The Delaware Art Museum is a private, not-for-profit arts organization. It is supported by earned and contributed income and is not owned or controlled by the State of Delaware. The Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.
Mission Statement: The Delaware Art Museum connects people to art, offering an inclusive and essential community resource that through its collections, exhibitions, and programs generates creative energy that sustains, enriches, empowers, and inspires.
The Delaware Art Museum considers its employees among its greatest assets. The Museum provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of the arts while contributing their specific skills and talents to the mission of the Museum.
Commitment to Performance: Our collective performance is the foundation of the Museum’s future. Individual performance represents a person’s opportunity to grow and excel. When we agree on a course of action, each of us makes a 100% effort to deliver on our promise. We are action-oriented, innovative and produce quality work.
Customer Service: We will provide an exceptional and inspiring experience for every guest by providing quality products and services. We will each understand and adhere to our Guest Standards.
We Are a Civic Institution: We will measure ourselves by the ability to serve and improve the quality of life for our diverse community. We will embrace and respect the rich talents of a diverse workforce and community.
Teamwork: We expect fair, honest and respectful treatment from everyone. As colleagues, our relationships are built on a foundation of mutual support, recognition, and the belief that each of us has good intentions. We treat each other in a way that enables each of us to contribute to our fullest potential. We understand and value the role and contribution made by everyone.
Career opportunities in the Museum require all levels of training, experience, and education for positions in a wide range of areas. The Museum provides a generous benefits package, and is an equal opportunity employer.
We are committed to inclusivity and encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
See below for current opportunities at the Museum. If you would like to volunteer at the Delaware Art Museum, click here.
The Delaware Art Museum is in need of a part-time customer service savvy Museum Associate who will engage, educate and provide an outstanding visitor experience. The hours will vary depending upon the week, events schedule and will include weekends and primarily Thursday evenings.
- Greet and engage visitors and answer questions about the museum, collections, history and merchandise;
- Process any registrations or ticket sales for museum events or programs;
- Assist in increasing the museums membership base;
- Assist callers, as needed, with information about the Museum, area, directions, other attractions of interest, and restaurants;
- Interact with guests in the store and finalize their sales;
- Operate cash register and maintain POS system;
- Answer phone inquiries;
- Process mail orders and telephone orders in a timely fashion;
- Receive incoming merchandise;
- Maintain a professional and inviting workspace, including restocking and cleaning;
- Assist in inventory;
- Maintain operation of store including opening and closing in manager’s absence;
- Provide outstanding customer service;
- Be able to handle problems and emergencies in a professional manner.
We are seeking enthusiastic candidates with knowledge and/or experience in:
- Retail sales;
- Outgoing service orientation with visitors to the museum;
- General office skills ;
- Strong attention to detail, and
- A passion for the arts and/or theater experience preferred.
The Delaware Art Museum is committed to inclusivity and encourages qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to HR@delart.org.
General Arts Instructor (temporary)
The experience of art viewing and art making come together at the Delaware Art Museum’s summer art camp program! The Museum’s summer art program for children ages 6 – 12 provides professional instruction and a creative experience in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Young artists will explore drawing, painting, ceramics, and more in the Bank of America Education Wing studios, the Museum’s galleries, and the Copeland Sculpture Garden. Camp is full-day from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Delaware Art Museum seeks a General Arts Instructor for its summer art camp program to plan and lead projects under the theme “Sculpture” for campers age 6 – 12. Camp Instructors are responsible for designing lesson plans and conducting art projects that foster a fun and creative learning environment for the campers. The General Arts Instructor is not responsible for ceramics lessons. Additionally, Instructors act as mentors to the Museum’s teen counselors who assist the Instructors and campers throughout the program. The position is available June 11 – 22 and the rate of pay is $25. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a one hour lunch break.
