Monday, January 31, 2011

A Group Exhibition for February...

Please Join Us for our Upcoming Exhibition for February
The Opening Reception is this Friday, Feb. 4, 6-9pm

Free & Open to the Public!
The Electric is Now on!

Conversely is an interactive exhibition with several regional artists displaying work that addresses concepts surrounding exchange, correspondence, and how people connect
Artist, Derek Reese, will be interacting with guests
at the reception live via Skype from his studio in West Virginia. He will be accepting ideas for future art work that can be purchased and delivered through the CAC.

Exhibiting Artists:
Elizabeth Wilson,
Elliot Baker & Adam Henderson,
Kristen Spickard,
Beijing Charlie,
Elizabeth Nihiser & Melissa Miller,
Laurie McKay-Allred
& Larissa Mellor
Zuzana Muranicova
As well as participant submissions from people like you!

We have Chocolate!
The City Art Center is a participant of the
Downtown Delaware First Friday Chocolate Walk

Tickets on Sale for $5 at Beehive Books

Please consider Donating to the City Art Center, We Need Your Help!
The CAC is a project of the American Artworks Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

In the news....
Nicole M. Gibbs has sadly taken her art work home. What a fabulous show!
We had a great time hosting Nicole last Thursday for an artist talk. She described her process, materials, ideas, and motivations! Below are some highlights from that evening.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

and another thing...

Please Join Us This Evening for
an Artist Talk with Nicole M. Gibbs
at 6:30 pm at the City Art Center

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We are extending our submissions for original artwork for the Conversely Exhibition until this Friday at noon. For more info, Click: Original Art Work Submissions

Don't forget to mail in your participation challenges by January 31 (Monday)! For more info on how you can be a part of this CAC challenge, Click: Participate

The Opening for
an exhibition about exchange and connecting
will be the First Friday of February, from 6 until 9 pm.
Featuring several regional artists, including Derek Reese, interacting with us live via Skype from his studio, as well as creativity demonstrated by people like you. Don't miss your opportunity to connect with art!
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

CAC News Update...

Nicole Gibbs Artist Talk has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 27 at 6:30pm - Please join us!

Please stop in Thursdays 2 - 4pm, Fridays 4 - 7pm and Saturdays 2 - 7pm to see the exhibition and what we've been up to in the studio area.

This Saturday, January 22, a crew will be working at the CAC starting around 10 am if you are interested in volunteering!

Studio Memberships are available:
$75 per month with 6 month agreement
$100 per month with single month agreement
To submit a request, please visit:

Yoga classes are happening at 10:30 am on Thursdays for $10 (drop-in)

Figure Drawing Sessions on Tuesdays at 7pm for $8 (drop-in) Bring your own drawing supplies!

For information on participating in our upcoming exhibition: Conversely Feb 4 - 26, 2011,
click: Participate
or if you would like to submit (up to 3) entries of your original artwork,
click: Submission

We are currently accepting proposals for exhibitions for the upcoming year as well as proposals for workshops and classes!

Stay Tuned!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Participate in Upcoming Exhibition

The City Art Center invites your participation in an interactive exhibition.
February 4 – 26, 2011,
Opening Reception is Friday, February 4 from 6 - 9pm

The show will be addressing concepts surrounding interaction, correspondence, and exchange with several different, experimental components. CAC is accepting submissions for artwork that reflects this idea of connectivity and also plans to be hosting an artist live via Skype from his studio. There are two portions of this show that individuals can easily become involved in as a participant regardless of their artistic experience or geographic location.

Part 1) CAC is requesting letters to be mailed to the art center that will be read on the opening night of the show. The content of the letters should address an individual, challenging them to perform a creative act. The action can be simple and should be appropriate for all ages as well as not harmful in any way. The letters will be available to the guests on opening night in hopes that your challenge will be attempted. Once the action has been completed, the letter will be displayed and become a part of the exhibition. The directions provided in the letter become a springboard for building interpretations, starting conversations, and enabling creative exchange, which is a central goal of the City Art Center.

Part 2) CAC challenges you to (A or B):
A. Mail in a photograph of what you consider to represent the idea of “stopping to smell the roses”, taking time to make an observation that improves quality of life.

B. Mail in a drawing of someone with whom you like to talk or someone with whom you would like to share a dialogue.

Note: Once received, the entries will become a part of the CAC archives and will not be returned. Entries will be shared at the discretion of the CAC exhibition committee and/or staff. You should indicate your location and tell us a little about yourself in the correspondence.
These entries can be mailed to the address below or delivered in person. There is no entry fee for Part 1 or Part 2. Individuals can participate in both parts as well submit artwork.
For info on art submissions, see the "upcoming opportunities" post on this blog.

