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The Delaware Contemporary to Host an Interactive, Drive-Thru Art Event

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By Olivia Montes 
Courtesy of The Delaware Contemporary

As the state begins to open back up, the Wilmington museum is taking safe steps to ensure a lively return for the local art community.


As the country slowly begins lifting stay-at-home restrictions, Delaware’s art community is working to reignite the beauty and creativity of the world around us this summer.

The Delaware Contemporary art gallery is hosting an Art Escape Drive-Thru event, where attendees can admire a variety of works—all at a safe distance. Originally set for June 5, the event is now postponed to June 19.

In place of Wilmington’s First Friday Art Loop, the Delaware Contemporary will debut The Platform Gallery, an exterior gallery and launch pad for its new public art initiative. The inaugural show, Stepping Out to Step In, showcases three large banners by artist Theresa Chromati. The show also features a soundscape produced by Chromati in collaboration with pop and electronic artist Pangelica.

Courtesy of The Delaware Contemporary

“We are launching this public art initiative to feature large-scale banners of artwork rotating twice a year and featuring today’s most relevant and bold artists, where we will encourage civic dialogue and community development, and engage everyone who passes on foot, by car, by train, or by bike,” says Tatiana Michels, director of external affairs at Delaware Contemporary.

Spotlighting artwork from Chromati, visitors will experience three giant banners on the sides of the gallery’s main residence via three approved routes and creative stations. The artworks help bring to life the centennial celebration of the Women’s Suffrage Movement for wide audiences by showcasing the work of an up-and-coming female creative.

“[We hope] to engage our community in this public art initiative while maintaining the health and safety of all those who attend. With the uncertainty of what will be ‘the new normal’ we hope this will serve as a pilot concept that can be modeled for future events,” Michels says.

Courtesy of The Delaware Contemporary

The event will also include DJ Skinny White performing in the back parking lot and an Art Toss Interactive Canvas, where attendees can toss, splash and splatter color-filled water balloons from their vehicles.

The Delaware Contemporary will also feature Chromati’s paintings for a solo exhibition in the Carole Bieber & Marc Ham Gallery. The opening date is pending.

While the exhibition itself is unlike what Delaware Contemporary has previously done, the gallery is more than up to the challenge, continuing to collaborate with communal and state supporters to bring to life a collection of artistic perspectives for all to enjoy now and for years to come.

“We hope it inspires area businesses to participate if we do it again, depending on how Delaware phases progress toward reopening,” Michels says. “In addition to hoping this will serve as a pilot concept that can be modeled for future events, we would love to broaden it to the larger Riverfront community.”


More information:
Art Escape Drive-Thru at The Delaware Contemporary
200 S. Madison St., Wilmington • 656-6466
decontemporary.org/art-escape-drive

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