About

Delia Popa is a visual artist who works with drawing, painting, performance, video installation and text, and who draws inspiration from fields such as History, Comedy, Visual Anthropology and Trauma. She has a Master in Fine Art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007), and a Postgraduate Diploma from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2005) and a Ph D in Cultural Management from Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu (2014).

Recent works include projects such as Fete cu idei [Băieți și picturi]/Girls with Ideas[Boys and Painting](2016), http://fetecuidei.artcrowd.ro/en/home/, the ongoing drawing project „The Facebook Project aka Existential Mice„, the research project Chelen Amenca/Dance with Us, together with American artist Ellen Rothenberg, that took place in a Roma community in Sibiu county,Romania and the most recent preocupation with the International Myths of Heidi and Dracula, begun in an artistic residency at index Freiraum in Zurich, Switzerland in 2015. In 2013 she co-founded ArtCrowd-Artists in Education. www.artcrowd.ro. Delia lives in Bucharest, Romania.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 The Girl with Tentacles, Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2015 Growing Up and Staying Young- Stories about Heidi, curated by Anca Sînpălean, Haus zum Palmbaum, Zürich, Switzerland
2010 I am Gustav von Aschenbach or How to Live Your Eternity in Venice, curated by Anca Sînpălean, Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy
2009 Secret Life of Houseplants, The Centre for Culture and Dialog Friedrich Teutsch, Sibiu, Romania
2003 Re:Territory of Fear, The “Brâncovan Palaces” Cultural Center, Mogoșoaia, Ilfov County, Romania
2003 Territory of Fear, UNA Galeria, Bucharest, Romania

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES AND SCREENINGS (SELECTION)

