The Grand Galleries are a great opportunity for area artists to gain more exposure as well as offer enrichment and enjoyment to patrons, performing artists, artistic partners and staff.

The Grand is actively seeking artists to exhibit their work during the coming year. Along with the opportunity to show for the month, artists will also take part in the City of Wilmington's Art on the Town, also known as the "Art Loop" on first Fridays.

For artists interested in exhibiting their work at The Grand, download an application here.

Download guidelines for exhibiting at The Grand Galleries.

Mainstage Gallery
Mainstage Gallery

October Exhibit: Kelly Murray, "Chroma"

Artist Bio

Kelly Murray is a writer and artsist currently living in West Chester, PA. Combining her passions for storytelling and visual arts, Kelly dedicates her time to writing, art, and film. As a writer for QVC, Kelly writes for and their customer magazine, InsideQ. When not at the Q, Kelly can be found working on local independent films, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. In her most recent project, Kelly plays Katie in a Ghost of a Chance, a short comedy about dating after death produced by local production company 16 Lloyd Productions. With a background in pencil drawing and illustration, Kelly is thrilled to share Chroma as her debut painting collection. Previously, her art work has been shown at the University of Delaware English Language Institute. Kelly currently has a short film in development and is working on her next canvas painting series.

Exhibit Information

Chroma examines the things most familiar to us--parts of the body--and presents them in an unfamiliar way, In this exploration of color, light, and perspective, Kelly aims to create a collection that engages both mind and spirit. As vivid colors stir the senses and sweeping lines entice the eye, these fundamental artistic elements coalesce into a striking image that reveals what is most essential to our own anatomical makeup--that intricate parts make a complex whole.

Baby Grand Gallery
Baby Grand Gallery

October Exhibit: Frederic C. Kaplan, "The Metarealist Paintings"

Metarealist art is defined as “realistic depictions of the abstractions that comprise the cosmos.”

My imagery comes from physics. I became interested in science and especially physics as a teenager. It was an interest that remained in the background, more a curiousness than a compulsion, until Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time was published in 1988. Before reading Hawking’s book, the internal anatomy of the universe seemed hidden by a thick skin. After reading it, it was like a supernova had erupted in my brain.

I started reading everything I could get my hands on about physics – – theoretical physics, particle physics, astrophysics – all kinds of physics. It was inevitable that eventually the things I was reading about would eventually find their way into my art.

One of the strange concepts I learned about was that the world looks different depending on where you are and how fast you are moving. According to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, the faster you go the more compressed things appear, like an accordion being squeezed. And time passes more slowly if you hang out near a large gravitational object, such as the Sun, than if you park on a small object like Venus. To suggest this idea, many of my pictures are partitioned into several segments, each segment representing a different spatial scale or separate timeframe.

Mists and clouds that often appear in my pictures are metaphors for the principle of uncertainty that Werner Heisenberg predicted. His theory suggests that there are many possible locations simultaneously for an object, so the object appears fuzzy, like a cloud.

The tiniest particle of reality is one Planck length, named after Max Planck who invented quantum theory. The slab-like forms that inhabit my pictures represent Planck units of matter and light. They also refer to the four dimensions of spacetime described by Einstein.

These three scientists and their theories form the basis of my art.