Past Exhibitions

Posing Beauty in African American CultureOctober 19, 2019 - January 26, 2020

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet. Throughout the Western histo... Read More

Angela Fraleigh: Sound the Deep WatersOctober 5, 2019 - April 12, 2020

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity through the lens of historic narrative art. Fraleigh’s opulent paintings are populated by female figures freed from the social constructs of their time. No longer the despised witches of popular fairy tales... Read More

Mitch Lyons: The Hand TranslatedSeptember 7, 2019 - February 2, 2020

Mitch Lyons was a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree in graphic design from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) and continued his studies at Tyler School of Art where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics in 197... Read More

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean ArchipelagoJune 22, 2019 - September 8, 2019

Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago presents 21st-century art by artists with roots in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Curaçao, Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Martin, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, and St. Vincent.... Read More

The Loper Tradition: Paintings by Edward Loper, Sr. and Edward Loper, Jr.March 23, 2019 - August 4, 2019

Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son, Loper, Jr., was equally prolific, taught at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, and participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the region. Their styles, though different, are distinct for their approach to form and color a... Read More

Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes: The Droller Collection of Picture Book ArtMarch 2, 2019 - May 12, 2019

From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We invite children and adults to climb into the magical world of children’s literature through this stunning collection of more than 100 original and imaginative illustrations. Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes features selections from favorite ... Read More

Politics and Paint: Barbara Bodichon and the Pre-Raphaelite BrotherhoodNovember 3, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s preferred genre, and her style reflects Pre-Raphaelite principles of careful observation and detailed rendering. Bodichon traveled widely and exhibited at the Royal Academy and Gambart’s French Gallery in Pall... Read More

Juried Craft ExhibitionOctober 20, 2018 - January 27, 2019

For over 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft in its temporary exhibitions by artists working locally and throughout the region. Capitalizing on the Museum’s popular annual exhibitions of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and watercolors, the first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was formally established in 1958. Since then, a rich array of woodwork, cera... Read More

Wonders of Wilmington: Gifts from the Hotel du Pont CollectionSeptember 8, 2018 - January 13, 2019

In 2017, the Delaware Art Museum received 13 works of art previously on display in the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The gift included watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and oil paintings by N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, and Edward Loper. Adorning the building’s public spaces, the hotel’s collection was formed over several decades to support local artists. The Museum is honored to keep these ... Read More

Intimate Visions: Paintings on Paper featuring David Hornung, Constance Moore Simon, Žaneta ZubkovaAugust 25, 2018 - January 6, 2019

The intimate vision of each artist—a mingling of reality and invention—blends the natural world with abstract shapes. Whether in luminous or subdued colors, these forms conjure up a cityscape or countryside. Patterns may suggest solid objects or floating fragments. The small scale of the works draw us into the vision for a closer look. To view large images and caption information, click bel... 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

Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John RuskinMarch 10, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Born almost exactly 100 years apart, the American painter, Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) and the British critic and amateur artist, John Ruskin (1819–1900) shared a life-long obsession for the close observation and finely rendered imagery of the world around them. This exhibition places the work of Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin together for the first time, examining their varying approaches to inter... Read More

Point, Counter-Point: Alan Soffer, Brian Dickerson, Moe BrookerFebruary 10, 2018 - April 29, 2018

This community-curated exhibition brings together three painters—Alan Soffer, Brian Dickerson, and Moe Brooker—who are attuned to harmonies and contrasts in abstract forms. Each artist explores the boundaries of the creative process through mixed media, color, form, and texture. To view large images and caption information, click below. [gallery columns="4" link="file" ids="9137,9138,981... Read More

the seeing glassNovember 18, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, collaborators Troy Richards and Knut Hybinette will develop a pop-up virtual reality (VR) experience for the Pre-Raphaelite galleries. Titled the seeing glass, the work imagines the world inside the circular mirror hanging in the background of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s La Bella Mano (1875). On... Read More