- BA/BFA or MA/MFA in studio art or art education; or equivalent of experience
- Prior experience teaching art to children in an educational setting
- Demonstrated proficiency in a variety of artistic mediums
- Ability to work with a wide-range of ages and backgrounds
- Ability to modify teaching strategies to optimize learning
- Good classroom management and organizational skills
- Enthusiasm and passion for teaching art to children
- Experience working with museum collections a plus
The Delaware Art Museum is committed to inclusivity and encourages qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and images of student work to Human Resource at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence
Chris White Community Development Corporation and Delaware Art Museum
Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence Request for Proposals
Through a dynamic partnership with the Chris White Community Development Corporation, a teaching artist/curator will engage with the Delaware Art Museum and Chris White Gallery for a one-year residency from September through August. This unique program affords a teaching artist/curator an opportunity to gain on-site experience working within the various communities the Delaware Art Museum and Chris White Gallery serve. Valuable skills in setting curricula, developing partnerships, engaging with artists, and exhibition planning and execution will be supported and gained through an extensive mentorship program with Chris White Gallery Committee Members and staff in the Delaware Art Museum’s Curatorial and Learning & Engagement departments.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in the dual roles this residency supports, extensive interest in and knowledge of community-based creative practices, strong communication and interpersonal skills, respect for diverse communities, a desire for collaboration and continuous learning, and an understanding of the potential for arts and culture to impact social change. Experience in teaching and planning youth art classes and supporting exhibition projects is preferred. The unique abilities the teaching artist/curator brings to this residency will in turn impact the Shipley Artist Lofts residents, the Delaware Art Museum staff, the Chris White Gallery Committee, and the constituents the two organizations support.
The residency runs for one full year from September 2018 – August 2019. Selected applicant is required to live in the provided apartment in the Shipley Artist Lofts for the entirety of the residency. All activities not to exceed 40 hours per week.
The teaching artist/curator in residence will be responsible for the following:
- Developing lesson plans and teaching students/youth for pre-established Museum/school partnerships and community-related programming days. Students will range in age from Kindergarten to 6th
- Managing Chris White Gallery activities including booked 2018 exhibitions, exhibition development for 2019 calendar year in collaboration with Gallery Committee, installation, programming
Residency support includes the following:
- $11,532 in teaching fees and living stipend; educational supplies provided
- $5,000 artist stipend
- Housing in the Shipley Artist Lofts (http://www.chriswhitecdc.org/space/shipley-artists-lofts/), or similar
- Delaware Art Museum membership and staff ID (provides access to other cultural sites)
- Solo exhibition in the Chris White Gallery at close of residency year
Application and Selection
The deadline to submit is May 1, 2018. Selection will be made by May 31, 2018.
The selected teaching artist/curator will be required to complete the Shipley Artist Lofts Rental Application.
Complete proposals include:
- Cover letter
- Resume with contact information for two professional references
- Curatorial statement (200 words maximum)
- Teaching philosophy (200 words maximum)
- Lesson plan
- 3 examples of past work with students (photographs and/or work samples)
- 3 Examples of own work (photographs and/or video)
- Installation images of past curatorial projects (if applicable)
Please contact Eliza Jarvis, Manager of Youth Learning & Creative Partnerships at the Delaware Art Museum at 302.351.8522 or email@example.com if you have further questions regarding the residency or application.
ALFRED APPEL, JR. CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP
The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to offer an annual Curatorial Fellowship. This two-month Fellowship is intended for graduate students working towards a Museum career. This Fellowship honors Alfred Appel, Jr., a leading scholar of American Studies and a collector of modern prints and photographs.
The focus of the Fellowship changes each year based on institutional need. The Fellowship requires two months of full-time work, or the equivalent in part-time hours. The timing of the Fellowship is flexible and can be carried out full-time or part-time, based on applicant and institutional commitments, and must be served between April and September 2018.
The 2018 Appel Curatorial Fellow will research the work of Edward Loper, Sr. and Edward Loper, Jr. and write a scholarly essay for inclusion in the artists’ 2019 exhibition catalogue. The show, on view March–August 2019, will survey the artistic development of these two artists—father and son—and the establishment of the Loper tradition in the greater Wilmington area. Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son, Loper, Jr., was equally prolific and participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the region. Their styles, though different, are distinct for their approach to form and color and show the acknowledgment of modernist traditions from the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition will be assembled from the collections of the Delaware Art Museum, other public institutions, local corporations, and private individuals.
The Appel Curatorial Fellow will work closely with Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art.
Receiving the fellowship:
A stipend of $3,500 is available for the Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended for those who are currently enrolled in an art history graduate program and are planning a museum career. While the project may require off-site research, the fellow is expected to work on site regularly during the period of the Fellowship.
