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Original Lantern Designs for the exhibition Illumination 2019

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CAMERON ART MUSEUM, WILMINGTON, NC invites Proposals for Original Lantern Designs

Artist-Made Lantern Juried Exhibition

Illumination 2019 continues the tradition, exhibiting original lanterns by artists from coast to coast. Cameron Art Museum recognizes the crucial role of artists and art in creating an exceptional quality of life for a community. CAM believes that art, like a lantern, illuminates the mystery, empathy and wonder of human existence. Artists are invited to submit proposals of original designs for this one-of-a-kind exhibition.

$2500 in Cash Prize Awards

Deadline: 
09/15/2019

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$15 perf entry, unlimited entries per artist
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DCAD hosts visit from Hong Kong business delegation

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Delaware College of Art and Design and community partner NextFab recently co-hosted a visit from representatives of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York.

HKETONY director Joanne Chu and deputy director Erica Lam met with DCAD President Jean Dahlgren, Dean Katy Ro, admissions director Jane B. Campbell, assistant admissions director Randle Reed and other administrators at the 600 N. Market St. campus building. Chu and Lam learned about the College’s programs, study body and community partnerships. They also discussed the state’s creative industries and DCAD’s role within those industries.

During the session, Chu noted that an institution to which students frequently apply for transfer after completing their associate of fine arts degrees at DCAD – Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. – had opened a Hong Kong campus in 2010. Today, SCAD Hong Kong offers 14 programs of study.

The group then traveled via the DCAD van, which is wrapped in a student-designed collage of student artwork, to the NextFab location on Tatnall Street. DCAD has partnered with NextFab since 2017 to enable students to learn and create using the facility’s state-of-the-industry equipment, instruction and dedicated DCAD classroom space. First-year students in all majors, who are required to take DCAD’s “Three-Dimensional Design” foundation course, and second-year fine arts majors studying sculpture are among those benefiting from the innovative, high-tech art and design environment of NextFab.

While at the makerspace, the group met with marketing/sales director Eric Kaplan and discussed NextFab’s role in the DCAD curriculum. Participants also toured the facility and learned about the site’s broader place within Wilmington’s Creative District and business environment.

HKETONY’s stops at DCAD and NextFab occurred in conjunction with Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States Eddie Mak’s first duty visit to the First State. His trip included a call on Gov. John Carney and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. It also included meetings with other key Delaware leaders and organizations. All of the activities were intended to explore potential collaborations between entities in Delaware and Hong Kong.

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Registration open for DCAD’s summer Continuing Ed workshops and courses

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Inspired teens and adults will have the opportunity to realize their creative potential in the engaging environment that is Delaware College of Art and Design through DCAD’s Summer 2019 Continuing Education workshops and courses in fine arts, jewelry design, photography and web/graphic design.

DCAD Continuing Ed fosters personal and professional growth through small classes that feature challenging and stimulating instruction conducted by an engaging and supportive faculty of working artists and design professionals. Aspiring and established creatives alike enjoy the convenience of a downtown Wilmington location and the flexibility of evening and weekend scheduling.

DCAD Continuing Ed is open to the community and is perfect for:

  • high school students looking to build their portfolios.
  • new or current artists interested in learning new techniques and working in new media.
  • professionals who want to accelerate their careers by adding new creative and technical skills.

This summer’s first continuing education opportunity will be a one-day fine arts workshop with instructor Connie Simon titled “The Mysteries of Color and Color Relationships: Josef Albers’ Studies of Color Interaction,” which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.

Also scheduled are:

  • “Adobe Photoshop I: Beginning Photoshop (Mac),” six-session course with instructor Rob Whitehead from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays, June 3 to July 8.
  • “Logo Design with Vector Graphics: Beginning Illustrator,” six-session course with instructor Jason Olney from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5 to July 10.
  • “Adobe Animate CC II,” six-session course with instructor Charley Parker from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5 to July 17.
  • “Metal Manipulation,” one-session workshop with instructor Pat Rosenberger from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, June 13.
  • “The Art of Bezel,” one-session workshop with instructor Pat Rosenberger from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, June 20.
  • “Introduction to Black & White Photography,” six-session course with instructor Dave Norbut from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, July 9 to August 13.
  • “Spinner Ring,” one-session workshop with instructor Pat Rosenberger from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
  • “Introduction to Graphic Design for Web and Print,” 12-session course with instructor Joy Smoker from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 16 to August 22.
  • “Leather and Metal,” one-session workshop with instructor Pat Rosenberger from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 25.

