Art & Community Visual Arts Residency Program

For over twenty years, the DCCA Visual Arts Residency Program has forged relationships between nationally recognized artists and the Wilmington community-- providing innovative artists with the opportunity to develop professionally and to collaborate with under-served community groups to create unique works of art that are relevant to the participant’s lives.  The DCCA Visual Arts Residency Program has welcomed over 40 artists, collaborated with over 50 local community organizations, and brought art into the lives of hundreds of participants.  Visual Arts Residents are selected through a competitive, juried review process.  Each artist submits work samples, an extensive biography, critical reviews, and a proposal for art they will create with a Wilmington community group. Proposals are judged by the strength and innovation of artists’ work, the artists’ experience with community interaction, and the impact the project will have on the Wilmington community.

Learn more about DCCA's 2010 - 2011 Visual Arts Residency Programs in our pdf catalogue.  Download here.  

For more information contact Sarah Ware, Curator of Education at 302-656-6466 ext. 7101 or


Matt Jensen – Fall 2013


Wilmington Center for the Study of Local Landscape

Download Project PDF and Participation Requirements.

Lead sponsorship of AIR Fall 2013 provided by Chase and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Over the course of 10 weeks DCCA Artist in Residence Matthew Jensen worked with participants on photo-based projects documenting the parks and landscapes of Wilmington. All forms of photography were welcomed; film and digital, professional cameras to point-and-shoots to iPhones. The workshops  also involved various exercises about seeing and experiencing landscape in new ways.

Each week participants met together at the DCCA and discussed a range of topics about landscape and photography in today’s image-saturated society. The artist shared his personal work, stories, technical know-how and knowledge of other artists who make work in similar urban/suburban settings. There were a number of off-site walks and wanders during the class meetings. 

Participants received small assignments each week and then discussed and shared the results at each meeting. The project culminated with each participant creating a portrait of a particular landscape specific to their neighborhood. Selections from each participant were included in a final installation at the DCCA titled The Wilmington Center for the Study of Local Landscape.

Who can participate?

The DCCA is seeking 12 – 15 participants for the project. Participants can range in age from teens through adults, the only requirement is an interest in the Wilmington landscape and commitment for the full length of the project.

When will workshops meet?

Workshops will begin in late September and culminate in an exhibition that opens on December 6, 2013. Participants are asked to be present each week. Meeting times are from 2 pm – 4 pm on Thursdays and 1 pm – 3 pm on Saturdays (attendance at only one weekly meeting is required).

For more information or to sign up to participate in the project, contact Sarah Ware, Curator of Education, at or call (302) 656-6466 x7101. 






Eric Leshinsky – Spring 2013

Peoples Park


Special thank you to Preservation Initiatives contributing the park space.



Throughout the month of February 2013, Eric Leshinsky conceived the community-generated Peoples Park with members of the Wilmington community, as well as visitors to the DCCA, to address the issue of a lack of quality public space in downtown Wilmington, specifically the area of lower Market Street. During regular Peoples Park Design Studio workshops held within the DCCA exhibition imPERFECT City, participants worked with Leshinsky on various strategies to envision their ideal urban public space and lay the foundation for Peoples Park

In April 2013, Leshinsky installed Peoples Park near the intersection of Market and West 4th Streets. The temporary park, open to the public until the parcel of land is developed, resulted from the ideas of more than 200 community participants of all ages. Peoples Park includes seating and a staging area for performances, as well as a text-based mural incorporating participant reflections on park activities and observations of Wilmington and Market Street.  For full details of the Leshinsky Project visit the artists Peoples Park website:





Colette Fu – Fall 2011

Colette Fu collaborated with a group of women from the Home Life Management Center of the YWCA of Delaware to create autobiographical pop-up books exploring the themes of self and body image. Based on her instruction in basic photography, paper engineering, and book binding techniques the women explored themes including body image, race, and ancestry. The project will strive to break through the barriers created by the media's portrayal of idealized women and give a voice to women exploring their own identity. Fu will use imagery in place of text for the pop-ups to allow more freedom for the group to explore personal stories and vulnerabilities. The final exhibition included the group's finished pop-up books, photography, and, where applicable, written personal narratives.    

The primary beneficiaries of this initiative were adult women living at the YWCA in Wilmington who deal with issues of body and self-image. These women were given tools for self-expression that will allow them to take control of their identities and images in a safe, constructive way.



Movable Feast: Hoyun Son & Jung-A Woo – Summer 2011



Lead sponsorship for Movable Feast is provided by AstraZeneca.

Summer 2011 artists Hoyun Son & Jung-A Woo collaborated with a local community health program for underserved youth and a local horticultural society to create and enact Movable Feast, a public art project that maps a diverse cultural landscape through food.  In Movable Feast the artists, youth group, and horticulture society reasearched and gathered local edible weeds; collected, mapped, and illustrated recipes from family, friends, and neighbors; and planned and designed a Feast Event to share food with the public in and around a mobile kitchen built by the community.  During the process, Movable Feast activities were documented by the participants on a collaborative website.  In addition to the Feast Event, the project will concluded with an exhibition displaying documentation of the project in a variety of media: collective “visualized” maps of recipes, videos, and drawings. Movable Feast will engaged the community in exploring the impact of globalization on our dinner tables, and examined recipes as sources of identity, culture, and history.




Sandro Del Rosario – Spring 2011

Sandro Del Rosario is an animation artist from Los Angeles by way of Italy. For the 2011 Spring residency, Del Rosario collaborated with teens from Cab Calloway School for the Arts and from West End Neighborhood House to create experimental animations. Through a series of experiments and assignments in mixed media, photography, drawing, and collage, the teens created conceptual self-portraits based on an exploration of their geographical and cultural identity.  The students then took those portraits and used them to create frame-by-frame animated videos. With Del Rosario’s help, students learned how to use digital cameras and graphic design/animation software to create the animated videos. These pieces, along with a documentary that Del Rosario made about the project, were shown during the May 2011 Art on the Town. 





For more information about the Visual Arts Residency Program, please contact Sarah Ware, Curator of Education at 302-656-6466 ext. 7101 or