2017 Being Mountains Being Sees, Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania
2017 Process Terminus, curated by Sandwich Gallery at Art Encounters, Timisoara, Romania
2016 Fete cu idei [Băieți și picturi]/Girls with Ideas [Boys and Painting], curated by Giles Eldridge and Delia Popa, Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania
2015 Art on Display #2, curated by Irina Botea, Bucharest City Center, Romania, with Liliana Basarab
2014-2015 Dispositions in Time and Space, curated by Adrian Bojenoiu, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
2014 Mobile Biennial #1, curated by Club Electroputere, Oltenia County, Romania
2014 Momentum #2, curated by Olivia Nițis, Aiurart Contemporary Art Space, Bucharest, Romania
2014 Unfinished Sympathy: Vampire Diary, Performative Lecture within Chelen Amenca Project, UNA Galeria, Bucharest, Romania, with Ellen Rothenberg
2013 Dear Money, Salonul de Proiecte, VIENNAFAIR, Viena, Austria
2013 Good Girls- Memory, Desire, Power, curated by Bojana Pejic and Olivia Nițis, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
2013 Anca Munteanu Rîmnic and Delia Popa la Salonul de proiecte, Salonul de Proiecte, Anexa MNAC, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
2013 Travel, curated by Anca Sînpălean, Artfoyer Cavigelli, Zürich, Switzerland
2012 Chelen Amenca/Dance With Us, with Ellen Rothenberg, curated by Anca Mihuleț, The Contemporary Art Gallery of The Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
2012 Matonge-Tervuren, at PLANKTON # 47, Durational Performance with Anca Mihuleț, curated by Lilia Mestre, a.pass, Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies, Brussels, Belgium
2012 FemArt 2012, curated by Marilena Preda Sânc, Căminul Artei Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2011 The Blind Men and the Elephant, Video-Screening with Diana Șandor, curated by Graw-Böckler, Raum für Projektion, General Public, Berlin, Germany
2011 THE KNOT DVD Release, Knotland Video-Screening, Kotti-Shop, Berlin, Germany
2011 Structuring Space, curated by Anca Sînpălean, Artfoyer Cavigelli, Zurich, Switzerland
2010 Ready or Not-Romanian Video Art, at Videozone V, The 5th International Video Art Biennial in Israel, curated by Irina Cios, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2010, Gender Zero, POSTBOX DVD Video-Screening, curated by Sanda Watt, #4 POSTBOX Magazine/ Revista LA PLIC, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova
2010 Idyll, curated by Olivia Nițiș, Austrian Cultural Forum, Atelier 020303, Bucharest, Romania
2009 Only Cowards Die without Having Fun, curated by Anca Mihuleț, International Center for Contemporary Art, The Ark, Bucharest, Romania
2009, Incotro- Romanian Visual Survey 2008, Online Exhibition, selected by Tudor Prisăcariu
2008-09 Traces : Contemporary Romanian Art, curated by Ann Albritton, Carmen Iovițu and Mirela Ivanciu, Centre International d’Art Contemporain, Pont- Aven, France, Selby Gallery Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, Robert Else Gallery, Sacramento State University, California, USA, UNA Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2008 The Thirteenth Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Bari, Italy  2008 Broken English and the Missing Piece Film Festival, Goteborg, Sweden
2007 First Romanian Film Festival in Chicago, Stan Mansion, Chicago, USA
2007 Psychic Architecture, Master in Fine Art Exhibition, Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
2007 Soup and Tart Performance Night, Elegant Mr. Gallery, Chicago, USA
2006 Offset 2005, curated by Valentin Chincisan and Cosmin Moldovan, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania, Romanian Cultural Institute, London, UK, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, Romania, Nomad Festival, Bucharest, Romania, Spazi Aperti, Academia di Romania, Roma, Italy
2006 Game 44/46, with [People], Art 44/46, Performances in public space, curated by Stuart Keeler, Chicago, USA
2006 Park Yourself, with [People], Performances in public space, curated by Jenny Roberts, Chicago, USA
2005 Goldsmiths 2005, Postgraduate Exhibition, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK
2005 Offset 2004, Spazi Aperti, Academia di Romania, Roma, Italy
2005 European Blue, Young Generation, Aula Gallery, The Fine Art Academy, Varşovia, Poland and  Chişinău, Republic of Moldova
2004 Against Grey, Site-Specific Public Project, Militari, Bucharest, Romania
2004 Selecție la Mogoșoaia, curated by Doina Mândru, The “Brancovan Palaces” Cultural Center, Mogoșoaia, Ilfov County, Romania
2004 Master in Fine Art Graduation Show, Artexpo Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2004 Index- Performance, with Dina Dancu, UNA Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2003 Wedding in the Sky (with Bottles), Group Project, Performing Places Festival, Bucharest Historic International Center for Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
2003 UNARTE- Group Show, Romanian Embassy, Athens, Greece
2002 Bachelor of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition, UNA Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

CONFERENCES, ARTIST TALKS

2016 ArtCrowd Artist-Educator Talk on Art History for Children, with Liliana Basarab, Culture in Education Forum, ArCub Gabroveni, Bucharest, Romania
2015 ArtCrowd Artist-Educator Talk on Art and Critical Thinking, Support Culture in Education, Open Society Foundation, Bucharest, Romania
2014 Performative Artist Talk with David Goldenberg, Mobile Biennial #1, Club Electroputere, Romania
2013 Artist Talk- ”Chelen Amenca – Participatory Practices in Difficult Contexts”, in Time- case – Memory in Action, Photography and Video Department, National University of Arts, Bucharest Romania
2013 Artist Talk- ”We, Our Friens and Us”, Salonul de Proiecte, MNAC Anexa, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, RO
2013 Artist Talk- ”Chelen Amenca – A Colaborative Endeavor”, Good Girls: Practicing Feminism Here and Now, International Symposion, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, RO
2012 Visiting Artist, Photography and Video Department, Class of Alexandra Croitoru, National University of Arts, Bucharest Romania
2011 Invited Artist/Curator, Curators Network Meeting, Matadero Center for Contemporary Art, Madrid, Spain, presentation of collaborative work with Anca Mihuleț, curator, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu
2010 Workshop Trainer, Chicago-Bucharest, A Conversation on Publics, Art and Collaboration, Collaborative Workshop presented together with Ellen Rothenberg, National Museum of Contempo rary Art, Bucharest, RO
2009 Visiting Artist, UNA Gallery, National University of Arts, Bucharest Romania
2009 Visiting Artist, Bucharest Academy of Economics Studies (ASE), class of Laura Mureșan, Bucha- rest, Romania
2008 Visiting Artist, Photography and Video Courses, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, USA
2008 Visiting Lecturer, Next Feminism Performance Course, Class of Faith Wilding, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
2007 Visiting Artist, Video Production and Sculpture Courses, Class of Irina Botea, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

