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.
We are committed to inclusivity and encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. Delaware Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
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.
See below for current opportunities at the Museum. If you would like to volunteer at the Delaware Art Museum, click here.
Conservation Technician (Handler)
Delaware Art Museum is currently seeking an experienced conservation technician for an 8 month assignment beginning October, 2017.
The Technician is responsible for a comprehensive inventory and digitization of 650 of the Museum’s collection of three-dimensional objects working collaboratively with the Photography Technician, Project Manager, Registrars, Curators, and Preparators. The Technician will work in the Museum’s works on paper, object, and painting collections storage area(s) or in the galleries on the days the Museum is closed to the public.
Specifically, the Technician will:
- Work methodically and sequentially to inventory each object located on shelves
- Rehouse and pack objects for art related movement, photography, and new storage locations
- Physically identify, examine, measure, and condition-check every object
- Locate, verify, and update each object’s TMS record to ensure correct and complete information, including accession number, object name, condition check via TMS survey sheet or iPad, location, housing status, and recorder/date
- Identify those works that cannot be located
- Identify works which are in storage but not in TMS database
- Identify works that require professional conservation assessment or re-housing
- Enact collections care and collections records procedures in accord with professional standards and with the Museum’s Collection Care Policy
Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:
- B.A. or a B.S. degree
- Strong object handling skills, including experience in safe recording of physical specifications and summary-condition reporting
- Proficient knowledge of computer programs, TMS preferred
- Accuracy and discretion
- Ability to set and meet deadlines
- Superior written and interpersonal communication skills
This benefits eligible position is an 8 month assignment paying $15/hr. Work hours are Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm. Please submit a cover letter, resume and references to Human Resources at HR@delart.org by October 4, 2017.
Ceramics Instructor and Studio Technician
Delaware Art Museum is currently seeking an experienced ceramics artist to oversee the Ceramics Studio in the Bank of America Education Wing. The Instructor is to teach Tuesday morning/evening adult ceramic classes beginning in January 2018 and Studio Technician duties beginning Sept 2017. Periodic workshops will also be a possible teaching opportunity.
This position will provide quality instruction for a range of skill levels, cultivate a community of learners, and promote a positive and supportive learning environment. The Instructor will work with the Studio Programs Manager to design informative and fun adult classes for those interested in both wheel throwing and hand building. Classes are eight to ten weeks long and meet once a week for three hours. In addition to studio duties and classes, Saturday availability for Open Studios from 9:30am-12:30pm is preferable but not mandatory.
This is a part time position. The hourly rate for teaching/instruction is $25 – $35 depending on enrollment. The hourly rate for studio technician duties is $15.
- BFA/BA from an accredited college/university or demonstrated success as a teaching artist.
- Prior teaching experience in an educational setting or informal learning environment.
- Demonstrated proficiency in his/her field.
- Knowledge of various techniques and processes.
- Experience with studio maintenance and safety.
- Ability to work with a wide-range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds and modify teaching strategies to optimize learning.
- Good time management and organizational skills.
- Enthusiasm for teaching.
- Eager to experiment and try new things.
- Teach adults of various skill levels and backgrounds
- Maintain a strong sense of community and open dialogue with students
- Maintain a clean and orderly studio (1-2 hours per week)
- Mix glazes when needed
- Inventory and order supplies, including clay, tools, and chemicals. Receive and put away order (must be able to lift 50 pounds)
- Load and fire kilns (1-2 firings/week, 2 electric L&L kilns)
- Reclaim/Pug recycle clay (1-2 hours per week)
Please submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and 3 – 5 images of current work and 3-5 images of student work (artist website or electronic files acceptable) to Human Resources at HR@delart.org by September 30.
CLAY DATE INSTRUCTOR
Delaware Art Museum is currently seeking experienced art instructors to teach adult a monthly adult ceramic workshop beginning in September 2017.
This Studio Art Instructor will provide quality instruction for a range of skill levels, cultivate a community of learners, and promote a positive and supportive learning environment. The instructor will be responsible for conducting Clay Date, a ceramic workshop held on the second Friday evening of the month. Participants are taught hand building and wheel throwing techniques, while learning in a social atmosphere. Some additional responsibilities may apply.
- BFA from an accredited college/university or demonstrated success as a teaching artist
- Prior teaching experience in an educational setting or informal learning environment
- Demonstrated proficiency in his/her field
- Knowledge of various techniques and processes
- Experience with studio maintenance and safety
- Ability to work with a wide-range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds and modify teaching strategies to optimize learning
- Enthusiasm for teaching art to adults
- Eager to experiment and try new things
- Friday evening availability
Please submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and 3 – 5 images of current work and/or student work (artist website or electronic files acceptable) to Human Resources at HR@delart.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 hold a Ph.D. or can demonstrate equivalent professional or academic experience. Applications from 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.
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. 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.
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 2018 Fellowship is November 1, 2017. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by December 1, 2017. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by January 1, 2018.
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