Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition

Exhibit Dates: 
Mar 22, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014
Carole Bieber and Marc Ham Gallery
The title of the exhibition is derived from the language of The Streets wherein Trap is associated with the location of a crime. Manifestations of street art encompass a varied array of forms from graffiti art, tattooing, and barbering, to performance art. Components of the Wilmington Trap Stars exhibition also include visual art works, visionary and folk art, poetry, and music representative of the lived experience of people within the community.
Artistic expressions for the Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition range in subject between economic poverty, housing, homelessness, substance abuse, law enforcement, incarceration, and physical violence. The exhibition features bold and striking representations that range in size and topic, but speak back to power about how structural inequality leads to street crime and/or violence. Artists who contributed art to this exhibition did not have to be identified with the streets and/or formerly involved with the criminal justice system. We simply asked that the work submitted spoke to the theme of the exhibition. Trap Star exhibiting artists are able to promote and sell their work at this street art exhibition, which is intentionally for the artist-entrepreneur, and artists are encouraged to leverage their work to enhance his or her professional brand.
-Dr. Yasser Payne
Professor of Black American Studies
University of Delaware


Join us for two Free Art Salad Talks with topics related to Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition.

Thursday, March 27, Noon - University of Delaware professor Dr. Yasser Payne and founding Director of the New Wilmington Art Association Michael Kalmbach discuss Wilmington Trap Stars
Thursday, April 17, Noon - Award-winning Delaware playwright and director G. Lloyd Morris speaks about his play MATH…An American Tale, a scene of which will be performed at the April 5th launch event for Wilmington Trap Stars.



Please join us for Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Festival on April 4th and 5th, 2014

A reception will be held in the DCCA Lobby on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 5:45-7:00 p.m. followed by a music, theater, spoken word, and rap program from 7:00-9:00 pm during Art on the Town opening. Wilmington Trap Stars exhibiting artist and Distinguished Keynote speaker Michelle Angela Ortiz will be presenting and fielding questions in the DCCA Auditorium from 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Saturday April 5, 2014. Both events are FREE and open to the public. 

View a schedule of events here.

Many thanks to our collaborators on this project: 

Wilmington Trap Stars is a major community arts collaboration between the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, University of Delaware’s Department of Black American Studies, Christina Cultural Arts Center, The Creative Vision Factory, and Barry’s Events. This exhibition was initiated by Dr. Yasser Payne, Professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware, and organized by Gretchen Hupfel Curator Maiza Hixson, Chief Curator of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts with Executive Director of the Christina Cultural Arts Center Raye Jones Avery, and Executive Director of the Creative Vision Factory Michael Kalmbach, and Folk Art Collector Barry Schlecker of Barry’s Events. This arts-for-social justice exhibition features over one hundred artworks that creatively examine structural inequality and its correlation with physical violence in Wilmington. 

Wilmington Trap Stars Artists

Christina Cultural Arts Center
Jeni Barton, Ashley Randolph, Dubard McGriff

Creative Vision Factory Artists
Michael Solomon, Andre Reyneard Hinton, Carenda Martin, Jabaar L. Brown, Kenneth Carley, Michael Kalmbach, Shanda Jones, Knicoma Frederick, Michael Solomon, Geraldo Gonzalez, Rodney Alfred Brown, Jr.,  Reyneard Hinton, Chantal Matthews, Eric Carpenter, Robert Lewis, Neaka Natay, Chevala Oliver-Berry, Carlos Eduardo, Charles Johnson (The Homeless Poet), Whitey Johnson, Shacquell “Dot Dot” Bailey
Barry Schlecker Folk Art Collection
Mother, Jessie Lavon, Chucky Williams, Ned Berry, Mose Tolliver, Henry, Purvis Young, Jim Sudduth, Jerry Coker, Elayne Goodman, Chris Clark, Missionary Mary L. Proctor, CM Laster, Jim Lucas, Earnest Lee, Pat Elder, Woodie Long, Benny Carter
Young at Art Artists
C. Williams, Michael Montoya, Dyamond Pinkston, Tymel Keney, Marco Hernandez
Open Call Artists
Darnell Wootson, Tanya Bracey, Peace or Parish, Jordan Anthony Delle Donne, Mike Hinson, Anthony Lewis, Akintola Hanif, Yasser A. Payne, Scott “Kasper” Gaddy, Yaprak Soysal, Milton Downing, Jeffrey Long, Jazmin Glasco, Thomas Jackson, Harlem Dirty Boys Fashion, Kyle Ripp, Derrick Watkins, Manik of SMSHD! Label, David Spencer, Patrice Gibbs, Martin Peeves / MP Tees, Collette Gaiter