Rick Delaney

Professor of Practice, ChairArt

I make installations, videos, animations, sound works, & performances.  I received my MFA degree from the University of Texas, Austin (1998) and BFA degree from Florida State University (1995). I have been teaching at Goucher College since 2004. In fall of 2023 I began serving as Chair of the Studio Art Department.  

I have exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, including Mixed Greens in New York, NY, Movements Gallery in Austin, TX, The Fine Arts Gallery in Washington DC and Victoria H. Myhren Gallery in Denver, CO. My practice includes collaborations with other artists, choreographers, theater directors, and musicians.  One of the more notable collaborations was with Zoë Charlton in a piece titled There Goes the Neighborhood.  The installation has been recreated in several galleries/museums, which was always installed inside the confines of a gallery consisting of over 150 garden gnomes painted in seven shades of brown, dozens of small pink suburban style houses which are placed on a large sodded (live grass) area surrounded by white picket fencing. I was a co-founder of Army of Clowns (1999-2003), and an early member of Circus of Fools (1995-1999). 

I describe my artwork as follows: 

We are bombarded with sound and kinetic imagery that touch our daily lives; I replicate that in my work by `investigating communication and interpersonal relationships. I transfer nuances of social interactions and personal habits of my life. My main interest is transcending the mundane – examining the power of something considered banal and transforming its properties to a more dramatic structure and through repetition of concepts by visual and aural means, my artwork becomes an extension of a need to understand and express my relationships with people and my environment. This investigation includes verbal communication, dreams, texts, audio works, body movement, and materials. 

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

My current research is using animation, film & sound to investigate the ties between historic & contemporary artwork.  My most recent work is a mixed-media animation depicting an imaginary character who believes he is the reincarnated Georges Méliès.

Exhibits or Performances

WYNG Foundation, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong, “Identity,” 2016

The Fine Arts Gallery at George Mason University, Washington DC, “Politics in Art: From Warhol and Rauschenberg to Present Day,” 2015

Victoria H Myhren Gallery, Denver, CO, “The Gleaners: Contemporary Art from the Sarah and Jim Taylor Collection”, 2010

Rice Gallery, Westminster, MD, "Stage", One Person Exhibition, 2009

Pulse NYC, New York, NY, "Annual Art Fair", 2009

Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY, "Tenth Anniversary Show", 2008

External Awards, Honors, Grants

NEA New Forms Grant, Miami, Florida, Awarded to collaborative group St. Moist, performance of "Viva Prokosh", 1991

SYNERGY, in conjunction with Evolving Perceptions, Reston, VA, 2005

University of Texas Art Department Award, 1997

Academic or Professional Associations

College Art Association

The International Digital Media and Arts Association

The Alliance of Artists Communities

Creative Alliance

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

College Art Association, The International Digital Media and Arts Association, The Alliance of Artists Communities, Creative Alliance