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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

215|610 CONTEMPORARY Juried Exhibition

Christina Vassallo, 2021 juror

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On View Online March 16–April 30, 2021

Virtual Juror’s Talk Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m.
Please join us for a conversation with 2021 juror Christina Vassallo, as she discusses the changing landscape for artists during the pandemic.
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Juror’s Essay | Artwork | About the Juror | About the Exhibition | About the Gallery

Juror's Essay

Dear Artists of the Philadelphia region,

This is not a love letter written under ideal circumstances, but this is a love letter nonetheless.

It is February 2021 and we still find ourselves in uncertain times. The evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to impact artists and arts organizations alike. Cultural producers have been hard hit by the necessary restrictions most communities adopted to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, the acts of making, presenting, and participating in the arts has fundamentally changed.

While people continue to adjust to the difficult realities caused by COVID-19, it is artists who have helped sustain a sense of hope. As we navigate through these challenges, we rely on your creativity and insight to keep us engaged, interested, and connected to one another in the increasingly turbulent world in which we live. Even under normal circumstances, we benefit from your efforts in the face of scarcity, shortsighted budget cuts, and misunderstandings of the important role that the arts play in our lives, and these problems have only been more deeply exposed in our recovery efforts now.   

Thankfully, you persevered, you continued to make, and you reflected judiciously upon all that we have experienced. As evidenced by the hundreds of submissions to the 215|610 CONTEMPORARY Juried Exhibition, there was an abundance of subject matter to grapple with and explore through a broad range of media. Self-isolation, an economic downturn, protests against police brutality, and a tumultuous election cycle pollinated your ideas.

Christianne Ebel’s Vigilance of Happiness and John Gummere’s Night in Quarantine perfectly translate a very specific kind of loneliness. Danielle Schwesinger’s Aseptic Chamber—a recorded performance of a hermetically-sealed shopper in an inflatable suit pushing her cart in a grocery store—reveals the anxiety that stems from a normally mundane task. Jay Roth’s self-portrait of the artist surrounded by PPE exclaims “Be Brave!” and “Make Every Day Count!,” via an affirmative bulletin board, situated within these terrifying and seemingly endless days of the pandemic.

A football helmet bearing the names Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, and Emmett Till by Jermaine Ollivierre, memorializes the extinguished young lives whose deaths contribute to the sustained demands for social justice in this country. Capturing the summer of protests precipitated by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Amir Campbell’s Perception’s Window shows a Black man assaulted by police, against the backdrop of protesters wearing masks. Barbara Dirnback’s Extra, Extra, Extra: The Wicked King is Gone heralds the recent chaotic transfer of power and the Trump administration’s attempt to invalidate the results of the 2020 election at year’s end.

Less than three months before the first shutdown of 2020, I moved to Philadelphia and naively anticipated business as usual—like studio visits that happened inside artists’ actual studios. Jurying 215|610 CONTEMPORARY provided a welcome session of mini-virtual studio visits that connected me to your work at precisely the right moment. I hope those who view this exhibition online commit to experiencing your work to the fullest extent possible, when it is safe to do so.

I want to offer my gratitude to the selected artists for their outstanding work, and congratulate the prize winners: Paolo Morales, Juror’s Choice; Brandan Henry, First Place; Karen Kirchhoff, Second Place; and Dong Kyu Kim, Third Place. I’d also like to extend my most sincere thanks to Olivia Gruber Florek, Caitlin Flaherty, and The Gallery at Delaware County Community College for inviting me to participate and for their hard work in organizing the open call and exhibition.

Keep making. Keep sharing.

Christina Vassallo



Paolo Morales Pool Party image

Juror’s Choice Award: Paolo Morales, Pool Party, 2019, silver gelatin print, 14 x 11 inches.

Brandan Henry Baptism image

First Place Award: Brandan Henry, Baptism, 2020, charcoal on paper, 20 x 30 inches.

Karen Kirchhoff image

Second Place Award: Karen Kirchhoff, Rewilding South Jersey Rt70 Chairville 2020, 2020, photography, 10 x 7 inches.

Dong Kyu Kim image

Third Place Award: Dong Kyu Kim, Shape of You, 2020, paper receipts, threads, microfiber cloths, American flag, 70 x 48 x 2 inches.

Mitchell Anolik image

Mitchell Anolik, Ocean Impression, 2017, digital archival print, 6.0 x 9.5 inches.

Gene Anthony Arcidiacono-Santiago, Never Be, 2020, video, 2 minutes 2 seconds.

