Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery

Stuart B. Young Gallery

DCAD@20: Two Decades, One Mission, Much Importance

Founded in 1997, the Delaware College of Art and Design has been an artistic and educational hub of downtown Wilmington for 20 years. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the College is presenting a special exhibition of works donated by alumni, students, faculty, staff and board members. All of the artwork will be available for purchase online through October 16, with 50 percent of the sale price supporting DCAD’s scholarship fund and the other 50 percent going to the artist. "DCAD@20" will open with a reception in conjunction with Wilmington Art Loop from 5 to 8 p.m. September 8 and continue through October 15. Regular viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibition was curated by Kelicia Pitts, a member of DCAD's Admissions Team, and DCAD alumna Sabrina Hairston (Class of 2013) assisted in hanging the show.

Wall Text:

The Delaware College of Art and Design exists because making art is important.

Select creators and works come to be regarded in the traditional sense of “important.” That is, significantly original and influential to the world at large. Yet it is another sense of “important” – as a component of well-being or success – that has informed DCAD’s purpose since its founding in 1997.

To an artist, making art is a vital and personally significant act. The drive to do so may be the principal force that determines how they spend the minutes of their days and the days of their years. The works they create may be the primary means by which they reveal their mindset or by which they measure the substance of their lives.

For some creators, the most important “pieces” they produce are other artists. These creators exhibit artistry in example and instruction, coordination and facilitation, encouragement and support. For the last 20 years, such creators have made DCAD a literal and figurative home where developing artists can use their work to say what they have to say – express their very essence – while cultivating aesthetic and craft through exposure to ideas, techniques and other art.

The walls surrounding you are hung with art created in an array of mediums by artists who range in skill level and the roles that they hold within the DCAD community. They are sculptors, painters, photographers and more. They are professionals, professionals-in-training and hobbyists. They are DCAD students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

They are all artists, and they all – in myriad ways – make art.

Because making art is important.