Current Exhibitions

The Delaware Art Museum regularly presents major traveling exhibitions, offering the community an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of artists and artistic movements. The Museum also displays smaller exhibitions, often assembled from its permanent collection, to complement larger shows or to bring select works to light.

Passengers, 2009. Steven Assael (born 1957). Oil on canvas, 72 x 90 inches. Collection of John B. Bolton. © Steven Assael, Courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.

Truth & Vision: 21st Century RealismOctober 22, 2016 - January 22, 2017

Inspired by Robert C. Jackson’s 2014 publication, Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters, this exhibition surveys the state of realistic painting at the start of the 21st century. Indicative of this moment are two trends in representational painting–the depiction of the natural world and the creation of fantastic imaginings. Featuring artists from thro... Read More

Night Still Life, 1962. Elizabeth Osborne (born 1936). Oil on canvas, 26 × 40 inches. Collection of Philip and Linda Osborne. Image © Elizabeth Osborne and Locks Gallery, Philadelphia.

Elizabeth Osborne: The SixtiesOctober 8, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Philadelphia-based artist Elizabeth Osborne (born 1936) is best known for her glowing landscapes and seascapes. She is also known for her interior and figurative paintings which were influenced by Richard Diebenkorn and Color Field painters such as Helen Frankenthaler. Following her graduation from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Osborne spent a year in the mid-1960s studying in Paris t... Read More

Cast of Whistle Characters, 2010. Carla Lombardi. Mid-range stoneware, terra sigillata, oxides, glaze; 19 x 14 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist, © Carla Lombardi.

FluiditySeptember 3, 2016 - February 12, 2017

Fluidity presents the work of Carla Lombardi, N. Sarangoulis, Libbie Soffer, and Valetta, whose paths have intertwined over the past several years in various collaborations and artistic projects. Through sculptural ceramics, found-object installations, watercolor, and pastel, these artists center their work on the intersection of universal hopes and fears—especially ones unique to women—with p... Read More

Genius of Art (detaila0, 1903 1905. Howard Pyle (1853-1911). Oil on canvas glued to plywood, 116 x 65 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Louisa du Pont Copeland, 1923.

Howard Pyle MuralsAugust 14, 2015 - December 31, 2020

Beginning in August 2015, the complete set of nine mural panels painted by Howard Pyle (1853 – 1911) for the drawing room of his home at 907 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware will be semi-permanently installed in one of the Vinton Illustration galleries on the second floor of the Museum. Two of the panels were on view during the retrospective of Pyle’s work at the Museum in fall 2011. Ove... Read More