Chelsea Bonham image

Chelsea Bonham, Hospital Bed: Part One, 2020, pens on paper, 18 x 24 inches.

Katie Brier image

Katie Brier, Sarina, 2020, acrylic, metal leaf, 18 x 24 inches.

Nicholas Callaway image

Nicholas Callaway, Myth of Man, 2019, plaster, shellac, 4.5 x 7 x 8.5 inches.

Amir Campbell image

Amir Campbell, Perception's Window, 2020, acrylic, oil pastel, gold leaf on canvas, 48 x 60 inches.

Noelle Cheh, Cycles of the Russian House, 2020, projection, U-Haul truck, 4 minutes 33 seconds.

Joan Diamond image

Joan Diamond, River, Early Zoom Epoch, 2020, fiber, 68 x 40 inches.

Barbara Dirnbach image

Barbara Dirnbach, Extra, Extra, Extra: The Wicked King is Gone, 2020, mixed media on paper/framed, 26 x 34 inches.

Christianne Ebel image

Christianne Ebel, Vigilance of Happiness 01, 2020, DSLR/C-Print, 30 x 20 inches.

Alissa Eberle image

Alissa Eberle, Nothing, 2020, neon-glass mounted on Lexan, 12 x 19 inches.

Alicia Finger image

Alicia Finger, A certain place, a certain time., 2019, acrylic on cut paper, 14.5 x 11 x 1 inches.

Louise Fiore image

Louise Fiore, West Hunterdon Lanes, 2020, digital photograph on archival paper, Approximately 11 x 14 inches.

Terri Fridkin image

Terri Fridkin, All Inclusive (Space Fields), 2019, mixed media (carved wood, acrylc, found wood), 9 x 25 x 2 inches.

Dilmar M. Gamero image

Dilmar M. Gamero Santos, Uncertain Times #2: Mask, 2020, toned cyanotype, 8 x 10.25 inches.

Riley Gosnell image

Riley Gosnell, Acceptance, 2020, digital photograph, 9.15 x 9.9 inches.

Michael Grothusen, Secret Sharer, 2019, video, 1 minute 32 seconds.

Alyce Grunt image

Alyce Grunt, Code Beige, 2020, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches.

John Gunmere image

John Gummere, Night in Quarantine, 2020, oil on canvas, 40 x 36 inches.

Carol Hall image

Carol Hall, The Red Thread, 2020, spalted maple wood with pyrography, paint, clock gears, thermoplastic and hand-grown crystals, 9 x 5 inches.

Elizabeth Heller image

Elizabeth Heller, Down Umbria Street: Morning, 2019, oil on canvas, 19 x 40 inches.

Michael Hower image

Michael Hower, Line of Succession, 2020, digital photograph/inkjet print on paper, 18 x 24 inches.

Serafina Kennedy image

Serafina Kennedy, Dollar Tree Chapel, 2020, mixed media installation, 12 x 15 feet.

Katie Knoeringer image

Katie Knoeringer, Oasis, 2020, painted paper collage, 36 x 46 inches.

Chelsea Luster image

Chelsey Luster, Mama's Bathroom, 2020, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches.

Kirk Maynard image

Kirk Maynard, Serenity 2, 2020, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

Katy Molinaro image

Katy Molinaro, Find the Dreamer, 2017, collage, felt, acrylic paint on canvas, 18 x 18 inches.

Sean Montgomery image

Sean Montgomery, Doily, 2017, found objects and oil paint, 14.5 x 14.5 inches.

Chau Nguyen image

Chau Nguyen, Asian Fusion, 2019-20, oil on unstretched canvas, bamboo, 15 x 6 feet.

Christy O'Connor image

Christy O'Connor, Lucky, 2020, plaster, wedding dress remnants, Approximately 56 x 56 x 24 inches.

Jermaine Ollivierre image

Jermaine Ollivierre, Tamir Rice. Trayvon Martin. Emmett Till., 2020, youth football helmet, 12 x 12 x 12 inches.

Heather Palecek image

Heather Palecek, Summer Solstice, 2020, pinhole photograph (24 hour exposure), 10 x 10 inches.

Dale Parson image

Dale Parson, State Game Lands 106, 2019, processed photograph, 7.087 x 4.587 inches.

James Rapone image

James Rapone, The Night's Remorse, 2020, collage, 9 x 9 inches.

