Opportunities

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.

SHARED VALUES:

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.

Job Listings

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.

Alfred Appel, Jr. Education Internship
Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellowship
Amy P. Goldman Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies

ALFRED APPEL, JR.  EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

Spring 2019: Family Programs

The Delaware Art Museum’s Appel Education Internship is a Winter/Spring 2019 internship intended for juniors or seniors, graduates, or graduate students interested in a career in museum education, art, education, or early childhood learning. This internship honors the memory of Alfred Appel, Jr., professor emeritus of English at Northwestern University where he taught for more than 30 years.

During this internship, the successful candidate will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Museum’s full range of family programs
  • Gain experience engaging early learners in a museum setting by assisting with Art

Museum Babies and Glory of Stories programs for 0-2 and 2-6 year olds, respectively

  • Write 2 lesson plans for Glory of Stories that support the goals of the program
  • Observe and evaluate the Museum’s new Family Second Sundays programming model
  • Assist with weekly art activity preparation.

Ideal candidates will have strong organizational, customer service, communication, and project- management skills, and be able to work in a collaborative environment. Experience working with children (1 year+) desired, but this could be in an informal or formal setting. Creativity and a sense of fun desired.

Local candidates are highly desirable and encouraged to apply as this internship may lead to future opportunities assisting the Learning & Engagement Department on a contracted basis.

The intern must have reliable transportation to the Art Museum, located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington.

Schedule:

  • 10 weeks, start and end dates flexible
  • 12 business hours per week, schedule flexible; Friday mornings preferred.
  • In addition, full-day participation on Family Second Sundays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.:
    • Sunday, March 12
    • Sunday, April 14
    • Sunday, May 12 or June 9

Receiving the Internship:

A stipend of $1250 is available for the internship.  Dates and schedule will be coordinated with the successful candidate.

To Apply:

For consideration, please email a cover letter, resume, and one letter of recommendation from a professional or academic reference that speaks to your ability to succeed in this internship, as an MS Word or PDF attachment to Amelia Wiggins, Manager of Gallery Learning & Interpretation at the Delaware Art Museum, awiggins@delart.org by December 3, 2018.

Candidates with qualifications that fit the needs of the Learning & Engagement Department will be contacted.

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 May and September 2019.

The 2019 Appel Curatorial Fellow will research the work of Julio daCunha (born 1929), assist with the development of the exhibition checklist, and write a scholarly essay for inclusion in the artists’ 2020 exhibition brochure. The show, scheduled February – June 2020, will survey the artist’s artistic development. Julio daCunha was born in Bogota, Colombia and following studies in Colombia and Mexico City, attended the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1952. He arrived in Delaware in 1956 to teach at the University of Delaware following the completion of his master of fine arts degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art. DaCunha served as department chair from 1966 to 1969 and taught until his retirement in 1994.

The artist has exhibited throughout the northeast and in his native Colombia under the surnames Acuna, Acuña, Acunha, and Da Cunha. Solo exhibitions of daCunha’s work have been held at Hardcastle’s and the Fifth Street Gallery in Wilmington, Delaware; at Zegri Gallery and Pleiades Gallery in New York; and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Delaware Contemporary. The artist places himself within the Spanish tradition and cites the influences of Arshile Gorky, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Roberto Matta, and Francisco de Goya. During his decades-long career at the University of Delaware, daCunha influenced the fine art department and the generations of artists who studied within the program.

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 two-month period of the Fellowship.

Important Dates:

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2019. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by May 1, 2019. The Fellowship must be carried out between May 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019.

To Apply:

Applications for the 2019 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, mwinslow@delart.org. We are committed to inclusivity and encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

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.

Fellows:

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/

To Apply:

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: fellowships@delart.org

Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship Committee
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

Click here to download application form. (PDF format)

Important Dates:

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
E-mail: fellowships@delart.org

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