In Pursuit: A Virginia College & University Student Art Exhibition

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In Pursuit is a juried exhibition that features work from Virginia Art Students currently enrolled in their University or College’s 2019 Art Program. This exhibition is open to functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums. This exhibition is open to all Virginia college art students currently enrolled in the art program at their college or university, and is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. This exhibition will be juried by art professionals at d’Art Center, and curated by d’Art Center Staff. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk.


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College Artists: Art of Painting in the 21st Century

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The Art of Painting Conference and Exhibition is near, on March 8 – 9, 2019! This two-day conference was conceived to give a vast expanse of artists an opportunity to foster conversation about contemporary painting. This stands as the unifying principle of our conference and exhibition. Furthermore, the diverse wealth of artwork will provide fresh insights into a classic, yet ever-evolving medium.

Many prestigious artists and critics have participated in past conferences, including Philip Pearlstein, Enrique Chagoya, Deborah Oropollo, Guy Diehl and Peter Selz have participated in past conferences. This year’s renowned presenters include Amer Kobaslija, Dean Fisher, Dorian Allworthy, Glenn Brill & Tom Colcord.

All college students that were enrolled in school in 2018 can apply, from any California colleges or universities. The artwork needs to be delivered or shipped to the gallery by March 1st. If accepted, you and a guest can attend the two-day conference at no cost. Please confirm via email that you will attend. There will be a Purchase Award for Best in Show and a second and third award.

Include in the confirmation email:

Your name and the school you attend

2-3 sentences about you and your work

Information about the painting (title, year, medium, dimensions, and retail price). You will receive 50% of the retail price upon sale.

Each Painting must be wired on the back and ready to hang. We accept paintings on canvas, wood, and/or board. No works on paper are accepted.

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to your response and hope that you will help keep painting alive and well in the 21st century.

John Natsoulas Gallery

521 First St.

Davis, CA 95616

(530) 756-3938


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DCAD names Realtor® Stephen Mottola to its Board of Trustees


Stephen Mottola of The Mottola Group, Long & Foster Real Estate, has been elected to the Delaware College of Art and Design Board of Trustees. He will serve a term through 2020.

Mottola is a veteran of Delaware’s corporate sector, working for companies like MBNA, DuPont, First USA/Bank One and Barclay’s and helping develop the Wilmington riverfront before and after receiving his real estate license in 1987. He has worked full-time in the real estate field since 2008, creating The Mottola Group in 2004. His firm serves the entire state of Delaware; Chester and Delaware counties and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; southern New Jersey shore communities; and Maryland.

Mottola has received the Real Estate Dozen national sales award and become a lifetime member of the New Castle County Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. The Mottola Group, which includes 30 agents and has surpassed $146 million in sales volume, has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal regularly and listed among the REAL Trends Best Real Estate Agents in America multiple times.

In addition to his role with DCAD, Mottola is a vice president on the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware Board of Directors and a member and past commodore of the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Board of Trustees. He also has chaired the St. Francis Foundation and served as a member of the St. Francis Hospital Board and the Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County Advisory Board. Mottola has been active with Friends of Brandywine Creek State Park, The Delaware Contemporary, the Jefferson Awards, Friends of Woodburn and East Side Charter School as well. He and Mottola Group employees also donate time and funds to a range of local nonprofit causes as part of their workplace activities. In 2017, Mottola received the Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Brandywine in recognition of his extensive volunteer work and community involvement.

“Stephen brings both an eye for design and a wealth of experience within the Wilmington business community to our Board,” said DCAD trustee chairman Thomas J. Shopa. “Just as importantly, he brings a passion for giving back that will help us focus on new fundraising goals to enhance the College’s student body.”

Mottola is a native of Delaware. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Elon University in Elon, N.C.

LGBTQ+ activist Sarah McBride joins DCAD Board of Trustees


Sarah McBride, an internationally known activist for LGBTQ+ rights who serves as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, has been elected to the Delaware College of Art and Design Board of Trustees. She will serve a term through 2021.

“The work of DCAD is not just central to training the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs and dreamers, it is also at the heart of building a thriving Wilmington,” McBride said. “As someone who personally understands the impact of an arts education, I’m incredibly honored to join the Board of DCAD and to help build on its reputation as a college that welcomes and supports students of all backgrounds.”

McBride earned a bachelor’s degree from American University, where she served as student body president and made national headlines when she came out as a transgender woman in the institution’s student newspaper at the end of her presidency. The Wilmington native received her high school diploma from Cab Calloway School of the Arts, where DCAD recently launched a dual-credit program.

“Sarah’s personal experiences bring to our Board a depth of understanding around issues affecting many members of DCAD’s student population,” said trustee chairman Thomas J. Shopa. “Her political and advocacy expertise enriches the Board’s ability to conduct the work necessary to fulfill DCAD’s mission as an educational and community resource.”

In addition to her role with DCAD, McBride is a member of the Equality Delaware Board of Directors. With that organization, she helped lead the effort to increase protections under Delaware’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws to cover gender identity and expression.

Also in Delaware, McBride worked for both Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden. In Washington, D.C., she interned at the White House and then worked at the Center for American Progress before joining the staff of the Human Rights Campaign.

At HRC, she serves as a spokesperson for the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization in the United States. The HRC’s three million members, supporters and employees envision a world where LGBTQ+ people are ensured basic equal rights; are safe to be open and honest about themselves at home, in the workplace and throughout every community; and are embraced as full members of society.

