Institutional Archives: Directors
Danielle Rice (2005- present)
Dr. Rice joins the Museum following nineteen distinguished years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. During her tenure there Dr. Rice served as Curator of Education (1986-1997), Senior Curator of Education (1997-2001), and Associate Director for Program since 2001. As Associate Director for Program, she oversaw the departments of Special Exhibitions, Education, Publications, the Library and the Archives.Dr. Rice has also headed the education departments of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.She has over twenty-five years experience in designing and implementing innovative new programs to communicate art to the public, working with diverse community members and through community partnerships. She shares with the Delaware Art Museum a dedication to making museums more accessible, visitor friendly, and community minded.
Stephen T. Bruni (1985-2005)
Steve Bruni was appointed Director of the Delaware Art Museum in 1985. Previously, Steve served as Deputy Director for Administration and as Acting Director since August of 1985. Steve started at the Museum by assisting in the preparation and installation of exhibitions and providing administrative support to the office of the Director, then Bruce St. John. Over the years, Steve has been instrumental in establishing The Museum Store, Art Sales & Rental Gallery, and Docent Program. He has continued to supervise a growing staff and work in all phases of financial development for the Museum - from coordinating the Beaux Arts Ball to soliciting corporate funding for the operating budget, exhibitions and two major capital campaigns.
Robert H. Frankel (1980-1985)
Robert Frankel was appointed Director of the Delaware Art Museum in 1980. Under Frankel's administration the Delaware Art Museum experienced significant growth and change. His goal upon arrival in 1980 was to help make the Delaware Art Museum a more accessible and provocative visual arts institution. Frankel was instrumental in establishing a substantial accessions fund, bringing quality exhibitions and related programming to the community and helping to lay the groundwork for the Museum's expansion project.
Charles L. Wyrick, Jr. (1973-1979)
Charles L. Wyrick, Jr. was appointed Director of the Delaware Art Museum in 1973. During Wyrick's administration, the Museum experienced the establishment of The Museum Store, the Art Sales & Rental Gallery, and the Collectors' Circle. Wyrick directed the Museum during a time of economic prosperity, when grant funding from various agencies enabled the Museum to expand to greater audiences within the state of Delaware while refining the permanent collection for exhibitions, programs and further educational endeavors.
Bruce St. John (1957-1973)
Bruce St. John served as Curator of the John Sloan Collection, Curator of the Pre-Raphaelite Collection and Assistant Director for the Delaware Art Center prior to his promotion as Executive Director. St. John ushered an era of professionalism and innovation for the Museum. Under his administration the Museum experienced the founding of the Friends of Art, establishment of the Downtown Gallery, and two major renovations of the Museum's storage and gallery spaces. St. John served as director during the changing of the Art Center's name to the Delaware Art Museum and subsequent accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
Constance Moore (1938-1957)
Constance Moore served as Curator of the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts - as the Delaware Art Museum was initially known - from 1931 to 1938 and Director of the Delaware Art Center since its opening in June 1938. Ms. Moore served with the Society for twenty-six years, years in which it developed from a membership of 601 to 1149 at the time of her resignation; from occupation of a gallery and two smaller rooms on the second floor of the Library Building (open seven afternoons a week ten months of the year) to the Art Center building (open three hundred and sixty days of the year) with its extensive program of exhibits, lectures, free concerts, classes and educational work.