An American Journey: The Art of John SloanOctober 21, 2017 - January 28, 2018

The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan's work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist's long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his famous depictions of New York City, his lively views of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and his fascinating studies of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition includes nearly 100 works--drawings, prints, and paintings... Read More

The Fabric of Life: Works in Fiber by the Harmony Weavers GuildSeptember 30, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design and detail and to richness of color and of textures. Such features invite the viewer to think about the artist’s process and to appreciate the textiles that are so much a part of everyday lives. The exhibit... Read More

Tableau: The Art of Richard CleaverSeptember 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Known for Queen’s Closet in the Museum’s Contemporary Gallery, Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. The artist is fascinated by monarchies, mythology, and religion, and these themes form the subjects of his work. Constructing the sculptures in clay, Cleaver then paints meti... Read More

Craig Colorusso: Sound + LightJuly 14, 2017 - July 23, 2017

After a successful career as a musician, Craig Colorusso began building meditative art installations that explore the intersection of music, performance, and sculpture. The first temporary outdoor exhibition in the Museum’s Copeland Sculpture Garden, Craig Colorusso: Sound + Light features the artist’s Sun Boxes with special presentations of his Cubemusic in the Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fus... Read More

The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac ConnerJune 24, 2017 - September 17, 2017

This comprehensive and lively installation explores the work of one of America's original "Mad Men." McCauley ("Mac") Conner (born 1913) created advertising campaigns for a variety of products during the decade when the advertising industry was at its height and centered on Madison Avenue. His illustrations for leading women's magazines such as Redbook and McCall's animated a wide range of popular... Read More

The Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860-1920June 3, 2017 - August 27, 2017

This exhibition will investigate the trans-Atlantic concept of the ‘complete book,’ which took place between 1860 and 1920. During this 60-year period, the conflation of advances in print technology and the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement led to a new aesthetic in book design. The integration of the book from content to cover as promoted by private press initiatives including Willia... Read More

Assemblage: A Regional Collective of Women ArtistsMay 13, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Assemblage is a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area. While the artists exhibit individually throughout the region, they work toward exhibiting collectively once a year. The artists work in various media and include the figure, animals, architecture, nature, and both realistic and abstract forms in their designs. Painting, printmaking, and drawing with bright colors and mon... Read More

12×12 Student ExhibitionMarch 15, 2017 - April 23, 2017

Most young artists dream of seeing their work displayed on a museum wall. This spring, the Delaware Art Museum is turning that dream into a reality by hosting 12 x 12, a group exhibition featuring works by young Delaware artists, on view March 15 – April 23, 2017. To celebrate National Youth Art Month the Delaware Art Museum will showcase the work of young artists living in the State of Delaw... Read More

Wonder and Whimsy: The Illustrations of W. Heath RobinsonMarch 4, 2017 - May 21, 2017

In America for the first time, this retrospective features the work of an important turn-of-the-century British illustrator. During his lifetime, W. Heath Robinson (1872 -1944) was ranked with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac as one of England's foremost illustrators. Beginning in the 1890s, Robinson developed a linear style inspired by the innovations of the Pre-Raphaelite illustrators and the Ar... Read More

No Jury, No Prizes: The Society of Independent Artists, 1917-1944February 4, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Between 1917 and 1944, the Society of Independent Artists (SIA) hosted annual exhibitions for its members. By joining the SIA and paying a nominal fee, thousands of American artists--from famous painters to Sunday painters--were able to exhibit their work in enormous open shows in New York City. The brainchild of a diverse group of idealistic modern artists, including William Glackens, Walter Pach... Read More

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

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

IX Preview Weekend Pop-up ExhibitionSeptember 23, 2016 - September 25, 2016

Online ticket sales will end at 4pm on Friday, September 23. Tickets for the weekend must be purchased onsite after that time. Imaginative Realism combines classical painting techniques with narrative subjects, focusing on the unreal, the unseen, and the impossible. In partnership with IX Arts organizers, the Delaware Art Museum will host the first IX Preview Weekend, celebrating Imaginative ... Read More