Brian Richmond image

Brian Richmond, Sip of Sunshine Weed Bowl, 2020, acrylic, enamel and oil on sculpted paper, 2.5 x 2.5 x 6.25 inches.

Jay Roth image

Jay Roth, Untitled, 2020, photography, 20 x 30 inches.

Emily Royer image

Emily Royer, Waiting for Moonrise, 2020, oil on canvas, 38 x 60 inches.

Jonathan Santoro image

Jonathan Santoro, Always Chasing Rainbows (Preamble), 2019, painted MDF and plywood; cast urethane foam and pigmented urethane rubber, 40 x 184 x 23 inches.

Danielle Schwesinger, Aseptic Chamber, 2020, video recording of live performance and handcrafted plastic inflatable suit, 3 minutes 50 seconds.

Devon Stackonis image

Devon Stackonis, Haphazard, 2020, mezzotint print on paper, 9 x 12 inches.

Dafna Steinberg image

Dafna Steinberg, Shirley, 2020, found photograph and ink on cardstock, 8.5 x 11 inches.

Todd Stong image

Todd Stong, Mr. Stong's Data Footprint, 2020, pencil on paper, 10 x 15 inches.

Damyon Verbo image

Damyon Verbo, Look Up, 2020, photograph, 20 x 30 inches.

John Weaver image

John Weaver, Dusk (Curated print from raku ceramic piece Dreamscape #1), 2020, curated print from original raku fired ceramics, 10 inches.

Erin Wheary imageErin Wheary, We all Fall down № 01, 2020, photograph of site specific installation, 16 x 20 inches (each).

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About the Juror

Juror PhotoAs Executive Director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in Philadelphia, Christina Vassallo plays an essential role in establishing the vision, objectives, and strategies for a living laboratory that is devoted to the creation, presentation, and collecting of innovative works of art. She joined FWM at the start of 2020 and will fulfill its mission by increasing interest in FWM through innovative approaches to collaborating with artists and revealing the artistic process, robust inclusivity and diversity, and intentional audience engagement. 

Christina’s role at FWM is supported by her work as a 2019-2020 cohort member of National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program and as a 2021 German Marshall Fellow—an opportunity through which she will study community-building through the arts in the European context. 

From 2014–2019 Christina was the Executive & Artistic Director of SPACES, in Cleveland, where she provided creative direction and oversaw operations for one of the longest-running alternative art organizations in the country. Her most notable SPACES initiatives include launching a $3 million capital campaign, spearheading a renovation and relocation project, expanding outreach initiatives, developing 2 regrant opportunities for Cuyahoga County artists, and curating critically acclaimed issue-oriented group exhibitions. She was an ex oficio board member of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Society and a contributor to the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's Support for Artists Planning Team.  

Previously, Christina was based in New York City, working as Executive Director of Flux Factory, where she set the course for a thriving institution comprised of an international artist residency program, acclaimed exhibitions program, and innovative educational initiatives. Additionally, she has curated exhibitions for Everson Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, NURTUREart, Lafayette College, and New Haven University. Christina also served as Programming Associate of Culture Push, Associate Director of Kinz, Tillou + Feigen Gallery, and Assistant Curator at American Federation of Arts. She holds a B.A. in art history and an M.A. in nonprofit visual arts management from NYU.

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About the Exhibition

The Gallery at Delaware County Community College presents the annual 215|610 CONTEMPORARY Juried Exhibition, featuring the work of 49 regional emerging artists living in and around the Philadelphia area.The purpose of this juried exhibition is to showcase local emerging contemporary artists, create a platform for critical discourse through an exchange of ideas, and to push the boundaries of an age-old practice. In addition to the exhibition, we invite the juror to lecture about their personal work and practice.

The juror's talk is open to the public and is typically presented in the large auditorium on the College’s Marple Campus. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's exhibition and juror's talk are being presented entirely online. We highly encourage members of the community and beyond to attend the juror's talk in an effort to provide a space to learn, observe, and experience critical issues within contemporary art. Learn More »

This exhibition is sponsored by the Communication, Arts & Humanities division of Delaware County Community College.

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About the Gallery

The Gallery at Delaware County Community College hosts up to five visual art exhibitions each year, showcasing the work of students as well as professional artists of national and international reputation. In addition to exhibitions, artists, jurors and curators are periodically invited to hold lectures, collaborative projects, and workshops for the College community and the public. Unless otherwise stated, all Visual Arts events are free and open to the public! Join our Mailing List to stay up to date on all of the latest Arts events throughout the season. Learn more about the Gallery »

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