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MUSEUM PRESENTS EXHIBITION FEATURING TRANSFORMATIONS IN BOOK PUBLISHING BETWEEN 1860-1920

February 2, 2017

WILMINGTON, DE — The years 1860-1920 witnessed sweeping changes in book design, inspired by technological developments, marketing strategies, and shifting ideas about art. Commercial publishers used these advances to mass-produce books that emulated the aesthetics of private presses, with attractive layouts and decorative bindings, and marketed them to the growing literate public on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2009, Mary G. Sawyer gifted more than 3,000 books that represent this unique moment in the history of the book to the Delaware Art Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives. This incredible collection, coupled with the Museum’s strong holdings in…

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MUSEUM PRESENTS EXHIBITION OF WORK BY ONE OF ILLUSTRATION’S ORIGINAL “MAD MEN”

January 27, 2017

WILMINGTON, DE In the 1950s and 60s, the influence of fashion, film, and music could be seen in the glossy pages of magazine ads and commercial illustration. Mac (MaCauley) Conner (born 1913) created advertising campaigns for a variety of products during the decades when the advertising industry was at its height and centered on Madison Avenue. This summer, the Delaware Art Museum explores the work of one of the original “Mad Men,” with the comprehensive and lively exhibition The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner, on view June 24 – September 17, 2017. Comprising of 70 original paintings, this is…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM SEEKS YOUTH ARTWORK FOR 12X12 EXHIBITION

January 17, 2017

WILMINGTON, DE  Most young artists dream of seeing their work displayed on a museum wall. This spring, the Delaware Art Museum is turning that dream into a reality by hosting the second 12×12 exhibition, featuring works by young Delaware artists, on view March 15 – April 23, 2017. To celebrate National Youth Art Month the Museum will showcase the work of young artists living in the State of Delaware. This group exhibition engages local schools, organizations, community centers, and education networks and invites young artists, ages 13-18, to bring one two-dimensional work of art–no larger than 12 inches in height…

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MUSEUM PRESENTS EXHIBITION OF PORTRAITS BY LOCAL STUDENTS

January 12, 2017

In collaboration with 4Youth Productions WILMINGTON, DE In partnership with the Delaware Art Museum and contemporary painter Margaret Bowland, 4youth Productions created a series of photographic portraits with local middle school and high school students. The portraits were inspired by Bowland’s painting, White Fives, currently on view in the Delaware Art Museum’s exhibition Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism. An installation of the portraits entitled Project Yourself will be on view January 15 – January 29, 2017, in the Museum’s orientation hallway in Fusco main entrance hall. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 15 between 1:00 –…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM HOSTS FREE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

January 4, 2017

WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to welcome the eleventh annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Presented in conjunction with Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, this celebration includes traditional Chinese art activities, artist demonstrations, and a gallery scavenger hunt. Performances include a lion and folk dance and Chinese yo-yo performance by the Chinese American Community Center Folk and Lion Dance Troupes and Yo-Yo Club, and an additional special performance by the popular Chinese acrobat Yang Xiao Di. Artwork created by children from the Chinese School of Delaware to commemorate this…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM OPEN WITH FREE ADMISSION FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

December 8, 2016

Community artmaking project with Sunday Breakfast Mission and collection tours WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce that it will open the Museum and offer free admission and a service project on Monday, January 16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. On this national day of service, Americans of all ages and backgrounds honor Dr. King’s dedication to freedom and justice through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers. In partnership with the Sunday Breakfast Mission, the public is invited to create “quilt” cards between 10:30 a.m….

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NO JURY, NO PRIZES: AVANT-GARDE EXHIBITIONS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

December 2, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual avant-garde exhibitions in New York City. By joining the SIA and paying a nominal fee, thousands of American artists—from famous painters to Sunday painters—were able to exhibit their work in open shows in New York City. The brainchild of a diverse group of artists—including William Glackens, Walter Pach, and Marcel Duchamp—the SIA was one of many attempts to revolutionize how art was exhibited in the United States in the early 20th century. Celebrating the SIA’s centennial, the Delaware Art Museum presents No Jury, No Prizes: The…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM APPOINTS NEW CHIEF CURATOR

November 16, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE Dr. Heather Campbell Coyle, the Delaware Art Museum’s Curator of American Art since 2009, has been promoted to Chief Curator of the Museum, effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Coyle is an expert on Ashcan School artist John Sloan and The Eight, an influential group of 20th-century American painters. Thanks to the generosity of Helen Farr Sloan (1911-2005), the artist’s second wife and devoted widow, the Delaware Art Museum is home to the largest collection of art by Sloan, as well as the John Sloan Manuscript Collection, a treasure trove of archival materials. Dr. Coyle will succeed Dr. Margaretta…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM OFFERS FREE ADMISSION FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY ON VETERANS DAY

