Riverfront Wilmington Exhibition: 20/20
This Deadline Expired: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
The Christina River meanders along the Riverfront Wilmington District between the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge and the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association. It serves as a home for businesses and a destination for area residents and tourists. Filled with museums, eateries, and recreation along the river, the Riverfront Wilmington District echoes varied opportunities for social interactions. Nestled in the northwest corner sits The Delaware Contemporary, a space born of artists for artists to infuse contemporary art and creativity into the community through compelling exhibitions and programming. Taking risks and pushing boundaries, The Delaware Contemporary seeks to plant the Riverfront Wilmington District as a nexus for contemporary art with the inaugural show, The Riverfront Wilmington Exhibition: 20/20.
Hindsight: that observation of tracing footprints from past experience leading to new discoveries and perspectives. Looking back and looking to the future, the Riverfront Wilmington district had an epiphany to redevelop the urban landscape to help those living along the river find a sense of place. Having undergone a major facelift in 2000, The Delaware Contemporary’s former train car hangar became home to studio artists and exhibition spaces. While other buildings had long planted roots along the river, the revitalization and manufacture of new buildings followed. Progress continues. Development continuously transforms the area for businesses and regenerates our community.
On the heels of our 20th year on the riverfront, The Delaware Contemporary celebrates this innovative, creative spirit by inviting artists to participate in our juried Riverfront Wilmington Exhibition: 20/20. This inaugural exhibition highlights a sense of place and investigates discovery, meaning, and purpose. It seeks artists who visualize the influence of the microcosmic physical world of the Mid-Atlantic region. It examines diverse approaches to the built environment and the natural terrain to generate dialogue about the nature of revitalization and conversation surrounding our 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, or, how does living near industry or water anchor a sense of place?
Guest Juror: Kristen Hileman, former Chief of Contemporary Art Department and Curator of Contemporary Art at Baltimore Museum of Art, and former Associate Curator at Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Prizes: Artists selected for the exhibition will be eligible for the following cash prizes:
$1000 The Delaware Contemporary Award selected by the Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art
$500 Popular Vote Award selected by visitors during the first three weeks of the exhibition
$250 Honorable Mentions, two will be selected
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