Please send your letter or participant submission (no later than January 31, 2011) to:
City Art Center
Attn: Exhibitions
22 E. Winter Street
Delaware, OH 43015

Some further inspiration for this project can be found at the following links: Learning to Love You More is both a web site and series of non-web presentations comprised of work made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher ARTnews You’re Engaged! by Barbara Pollack, January 2011 Issue. “With artists increasingly involving the public in the creation of work, curators and museums have embarked on a quest to define, display, and collect participatory art.” Jon Rubin is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the social dynamics of public places and the idiosyncrasies of individual and group behavior.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Nicole M. Gibbs Exhibition Installed and Open

Our current exhibition is new work by Nicole M. Gibbs.
Her drawings are created on both rice paper and newsprint using mostly with the moisture that the paper draws from ceramic clay placed on the paper and sometimes clay combined with ink and/or fabric dyes mixed in with the clay. Her interesting and experimental technique results in beautiful and unpredictable compositions that resemble something found on a microscopic slide.

A large, textured piece unexpectedly confronts the viewer in the space suspended from the ceiling and running the length of the 950 sq ft exhibition space. This piece was conceived of and created on-site during the installation week prior to the opening. Below are some photographs taken during that process.

Please join Nicole as she gives a brief artist talk and answers any questions you might have about her work on Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 pm at the City Art Center.

For More Photos see our Facebook Page:

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Upcoming Opportunities

The opening reception last night was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came out despite the swirling snow and slushy roads! The installation of Nicole M. Gibbs is a sight to see, so if you did not make it out, please swing by today (Saturday) the gallery will be open from 2 - 7pm.

We are happy to announce a CALL FOR ENTRIES for our upcoming show.
The exhibition is a group show called: Conversely. February 4 – 26, 2011

Submissions should reflect how we interact, correspond, and engage with others. Ideally, the work should speak to how two people might connect or demonstrate a lack of connection. This exhibition is exploring concepts of reciprocation and exchange. A second component of the exhibition is a participatory element in which the CAC will accept letters with instructions for the guests to perform in the space from individuals from across the country. These performances will ensue at the opening reception on Friday, February 4, 2011, from 6 – 9 pm.
The CAC is accepting submissions in all mediums, however is currently limited in the ability to project. Applicants must provide their own equipment for displaying video or projection. Accepted entries must be ready to hang when dropped off at the center (see dates below).
There is an entry fee of $5 per 3 submissions (can be paid with PayPal
: see below).

Deadline for Digital Submissions: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Extended: Jan 28 (noon)
at midnight
Notification of Acceptance: Saturday, January 29
Drop-off of Work: Sunday, January 30, noon until 4pm
Tuesday, February 1, 2pm until 6pm.
Send submissions to:
Digital submissions should be no larger than 1MB each. If submitting a video, please send link to an online source. All work must be original.
Include: Name, Contact Info, Titles, Sizes of Work, Medium & Date. Also, submit a brief artist statement.

The City Art Center is also Accepting Exhibition Proposals. These will be reviewed in the next month for upcoming shows starting in March 2011.
For Proposals, Include:
Name & Contact information
Description of Proposed Show (Lists artists, describe the type of work, medium, theme, concept, etc)
Include 8 -10 digital images of examples of work (please send in jpeg format sized under 1MB each or video link to online site)
Brief artist statement(s)
Brief Bio's, websites, and CV's are helpful
There is a $5 proposal fee per submission (Payable via PayPal: see below)

All proposals will be reviewed by our exhibitions committee.

It is our goal to provide quality, thought-provoking, inspiring, and engaging exhibitions for the community, while representing and supporting emerging and professional artists from the entire spectrum of artistry. We are interested in expanding the boundaries of creativity, stretching the expectations of the arts, and enabling new perspectives and dialogue.

Please contact Jessi Walker - with questions.

The City Art Center is a non-profit art space and is a project of the American Artworks Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Use PayPal button below to pay entry or proposal fee.
You may also drop off the fee in person at the CAC or mail check/money order to:

Attn: Exhibits
City Art Center
22 E. Winter Street
Delaware, OH 43015

Make sure to indicate contact person and if applicable, the title, for the entry fee. Thank you.

Submission Title/Name

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Opening Reception for Artist Nicole Gibbs this (First) Friday:

A New Exhibition is being installed this week.
The opening reception is this coming Friday, January 7 as a part of the
City of Delaware's First Friday Event.
Free and Open to the Public
Refreshments will be served
The Exhibition will be displayed January 7 - 30, 2011.
Gallery Open: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Afternoons

Featured Artist: Nicole Gibbs
Nicole Gibbs was awarded the John Cavanaugh Sculpture Fellowship in 2007, and received her MFA from The Ohio State University in 2009. With degrees in painting, art history, ceramics, and sculpture, Gibbs' multi-disciplinary, experimental practice combines drawing and painting, clay, fibers, metal, and reused materials. She is a frequent collaborator, partnering with visual and performing artists, as well as community members.

"Often I start with an idea of what I want to document, but the end result is much different than I expect." - N.G.