JaQuanne Leroy is our Teacher/Artist/Curator in Residence for September, 2019 through August, 2020.
Three arts organizations have joined forces to mentor the next generation of creative professionals.
WILMINGTON, DE (September 3, 2019) – The Chris White Gallery is thrilled to announce a partnership with the Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) and the Delaware Art Museum to host a Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence, a year-long creative residency in Wilmington that blends teaching, art-making, and curating.
In 2018 the Chris White Gallery partnered with the Delaware Art Museum to pilot an innovative Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence program. The goal of the residency was to support the professionalization of teaching artistry and to create nurturing space for a new kind of creative professional — one that informs curatorial practice with real life community work. After a successful first year with artist Roxanne R Campbell, the partnership has expanded to include DCAD.
Wilmington artist JaQuanne LeRoy has been selected for the 2019-2020 residency. LeRoy is a prolific artist with deep roots in the community. His work is everywhere from the walls of the Delaware Children’s Museum to electrical boxes on Wilmington’s Westside. Currently, he is collaborating with the artist Smashed Label to paint a large-scale mural at Father Tucker Park. And LeRoy is no stranger to exhibiting—his work has appeared in many Art Loop locations, most notably at the Local and Famous show guest-curated by Terrance Vann during the summer of 2018. During his residency, LeRoy will teach many of the Museum’s school partnership art classes, oversee the curatorial calendar at DCAD and the Chris White Gallery, and curate original shows.
“When we were creating this partnership we weren’t sure there would be a candidate that was interested in teaching school-age children and curating a gallery as those are typically thought of as very separate endeavors,” said Eliza Jarvis, Manager of Youth Learning and Creative Partnerships at the Delaware Art Museum. “But we’ve found that up-and-coming creative professionals are supremely interested in blurring those traditional boundary lines. This partnership enables the Museum to expand beyond our walls and shines a spotlight on Wilmington as an arts center.”
The Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence partnership aligns with the Museum’s mission to connect people to art and to generate creative energy. The residency also supports the Museum’s new strategic direction to partner broadly within the Wilmington community to engage in civic discourse around art.
The Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence partnership is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.