The Journey has been extended through November 28, 2022!
Edward Loper II: The Journey of Perspective
October 3 – November 28, 2022
Opening Artist Reception: Friday, October 7, 2022 | 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Journey of Perspective celebrates the long and vibrant artistic journey of self-taught artist, Edward Loper II. This exhibition shares the significance of Loper’s prolific contributions to visual arts while simultaneously permitting the viewer access to Loper’s unique perspectives and vision.
“If I can draw it, I can build it. I do things to make people look.”
The Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University presents Edward Loper II: The Journey of Perspective October 3 – November 18, 2022 with an artist reception on Friday, October 7, 2022, 5:00pm-8:00pm.
Delaware native Edward Loper II is a self-taught artist who’s commitment to creative exploration has led to artistic success over the past five decades. Since the early 1960s, Loper’s work has been featured in numerous national exhibitions, cultural events, and publications, as well as the prestigious Barnes Foundation. His paintings are collected not only by private collectors, but corporate art collections such as the Wilmington Trust, BlueCross, Christiana Care, and the Delaware Trust.
Loper taught art, photography, and woodworking at Wilmington High School in the 1960s. He also provided instruction in art, pottery and sculpture at the West End Neighborhood House and Kingwood Center. In the 1970’s he headed the Visual Arts Department at Christiana Cultural Arts Center and attended the Barnes Foundation in Merlon, PA.
The Journey of Perspective shares the significance of Loper’s prolific contributions to visual arts while simultaneously permitting the viewer access to Loper’s unique perspectives and vision. This exhibition also represents the bond of father and son as Loper’s son, Jamie, curated this exhibition with a loving commitment to his father’s contributions to the world of art.
“One year ago, I was offered an incredible opportunity to show the treasures of my father Edward Loper II. With this opportunity, Shameka Jones and I co-curated the most revealing exhibition my father and his work have ever had. Thirty original paintings accompanied by technical drawings, sculptures and carvings will lovingly display examples of this great Journey of Perspective that my father has lived. I would like to give a special thank you to Jennifer Gunther, Director of the Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University, for her unwavering commitment to making this special occasion possible. -Jamie Loper
Edward Loper II:
The Journey of Perspective
The Journey of Perspective exhibition is further defined through the following videos:
–A Tour of the Journey of Perspective with Jamie Loper.
–An Artist Discussion between Mr. Loper and Jamie Loper with a focus on specific works in the exhibition.
–A Curator Chat between Jamie Loper and Shamekia Jones, co-curators of the Journey of Perspective.
Celebration of Creativity 2022
May 23 – June 17, 2022
This exhibition is in partnership with Art Works for All , a nonprofit arts education organization supporting the artistic success of individuals with disabilities. This exhibition celebrates the creative work of individuals with disabilities and was created during Art Works for All’s Artist Residency projects in K-12 schools and community settings throughout the state.
Senior Capstone Exhibition Spring 2022
April 18 – May 14, 20
Presenting the Capstone work of Art Program (Mass Communications, Visual and Performing Arts Department) Students: Infinate Dreams (Tori Albanese), TyShawn Allston, Heaven Booker (Helebo), Taylor Gordon, Mikal Morris, Jada Hunter, Zuhrye Lenoir, Erika Lindqvist, Brandi Nichols
March 23 – April 13, 2022
Creative Connections is an inclusive presentation of visual art. The vision for this virtual gathering of diverse art forms is the power of connections, collaboration and creative spirit. Creative Connections welcomed visual arts submissions from the DSU student community and presents the work of our DSU Student Creatives.
Arts & Culture Seminars
Art Program Faculty, Lori Crawford, chatted with DSU Art Program alumna, Jannah Williams, about her artistic journey and the recent acquisition of her Black Lives Matter mural. This mural, created in collaboration with the Wilmington Black Lives Matter Mural Project, was recently acquired by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs for the Division’s permanent collection.