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

Dark Humor: African American Art from the University Museums, University of DelawareJuly 16, 2016 - September 25, 2016

The term “black humor”–also known as “dark humor”–was coined by surrealist André Breton in 1935 to designate a subgenre of comedy in which pleasure arises from topics generally considered taboo. Dark Humor: African American Art from the University of Delaware presents work by contemporary black artists who employ this type of subversive humor to question the currency of cultural and r... Read More

Edward Koren: The Capricious LineJune 25, 2016 - September 18, 2016

This exhibition celebrates the career of Edward Koren (born 1935)–renowned cartoonist, graphic satirist, and long-standing contributor to The New Yorker. Through approximately 50 original pen-and-ink, watercolor, and pencil cartoons–on tour for the first time–Koren deftly articulates the neuroses of contemporary society with his distinctive drawing style, relatable characters, and wry critic... Read More

DualityMay 14, 2016 - August 14, 2016

This community-curated Outlooks exhibition explores collaborative life-work partnerships. Heather Moqtaderi, Philadelphia-based curator and teacher, developed the concept for the exhibition and invited four artist couples—Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius, Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher, Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie, and Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson—to create new works for Duality. Their painting... Read More

Our America: The Latino Presence in American ArtMarch 5, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Ver la versión española de esta página. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. Our America showcases the rich diversity of Latino communities in the United St... Read More

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidenseMarch 5, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Organizada por el Smithsonian Museo de Arte Americano, Nuestra América: La presencia latina en el arte estadounidense presenta la rica y variada contribución de artistas latinos en los Estados Unidos desde mediados del siglo 20, cuando el concepto de una identidad latina colectiva comenzó a emerger. Nuestra América resalta la diversidad de las comunidades latinas en los Estados Unidos e incluy... Read More

Inside Out: Carol Tippit Woolworth, Catherine Drabkin, Pahl Alexander Hluchan, Colleen Randall, Daniel JacksonJanuary 23, 2016 - April 24, 2016

Regional artists Carol Tippit Woolworth, Catherine Drabkin, Pahl Alexander Hluchan, Colleen Randall, and Daniel Jackson explore the concept of “place”—physical, emotional, and spiritual—in their work, using a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, and gouache. To view large images and caption information, click below. [gallery link="file" columns="4" ids="5501,5502,5504,5505,5500"... Read More

Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali StillmanNovember 7, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Marie Spartali Stillman (1844–1927) was one of a small number of professional female artists working in the second half of the 19th century. She was an important presence in the Victorian art world of her time and closely affiliated with members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Poetry in Beauty, the first retrospective of Spartali Stillman’s work, showcased approximately 50 works by the artist. S... Read More

Helen Farr Sloan, 1911–2005September 26, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Helen Farr Sloan was a painter, a printmaker, and an art instructor who dedicated most of her career to promoting the art of her husband, the realist painter and illustrator John Sloan (1871–1951). Since her death in 2005, the Museum has received a substantial number of Helen Farr Sloan’s prints, drawings, and paintings—from her own estate and as donations in her memory. This exhibition show... Read More

Reconstructed Elements: Richard H. Bailey, Helen Mason, Stan SmoklerSeptember 5, 2015 - January 3, 2016

This community-curated exhibition features three regional contemporary sculptors. Richard H. Bailey, Helen Mason, and Stan Smokler will showcase works in media ranging from stone to steel to rubber. To view large images and caption information, click below. [gallery link="file" ids="4896,4897,4898"] ABOUT OUTLOOKS The Delaware Art Museum’s Outlooks Exhibition Series encourages community ... Read More

Southern Approaches (detail), 1984. Kevin McLaughlin. Oil on canvas, 38 x 60 inches. Lent by Thomas C. Shea, Jr. © (2015) Kevin McLaughlin.

Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970–1990June 27, 2015 - September 27, 2015

During the 1970s and 1980s, Wilmingtonians witnessed a flourishing artistic community and the establishment of many of the cultural pillars that continue to support the visual and performing arts within the city today. Organizations such as the Delaware Contemporary, the Delaware Humanities Forum, and the Delaware Theatre Company were founded during this period, as well as commercial galleries and... Read More

The Puzzling World of John SloanJune 6, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Between 1900 and 1910, John Sloan produced a weekly series of word and picture puzzles for the Sunday supplement of the Philadelphia Press, one of the country’s leading illustrated newspapers. The Puzzling World of John Sloan will explore this little-known facet of Sloan’s early newspaper career, presenting more than 25 works from the Museum’s collection. On view for the first time, the puzz... Read More

Layering Constructs: Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, Antonio PuriApril 11, 2015 - August 2, 2015

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic and meditative. Allman has explored layering three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface, while Burwell’s multi-layered approaches to painting prompt reflections on the elasticity of time, spac... Read More

Elliott Erwitt: Dog DogsMarch 7, 2015 - May 24, 2015

Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photojournalist, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s photographs of dogs. Photographed around the world between 1946 and 2004, this selection demonstrates the artist’s affectionate eye and love of surrealist juxtapositions. Funny, poignant, and beautifully c... Read More

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and DesireFebruary 7, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet who became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Wilde’s retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist became the controversial play, Salomé, and was banned on the London stage in 1893. Illustrators have been attracted to its rhythmic prose and subject matter ever since. Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death ... Read More

From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian SelznickOctober 18, 2014 - January 11, 2015

From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick presents over 100 paintings and drawings by this award-winning children’s author and illustrator. Selznick’s world includes images of characters as diverse as magician Harry Houdini, poet Walt Whitman, singer Marian Anderson, and the fictional Hugo Cabret—an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, portrayed inThe Invention ... Read More

Nature Morte: Platinum Prints by Bruce KatsiffOctober 4, 2014 - January 25, 2015

For more than thirty years, photographer Bruce Katsiff has worked on the series Nature Morte. He collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and feathers—which he arranges with other objects in his studio. His orderly compositions, evoking Renaissance cabinets of curiosities, are captured with a large-format view camera and printed in platinum and palladium. Surprisingl... Read More

Portable Fire: A History of Match SafesSeptember 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015

In the mid-19th century, the small utilitarian cases made to hold the modern striking match evolved into an array of imaginative designs, inventive techniques, and seemingly endless subjects in miniature. Over 300 match safes—including 60 rare examples, and a broad selection mass-produced by the rapidly-developing technologies of the late 19th century—will be on view in this community-curated ... Read More

Performance NowJuly 12, 2014 - September 21, 2014

Curated by RoseLee Goldberg and co-organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York and Performa, New York, Performance Now presents a survey of visual performance art at the start of the 21st century. Goldberg first mapped the development of this art form in her seminal 1979 book, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present. In 2004, she founded Performa, the international organi... Read More

Retro·active: Performance Art from 1964–1987June 14, 2014 - September 21, 2014

Organized to complement the Museum’s showing of Performance Now, Retro·active presents a historical view of performance art. This important genre exploded onto the scene in the mid-1960s and has developed over the past 50 years to incorporate dance, music, theater, technology, and audience participation and to address aesthetic, personal, social, economic, and political concerns. Six groundbrea... Read More

Transitions: The Brandywine Photo CollectiveMay 3, 2014 - August 10, 2014

The forms and moods of the natural world inspire the artists of the Brandywine Photo Collective, an informal group of regional photographers. Featuring 20 photographers from the Collective, this Outlooks exhibition showcases photographs that capture bright light and subtle shadow, the drifting of wind and water, and the human figure. Each image evokes an unfolding process or a brief moment in time... Read More

Fashion, Circus, Spectacle: Photographs by Scott HeiserMarch 8, 2014 - June 1, 2014

Best known for his innovative photographs of fashion runways for Interview magazine, Scott Heiser was a talented photographer who documented a wide range of public entertainments including circuses, dance competitions, and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show. His grainy, dramatically cropped images provide unexpected glimpses of performers in action, while his sensitive portraits capture famous... Read More

