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.

Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police RiotJuly 14, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Black Survival Guide,: or How to Live Through a Police Riot, a series of fourteen large-scale retroreflective screen prints, interprets and employs archival documents from the Delaware Historical Society and photographs of the 1968 National Guard occupation of Wilmington taken by News Journal staff. Commissioned by the Delaware Art Museum from renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, this wo... Read More

Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights MovementJune 30, 2018 - September 9, 2018

A giant of post-War documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A self-taught photographer and a graduate of the University of Chicago, Lyon began his photographic career in the early 1960s as the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a ... Read More

The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Drawings by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton SilvermanJune 30, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on charges of disorderly conduct on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. As a result, the African-American community was galvanized to action and the Montgomery Improvement Association was founded, with the 26-year-old Rev... Read More

Impermanence: Mystery, Transformation, LightMay 19, 2018 - August 5, 2018

This exhibition centers on impermanence, an essential tenet of Buddhism. Using drawings as symbols or metaphors for transitory life experiences, the eleven artists tell stories about lost innocence, fading memory, mortality, and the drawing process itself. Using traditional media, each artist offers insights into life’s fleeting nature. To view large images and caption information, click belo... Read More

African American Art: Migration and ModernismMarch 13, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Delaware Art Museum spotlights the work of Black artists in our gallery dedicated to modern art. The paintings, prints, and sculptures on view celebrate the rich legacy of African American modernism between the 1920s and the 1970s. Alongside two of Jacob Lawrence’s prints, the installation features favorites by Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas, Norman Lewis, and Edward Loper, Sr., as well as recent... Read More

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