November 3, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce that it will offer free admission on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to all veterans and active military personnel with ID in honor of Veterans Day. “The Delaware Art Museum proudly supports our military and their families,” says Sam Sweet, Delaware Art Museum’s Executive Director and CEO. “As a special tribute and thank you to the men and women who are serving in our country’s armed forces—or who have served in the past—we are opening our doors for free on Veterans Day.” The free admission…

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THE FANTASTIC VISIONS OF HEATH ROBINSON

October 14, 2016

Turn-of-the-century illustrator known for absurd contraptions and quirky scenes WILMINGTON, DE W. Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was a well-known British illustrator whose life and work straddled the Pre-Raphaelite movement and the golden age of early 20th-century Illustration. Although Robinson ranked with the likes of Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Aubrey Beardsley, his humorous, quirky, and gently satiric work is largely unknown outside the United Kingdom today. The Delaware Art Museum seeks to introduce this important turn-of-the-century illustrator to an American audience with the artist’s first retrospective exhibition: Wonder and Whimsy: The Illustrations of W. Heath Robinson, on view March 4 –…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM HOSTS FREE KOREAN FESTIVAL AND HARVEST CELEBRATION

September 2, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE  The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to host the second Korean Festival and Harvest Celebration on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This free celebration includes both traditional and modern Korean cultural activities and celebrates the Korean Thanksgiving, Chuseok. The family-friendly event also features a fashion show, music and dance performances with modern K-Pop dance, and hands-on activities. Artwork created by students from the Delaware Korean School will be on display. The Museum is excited to connect people to art through diverse cultural events and programs. These initiatives allow the Museum to serve its…

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MUSEUM CELEBRATES HOLIDAYS WITH HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR AND WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL

September 1, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE Presented by the Delaware Art Museum Council, the Holiday House Tour returns for its 30th year on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m., the self-guided Tour features five spectacular “Houses with History” bedecked for the holiday season. Funds raised from the 2016 Holiday House Tour will support the Delaware Art Museum’s Education Department. The five Greenville-area houses featured on the tour–all within a short driving distance of the Museum–include the following spectacular historical homes: The estate that inspired the Brandywine Valley moniker “Chateau Country” The venue for the du Pont /…

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Fluidity exhibition showcases fears and hopes from four female artists

August 11, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE Universal fears and hopes intersect with personal introspection in Fluidity, the next community curated Outlooks exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum. Fluidity presents 42 works by Carla Lombardi, N. Sarangoulis, Libbie Soffer, and Valetta, women artists whose paths have intertwined in various artistic collaborations. Since its inception in 2008, the Outlooks Exhibition Series has invited local artists, leaders, and members of the public to suggest group exhibitions. The idea for this exhibition, which runs September 3, 2016 – February 12, 2017, comes from Lombardi, who suggested the title Fluidity, with its intimations of flux and exploration. “While each…

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Plants dance, sing in Museum’s sculpture garden cabaret

July 19, 2016

IF PLANTS HAD VOICES, WHAT WOULD THEY SING? A CABARET AT THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM REVEALS ALL WILMINGTON, DE  Singing and dancing flowers, ferns, vegetables and even weeds form the cast of a cabaret show that addresses what life is like for our plant brethren. “Bitter Homes & Gardens” will be presented by The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret company from Philadelphia, at the Delaware Art Museum, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016. This outdoor botanical spectacle is inspired by the Michael Pollan’s “The Intelligent Plant,” which suggests that humans treat plants as “protagonists in their own dramas” and…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM UNVEILS OUTDOOR SCULPTURES

July 8, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE  The Delaware Art Museum has installed three sculptures in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. They are Electroglide (1981) by David Stromeyer, Dream Stele (1988) by Bernie Felch, and Circle of Lines (2011) by Stan Smokler. The conservation and reinstallation of Electroglide was made possible by the Museum Council and a grant from the Marmot Foundation. The Delaware Art Museum acquired Electroglide from the artist in 1983. The piece represents the artist’s ongoing interest in large-scale abstract, geometric sculptures that developed in the early 1960s. The renovation of the Museum’s building and campus from 2002 through 2005 necessitated the removal and…

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Museum exhibition focuses on Elizabeth Osborne’s breakthrough decade