McBride became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. She published a memoir, “Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality,” earlier this year.

WSFS grant helping fund DCAD dual-credit program at Cab Calloway


A $6,500 grant from WSFS Bank is helping to pay instructional costs of the dual-credit program recently launched by Delaware College of Art and Design at Cab Calloway School of the Arts.

Dual-credit – or dual-enrollment – programs allow high school students to take courses that count toward both their high school diplomas and their future college degrees. This saves students money on higher education expenses and helps them complete their associate’s or bachelor’s programs on time or even early.

DCAD, the Mid-Atlantic’s only two-year professional art and design college, offers associate of fine arts degree programs in animation, fine arts, graphic design, illustration and photography on its downtown Wilmington campus. Also located in Wilmington, Cab is a magnet middle and high school for performing and visual arts students administrated by the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

DCAD is offering “Figure Drawing” and “Animation I” at Cab for the 2018-19 school. Both classes are instructed by DCAD faculty member Aki Torii, who along with teaching and evaluating the students is providing mentorship and coaching as they produce pieces for their college application portfolios. Credits earned through the DCAD courses count toward degree programs at DCAD as well as at many other colleges and universities throughout the United States.

WSFS officials Vernita L. Dorsey, senior vice president, director of community strategy, and Terri Hasson, director of community reinvestment, recently gathered with DCAD and Cab representatives to celebrate the bank’s donation with a ceremonial check presentation. Joining them and Torii for the event were DCAD President Jean Dahlgren, DCAD Dean Katy Ro, Cab Assistant Dean Joe Hocking, Red Clay secondary education director Sam Golder and Red Clay Superintendent Mervin Daugherty.

Also participating were Emma Harkin, who is the only student of the 10 enrolled in the program this term who is taking both DCAD courses, and Meredith Little, who is taking “Animation I.” Emma previously attended DCAD’s Pre-College Studio Week during the summer of 2017 and, like many Cab Calloway students over the last 20 years, plans to earn an associate’s degree at DCAD before transferring into a baccalaureate program.

“DCAD is thrilled not only to be accelerating these students on their path to becoming artists and designers, but to be providing access to classes normally unavailable to them,” Dahlgren said. “We’re also so grateful to WSFS Bank for partnering with DCAD so that we can offer these benefits and experiences to the dedicated and talented students at Cab Calloway School.”

Dahlgren also noted that DCAD is seeking to develop dual-credit programs with other high schools in the area.

DCAD launching first dual-enrollment program at Cab Calloway School of Arts


Entering college with a few credits already earned is a big advantage for today’s students, saving them money on higher education expenses and helping them graduate with their associate’s or bachelor’s degrees on time or even early. Opportunities for students to bank credits often come through dual-enrollment agreements between their high schools and local colleges and focus on basic courses that serve as the foundation of their degree programs.

Delaware College of Art and Design and Cab Calloway School of the Arts are teaming up to provide Cab’s visual arts students with an early start on their art and design degrees. Beginning this fall, DCAD will send instructors and curricula to Cab to offer “Figure Drawing” and “Animation I” that will count toward both a high school diploma and a college degree. Students also will produce relevant drawings and animations for their college application portfolios and have the opportunity to be mentored by a college instructor.

Cab Calloway is a public middle and high school for students in the performing and visual arts that boasts a graduation rate of 100 percent. Also located in Wilmington, the Red Clay Consolidated School District magnet school combines traditional academics with concentrations in dance, digital media and communication arts, instrumental music, piano, strings, technical theatre, theatre arts, visual arts and vocal music to lead to a State of Delaware High School Diploma.

DCAD, the Mid-Atlantic’s only two-year professional art and design college, is accredited by both the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It offers associate of fine arts degree programs in animation, fine arts, graphic design, illustration and photography on its downtown Wilmington campus.

DCAD Dean Katy Ro noted that the development of this collaboration exemplifies DCAD’s mission and commitment to cultivating partnerships with local art and design entities. She also said the program will help make students more college-minded while helping them prepare for the academic rigors of college via previously unavailable instruction and experience. Cab Calloway Dean Julie Rumschlag agreed.

“This program gives our students an opportunity for coursework that our school typically does not offer,” Rumschlag said. “Dual-enrollment will provide both breadth and depth to our arts curriculum at Cab Calloway.”

Many students who have graduated from Cab Calloway over the last 20 years have gone on to earn associate of fine arts degrees from DCAD. These include Katlyn Cofrancisco, who earned a diploma from Cab, an associate’s degree from DCAD and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to continuing to make pottery, she also has worked as one of DCAD’s admissions counselors.

“Giving high school students access to college-level studio classes truly benefits and enriches their learning experience,” Cofrancisco said. “DCAD sees a need to encourage and provide access for students who are talented and dedicated so they may get on an accelerated path to becoming artists and designers, and I believe this program with Cab Calloway will be the beginning of what DCAD hopes to achieve with other schools in the Tri-State area.”

Cofrancisco said moving from the close-knit creative community she experienced at Cab Calloway to the atmosphere at DCAD was a comfortable progression. Both offer a similar environment of support and inspiration.

“As I look back on my transition from high school to college,” she said, “the impact of being encouraged to take risks, learn to be a creative problem-solver and encourage my peers made me a more well-rounded artist.”


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