EXHIBITION CATALOGS (SELECTED)

Good Girls-Memory, Desire, Power, essays by Bojana Pejic, Olivia Nițiș, Romanian Cultural Insti tute, Bucharest, 2016
Dear Money,texts by Bogdan Ghiu, Michael Baers, Suzana Milevska and Diana Ursan, Salonul de Proiecte, Bu-charest 2014
Videozone,The 5th International Video Art Biennial in Israel, Section Ready or Not, Roma nian Video Art, essay by Irina Cios, Tel Aviv, 2010
I am Gustav von Aschenbach or How to Live Your Eternity in Venice, Solo Exhibition, curated by Anca Sînpălean, Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice, essay by Anca Sînpălean, 2010
Gender Zero, POSTBOX DVD, #4 POSTBOX Magazine/Revista LA PLIC, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova, introduction by Sanda Watt, 2010
Idyll, curated by, Austrian Cultural Forum, essays by Olivia Nițiș and Karin Cervenka, 2010
Traces : Contemporary Romanian Art, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida,
essays by by Ann Albritton, Carmen Iovițu and Mirela Ivanciu, 2008
Biennale Puglia Catalogue, Mondatori Electa, Milano, Italy, 2008

AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES

2016 Grant Recipient from the National Administration of the Cultural Fund for „Fete cu idei, Băieți și picturi Project” organized by ArtCrowd, Bucharest, Romania
2015 Artist Residency at index Freiraum, Zurich, Switzerland
2014 European Language Label 2014 , Prize for innovative language teaching, with ArtCrowd, European Commission, Bucharest, RO
2013 CEC Artslink Grant recipient for ”Chelen Amenca”, Ellen Rotheberg with Delia Popa, NYC, USA
2012 Good Practice Distinction for Promoting Cultural Diversity for ”Chelen Amenca/ Dance With Us”, together with ASTRA Museum, Sibiu, by the Romanian Ministry of Culture
2012 Artist Residency, with Anca Mihuleț, Bains Connective, Brussels, Belgium
2010 Federal Assistance Award, with Ellen Rothenberg, United States of America Embassy in Bucha- rest, Romania
2009 Artist Residency, Romanian Cultural Institute Paris, France
2009 Artist Residency, Artistne(s)t European Cultural Centre, Sinaia, Romania
2008 Step Beyond Mobility Grant, European Cultural Foundation
2005-2007 Theodor Aman Art Study Fellowship, Romanian Government
2003 Performing Places Prize for Group Project, British Council Romania
2002-2003 Merit Scholarship for Exceptional Academic Performance, National University of Arts, Bucharest,
Romania

PUBLISHED WRITING

Fete cu idei [Băieți și picturi]/Girls with Ideas [Boys and Painting], introduction in publication,with Giles Eldridge, published by ArtCrowd, Bucharest, English, 2016
Solidarity-Making it Happen, Xandra Popescu with Veda Popovici, Delia Popa and Ioana Cojocaru ArtLeaks Gazette, English, 08/2015
Of Wo/men and Mice aka The Facebook Project, Artist Portfolios, ARTA Magazine, UAP Romania, Romanian, #11/2014
Collaborative Methods in Interdisciplinary Practice, Synergy, article in Synergy, Magazine of Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, #2/2011
Spontanous Children-Initiated Workshop at THE KNOT Publication, Berlin, Germany, English, 2011
Congratulations, You Have Reached Level 3! article in THE KNOT Publication, Berlin, Germany, English, 2011
Three Color Alphabet, Poem in “Avant L’Hymne National, Poemes et Textes”, Irina Botea Exhibition Catalogue, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, EN/FR/RO, 2009
Secret Life of Houseplants, self-published book, Bucharest, EN/RO, 2009
Pink Elephant, Short Story, in Text Off the Page 2007 Catalogue, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, 2007

