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

And the WORD is....    


Stephanie Kirk, Who writes the signs, who writes the signs? 2012

DuPont II Gallery
June 22 - October 14, 2012  


Wilmington, Del. - 26 June 2012 - The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts announces the group exhibition of titled And the WORD is.... on view from June 22 - October 14, 2012 in the DuPont II Gallery.  This group exhibition features the work of four contemporary artists who use religious language in their work.   


Stephanie Kirk's installation features a photographic catalog of church signs emblazoned with messages such as:

"God want's full custody, not a weekend visit"  


"Life stink?  We have a pew for you."  


Artist David Stephens, a blind sculptor, has created large wooden panels with large-scale braille paraphrases from the Bible. Martin Brief created an installation of fourteen panels with hand-written book titles searched from containing the word "GOD."  The installation of Nick Kripal crafted of steel and salt spells out the word EPIPHANY occupies the central space in the gallery.   


The opening for the exhibition is on Friday, July 6th during the City of Wilmington's Art on the Town from 5 - 9pm.  Artists Martin Brief and Stephanie Kirk will be present for the gallery talks that begin at 6:30pm.  Additionally, David Stephens will give a presentation during the Fall 2012 Art Salad Conversation series held at the DCCA on Thursday, October 4th at 12pm. Artist Nick Kripal will also give an Art Salad presentation at the Thursday, October 11th Art Salad Conversation at 12pm.      


Please contact Sara Teixido, Director of Marketing and Communications, at for images and information regarding this exhibition or related programs.


View the And the WORD is.... exhibition page and download the exhibition PDF here: 

About the exhibition: Curator's Notes _________________

This exhibition explores various approaches to the use of religious language in contemporary art, from the straightforward to the ironic. In her church signage series, conceptually-based photographer Stephanie Kirk addresses the textual declarations of religious public signage posted in the front of churches. These signs aim to alert people to the need to attend church and the significance of religion in our lives. Martin Brief makes conceptual drawings that explore language. His Amazon God series is comprised of ink prints, each containing a list of handwritten book titles with the word "God" in the title collected from a search on David Stephens is a blind sculptor who creates abstract wood constructions with paraphrases from the Bible carved in Braille along their surfaces. Kirk and Brief witness the public manifestation of contemporary religious expression while Stephens' inclusion of text is more personal and private. Nicholas Kripal has designed and built a floor sculpture/installation specific to the exhibition entitled Epiphany.

J. Susan Isaacs, PhD
Curator of Special Projects

Related Programs__________________________________

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 6:30 pm - Art on the Town
Artists Martin Brief and Stephanie Kirk speak about their work in And the WORD is....

Thursday, October 4th, 2012 - Art Salad Conversation - Noon

Artist David Stephens leads the Art Salad conversation

Thursday, October 11th, 2012 - Art Salad Conversation - Noon
Artist Nick Kripal leads the Art Salad conversation

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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 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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