The Delaware College of Art and Design has played a significant role in the rejuvenation of Market Street since the school opened in 1997. But in recent years, the college has begun to create a buzz outside the city.
DCAD president Stuart Baron says the school’s reputation continues to grow—especially that of its animation department, as several alumni have gone on to noteworthy careers with mega-companies like Disney and Pixar.
Baron, who has served as the school’s president for more than two years, says DCAD students also earned accolades at the 2010 Wilmington Fringe Festival film competition.
How does Baron account for the school’s success? “Our students are exceedingly well prepared,” he says. “We’ve heard this from several other art schools when they receive our students as transfers. We’re a smaller institution, which means we can give our students more attention.”
DCAD administrators and board members foresaw this success and the need for additional classrooms. In 2010 they purchased the adjacent property at 602 N. Market St.
“We knew we would need it and we wanted to control the area immediately around us,” Baron says. “It’s amazing how much Market Street is changing, and we’re happy to be a part of that change.”