Museum Shop the next time you make a visit to the DCCA.


Price: $25




UArts Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery

333 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

More info: 215 717 6480 / e:  

July Gallery Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 10 - 5 / Friday: 10 - 4 / Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED


Family Members Evening    

Tuesday, July 19 

4 - 7 pm

Come celebrate summer at the DCCA! Join us for a members' only family friendly evening filled with art activities, yummy food, and gallery tours. Members receive 20% off purchases in the award winning DCCA Alternatives Museum Shop.  

  • beverages and light hors d'oeuvres
  • art activities
  • snow cones
  • family fun
  • gallery tours 

FREE to DCCA Members
$5 for DCCA Members' Guests         


RSVP here!            


Art on the Town        
Friday, August 5 
5 - 9 pm
  • Artist Studios open 5 - 9 pm  
  • Artist Gallery Talks 6:30 pm     

Friday, September 9*
5 - 9 pm

  • Artist Studios open 5 - 9 pm
  • Artist Gallery Talks 6:30 pmArtontheTown

View full Art on the Town schedule here.  

* Due to the Labor Day Weekend Art on the Town will fall on the second Friday in September. 



July 9 - the
Cosmic bodies and cosmic country at UArts  Link to blog.

July 8 - Movable Feast: DCCA's Summer 2011 Art & Community Visual Arts Residency Program website. Link to site.
July 8 - Philadelphia Inquirer: "Family matters - Of all this summer's solo shows, one of the most moving is Edgar Jerins' Unguarded Narratives." Link to article.

July 2 - The News Journal: A unique study in contrasts
"Two very different artists cross paths in new DCCA exhibit."  Link to article.

June 15 - Delaware Today Magazine:
Best of Delaware 2011
"Best Place to See the Unexpected: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington" Link to article.

June 2011 - Content Delaware: Interview with DCCA Director, Maxine Gaiber. Video Link.

June 2011 - The Stars Down to Earth video by exhibiting artist Chris Basmajian 

The Stars Down to Earth
The Stars Down to Earth
June 1 - Community News: "Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts showcases Elliptical Frontiers by Robert "Bob" Straight."     Link to article.

May 24 - Community News: "Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts hosts solo exhibition of NY artist Edgar Jerins"     Link to article.

May 18 - Leo Weekly: Art: The secret country - "Exhibit puts rural culture on display" NEWS
Link to article.

April 12 - Delaware Today Magazine:
"The Right Angle: Robert Straight's unique paintings go on exhibit this month at DCCA, so expect the unexpected."    Link to article.




New Monsters have arrived!Monsters


Each Cotton Monster is a little (or big) work of art made from recycled clothing and linens without a pattern, so no two are ever exactly alike.  Fiber artist Jennifer Strunge of Cotton Monster (Baltimore, MD) attempts to make each cotton monster as different as possible, carefully picking the materials that go into making each one and intuitively sewing all their parts. Many monsters have already found new adoptive homes!  Visit the DCCA Alternatives Museum Shop and adopt your monster today! 


Learn more about Alternatives Museum Shop.  



Weekend Workshop -Wilmington Prints    Ages 12 - 18

Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14, 2011teen

LEARN MORE!             Register online! 

Summer 2011 Visual Arts Residency Program   

Movable Feast


Movable Feast is a public art project developed by artists Hoyun Son & Jung-A Woo, that maps a diverse cultural landscape through food.

Hoyun Son works with a student from the  

Latin American Community Center.


The artists are working with youth from the Latin American Community Center (LACC), and the Delaware Center for Horticulture. They will research and gather local edible weeds; collect, map, and illustrate recipes from family, friends, and neighbors; plan and design a Feast Event; and cook and share food with the public in and around a mobile kitchen built by the community.  During the process, Movable Feast activities will be documented by the participants on their collaborative website. Visit the movable feast website. A final reception for the residency project will be held at the DCCA on Friday, August 5 during the Art on the Town opening from 5 - 9 pm.    


Learn more about DCCA's Art & Community Visual Arts Residency Program


Keep up-to-date on the latest happenings with the AIR program. 

