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.
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 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 2015 and February 2016.
In 2015-2016 the Appel Curatorial Fellow will research and plan an exhibition drawn from the University Museums’ African American art collection at the University of Delaware, inclusive of the Paul R. Jones Collection. Jones was a major collector of 20th-century art who amassed a premiere collection of African American art. His donation of works—diverse in media, subject, style, and technique—to the University of Delaware serves as the foundation for a growing collection of African American art. The collection includes works by such noted artists as Charles White, Herman “Kofi” Bailey, David Driskell, Elizabeth Catlett, Earl Hooks, Leo Twiggs, Stanley White, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, P.H. Polk and Selma Burke. The Fellow will plan a focused exhibition from this remarkable collection.
The Appel Curatorial Fellow will work closely with Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American Art, to plan an exhibition scheduled for the summer of 2016.
The focus of the 2016–2017 Fellowship will be announced in the fall of 2015.
Jeffrey Richmond Moll (2013) – PhD Candidate, Art History, University of Delaware
The focus of the 2013 Fellowship was a recently accessioned series of drawings by the American artist Violet Oakley (1874–1961) relating to the Angel of Victory Triptych (1941) in the Museum’s permanent collection. Working under the guidance of chief curator Margaretta Frederick, Moll developed an exhibition that illuminated Oakley’s commission to create portable altar pieces for the Citizens Committee for the Army and Navy during World War II. The exhibition ran from February 8 through May 25, 2014.
Margarita Karasoulas (2014), PhD student, Art History, University of Delaware
In 2014, the Appel Curatorial Fellow researched and planned an exhibition focused on John Sloan’s puzzle designs for the Philadelphia Press. Between 1899 and 1910, each week the Press offered $10 to its readers to solve a visual brainteaser conceived and designed by Sloan and published in the newspaper’s Sunday supplement. The Delaware Art Museum owns more than 100 examples of these imaginative puzzles, and Ms. Karasoulas selected about 20 diverse and difficult examples for an engaging display of Sloan’s visual wit. The exhibition will be on view from June 6 through September 6, 2015.
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 for the 2015 Fellowship is March 1, 2015. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2015. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by May 1, 2015. The Fellowship must be carried out between April 30, 2015 and February 10, 2016.
Applications for the 2015 Appel Fellowship, including a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment may be emailed to Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American Art at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Delaware Art Museum’s Appel Education Internship is a summer internship intended for undergraduate students working toward an art education career. 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 would be responsible for two main projects: 1.) working with the Museum’s Studio Programs Manager in overseeing the Museum’s Summer Art Camp program, which consists of four, two-week sessions; and 2.) developing, planning, and conducting creative lessons for the Museum’s summer outreach programs at libraries. In addition to these two projects, the intern would support Education Department staff as needed, helping to facilitate youth programs for children.
Ideal candidates will have strong organizational, customer service, communication and project-management skills, and be able to work in a collaborative environment; must also have a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance.
Receiving the Internship:
A stipend of $2,500 is available for the internship. The internship is intended for rising juniors or seniors, or 2015 graduates enrolled in an art education or elementary education undergraduate program. This is a full-time, summer internship. Dates will be coordinated with the successful candidate.
The deadline to apply for the 2015 internship is March 16, 2015. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 13, 2015. The internship must be carried out between June and August 2015.
For consideration, email a cover letter, resume, and one letter of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment to Alfredo Franco, Director of Education, at email@example.com.
A Joint Fellowship from the University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum
The University of Delaware Library, in Newark, Delaware, and the Delaware Art Museum are pleased to offer a joint Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite studies. This short-term, 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.
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.
Up to $3,000 is available for the one-month Fellowship. Housing may 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2016 Fellowship is November 1, 2015. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by December 1, 2015. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by January 1, 2016.
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