 

Deadline: 
08/01/2019
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Artist, arts writer Catherine Quillman is 2019 DCAD commencement speaker

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An illustrator, painter, writer and teacher known for her visual and verbal narratives will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Delaware College of Art and Design graduation ceremony. Catherine Quillman will address the Class of 2019 during the College’s 21st annual commencement exercises on May 6. The ceremony will open with remarks by New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer and feature a valedictory speech by graduating student Mikeria “Mickey” Flack.

Commencement will begin at 2 p.m. with a procession from DCAD’s academic and administration building at 600 N. Market St. to The Grand Opera House at 818 N. Market St. Once there, the graduates will receive associate of fine arts degrees in animation, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design and photography.

Quillman says that she likes “to create visual narratives that ‘hook’ the viewer with interesting details and a sense of place” and that she tries to inspire others to see art as a storytelling medium that is at its best when the artist is having fun. She began writing as a freelance arts journalist in 1985, was a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1989 to 2007 and currently covers arts and history topics for Fig West Chester, The Hunt and Main Line Today magazines. She also has authored several books about the region’s artistic and cultural history, including a volume showcasing local painters, sculptors and photographers called 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley, and many of her walking tour booklets are sold by the Chester County Historical Society. As an artist, Quillman frequently works in collage, pen and ink and printmaking and finds particular inspiration in the gardens and historic sites of the region. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and a master’s degree from Temple University, both in English with a focus in creative writing. Quillman also earned a teaching certificate from the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project at West Chester University and trained in children’s book illustration via the Children’s Authors and Illustrators Summer Workshop hosted by the Highlights Foundation.

Meyer assumed leadership of Delaware’s largest county in 2017 and has focused on reducing government spending, money-saving farmland preservation strategies, attracting new business to the state, expanding the capacity of statewide solar energy production and equipping first responders with Narcan. Prior to his election, Meyer was a mathematics teacher, an attorney, a diplomat in Iraq for the U.S. State Department, an economic advisor to Gov. Jack Markell and the creator of two successful businesses, Ecosandals and VituMob, both in Kenya. The Wilmington Friends School graduate earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review. He is a past recipient of the Skadden Fellowship, which he used to work for Community Legal Aid in Wilmington, and the Sam Beard Jefferson Award for Greatest Individual Service by an Individual 35 Years and Under.

Flack, a resident of Greenbelt, Md., is a 2016 graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Md. At DCAD, the illustration major has been a student worker in the College’s Information Technology Office. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in illustration at Moore College of Art and Design or Maryland Institute College of Art toward a career combining illustration with graphic design. She ultimately would like to serve as an art director. Her commencement speech will focus on one’s relationships lead to growth as both an artist and a person.

Admission to DCAD’s commencement ceremony is by ticket only. A reception for the graduates and their guests will follow in DCAD’s Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery, where a show of capstone works by Class of 2019 members is being displayed from May 3 to 6.

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DCAD welcomes Spaceboy into College-owned Market Street retail site

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Delaware College of Art and Design is delighted that its retail space at 706 N. Market St. is the new home for downtown staple Spaceboy Clothing.

The relocation of Spaceboy from its previous 711 N. Market St. address commenced in January and was completed in time for the store’s 10th anniversary celebration, which included a grand reopening concert on March 2. The “one-stop shop for locally made graphic tees, custom clothing, vintage goods and more” debuted at a site on Kirkwood Highway in 2009 before moving first to 617 N. Market St. and then to 711 as the business, owned by Noah Merenda and David Sanchez, grew and evolved.

“In addition to being located on Delaware College of Art and Design property, Spaceboy will be printing a range of College-logo merchandise that will be sold in their store and provide DCAD with more of a branded presence downtown,” noted DCAD President Jean Dahlgren. “We also look forward to collaborating with Spaceboy on curriculum-related and community-building activities, which could include internship opportunities and instructional workshops for our students along with events open to the public. DCAD and Spaceboy value highly the roles we play in the Market Street business community and Wilmington’s Creative District, and it’s exciting to be teaming up with such a likeminded partner.”