June 29, 2016

AN AMERICAN ARTIST IN PARIS IN THE ’60S Delaware Art Museum exhibition focuses on Elizabeth Osborne’s breakthrough decade WILMINGTON, DE Throughout her almost 60-year career, Philadelphia-based artist Elizabeth Osborne has been lauded for her exceptional use of color and superior ability to create glowing canvases. Elizabeth Osborne: The Sixties–on view at the Delaware Art Museum from October 8, 2016-January 8, 2017–features 12 oil and acrylic paintings with found objects produced between 1962 and 1966. “Elizabeth Osborne: The Sixties affords us the opportunity to showcase a vibrant decade from the artist’s career and to celebrate her immeasurable impact on the contemporary art…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH TOSCANA

June 21, 2016

Wilmington chef Dan Butler takes over Thronson Café, becomes exclusive caterer WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce the recent partnership with Chef Dan Butler’s Toscana Catering to operate the Museum’s Thronson Café and act as the exclusive caterer for all Museum events and rentals. “Community partnerships drive many of the things that we do. We are thrilled to be partnering with Dan Butler, a stalwart restaurant industry leader in Delaware,” explains the Museum’s CEO Mike Miller. “Our members and local visitors will appreciate the integration of a well-known local business into our food service, and no…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM PRESENTS TRUTH & VISION: 21ST CENTURY REALISM

June 15, 2016

Exhibition featuring 20 contemporary realist painters WILMINGTON, DE  The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to present Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism. On view October 22, 2016 – January 22, 2017, this exhibition surveys the state of representational painting at the beginning of the 21st century and features approximately 40 works by 20 contemporary realist artists from throughout the United States and Canada. The Delaware Art Museum has a long history of displaying contemporary representational painting. Many of the artists featured in Truth & Vision acknowledge the impact of artists featured in the Museum’s permanent collection–Jefferson David Chalfant, Howard Pyle,…

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Delaware Art Museum hosts famous fantasy, science fiction artists

June 9, 2016

SEE THE UNREAL, EXPERIENCE THE IMPOSSIBLE Delaware Art Museum hosts famous fantasy, science fiction artists WILMINGTON, DE  Imaginative Realism combines classical painting techniques with narrative subjects, focusing on the unreal, the unseen, and the impossible. The Delaware Art Museum is partnering with IX Arts organizers to host the first IX Preview Weekend September 23 – 25, 2016 at the Museum, celebrating Imaginative Realism and to kick off IX9–the annual groundbreaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to the genre. Imaginative Realism is the cutting edge of contemporary painting and illustration and often includes themes related to science fiction and…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM WELCOMES SAM SWEET AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

April 27, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum’s Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Sam Sweet to Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum, effective July 1, 2016. Sweet will relocate to Wilmington from Washington, D.C., where he led several prominent arts organizations over the past two decades. “We are extremely energized about the future of the Delaware Art Museum,” said Roberts W. Brokaw III, Board President and Chair of the Search Committee. “The appointment of a bold cultural leader like Sam Sweet to guide our Museum into the future starts a new and exciting chapter in our…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM HOSTS COMMUNITY EXHIBITION OF FOUR REGIONAL ARTIST COUPLES

April 14, 2016

Featuring Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius, Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher, Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie, and Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum’s community-generated Outlooks Exhibition Series showcases regional artists of national and international stature. The Museum is pleased to present its next Outlooks exhibition, which will be on view May 14 through August 14, 2016, in the Ammon Galleries. Duality features four artist couples–Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius, Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher, Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson, and Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie. Artistic practice is often thought of as a solitary endeavor with an…

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MUSEUM HOSTS FIRST STEAM EDUCATION EVENT

April 7, 2016

STEAM’d Up explores the relationships between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to host its first STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) event, STEAM’d UP, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to help expand students’ appreciation of the relationship between art and science. Through hands-on activities, the sixth grade class from A.I. DuPont Middle School will learn about how artists and scientists are both creative innovators. Each activity will be co-led by local scientists and artists with educators from the Delaware Art Museum, Hagley Museum &…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM CELEBRATES LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE WITH FESTIVAL EVENT APRIL 29

April 6, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE To celebrate the rich and diverse Latin American culture and the final weeks of the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, the Delaware Art Museum is pleased to present Noche de Carnaval on Friday, April 29 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This after-hours night carnival will feature performances by internationally-known artists DJ Soul Buck, INTIKANA, DJ Perly, Wilmington-based Orquesta Salsabor From Delaware, and special guest artists. Rolling Revolution Food trucks will be onsite and feature Latin American-inspired cuisine, including Koi on the Go, the Brunch Box, Maiale Deli and Salumeria, and Mojo Loco. Guests…

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MUSEUM HOSTS BOOK SALE FUNDRAISER APRIL 10, 2016

