HISTORY

Founded in 2008, the New Wilmington Art Association (NWAA) enables artists to work, develop, and think through its creative interventions staged in vacant properties throughout the City of Wilmington. Our organization was formed on the principles of aggressively working to support the creative interests, endeavors, careers and lifestyles of all artists, as well as directly foster the development of a more diverse cultural landscape in Wilmington.

Over the past 4 years we have presented numerous public exhibitions, events and performances in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. Our programming has hosted a broad range of local, national and international artists, performers, curators and social activists. As we currently pursue 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit status the NWAA envisions the continued creation of new audiences through dynamic artistic interventions in the City of Wilmington.

New Wilmington Art Association will permanently insert artists into the infrastructure of Downtown Wilmington. Strategic alliances with progressive community development corporations will guarantee space for artists in the face of economic development’s shifting landscape. An energized cross-pollination of activities with community-driven organizations will continually thread the cultural community into the vision for a revitalized Wilmington. New Wilmington Art Association will develop a competitive creative residency program and will recruit new artists through its program of exhibitions, both of which will help to transform and enrich the community and region. A critical programming series of lectures, panel discussions, professional workshops and studio visits will guarantee a relevant and contemporary art community empowered by a practical knowledge of the non-profit sector and a progressive cultural infrastructure.

OFFICERS

Michael Kalmbach
Founder & Director

Michael Kalmbach, a Delaware based artist and arts advocate, received a MFA from the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and a BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg, PA). His work has been exhibited at the Meat Market Gallery (Washington, D.C.), the Zhou Art Center (Chicago, IL), Haven Arts (Bronx, NY), the Fe Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA), the FAB Galleries – at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) as well as the Delaware College of Art and Design (Wilmington, DE). Mr. Kalmbach is the Founder and Director of the New Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Kalmbach has previously been the recipient of a Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship in Painting (2009 & 2010) and was granted the Christi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Advocacy (2009) from the Christina Cultural Arts Center (Wilmington, DE) and the 2010 Governor’s Award for the Arts (The State of Delaware).

Margaret Winslow
Curator

Margaret Winslow holds an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism from SUNY Purchase College (Purchase, NY) and a BA from the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA). Ms. Winslow currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware, where she is the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum. She has curated for the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, assisted with exhibits for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. In 2009, she participated in Maryland Art Place’s 7th Annual Curators’ Incubator with her exhibition, Soft Space: Architecture in Contemporary Art.

Brookes Britcher
Director of Communication

Brookes Britcher received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI) and his BS from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). Selected exhibitions include the Apparel Center (Chicago, IL),  the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), the White Box (Nyc, NY), the Curators Office (Washington, D.C.), the James Oliver Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), The Gallery Project (Ann Arbor, MI), the Nexus Foundation (Philadelphia, PA), the Museum of New Art – Detroit (Pontiac, MI) and the Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI). His work exists in various private collections, most notably J.W. Mahoney of Art In America and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and Tim Rollins of Tim Rollins & K.O.S.. He is the acting Director of the curatorial-collective Adaptation (Philadelphia, PA) and the Project Coordinator for the Chestnut Hill Arts Initiative (CAi) (Philadelphia, PA). His recent curatorial projects include The Rules For Staying Young (Wilmington, DE), Wanderlust (Wilmington, DE), Vanishing Point (Braddock, PA),  New Trails (Philadelphia, PA) and Ambassador (Philadelphia, PA).

Phillip Scarpone
Exhibitions Coordinator (2010-Present)
Preparator

Phillip Scarpone received his BFA from the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) where he was the recipient of the Lynn Sharp Award Grant. He has shown his work in a number of curated and juried exhibitions, most notably, The Historical Society Museum (Washington, D.C), UnSmoke Art Space (Braddock, PA), Towson University Galleries (Towson, MD), The Adam Lister Gallery (Fairfax, VA), and The National Normal University (Taipei Tawian).

Ron Longsdorf
Exhibitions Coordinator (2007-2010)

Ron Longsdorf is an artist and independent curator, currently residing in Spartanburg, SC to live and work for 11 months with HUB-BUB Artist-in-Residence Program. He has exhibited throughout the United States, including, Delaware; Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Brooklyn, NY; Virginia; Baltimore, MD; Ohio; Lexington, KY; Minneapolis, MN; North Carolina; South Carolina; Texas, and internationally in Berlin, Germany and Limassol, Cyprus. Ron has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm in Nebraska, Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, NC, and HUB-BUB in Spartanburg, SC. In 2009, he received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts, as well as several Individual Artist Opportunity Grants over the past three years. Mr. Longsdorf holds an MFA from the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and a BFA from Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA).

Mike Podolak
Design Coordinator

Mike Podolak is a Delaware artist and designer. He received his MFA from the University of California-San Diego (San Diego, CA) and his BFA from the University of Delaware (Newark, DE). His work has been exhibited throughout Southern California and Delaware, in addition to Maryland, Illinois, and internationally in Mexico and Canada. In his role as Design Coordinator for the NWAA, Mr. Podolak brings his expertise in brand and strategy—designing online and print materials.