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013-to date Co-Founder and President of ArtCrowd, Arts Education Organization, Bucharest, Romania
2017 Trainer for cultural mediators, Timisoara 2021 Association and MetruCub Asspciation, Museum of Art Timisoara, Romania
2015 Trainer for artists in educational setting, Support Culture in Education Project, Asociația Metru – cub, Bucharest, Romania
2008-2009 Project Coordinator, Dogs for People Project, VIER PFOTEN, Animal Welfare Organization, Bu- charest, Romania
2008 Assistant Director and Instructor, Canaan School of Art, Glenview, Illinois, USA
2006-2007 Graduate Assistant, Time Arts, First Year Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
2005 Gallery Assistant Internship, Lipa Gallery, Chicago, USA
2003 Project Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Team for Performing Places Festival, British Council,
Bucharest, Romania

EDUCATION

2014 PHD in Arts Management, Management Faculty, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania
2007 Master in Fine Art, Painting Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), USA
2005 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
2004 Master in Visual Arts, National University of Arts Bucharest, Romania
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with Teaching Certificate, National University of Arts Bucha- rest, Romania
1998 German High School Degree, Deutsches Goethe-Kolleg, Bucharest, Romania

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Heidi, Dracula of the Alps, Oliver Cammerzind, review for Growing Up and Staying Young- Stories about Heidi, Zürcher Studierendenzeitung, Zürich, German, 22/12/2015
Feoameni și șoareci aka The Facebook Project, Artist Portfolios, ARTA Magazine, UAP Romania, Romanian, #11/2014
Interview of Anca Mihuleț and Delia Popa, by Sara Manente, Thematics Publication, Bains Connective, Bruxelles, Enhlish, 2013
Ironic Feminism, Four Good Girls, Alina Vîlcan, The One Magazine # 103, Romanian, 08/2013
The White Cube and Exhibition Theatricality, Anca Munteanu-Rîmnic and Delia Popa at Salonul de Proiecte, Diana Ursan, Cultural Observer #677, Romanian, 06/2013
Of Mice and Good Girls: Spotlight on Delia Popa, Interview with Anna Battista, irinebrination, art & fashion blog online, English, 20/06/2013
Dance with Us, Researchers and
Artists Develop an Exhibition with A Roma Family from Hârtibaci Valley, Holger Wermke, Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung für Rumänien, German, 11/10/2012
ArtCrowd Teaches Critical Thinking Ages 7-12, ArtCrowd Interview with Igor Mocanu, Be- Where The City Magazine, Online Edition, Romanian, 07/2012
Tell Me How Old You Are And What You Like to Do, Anca Mihuleț, The Long April-Texts on Art, Online Magazine, English and Romanian, # 1/2011
Speed-Arting in Berlin, Lavinia Pițu, Deutsche Welle, DW-World, Romanian, 06/2011
Idyll Exhibition Review, Time Out Bucharest, Romanian, 04/2010
The Making of An Exhibition/Delia Popa, Interview with Anca Sînpălean, Oncurating, Online Magazine, English, 5/2010
Secret Life of Houseplants, Delia Popa Interview, Contrapunct Magazine, Romanian, 12/2008
Romanian Electronic Poetry, Ioana Bot, Dilemateca Magazine, Romanian, 03/2008
Out of Urban Catatonia: Performing Places, Stefan Tiron, Artelier No. 8, (204), English, 2004
Blood and Trembling, Viorica Buica, Cultural Observer, Romanian, 08.07-14.07.2003