Merenda and Sanchez agreed.

“We are really excited to partner with DCAD and to kick off our 10-year anniversary in this awesome new space,” they noted. “Since moving downtown in 2011, we have always tried to play a role in the artistic community. We look forward to the new opportunities this larger space will bring us and the city.”

This isn’t the first time that 706 N. Market St. has been occupied by a clothing store. Braunstein’s sold women’s and children’s apparel and accessories there from 1922 to 1983 and was one of the first retailers to test-market DuPont’s newly developed nylon stockings in 1939.

The site’s Beaux Arts pressed metal and stained glass window display dates from the 1920s and is one of the most intact storefronts in the Downtown Wilmington Commercial Historic District. Like the main DCAD building at 600 N. Market St., which previously had been the headquarters for Delmarva Power and Light, the 706 N. Market St. building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985.

DCAD acquired 706 N. Market St. in 2011 as part of its purchase of the Brandywine Suites Hotel. The former hotel property sits atop the Spaceboy space and fronts at 707 N. King St. The hotel was converted into DCAD’s 707 Residence Hall in 2012.

In 2013, national art supply store Jerry’s Artarama began serving both DCAD students and the public from the Market Street retail space. Jerry’s moved to Newark last summer, and the space was temporarily home to the Cultura pop-up called The Living Room. It hosted installations, working artists, “Talk to Strangers” events and other activities meant to invite those in and around Wilmington to engage with one another and the bustling downtown scene.

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DCAD showing ‘forged fashion’ of sculptor, blacksmith Ellen Durkan

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Delicate yet dangerous and evoking both strength and vulnerability, the wearable metalwork of two-time state arts fellowship recipient Ellen Durkan is creating a striking presence in Delaware College of Art and Design’s Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery.

“Ellen Durkan: Behind Her Iron Gates” opens at DCAD with an Art Loop Wilmington reception featuring live models from 5 to 8 p.m. February 1. Complementing the “forged fashion” pieces are graphite and charcoal drawings in a range of sizes.

“The drawings influence the metalwork, and the metalwork influences the drawings,” notes Durkan, who is the first DCAD graduate and faculty member to present a solo show in the institution’s main gallery. “I use jewelry, leather and blacksmithing techniques to transform my drawings into my three-dimensional reality.”

Durkan, a Wilmington native, graduated from DCAD with an associate of fine arts degree in 2004 and went on to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree from The Corcoran College of Art + Design and a master of fine arts degree from Towson University. She also completed a blacksmith assistantship at Peters Valley School of Craft. The Delaware Division of the Arts awarded her an Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2011 and an Established Professional Fellowship in 2018.

The self-labeled “artist craftsperson” owns and operates Iron Maiden Forge and has taught sculpture, three-dimensional design and drawing at DCAD for nearly a decade. She spends summers traveling to instruct blacksmithing classes all over the United States as well as in South America.

Durkan has shown her pieces in more than 40 shows, including a recent exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum. She also has mounted more than a dozen runway presentations of her work, as far away as France and Australia and as close by as The Queen and The Delaware Contemporary here in Wilmington.

“The pieces I create challenge my craftsmanship while constantly posing difficult psychological questions,” she says. “To make a material known for its strength soft enough to be re-shaped is powerful. The work confronts issues with trust, vulnerability and power, as well as the dichotomy of letting go and opening up at the same time.”

A closing reception for “Ellen Durkan: Behind Her Iron Gates” will be held in conjunction with Art Loop Wilmington from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, and feature a presentation by Durkan. The show will conclude on Friday, March 8. Gallery hours from February 2 to 28 and from March 2 to 8 will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Also opening with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. February 1 will be “Free Form,” an exhibition of pieces created and curated by DCAD students, many of whom have studied under Durkan. This show will complement “Behind Her Iron Gates” as it focuses on works depicting the human head and figure. After opening in the Tatiana Copeland Student Center Gallery, located in DCAD’s Saville Residence Hall at Sixth and Market streets, “Free Form” will be on view there by appointment through February 21.

Admission to both shows is free and open to the public, and most of the work is for sale.

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