Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
September/October 2011 Newsletter 
In this issue...  
- A Message from the Director
- Fall 2011 Exhibitions
- Art Salad
- Bus Trip
- Art on the Town
- Adult Lecture Series
- Free Family Programs
- Kids Classes & Teen Workshops
- SABA2 Fall Fundraiser
- Arts & Business - Terri Kelly, CEO Gore
- DCCA in the News
- Legacy Society 

Dear friends,


What a great time to be involved with the arts in Delaware!  Despite the continuing difficult economic climate, the arts in Delaware have never been more alive and are flourishing. We are fortunate, indeed, to be  located in a state that is so sympathetic to the arts. While many states have seen their Arts Council budgets shrink to nothing, the creative folks at the Delaware Division of the Arts continue to be a strong contributor to arts venues large and small. Governor Markell is an eloquent spokesperson for how "gray" life would be without the arts and he and Mrs. Markell have graciously agreed to serve as the honorary chairs of SABA2, our major fundraiser of the year on October 29th.


There is a new spirit of cooperation and collaboration in the air among arts organizations that is truly inspiring.  I'm honored to be the first board president of the Delaware Arts Alliance, a recently established statewide arts advocacy group with more than 70 participating arts organizations from every county, and the InWilmington campaign is a wonderful public/private collaboration that is bringing new visibility to the arts in the area.    Maxine 


On an institutional level, I am delighted to report that the DCCA closed its fiscal year on July 31 "in the black" thanks to each and every one of you! We had 1,448 gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies that helped make this possible.  Thanks to your generosity, we are continuing to offer a stellar array of exhibitions and programs in our striking facility and offer outreach programs to schools and community organizations. 


Come celebrate our good fortune at SABA2 on October 29.  Come in costume or come as you are, and join us for a rollicking good time as we celebrate creativity and the arts.   




Maxine Gaiber
Executive Director
FLUID: 75th American Abstract Artists Anniversary Exhibition thru January 21, 2012 





Thursdays Noon - 1 pm

September 29 - December 8
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®.ArtSalad


View the complete Art Salad schedule here. 

BUS TRIP with Curator Maiza Hixson

Jayson Musson, Philadelphia Hennessy Youngman & Nathaniel Snerpus Present: The Grand Manner at PAFA

Philadelphia: Private and Public
Saturday, November 5, 2011
9 am - 5 pm

Enjoy a Rittenhouse Square private collection of contemporary crafts, lunch at the "cool and cushy" Devon Seafood Grill, gallery tours of Here and Hennessy Youngman & Nathaniel Snerpus Present: The Grand Manner with Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Curator of Contemporary Art Julien Robson, and visits to artists working/living spaces with DCCA Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art Maiza Hixson.Bus

Contact Ashlee Lukoff Director of Special Events at
302.656.6466 x7111 or
to reserve your seat now!
RSVP by Oct. 21.

October 7 - Extended Loop

5 - 11 pm 

  • Gallery Talks 6:30 pm   
  • 8 pm - Auditorium
    Announcement of the Gretchen Hupfel Prize for Contemporary Art presented to a participating artist in the MFA Biennial: Masters of the Visual Universe.
  • Re:fresh Art on the Town After Party 9 -11 pm  

November 4
5 - 9 pm

  • 5 pm - Auditorium - Members' Exclusive Event: Q & A with Gretchen Hupfel Curator Maiza Hixson and Curator of Not So Distant Memory, Boshko Boskovic, NYC  ArtontheTown 
  • Gallery Talks 6:30 pm                                      

View full Art on the Town schedule here.      


Did you know that the Art Loop buses leave from the DCCA parking lot starting at 5:45? The bus now runs on a continuous loop!  Park at the DCCA and see all there is to see on the Wilmington Art Loop! 

Learn more on the City of Wilmington Website:





FALL SEMINAR: Issues in Contemporary Art 

Tuesdays, October 11 - November 1
5:30 - 7 pm  

Lecturers Maiza Hixson, DCCA Curator of Contemporary Art, Maxine Gaiber, DCCA Director, and J. Susan Isaacs, Ph.D., Curator of Special Projects, will lecture on topics ranging from the validity of MFA arts training in today's art world, the motivations behind large-scale thematic group exhibitions, or what is performance art, and the diminishing distinctions between fine art and craft.  


