Delaware Art Museum and Partners Host Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence
Three arts organizations join forces to mentor the next generation of creative professionals
WILMINGTON, DE (September 3, 2019) – The Delaware Art Museum is thrilled to announce a partnership with the Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) and the Chris White Gallery to host a Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence, a year-long creative residency in Wilmington that blends teaching, art-making, and curating.
In 2018 the Delaware Art Museum partnered with the Chris White Gallery, a two-story exhibition space that is housed on the first floor and basement of Shipley Artist Lofts, to pilot an innovative Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence program. The goal of the residency was to support the professionalization of teaching artistry and to create nurturing space for a new kind of creative professional—one that informs curatorial practice with real life community work. After a successful first year with artist Roxanne R Campbell, the partnership has expanded to include DCAD.
Wilmington artist JaQuanne LeRoy has been selected for the 2019-2020 residency. LeRoy is a prolific artist with deep roots in the community. His work is everywhere from the walls of the Delaware Children’s Museum to electrical boxes on Wilmington’s Westside. Currently, he is collaborating with the artist Smashed Label to paint a large-scale mural at Father Tucker Park. And LeRoy is no stranger to exhibiting—his work has appeared in many Art Loop locations, most notably at the Local and Famous show guest-curated by Terrance Vann during the summer of 2018. During his residency, LeRoy will teach many of the Museum’s school partnership art classes, oversee the curatorial calendar at DCAD and the Chris White Gallery, and curate original shows.
“When we were creating this partnership we weren’t sure there would be a candidate that was interested in teaching school-age children and curating a gallery as those are typically thought of as very separate endeavors,” said Eliza Jarvis, Manager of Youth Learning and Creative Partnerships at the Delaware Art Museum. “But we’ve found that up-and-coming creative professionals are supremely interested in blurring those traditional boundary lines. This partnership enables the Museum to expand beyond our walls and shines a spotlight on Wilmington as an arts center.”
The Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence partnership aligns with the Museum’s mission to connect people to art and to generate creative energy. The residency also supports the Museum’s new strategic direction to partner broadly within the Wilmington community to engage in civic discourse around art.
The Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence partnership is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
About the Delaware Art Museum
For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most important Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.
Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. Visit delart.org to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.