April 1, 2016

With a special performance by OperaDelaware and a “What’s it Worth?” booth WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum Council’s Book Sale returns on Saturday, April 10, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The free event will include over 5,000 donated books on subjects such as photography, history and biography, American and European art, decorative arts, cookbooks, and hundreds of art periodicals. Collectible books with beautiful publisher’s bindings will also be featured. All Book Sale proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives Acquisitions Fund. The 2016 Book Sale will also feature a “What’s it Worth?” booth…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM PRESENTS DARK HUMOR: AFRICAN AMERICAN ART FROM THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUMS, UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

March 30, 2016

On View July 16 – September 25, 2016 WILMINGTON, DE The term “dark humor” was coined in 1935 to describe a subgenre of comedy in which pleasure arises from topics generally considered taboo. In recent years, a number of artists of African descent have deployed dark humor to question history, matters of identity, viewer expectations, and the currency of cultural and racial stereotypes. Dark Humor: African American Art from the University Museums, University of Delaware, on view at the Delaware Art Museum from July 16 – September 25, 2016, features 19 paintings, prints, and objects produced between 1970 and 2008…

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MUSEUM LAUNCHES STORYTELLING PROGRAM MY AMERICA, MY JOURNEY

March 25, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE In celebration of the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, the Delaware Art Museum is hosting My America, My Journey. This powerful storytelling performance on Thursday, March 31, 2016 will feature seven Delawareans with roots in Latin America–including Wilmington City Councilwoman Maria Cabrera–who will share their experiences and personal stories of migration, family, community, identity, and culture. My America, My Journey is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event will begin at 6:15 p.m. “In working with each storyteller to develop their narrative, I’m amazed by each person’s…

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Delaware Art Museum announces 2016 Pre-Raphaelite Fellow

March 8, 2016

The Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware Library are pleased to announce that John Murphy has been awarded the 2016 Amy P. Goldman Foundation Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies. During his August Fellowship, Murphy will research and develop a scholarly article tracing connections between poet-artist William Blake (1757-1827) and William Morris (1834-1896). The one-month Fellowship, jointly hosted by the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware Library, is awarded annually to a scholar conducting significant research in the lives and the works of the Pre-Raphaelites and their friends, associates, and followers. Research relating to wider Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM LAUNCHES COMMUNITY ORGANIZED EVENT SERIES

February 18, 2016

Connected Series invites the community to create art-inspired events at the Museum WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce the Connected Series, a recently launched program that features free art-inspired events produced by the community, for the community. The Connected Series encourages local businesses or groups of individuals to make creative connections to art through performances, workshops, tours and talks, films, demonstrations, and other innovative ideas at the Delaware Art Museum. The 2016 Connected Series kicks off with a mosaic workshop by the Creative Vision Factory on February 25th. Other programs include a site-based performance by Ignite Dance…

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UNVEILING OF STUDENT MURAL PROJECT AT THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM

February 3, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE In honor of Black History Month, the Museum will unveil an Aaron Douglas-inspired mural created by local high school students. The February 4th unveiling ceremony is open to the press and public and will include a short presentation from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. During the presentation, the students who created the mural and the arts educator and artist who ran the program, Chad Cortez Everett, will speak about the art making process. Light refreshments will be served. The mural is part of the Museum’s Mural Arts Interpretation Project, a student-art initiative created last fall with the goal…

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MUSEUM PRESENTS EXHIBITION OF THE NEW YORKER ILLUSTRATOR EDWARD KOREN

January 21, 2016

On view June 25 – September 18, 2016 WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce Edward Koren: The Capricious Line will be on view June 25 – September 18, 2016. This exhibition celebrates the five-decade career of renowned cartoonist and long-standing contributor to The New Yorker Edward Koren (born 1935) and features approximately 50 original drawings, many on display for the first time. Koren’s cartoons encompass an eclectic set of themes which he tackles with his wry, astute criticism. With over 1,000 cartoons published in The New Yorker since 1962, Koren’s distinctive style and relatable characters deftly articulate…

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VALENTINE’S SPEAKEASY AT THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM

January 18, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Valentine’s Speakeasy on Thursday, February 11 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This late night soirée invites guests to dress their best and enjoy prohibition-era cocktails, Jazz Age music by Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, swing dancing demonstrations by the University of Delaware’s Swing Club, sketching in the galleries, and more. Admission to the event is free for Museum Members and $5 for Non-Members with a cash bar. All galleries will be open. Speakeasy and Valentine’s Day cocktails and treats will be available in the Thronson Café…

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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM HOSTS FREE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

January 13, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to welcome the tenth annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Presented in conjunction with Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, this celebration includes traditional Chinese art activities, artist demonstrations, a gallery scavenger hunt, a lion and folk dance and Chinese yo-yo performance by the Chinese American Community Center Folk and Lion Dance Troupes and Yo-Yo Club, and additional special performances from the Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society. Artwork created by children from the Chinese School of Delaware to commemorate this holiday will be on view. There…

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