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Let’s Draw @ DCAD! Sharpen your pencils for Jan. 23 Drawing Marathon & NEW family-friendly event!
December 7th 2015

UPDATE: Due to the impending winter storm, DCAD's Drawing Marathon has been rescheduled for Sat., January 30.

DCAD is again offering the community an opportunity to join faculty, staff, and students in a celebration of observational drawing through two events, both scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2016 (Re-scheduled for Saturday, January 30).  The first event- DCAD’s annual Figure Drawing Marathon- will be held from 9AM to 6PM on DCAD’s newly renovated second floor space.  New for this year is Draw & Discover, a family-friendly event taking place in the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery from noon to 3PM and featuring observational drawing fun for families and friends.  Register for the events HERE 

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MICA, Moore and Pratt Interior and Architectural Design student work featured in upcoming show, INT/EXT
October 1st 2015
Annually, the Delaware College of Art and Design hosts a visiting exhibition in the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery, focusing on one its six majors. This year, the focus is on interior design, as DCAD opens INT/EXT, an Interior & Architectural Student Exhibition, featuring student projects from the BFA programs of Maryland Institute College of Art, Moore College of Art & Design, and Pratt Institute. Showcasing some of the best interior and architectural student work in the northeast, this exhibition opens on November 6, 2015 with an opening reception from 5 to 8PM, coinciding with Wilmington’s monthly Art Loop. Free and open to the public, this exhibition will be on display through January 9, 2016. Gallery hours are 9 AM – 9 PM Monday to Friday and 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday and Sunday.

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DCAD Instructor Stan Smokler featured in “Reconstructed Elements,” Community-Curated Exhibition Opening at the Delaware Art Museum Sept. 5
August 24th 2015

Opening on Saturday, September 5 at the Delaware Art Museum, "Reconstructed Elements" brings together three contemporary artists who reshape raw materials into new forms. Richard H. Bailey, Helen Mason, and Stan Smokler use materials such as stone, rubber tires, and recycled steel. Their media and processes vary and their works range from stylized to abstract three-dimensional objects. Whether with intense black, jewel-like colors, or metallic surfaces, each artist gives rediscovered materials not just new design but renewed life.

Since its inception in 2008, the Delaware Art Museum’s community-generated Outlooks Exhibition Series has demonstrated that our region is home to artists of national and international stature. The Museum is pleased to present its newest Outlooks exhibition, Reconstructed Elements: Richard H. Bailey, Helen Mason, Stan Smokler, on view September 5, 2015-January 3, 2016, Ammon Galleries (second floor). The artists will be in the galleries to welcome visitors on Sunday, September 6 from 1 to 3 PM. Admission is free on Sundays. Visit the Delaware Art Museum'ssite for more information. 

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From the Studio: 19th Annual Faculty Exhibition, opening reception to be held Sept. 11
August 21st 2015

The Delaware College of Art and Design will hold its annual faculty exhibition, entitled From the Studio, from September 4 to October 19, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, September 11. Featuring artwork by members of DCAD’s studio faculty, this annual exhibition showcases a wide range of genres including: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, original prints, design, animation and film-related work. The first exhibition of the school year, From the Studio provides an opportunity for the area community as well as DCAD students to explore the work of the instructors. 

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, from 5 to 8 PM in DCAD’s Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at 600 N. Market St., coinciding with Wilmington’s Art Loop event. The exhibition will be on display through Oct. 19 and is open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 AM – 9 PM Monday to Friday and 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday and Sunday.

Alumni Spotlight: Illustrator Mike Hinson
August 3rd 2015

Associates of Fine Arts (AFA) in Illustration, Delaware College of Art and Design, Class of 2011

At age 24, illustrator and comic artist Mike Hinson is already causing a big splash in the world of pop culture illustration. 

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Mike was drawn to DCAD because of its small size and sense of community.  He was especially enticed by the growing Wilmington arts scene and the opportunities for exposure in downtown Wilmington’s multiple galleries.  An Illustration major, Mike earned his Associates of Fine Arts degree from DCAD in 2011.  According to Mike “All of the instructors at DCAD were great- Alexi [Natchev, Area Coordinator of Illustration] and John [Breakey, Area Coordinator of Graphic Design] are still two of my favorite teachers of all time, and all are amazing artists in their own right.” Mike then transferred to Pratt Institute to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Illustration, graduating in 2014.  

Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Mike works as an illustrator for’s BFF team, who create content specifically for social media accounts. “BuzzFeed is a super fun environment to work in and a great platform for illustrators, as you are provided a ton of creative freedom and access to a giant audience that will get to see your original work every day.”  Mike’s work centers on a humorous and character driven style that takes influence from pop culture.  Recently, he has been working on a series of comics for Buzzfeed BFF called “Lizard Wizard” and was involved in illustrating for the launch of a social media campaign focusing on black culture called “Cocoa Butter.” Along with friend Tony Lewis, Mike has developed an art collective called “Set Trip,” with work recently displayed at the Chris White Galleries in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.  Mike also regularly participates in shows in Brooklyn and  is very much looking forward to releasing a brand new comic book/ zine in September of 2015.  

Truly an artist to watch, Mike’s hilarious illustrations are popping up all over the social media realm. For more information on Mike’s work, visit:

Article by Amanda Curry