"Fostering positive student—teacher relationships help develop a supportive learning environment. My primary goal is to show my students that there are infinite ways to create art. My hope is to create an environment that reflects the students’ daily life—that art is connected to culture, history and their personal experiences and beliefs. Digital Media has altered visual and audio experiences—from Disney to the Matrix, and artists from Nam June Paik to Mickalene Thomas."
Rick Delaney has been a practicing visual artist for over 30 years. His work includes installation, video, animation, sound & performance. He has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, as well as worked collaboratively with artists, choreographers, theater directors, and musicians. One of his notable collaborations was with Zoë Charlton in a piece titled There Goes the Neighborhood. The installation, which was always installed inside the confines of a gallery, consisted of approximately 150 garden gnomes painted in seven shades of brown, 35 small pink suburban style house, and a large sodded (live grass) area surrounded by white picket fencing. He was an early member of Circus of Fools, and co-founded Army of Clowns. Delaney describes his own thought of artwork as follows: We are bombarded with sound and images that touch in our daily lives; I replicate that in my work. I investigate communication and interpersonal relationships. My investigations concern transferring 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. I translate the ordinary through repetition of concepts, by visual and aural means. My artwork is 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.
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 makes this connection by paying homage to silent film director 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
Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, MD, “2012 Juried Staff Exhibition,” 2012
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
Other Professional or Scholarly Activity
College Art Association, The International Digital Media and Arts Association, The Alliance of Artists Communities, Creative Alliance