Arts E-News

November 7, 2016
Paul Weagraff, Director
New and Improved

We are excited to show you a more user-friendly and mobile responsive website full of new features including: 
  • Increased use of category tags, increasing serendipitous discovery of new arts organizations and events of a specific category
  • Responsive navigation, type, and layout that smoothly adapts to and is optimized for devices from smart phone touchscreens to tablets to large computer screens
  • Affordable advertising banners in standard sizes - 728 x 90 and 300 x 250. For more information, please see our advertising page.
  • Use of larger, hi-res images throughout the entire site
Registration Now Open for Creative Aging Workshop
The 2016 Delaware Creative Aging Workshop will be held December 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. Registration is free and open to the public.

Join us to learn about the emerging Creative Aging field and cultivate the development of effective and meaningful arts engagement programming to benefit Delaware's aging population. Register here
Arts Advocacy Award Winners Announced

Delaware Arts Alliance Executive Director
Dr. Guillermina Gonzalez, in collaboration with the University of Delaware and the Delaware Division of the Arts, announced the awardees for the inaugural Arts Advocacy Awards which were held on Monday, October 10 at University of Delaware, Mitchell Hall. The event brought out 250 members of the arts community to celebrate leadership in the arts.
Learn More
Meet the 2016 Artist Fellows
Each month, we present our artist fellows and provide a list of their upcoming public events and programs, where you can experience their work.
Zaneta Zubkova
Emerging Professional, Visual Arts: Works on Paper

Zaneta Zubkova, a Lithuania native, is an art instructor at the Delaware College of Art and Design where she specializes in color and design courses. Previous teaching experiences include Pratt Institute and Adelphi University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Read more

Zubkova is exploring the possibility of a pop-up art show in downtown Wilmington.

Seven of the literature fellows are participating in one last group reading this year at the Newark Arts Alliance on November 19 at 7 p.m.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu Visits the First State
Chairman Jane Chu concluded a day-long visit on November 1 to the First State as part of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Her trip included a tour at The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington Creative District, The Grand Opera House, and the Biggs Museum of American Art. 

"Thank you to the Delaware Division of the Arts for a meaningful tour of the state's cultural community," said NEA Chairman Chu. "I saw first-hand how the Division is creating experiences that connect people through the arts, instilling beauty in their world, deepening their sense of place and purpose, transforming their communities, and drawing out their own inner creativity. You are proof of why art matters."
Division Seeks Grant Panelists
The Delaware Division of the Arts engages Delaware citizens to review and make recommendations on grant applications for state funding of the arts. The Division selects panelists based on their knowledge and experience in the arts, in business and nonprofit management, and in their community. To be considered for service, you may nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations are accepted year round; the next panel review meetings take place in early May 2017. More Information 
Congratulations to JoAnn Balingit, Past Poet Laureate
JoAnn Balingit was awarded a 2016 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship to be in residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts for two weeks this December. She plans to work on a new manuscript of poems, and family essays.

In addition, her poem Brandywine Creek Preambles, was selected to represent Delaware as one of fifty commissioned poems in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. Read more
On the Mezzanine
"Concurrent," acrylic on canvas,
2016, 36" x 52"

"Fluent," a show of paintings and glass by Linda Celestian, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 4-23, with an opening reception on Friday, November 4 from 5-7 p.m. Celestian received a 2016 Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting.
Celestian works with paint in its fluid form and pours it on the canvas rather than applying with a brush. She is inspired by both the macro and micro worlds of nature including the sky, fungus growths and patterns created by wind and rain. In her work, color and gesture are exploited to illustrate the power and beauty of nature. Watch the Meet the Artist video with Celestian.
The Mezzanine Gallery is open weekdays, 8 a.m.-  4:30 p.m. and is located in the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington.
Sign up here to receive Mezzanine Gallery email invitations for upcoming exhibits.
Opportunities (selected)
For more opportunities including grants, residencies, auditions, calls for artists, and jobs in the arts, visit the Division's  website .
International/National/Regional Grant Deadlines
Division Grant Deadlines
  • Artist Opportunity: deadline 1/1/17, for activities happening between 2/15/17 - 5/15/17
  • Artist Residency: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to start of scheduled residency
  • Artist Roster: rolling deadline
  • Arts Access Grants: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to project start date
  • TranspARTation: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to field trip date
Calls for Artists
Professional Development & Networking Opportunities
The Delaware Division of the Arts  is an agency of the State of Delaware. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. Funding for Division programs is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit  or call 302-577-8278 .