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2018. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by May 1, 2018. The Fellowship must be carried out between May 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018.
Applications for the 2018 Appel Fellowship, including a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment may be emailed to Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy P. Goldman Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies
The University of Delaware Library, in Newark, Delaware, and the Delaware Art Museum are pleased to offer a joint Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite studies, funded by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation. This one-month Fellowship, awarded annually, is intended for scholars conducting significant research in the lives and works of the Pre-Raphaelites and their friends, associates, and followers. Research of a wider scope, which considers the Pre-Raphaelite movement and related topics in relation to Victorian art and literature, and cultural or social history, will also be considered. Projects which provide new information or interpretation—dealing with unrecognized figures, women writers and artists, print culture, iconography, illustration, catalogues of artists’ works, or studies of specific objects—are particularly encouraged, as are those which take into account transatlantic relations between Britain and the United States. Applicants, whose research specifically utilizes holdings of the University of Delaware Library, the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives, are preferred.
Receiving the Fellowship:
The recipient will be expected to be in residence and to make use of the resources of both the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware Library. The recipient may also take advantage of these institutions’ proximity to other collections, such as the Winterthur Museum and Library, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Princeton University Library, and the Bryn Mawr College Library. Each recipient is expected to participate in an informal colloquium on the subject of his or her research during the course of Fellowship residence.
A stipend of $3,000 is available for the one-month Fellowship. Housing will be provided. Personal transportation is recommended (but not mandatory) in order to fully utilize the resources of both institutions.
The Fellowship is intended for those who are working toward or hold a Ph.D., or can demonstrate equivalent professional or academic experience. Applications from Ph.D.-track graduate students, independent scholars and museum professionals are welcome. By arrangement with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, scholars may apply to each institution for awards in the same year; every effort will be made to offer consecutive dates.
Lindsay Wells (2018) — PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation explores the correlation between glasshouse architecture, the nineteenth-century houseplant industry, and botanical imagery in Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic art. The Fellowship will support a dissertation chapter investigating the relationship between Victorian houseplant horticulture and the elaborate botanical imagery in paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.
Melissa Buron (2017) — Associate Curator of European Paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Fellowship overview: The Fellowship will support Buron’s research for the catalogue that will accompany a major loan exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, scheduled for summer2018 at the Legion of Honor: Mastering the Masters: Pre-Raphaelites and Their Sources of Inspiration (working title). Mastering the Masters is the first major international exhibition to assemble works of art created by members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with the Early Italian and Early Netherlandish art pre-dating the High Renaissance painter Raphael that inspired them.
Heather Bozant Witcher (2016) — PhD candidate, English Department, Saint Louis University. (Title of Fellowship: The Ideal Collaborative Process of the Pre-Raphaelites)
Fellowship overview: The project looks specifically at the collaboration between individuals such as Mary and Percy Shelley, Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper (together known under the pseudonym Michael Field); and within the aesthetic press movement: Kelmscott Press, Vale Press, and Hogarth Press, with the supposition that collaboration becomes a means of artistic construction and a lived experience of communal relations.
Nancy Rose Marshall (2015) — Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin – Madison. (Title of Fellowship: Dante Gabriel Rossetti monograph)
Fellowship overview: Research towards completion of a monograph on Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a commissioned project with Phaidon Press. Unlike many studies that examine Rossetti in isolation from mainstream Victorian culture, this book places him in specific social–historical contexts. Marshall contends Rossetti was asking the same philosophical questions as many of the most prominent thinkers of his day concerning the definitions of love, passion, flesh, matter and the existence of the soul.
Natasha Moore (2014) — Most recently Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Letters, Art and Media at the University of Sydney, Australia. (Title of Fellowship: The Literary Life and Times of William Allingham)
Fellowship Overview: Research for her biography, The Literary Life and Times of William Allingham. Nineteenth-century Anglo-Irish poet and man of letters closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. Allingham was a diarist, correspondent, critic, magazine editor, intimate friend to such eminent Victorians as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Thomas Carlyle, and husband to illustrator and water-colorist Helen.
