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Delaware’s only contemporary art museum has changed its name


The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts is now The Delaware Contemporary. The name change recognizes their plan to better focus on the intersections of art, design and technology.

The changes, announced last month before a group of museum founders and longtime donors, help the 36-year-old institution stay relevant to Wilmington, according to the museum’s new executive director John Shipman.

A new branding campaign will start this year, as The Delaware Contemporary has been created with new partnerships to help it move forward.

The Delaware Contemporary will start hosting workshops in connection with 1313 Innovation at the Hercules building.  1313 on North Market Street provides office space and hosts annual Tech2Gether conferences.  Additionally, in collaboration with the University of Delaware, The Delaware Contemporary will offer a two-year curatorial assistantship to a UD graduate student, which will culminate in the student conceiving of, designing and executing an exhibition.

Shipman, 46, worked at the DCCA as an exhibition designer from 2000 to 2006 before moving on to direct the University of Maryland’s Art Gallery. He returned to the Delaware contemporary museum in January.

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