The sounds of charcoal scratching on paper, paint gliding across canvas and tools shaping clay will fill Delaware College of Art and Design’s second floor when the 2019 DCAD Drawing Marathon runs there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 19. No race bibs, timing chips or gel packs will be needed, but stamina, focus and art supplies are required. Participants won’t hear the crack of a starter’s pistol and won’t be worried about time splits or shin splints. But they will get in a zone and focus on form. Some may even go the distance or strive for a personal best.
Pluralism – in art as well as in craft – typifies the work of the late Bernard Jackson Felch. Influenced by painters like Paul Cézanne and sculptors and potters like his mentor, Frans Wildenhain, Felch explored a diverse range of media that included oil, watercolor, wood and ceramic and left a widely varied body of work when he passed away at age 83 in 2008. A selection of his oeuvre is on exhibit at Delaware College of Art and Design as “Painting, Sculpture and Ceramics by Bernie Felch” through Jan. 19.
Ann-Marie VanTassell, a professional photographer who owns and operates her own business in the Washington, D.C., area, has received the 2018 Delaware College of Distinguished Alumni Award, the first-ever such honor given by DCAD to one of its graduates. VanTassell completed an associate of fine arts degree in photography at DCAD in 2007 and was selected to deliver the graduating student address at commencement. In addition to being a leader among DCAD’s photo majors, she had been one of the select students chosen to present at the annual DCAD Art History Symposium and earned the top overall grade-point average in her class. She later earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
President Jean Dahlgren began her tenure as Delaware College of Art and Design’s third permanent president on August 1, 2018. The innovative academic leader – who also is an experienced painter, printmaker and graphic designer – is committed to student success. She recently was identified as one of the 2018 Women in Business by Delaware Today and one of the 2019 People to Watch by Delaware Business Times.
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