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A Baron, a CAD and a Queen
Stuart Baron is on a mission to take the Delaware College of Art and Design national and beyond. He certainly paints a pretty picture.
Stuart Baron recently strolled a block down Wilmington’s Market Street to tour the soon-to-be-renovated Queen Theater.
Baron, president of the nearby Delaware College of Art and Design, had an odd reaction when he first viewed the rainbow-stained, weathered innards of the neglected structure.
“I was thrilled to see the condition of the place,” he says. “It was kind of a mess. It was like looking at a Piranesi drawing.”
Baron, an abstract painter, obviously has an appreciation for art. He also has a penchant for rebirth, as he has previously tackled condo conversions and rebuilt several homes. “I like to see things as they were,” he says. “I think it’s incredibly exciting.”
Baron accepted another building challenge in July when he became just the second president of DCAD in its first dozen years. He is charged with taking the two-year arts school to the next level by increasing enrollment and attracting students from outside the tri-state area.
“DCAD already had a great reputation when I came here,” Baron says. “But that reputation has a limited geographic scope. Our job is to increase the word and become a more national presence.”
Baron plans to use the Internet to attract students from afar, perhaps even internationally. “We need to infuse the school with students from other cultural experiences,” he says. “That can only add to what our current students bring, so it’s not so homogeneous.”
In the meantime, Baron and DCAD will continue to work with folks like Bill Taylor of The Queen to turn lower Market Street into a thriving destination point.
“Our students will gravitate to The Queen immediately,” Baron says. “It will have food, music and it’s right down the street. There will be many ways that we can help each other. We’ll discuss what those ways are…
“It’s a little early in the process,” Baron says. “They have to put in some windows and doors first.” —Drew Ostroski
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