Subscribe to @thedccaorg on twitter or join the movable feast rss feed.    



Small Art Big Auction2
Saturday, October 22   8-11pm  


Tickets on sale August 1
  • Silent / Live Auctions
  • small works art sale 12" x 12" and 24" x 24"
  • Fantastic food, entertainment, and dancing!

The DCCA is now taking commitments for artwork donations for our fall fundraiser.  If you would like to donate please take a moment to fill out our donation commitment form.  saba2

Download PDF Donation form here.  

DCCA  Artists


Currently on view:
Elizabeth Denison Hatch Gallery

Graham Dougherty
Recent Paintings

thru July 31 

Graham Dougherty

Wave, 2011

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 40" x 38"


  • Studio artist Delainey Barclay received an Emerging Professional Artist Fellowship for Visual Arts: Painting from the Delaware Division of the Arts, and is included in an exhibit at The Biggs Museum titled Award Winners XI featuring the work of this year's Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist fellows.
  • Studio artist Linda Celestian  is exhibiting her work in a solo exhibition July 1 - 29, 2011 titled Outpouring at the Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington.   
  • DCCA founder Rick Rothrock received a Masters Artist Fellowship for Visual Arts: Sculpture from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

    Upcoming Elizabeth Denison Hatch Gallery studio artist exhibitions:studioartists 

    • August 2011:  Studio Artist Group Exhibition
    • September 2011: Ed Graney and Paul Moston
    • October 2011: Delainey Barclay and Ruth Sklut  

Learn more about DCCA's Studio Artists.

If you are a DCCA studio artist or artist member of the DCCA and would like to share an exhibit or award you have received with the DCCA community please contact Sara Teixido, Director of Marketing and Communications at  


MEMBERS March - June 2011   
Thank you to all DCCA Members New and Renewed!

New Members March - June 2011
Louisa Bayard and Guy Schiavi ● Mr. and Mrs. James Boykin ● Mr. James A. Bradley, Jr. ● Michelle Carre and Michael Quaranta ● Ms. Faith L. Dixon ● Mr. Favi Dubo ● Mr. Robert M. Ford ● Ms. Deanna Fox ● Carol Freedman ● Mr. and Mrs. Duane Gould ● Mr. and Mrs. Dameon Gray ● Dr. and Mrs. Patrick T. Hart ● Christine D. Hastings ● Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Hyman ● Ms. Risha Kumar ● Mallory A. Lawson ● Ms. Kathleen Magner-Rios ● Ms. Charlotte Maher ● Ms. Karri Mast ●
Mr. Phil Matarese ● Jean McCoubrey and Daniel McCoubrey ● Jamie E. Moore ● North Highland Consulting ● Maria G. Pisano ● Mrs. Beth L. Raab ● Mr. and Mrs. Tim Regovich ● Mr. William D. Scarbrough ● Suzanne Smith ● David and Michelle Stradley ● Mr. and Mrs. Bjorn Tyreus ● Ms. Daphne A. Wessells ● Ms. Lorraine C. Zwycewicz

