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Find out tonight during Loop Night. Gretchen Hupfel Curator Maiza Hixson will be presenting the award to the winning artist at 7 pm. Masters of the Visual Universe, which closes on February 5th, and the DCCA galleries will be open to the public from 5 to 9 pm. See you there!


I just found out that online voting for the Masters of the Visual Universe People’s Choice Award has been extended until midnight tonight! Emily Erb is still in the lead with 191 votes, but Steven Riddle isn’t far behind with 157 votes. This will be a fight to the finish. Keep those votes coming! Vote!

Tell your friends, voting for the People’s Choice Award ends today. Make sure you get those last minute votes in and help your favorite artist win! Vote.

Find out who the winner is this Friday, February 3rd during Loop Night.

The DCCA and Masters of the Visual Universe made headlines yesterday in The News Journal. Here’s a little excerpt. You can read the full article on Delaware Online.

It’s tempting to say that an artist who would attempt to count 16,000 acorns and study their pattern of distribution is kinda nuts.

But that misses the conceptual elegance of Guy Loraine’s “Fuller and Grand,” pieces that illustrate the beauty, science and obsessions that come with studying a tree for months on an midwest street corner (Fuller and Grand).

“Over the course of 2 1/2 years, Loraine numbered, photographed, mapped and recorded where and how each one of the tree’s acorns fell,” writes Maiza Hixson, the Gretchen Hupfel curator of contemporary art at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.

You catch sight of “Fuller and Grand” as soon as you enter the DuPont Galleries of the DCCA. And you would be excused for thinking curators have left up a table, with an open ledger and a ball of twine.

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The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts will present the People’s Choice Award to a participating artist in the 2011 MFA Biennial: Masters of the Visual Universe on February 3rd, 2012. The People’s Choice Award recognizes an artist selected by the public as the best in show. Gretchen Hupfel Curator Maiza Hixson will present the winning artist with the People’s Choice Award Prize at 7 pm. Masters of the Visual Universe and the DCCA galleries will be open to the public from 5 to 9 pm.
Visitors may continue to vote for their favorite MFA Biennial artist via a paper ballot at the DCCA or at until January 31st, 2012.

Steven Riddle, "Ultimo Dia de Campo (Last Day of Field)", gouache, airbrush acrylics, oil based Monotype, silkscreen, 2010

Get excited because its now possible to take a virtual tour of Masters of the Visual Universe. Check out the tour here or watch the video posted below.  Also, don’t forget to come see the show in person at the DCCA. The DCCA is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Wednesday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Just a reminder the DCCA is closed New Years Day.

There is the great need for social forums on the various dire situations that we face as a species on this planet and art is a medium in which to express the common concerns heard around the world.  Yet, there remains a great divide between the art community and the human community at large.  This divide is one that deserves consideration as the separation of like-minded people weakens their cause.  The ideas behind my work are deeply political, and I want as many people to understand them as possible. Therefore, I have turned to compositions that have stood the test of time to help carry my message.

My process is to collage a new image onto the original composition. The combination of these two elements, new and old, with the silk painting technique, first discovered in 2nd Century India, makes for a fusion of time and culture. East meets west as past meets present.  While some pieces are more humorous than others, they are all telling the human story.

When looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly delights, I was struck by the similarities between past and present, in that there are still so many unanswered questions about how humans came to exist and where we are going.  A year later, I was working on the Guernica Revisited as a reaction to the seemingly senseless nature of war throughout time, particularly the present.  By the next year, we had entered yet another war while the infrastructure of our own nation crumbled.  At this point, it seemed time to look to a composition that is recognized by all of humanity: the composition of the world map.  This time, I wanted to convey a message of peace, a reminder that the majority of the world is merely trying to get through every day with as little conflict as possible.

As an artist, there is an underlying desire for conflict so that my work is able to grow and not become stagnant.   My life goal is to make every ten paintings better than the last ten paintings by keeping my eyes, ears, and mind open to the concerns of those around me.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post about the People’s Choice Award. If you’ve been watching the poll, you might have noticed we’ve had a bit of a coup. Emily Erb has taken the lead with 48.54% of the votes. Steven Riddle has dropped into second place with 22.51% of the votes. Ted Walsh has managed to stay in the top three with 16.37% of the votes.

Don’t forget to vote, if you haven’t already!

The semester is winding down, and the MFA artists in Towson’s MFA seminar are preparing for their last assignment. Ready to find out what it is?

“The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” -Pablo Picasso

Invitation to a Debatable Exhibition on the Final Day of Class: December 15, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Debate + Curate = Irate

Irate: One Last Maddening Conversation and Curatorial Provocation

Concept: MFA Classrooms Are Rhetorical Devices Where Graduate Students Become Masters of Sophistry*

IRATE will be held in the classroom of the Art Topics Seminar and will consist of a group debate about whether or not art students are increasingly learning to become greedy, hairsplitting wordsmiths who use fallacious reasoning (artist statements?) to deceive people—ultimately for a profit. As an IRATE facilitator, I will designate two opposing student teams who will debate both sides of the argument. Please Come Prepared by Thinking and Doing Your Own Curatorial Research On Both Sides of the Argument. WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ARGUMENT? You be the judge. This is a curatorial provocation

Now that you know the concept behind IRATE, its time to chime in. Tell us what you think. Does the MFA create masters of art or masters of sophistry?

Note, IRATE is for discussion purposes only, it does not necessarily represent the opinions and views of the DCCA or Towson University.