Click to learn more.  


Register on our website for individual lectures or the full series. 



For more information contact Jane Chesson, Curator of Education at 302-656-6466 ext. 7101  

or Teachers can receive credit for these lectures through the Delaware Teacher Center. Special pricing for DCCA members and students.    



Join the DCCA for fun-filled family programming! Enjoy Guide-led kids tours through the galleries, scavenger hunts, and Teaching Artist-led art activities that relate to themes in the galleries.

Find Your Flow: Fun with Abstraction  

Sunday, October 16, 2011, Noon - 3 pm, FREE 

Let your creativity flow during this fun day of art making! Children and families will participate in gallery games and Teaching Artist-led art activities dealing with themes of movement and abstraction in conjunction with the DCCA exhibition, FLUID.

Woven Wonderland:

Creating Art with Fiber and Textiles  

Sunday, November 20, 2011, Noon - 3 pm, FREE    

From tapestries to mud cloth, artists have used textiles to create art for centuries. Now it is your chance to create a Woven Wonderland at the DCCA with textile and fiber-based art projects and gallery games inspired by Susie Brandt's exhibition, Five Stumps.

Visit our website:   



Bigger and Better: Sculpture in the 21st Century  

Saturdays, October 15 - November 12, 2011, 10 am - Noon

TEEN WORKSHOPS (Ages 12 - 18)

Not Your Mom's Still Life 

Saturdays, October 29 - November 12, 2011, 1 - 4 pm  

Individual Workshops Entire Series


LEARN MORE!             Register online! 



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


Tickets on sale now!
  • Silent / Live Auctions
  • small works art sale (12" x 12" and 24" x 24") starting at $100 
  • Fantastic food, entertainment, and dancing!
  • Creative costumes encouraged! 
Buy now!saba2


"Creating the Right Environment to Drive Innovation" 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

6 - 8 pm


Save the date!

Guest Speaker: Terri Kelly
President and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates   


Terri Kelly is President and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs more than 9,000 associates in 45 plants around the world. Gore specializes in fluoropolymer-based materials that are utilized in a wide array of high-value products, including GORE-TEX® fabric, medical devices, filtration and venting products and many other advanced technology solutions. Gore is as well known for its unique management philosophy and culture, as for its bizmultitude of unique products.


Free to Arts and Business Partners Members

$25 Future Members

Information: 302-656-6466 x7111. 
Online registration coming soon.


July 15, 2011 -
 Philadelphia Inquirer: A traveling show on rural themes, notion of "country."

'Young Country' artists go way beyond New York. By Victoria Donohoe  



July 15, 2011 - UDaily (University of Delaware): Airport to art gallery-
UD's Robert Straight exhibits work at Philadelphia International, DCCA 


July 25, 2011 - Young Country at Rosenwald-Wolf  By Libby Rosof



July 26, 2011 - The News Journal: "DCCA exhibit explores heartland as art land"
"Rural life and culture celebrated in center's first satellite show" By Danielle Bukowski

PDF link.  


July 30, 2011 - The News Journal: "New realities demand more artful solutions," "Alliance finds ways to fulfill mission in tough times" By Betsy Price  NEWS 

PDF link. 


August 2011 - Signature Brandywine Magazine: "Passionate path to art." DCCA curator Maiza Hixson challenges perceptions" By Ken Mammarella
PDF link.   


August 2011 - Content Delaware: DCCA Video 



August 5, 2011 - Philadelphia Inquirer: Two artists take on nuanced nature," "Robert Straight and Leslie Shellow exhibit at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts" By Victoria Donohoe



August 7, 2011 - The News Journal:  "Cooking up community, cultural connections," "Teens, artists crafted a 'Movable Feast'" By Gary Soulsman
PDF Link. 


August 12, 2011 - Interview with DCCA Director Maxine Gaiber




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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NEA logoDCCA 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.