Renewed Members March - June 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Aerenson ● Bill and Margo Allman ● Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Almquist ● Regina and Christopher Alonzo ● Mr. David Baldt ● Mr. Glen Barbaras ● Ms. Deborah Barr ● Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Beckman ● Ms. Anna Bellenger ● Ms. Reita D. Bewley ● Ms. Sandra L. Borror and Mr. David W. Baldt ● Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Bosworth ● Ms. Edwina Brennan ● Mr. William Bretzger ● Ms. Sandra L. Brown ● Mr. David H. Brown and Dr. Louise Craigen ● Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bucknum ● Mrs. Peggy A. Caranda ● Mr. Jeff Carpenter ● Mr. and Mrs. R.R.M. Carpenter, III ● Ms. Pamela B. Chapman ● Ms. Rachel Citrino ● Penny and Rashmi Contractor ● Ms. Lori Crawford ● Crescent Dental Associates ● Lawrence Cromwell ● Ms. Joy Davis ● Mr. and Mrs. Stephan de la Veaux ●Ms. Maggi DeBaecke ● Mr. Jagadish A. Deshpande ●Ms. Carol Dickerson ● Mr. Steven R. Director, Esq. ● Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donaghy ● Ms. Nancy H. Doyle ● Ms. A. Reeve Draper ● Ms. Mary Anne Edwards ● Ms. Elaine M. Erne ● Ms. Carol A. Frost ● Ms. Mary Giehl ● Mrs. Arlene Gitomer ● Mr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Glazar ● Ms. Maura E. Golin ● Ms. Sharon Gue ● Mr. Stanley F. Hajec ● Ms. Watsuki Harrington and Mr. Tim D. Lobach ● Ms. Kerry Harrison ● Dr. and Mrs. Patrick T. Hart ● Dr. and Mrs. Sidney W. Hess ● Ms. Elizabeth Higginbotham ● Ms. Lauren L. Holden ● Ms. Marilyn Holsing ● Ms. Ruth Humpton ● Mr. Douglas V. Ingerson ● Mr. Sheldon E. Isakoff ● Mr. Edgar Jerins ● Mrs. Joyce P. Johnson ● Ms. Marie J. Keane ● Mr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Keeler ● Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Kelley ● Ms. Sireesha R. Kethri ● Dr. Stephanie Kirk ● Mr. and Mrs. Victor Klein ● Mrs. Hedvika L. Knoth ● Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Krapf ● Mr. Nicholas Kripal ● Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kristol ● Faith B. Kuehn ● Mr. Mark Samuels Lasner ● Gail and John Lear ● Ms. Barbara Levitt ● Life Strategies, LLC ● Robert Locke and Sarah Thorne-Locke ● Mr. Robert R. Lott ● Mr. Ben Lovell ● Mrs. Robert S. Lovett II ● Mr. and Mrs. James M. Lucas ● Felise Luchansky and Jeff Barnes ● Virginia Maksymowicz and Blaise Tobia ● Stephanie Malkowski ● Ms. Shalya Marsh and Mr. Jeffrey Moser ● Mr. William C. Martin ● Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason ● Ms. Jenee Mateer and Mr. Lawrence Cromwell ● Mr. and Mrs. William McCabe ● Mr. Kendall Messick ● Mr. David Meyer and Ms. Susan H. Maguire ● Mr. William P. Montgomery ● Mr. and Mrs. Scott Morgan ● Mr. and Mrs. L. Michael Moskovis ● Mr. Richard D. Munoz and Ms. I. Gail Howard ● Ms. Pamela J. Nelson ● Ms. Aina Nergaard-Nammack ● Mr. Richard E. Poole ● Ms. Carolyn T. Ray ● John D. Reid and Magdalena Tamura-Reid ● Ms. Linda Harris Reynolds ● Ms. Danielle Rice and Mr. Jeffrey Berger ● Dr. and Mrs. Michael Rosen ● Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Rudnitzky ● Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Ruszkowski ● Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Salkin ● Mr. and Mrs. Karl Schlatter ● Mrs. Joy B. Schweizer ● Mr. Keith Sharp ● Mr. Robert B. Sibbison ● Ms. Barbara Siegell ● Ms. Mary Jane Simmons ● Ms. Wynette Sims ● Ms. Priscilla Smith ● Mr. A. Roy Smith ● Ms. Ingeborg L. Snipes ● Ms. Catherine L. Spence ● Mr. Jeffrey Steen ● Mr. and Mrs. Robert Straight ● Ilianna and Michael Teixido ● Ms. Donna Usher ●Valetta ● Ms. Connie Vinton ● Mr. Carlo Viola ● Mr. and Mrs. Robert Warren ● Ms. Patricia H. Webb ● Ginger Weiss and Barry Schlecker ● Ms. Carol A. White ● Jan Wiewiora and Joyce Beerbower ● Mr. Lance L. Winn ● Ms. Deborah Winram ● Mrs. Jayoung Yoon ● Ms. Libby Zurkow ●

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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


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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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