DEC Riverfront: 20/20
This Deadline Expired: Friday, January 10, 2020
On the heels of their 20th year on the riverfront, The Delaware Contemporary celebrates innovation and the creative spirit by inviting artists to participate in their juried Riverfront: 20/20 exhibition. This inaugural exhibition highlights a sense of place and investigates discovery, meaning, and purpose. It seeks artists who visualize the influence of a microcosmic physical world within a region. It examines diverse approaches to built environments and natural terrains to generate dialogue about the nature of revitalization and its relationship to community. It encourages visual dialogue that rests at the place of remembering, forgetting, letting go, holding on, adventure, imagination, and beginning anew. It asks, “what does a sense of place in urban living mean?”; “How does living near industry or water anchor a sense of place?”; or, “How does the historical authenticity of a ‘riverfront’ inform aesthetics or an artistic narrative?”
Hindsight, or 20/20, is that observation of tracing footprints from past experience that lead to new discoveries and perspectives. Looking back and looking to the future, urban riverfront districts redevelop their landscapes to offer a unique sense of place and community. Buildings are re-fabricated and the manufacture of new buildings follow. New job opportunities arrive and progress continues as development ultimately transforms and regenerates the community. Nestled in the northwest corner of the Riverfront Wilmington in a former train car hangar sits The Delaware Contemporary, a space born of artists for artists to infuse contemporary art and creativity into the community. In 2000, the Riverfront Wilmington became the permanent home of The Delaware Contemporary’s artist studios and exhibition spaces. Through the Riverfront: 20/20 Exhibition, The Delaware Contemporary explores our own sense of place by taking risks and pushing boundaries.