Press Release
Amy Milli
Retail Manager
302-656-6466 x7113
Image: Diane Koss,  No. 4 (of 5) from Home is where the heart is series, 2010, faux fur,
polyester felt, fiberfill


Alternatives Museum Shop DCCA 


Cutesy but not Cutesy:
Diane Koss


June 1 through August 1, 2012










Wilmington, Del. - 31 May 2012 - The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts features the work of Diane Koss of Cutesy but not Cutesy June 1 through August 1, 2012.  An opening reception will be held Friday, June 1, 2012, 5 - 9 pm. The press is invited to attend the feature opening during the Art on the Town reception from 5 to 9 pm on Friday, June 1, 2012. 


For more information please contact Alternatives Museum Shop Manager Amy Milli at: 


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About the Artist

Diane Koss is the founder, creator, and designer behind the plush toy company Cutesy but not Cutesy, based out of the Philadelphia metro area.  Her work can be found in various galleries and shops throughout the country

Image: Diane Koss, Mascot

and at arts and crafts fairs all along the East Coast.



About the Exhibition

Diane Koss (Westmont, NJ) of Cutesy but not Cutesy uses sewing and creating as a way to pay homage to her grandmother's hard work in hand stitching clothing and quilts. It allows Koss time to reflect on the disappearing tradition of the handmade. Her monsters allow her to add a contemporary twist on a long-standing tradition. Each monster is an extension of herself and her creativity. "I have always wanted to see my monsters come to life.  I imagine them having all kinds of expeditions around the world that I may never get the chance to have myself.  They are parts of me that are able to travel to places I never will." They are adventurous creatures and deserve to be released to all corners of the earth!


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 a recipient of NICHE Magazine's Best Museum Store in 2010.


Works by regional and national artisans make up the collection of functional and decorative handmade items that have been individually selected for quality, innovative design, and for each artist's unique approach to his or her craft.  Each artist-made item is either a one-of-a-kind or a limited production item.  In addition to carrying work by its core artists, the shop is an ever-evolving space that is enhanced by regular featured artist shows, national juried exhibitions, and curated work from 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. Learn more about DCCA's tour programs:  


About the DCCA

The DCCA, a non-collecting art museum founded in 1979, presents between 25 - 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 and shop 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, by individual contributions; member support; and by major grants from Bank of America, Borgenicht Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, DuPont, ING DIRECT, 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 National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional support is provided by The Christmas Shop Foundation; Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; The First State Gridiron Board; The Gilliam Foundation; I Could Do Great Things Foundation; Puffin Foundation; United Way of Delaware; Walmart; Wilmington Flower Market; and by Amtrak - Official Transportation Provider for the DCCA.  




High resolution images available upon request. 


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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