“The Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece,” an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, November 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Silvis, a Newark resident, received a 2019 Fellowship in Sculpture from the Delaware Division of the Arts.
The exhibition is a series of 32 miniatures based on a composition for harpsichord by J.S. Bach, the Goldberg Variations. Silvis created an 8 x 8 inch work for each of the variations using a range of techniques and materials in the panels. The music is represented by typical musical notes along with less traditional looking dots, graphs, and, in Variation #10, symbols that reference the movie The Matrix. The installation provides a three-dimensional view of the printed music, endeavoring to capture the tiered nature of the composition.
Prior to his 30-year career as an academic librarian, Silvis received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance and played French horn professionally for a number of years. In the past few years, he began to pursue his long-dormant artistic impulses and retired early to pursue his artistic career full-time. “I realized that this was what I really wanted and needed to do full-time,” Silvis said. “I view it as a return to the right side of my brain.”
The Mezzanine Gallery, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located on the second floor of the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington.
The Mezzanine Gallery, located in the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington, features one-person exhibitions of Delaware artists in disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, folk, and media arts.
To be considered for an exhibition, artists may submit a Mezzanine Gallery Application before the annual deadline of March 15.
Delaware’s Individual Artist Fellowships recognize artists for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work. Visual artists who receive Individual Artist Fellowships are also given the opportunity to exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery.
To be considered for a Fellowship, artists may submit an Individual Artist Fellowship Application before the annual deadline of August 1.
Main Entrance (at 9th and French Streets) and the Courtyard Entrance are both now open. Come visit!
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Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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About the Gallery
The Mezzanine Gallery presents solo exhibitions of work by Delaware artists in disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, folk, and media arts.
This opportunity is available to Delaware’s emerging and established visual artists who have won Individual Artist Fellowships, or have been chosen by the Division’s annual Gallery Panel.
Held the first Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Dates are subject to change.
December 6 – January 10, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 from 5-7 p.m.
February 7-28, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7 from 5-7 p.m.
Works on Paper
March 6-27, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6 from 5-7 p.m.
April 3-24, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3 from 5-7 p.m.
Works on Paper
May 1-29, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1 from 5-7 p.m.
June 5-26, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, June 5 from 5-7 p.m.
Works on Paper
July 3-31, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10 from 5-7 p.m.
August 7-28, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7 from 5-7 p.m.