A very cool show featuring “street art” by local and national artists will be on view at the Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) starting in August. Inspired by the national accolades of one of Wilmington’s most well-known street artists, the Wilmington art school has lined up local painter, illustrator and muralist Terrance Vann to guest curate the exhibition.
The exhibition will feature more than 50 pieces of contemporary and accessible street art by more than two-dozen artists of note, both locally and beyond. “Local & Famous: A Celebration of Homegrown Talent” will fill DCAD’s Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery from Aug. 3 to 19.
Vann (also known by his Instagram handle of “terranceism“) is a 2017 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artists Fellowship recipient. The 26-year-old will co-host the show with fellow Wilmington artist Alim Smith (known as “yesterdaynite” on Instagram). Smith is best known for his iconic “Memes” exhibition, which went viral online and attracted national press attention.
Together Vann and Smith are known as The Color Brothers, and the works they’re bringing to DCAD promise to be vibrant. The show will include works by Vann and Smith.
“This show will challenge the traditional formation of how an exhibition looks, nodding to the popular fairs produced in Miami and New York,” says DCAD gallery and events manager Kelicia Pitts. “It will showcase some of the many homegrown and hidden talents in Wilmington.”
An example of this will be Vann’s own vividly colorful work, which Pitts has long admired and says “aims to portray the surreal world of our imaginations.” Vann has exhibited pieces nationwide and sells his works (over the internet) to collectors throughout the country. He is thrilled to have been asked to curate such a show at DCAD.
“Talent in this area is just as powerful,” says Vann, who considers “Local & Famous” to be a pop-up art fair. “It deserves to be showcased in this contemporary way.”
Among the artists exhibiting alongside Vann and Smith will be Shanina Dionna, who was a winner in Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean’s international “The Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups” or TDC20 competition. Joining their work will be pieces from the area’s veterans of the art world, including Rick Rockroth, Eunice LaFate, K.O. Simms and many more. Local galleries and tattoo shops also will be represented.
“Local & Famous” will open with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in conjunction with Art Loop Wilmington. Van Gogh Vodka, liquor sponsor for the event, will conduct a tasting featuring several signature cocktails.
Gallery hours from Aug. 4 to 19 are 10 am to 6 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 am to 7 pm Wednesdays; 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays.