Press Release
Sara Monserrat Teixido
Director of Marketing & Communications
302-656-6466 x7110

Fragile Boundaries

2012 Members' Juried Exhibition   



Carole Bieber and Marc Ham Gallery
June 15 - September 16, 2012  


Wilmington, Del. - 15 June 2012 - The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts announces our annual members' group juried exhibition for 2012 titled Fragile Boundaries on view from June 15 - September 16, 2012. This year's guest juror is Julien Robson, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  Thirteen DCCA members were selected out of a group of over one hundred artist member submissions for this year's juried exhibition.      


"The Annual Members' Juried exhibition highlights local and nationally-recognized artists whose works range from drawing and painting to sculpture and photography. Juried by internationally renowned curator Julien Robson, the exhibition represents the incredible diversity of subject, media, and technique available to today's most promising contemporary artists." - Maiza Hixson, DCCA Curator of Contemporary Art

The artworks selected are by these DCCA member artists:  

Nancy Breslin * Newark, DE
Left: Leslie Friedman Middle: Virginia Maksymowicz Right: Mark Isaac

Brad Carlile * Portland, OR
Leslie Friedman * Philadelphia, PA
Johanna Inman * Oaklyn, NJ
Mark Isaac * Alexandria, VA
Michael Kalmbach * Newark, DE
Emilie Keim * Philadelphia, PA
Laura Ledbetter * Philadelphia, PA
Virginia Maksymowicz * Philadelphia, PA
Maggie Mills * North Wales, PA
Joe Netta * Wilmington, DE
James Rose * Philadelphia, PA
Ted Walsh * Philadelphia, PA


View the Fragile Boundaries exhibition page and download the exhibition PDF here:


View the artist biographies here:    

Top Left: Laura Ledbetter  Bottom Right: Ted Walsh
Comments from Juror Julien Robson,
Curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  

"The DCCA Members' exhibition is not only an opportunity to take a look at the high quality and rich vitality of art being made in the region, it is also an opportunity to explore the tendencies and commonalities that artists here appear to share. As a juror I see my role as one of supporting and promoting art of the highest quality but would be at pains to insist that mine is not a scientific practice but one that is critically directed while being deeply affected by my own subjectivity. After selecting works for this exhibition I was asked whether I had noticed any particular tendencies among the submissions and, while my first impulse might have been uncertain, in retrospect, as I have thought about how to place works and display the show, I have begun to see commonalities that suggest not only correspondences between different artists' works but also this curator's keen interest in the work of art as a form of resistance.

Guest Juror Julien Robson, Curator of Contemporary Art
at PAFA, presents the exhibition to DCCA members during
an exclusive preview tour on June 14, 2012.
By resistance I am not referring to a direct political subject matter that might be illustrated in the work but, instead, the way the form and content of a work reveals complex ambiguities that short circuit its containment within an all-encompassing (totalizing) meaning. Refusing to be framed or controlled in a singular manner, I see these works as open-ended, continually slipping the constraints of description and making fragile the boundary that divides one meaning from another. For example: painting oscillates between material and illusion, and abstraction and figuration, resisting their amalgamation; photography stops and expands time, revealing what's there while resisting its own fidelity to the seen; sculpture stands still yet suggests the passing of time, revealing the tangible while resisting substantiality. Bringing these and other conditions into effect, the works in the exhibition employ strategies of abstraction, translation, curtailment, and defamiliarization that give life to resistance. And, as representation becomes contested ground, the boundaries that seemed so clearly to frame and define their meanings become fragile and porous, opening up and engaging the imagination of the viewer."

- Julien Robson
Curator of Contemporary Art at the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Related Programs__________________________________

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 6:30 pm

Join us for the July Art Loop as Fragile Boundaries artists Nancy Breslin, Michael Kalmbach, Virginia Maksymowicz, Maggie Mills, and James Rose speak about their work. 

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 and 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 rents 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 integrate 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 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 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 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


302-656-6466 x7110 


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