HBCU graduate and Filmmaker Akima Brown discussed the Delaware Collective for Creative Economy and her efforts to empower all creatives to engage in the process of building an ecosystem supporting the creative industry.
Delaware Regional Scholastic
Art & Writing Awards
The Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program and the Delaware Congressional Art Award exhibition and awards presentation are the culmination of a juried competition for Delaware high school students. This exhibition shares the Gold Key Award artwork and writing.
Access the exhibition in the ACG and the Awards presentation at the below links.
The National Art Program:
Delaware State Employee
This exhibition presents the eleventh annual National Arts Program Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition, showcasing the creative endeavors of state employees.
This exhibition and related programs are in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program.
Senior Experience Capstone Exhibition
Presenting the Capstone work of Art Program students:
Nasair Paden-Closs, Ameir Jefferies, Justin Williams
DSU ARt Faculty
The Arts Center/Gallery presented Recent Works, a collection of recent work by the Art Program Faculty (Mass Communication Visual & Performing Arts Department), November 8-December 2, 2021. The participating faculty were: Roberta Tucci, Heather Ossandon, Lori Crawford, Billy Colbert and Hazel Bradshaw-Beaumont.
Points of Juxtaposition
Points of Juxtaposition began in 2008 when a group of African-American artists came together for a dynamic presentation of art. Like the points of a compass, each artist represents their unique perspective of life in America and from an older African consciousness. The artists of Points of Juxtaposition direct their brushes, styles, camera lenses and digital tools at the social ills, beauty, and history of African Americans in this country.
Meet the Artists Reception, Friday, October 22, 2021, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Points of Juxtaposition
The ACG had an opportunity to chat with the individual members of the Points of Juxtaposition Artist Group. It’s always exciting to learn more about an artist’s process and/or specific works. Links to Artist Chats:
Senior Capstone Exhibition
Dantu Samura’s Senior Capstone experience, ‘Like Minded Businesswomen’.
Creative Connections Student Exhibition
Creative Connections began as an invitation to DSU students to submit diverse art forms for a virtual gathering supporting the power of the arts for connection, collaboration and creative spirit. DSU student response to this call for art is the Creative Connections exhibition.
Due to the continued Covid Pandemic restrictions the live component of Creative Connections is presented with viewing from the window entrance to the Arts Center/Gallery.
Kiara Florez’s Senior Capstone Experience, ‘Inner Reflections’.
The 2021 Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Arts Center/Gallery proudly hosted their 33rd annual Scholastic Awards program at the beginning of 2021.
The ACG prepared a virtual exhibition of the Gold Key Art program and hosted the awards presentation for the Art and Writing programs.
The Awards program presented the Delaware Congressional Art Award along with additional awards from partners the Delaware Art Education Association and the Delaware Foundation for Visual Arts.
Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition
The Arts Center/Gallery is excited to present the tenth annual National Arts Program Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. Due to the continued Covid Pandemic restrictions, this year’s live and virtual exhibition presents the Award Winners from this year’s program.
This exhibition is in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program.
Art & Activism
During February 2021, the Arts Center/Gallery presented seminars focused on social artists, the Twin Poets and creative placemaking with Flux Creative Consultants and the Wilmington Black Lives Matter Community Mural project.
‘Eluding Jim’ is a mixed-media work on canvas created by artist, Terry Dixon in 2008. The work provides commentary on the lasting impact of Jim Crow laws. Dixon was an artist and university educator in Chicago until his passing in 2020 at the age of 49. Dixon exhibited in the Arts Center/Gallery in the fall of 2013. DSU purchased ‘Eluding Jim’ from the artist at that time.
Pop Art in 2020
Pop Art in 2020 is Alexus Miller’s work created for her Senior Capstone Experience. Winter 2020.
Subversion: Not a Bird, Not a Plane
Artist Guy Miller’s new work was presented in the Arts Center/Gallery in the Fall 2020. Subversion: Not a Bird, Not a Plane focused on Miller’s commentary on race representation in popular culture.