Laura Kilbride (2013) – PhD candidate, St. John’s College, Cambridge University, English Faculty (Title of Fellowship: “The Pre-Raphaelite School of Poetry”)
Fellowship overview: In preparation for a Thesis on “Algernon Swinburne’s Style,” Ms. Kilbride’s work aims to resurrect Swinburne’s contribution, focusing on the relation between archaism and innovation in the work of Swinburne and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She will integrate Swinburne’s work into the discussion of pre-Raphaelite literature in an effort to expand the definition of “pre-Raphaelite poetry.”
Kristin Mahoney (2012) — Assistant Professor of English, Western Washington University ( Title of Fellowship: “Old Guard/Avant-Garde: The Politics of Post-Victorian Aestheticism”)
Fellowship Overview: Research for a chapter in a forthcoming book investigating the persistence of late-Victorian aestheticism in the early 20th-century, with a focus on figures such as Beerbohm who defiantly foregrounded their connections to the previous century in order to signal their dissatisfaction with e escalating militarism and aggression of the period.
Karen Yuen (2010) — Independent Scholar, Vancouver, Canada ( Title of Fellowship: “The Music of Dante Gabriel Rossetti”)
Fellowship Overview: Research towards a book project about the enigmatic relationship between Dante Gabriel Rossetti and music. The premise is that Rossetti not only thought deeply about music, but also saw music as intimately bound to his masculine identity – an identity that was often misunderstood by his critics.
Thad Logan (2009) — Department of English, Rice University ( Title of Fellowship: “Rossetti’s Things”)
Fellowship Overview: A study of material objects, research into the life and work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and investigations into the connections among various personalities and artifacts associated with the Pre-Raphaelite circle. This research will be published in a forthcoming book on the subject.
Dr. Colin Cruise (2008) — Research Lecturer, The School of Art, University of Aberystwyth, Wales (Title of Fellowship: “Pre-Raphaelite Drawing: Theories, Practices and Contexts”)
Fellowship Overview: Research towards an exhibition catalogue for an exhibition, Drawing Conclusions: Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Designs and Watercolours, organized by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, England (2010), and guest curated by Dr. Cruise. The exhibition is based on the premise that the Pre-Raphaelites’ drawing style was intimately connected to their identity as artists and enabled them to develop their pictorial ideas and communicate their beliefs.
About the Delaware Art Museum:
Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is home to the largest and most important collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art in the United States. Assembled largely by the Wilmington industrialist, Samuel Bancroft, Jr., at the turn of the century (with significant subsequent additions), the collection includes paintings and drawings by all the major and minor Pre-Raphaelite artists, as well as decorative arts, prints, photographs, manuscripts, and rare books. The Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, with a reference collection of 30,000 volumes, holds Samuel Bancroft’s papers and correspondence, a rich source for the history of collecting and provenance which also contains significant manuscript material by and about the Rossettis.
The Delaware Art Museum has an entire website devoted to the Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art. Click here to visit the Pre-Raphaelite website. The Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives at the Delaware Art Museum houses the Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Manuscript Collection. Click here to visit a finding aid for the Bancroft Manuscript Collection.
About the University of Delaware Library:
The University of Delaware Library has broadly based and comprehensive collections—books, periodicals, electronic resources, microforms, government publications, databases, maps, manuscripts, media, and access to information via the Internet—which provide a major academic resource for the study of literature and art. Many printed and manuscript items related to the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates are in the Special Collections Department, including major archives relating to the Victorian artist and writer, George Adolphus Storey, and to the bibliographer and forger, Thomas J. Wise. For more information see, https://library.udel.edu/special/. The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, associated with the Special Collections Department, focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s. Its rich holdings comprise 5,000 first and other editions (including many signed and association copies), manuscripts, letters, works on paper (including drawings by Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti), and ephemera. For more information see https://library.udel.edu/special/collections/mark-samuels-lasner-collection/
Send a completed application form, together with a description of your research proposal (maximum 1 page) and a curriculum vitae or resume (maximum 2 pages) to the address given below. Letters of support from two scholars or other professionals familiar with you and your work are also required. These materials may also be sent via email to: email@example.com
Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship Committee
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806
Click here to download application form. (PDF format)
The deadline to apply for the 2019 Fellowship is November 1, 2018. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by December 1, 2018. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by January 1, 2019.
If you have any questions or would like to request more information, please contact:
Margaretta S. Frederick
Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship Committee
Direct line: 302.351.8518