FiberNextFebruary 15, 2014 - April 13, 2014

FiberNext showcases a blend of spectacular and intimate works that reflect the lively state of fiber art by12 regional fiber artists. This exhibition will feature approximately 20 pieces that illustrate today’s most ingenious approaches to fiber-based materials, combining classic textile traditions with contemporary art and design to create multi-dimensional works of art. “Fiber art” typ... Read More

“Blessed are the Peacemakers”: Violet Oakley’s The Angel of Victory (1941)February 8, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Violet Oakley (1874–1961) was an illustrator, stained-glass designer and the first American woman to find fame in the burgeoning field of public mural painting. Throughout her 60-year artistic career she also devoted herself to the quest for a just and peaceful world. During World War II, the elderly Oakley continued that mission by joining with the Citizens Committee of the Army & Navy to p... Read More

The Topography Of OzNovember 29, 2013 - December 29, 2013

On view during the darkest part of the year, The Topography of Oz will light up Catherine A. Fusco Hall with a brilliant video art display. Jeffrey Moser, a digital media artist, is influenced by the research of former Boston University film professor, Dr. Robert Steele (1918–1981) and his studies on light rhythms in films and the relationship between characters, plot, sound, and cinematic str... Read More

For the Love of Art: Teaching Artists of the Red Clay School DistrictNovember 2, 2013 - January 19, 2014

For the Love of Art is the first exhibition highlighting the artistic mastery and diversity of the art educators of Red Clay School District and includes 49 works by 19 participants. With paint brush, through a camera lens, on paper, in clay or silver or fabric, these teaching artists present an expressive range of technical skill and creative originality. The range of media and styles displays t... Read More

American Moderns, 1910 – 1960: From O’Keeffe to RockwellOctober 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Drawn from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned American art collection, this exhibition features 57 paintings and sculptures that highlight changes in American art and culture during the fascinating half-century from 1910 through 1960. The works of art on view were produced by leading artists of the day, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockw... Read More

FemfolioSeptember 14, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Published by the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2006 – 2007, this print portfolio assembles 20 women artists important to the feminist art movement of the 1970s. A moment critical to the development of contemporary art, this first wave of feminist art-making employed the gender of the artist as subject matter. Included in Fe... Read More

Recognition: Artists of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual ArtsJuly 21, 2013 - October 13, 2013

The Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts was founded in 1980 by three artists to augment art education for Delaware high school students. The Foundation provides scholarships that allow these aspiring artists to explore their creativity and artistic skills. This exhibition features 50 works of art in a variety of media and includes drawings by high school students who have participate... Read More

French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man RayJune 29, 2013 - September 15, 2013

French Twist featured 100 vintage prints from the golden age of French photography, 1910–1940. The exhibition celebrated the variety and inventiveness of native and immigrant photographers working in France in the early 20th century. The selection encompassed Eugène Atget’s lyrical views of Paris streets and gardens, Man Ray’s surrealist experiments, and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s p... Read More

Creative Powers: Selections from Art AbilityMarch 9, 2013 - May 26, 2013

Art Ability is an annual juried exhibition held at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, PA, that showcases art created by people with a wide variety of disabilities. This wide-ranging Outlooks exhibition features over 40 works of art in a variety of media—drawing, painting, sculpture, photography—from accomplished and emerging artists who have exhibited in the 2012 Art Ability exhibition. G... Read More

Imagined Places: The Art of Alexi NatchevMarch 2, 2013 - August 4, 2013

This exhibition features over 60 works by Alexi Natchev and represents the range of his career, highlighting his body of work as a children’s book illustrator. Natchev’s techniques are wide-ranging, conjuring up an imaginary world of playful creatures, unlikely animals, and fairy-tale places. His watercolor illustrations for Brian Jacques’ books The Tale of Urso Brunov: Little Father of All ... Read More

Gertrude Käsebier’s Photographs of the Eight: Portraits for PromotionFebruary 23, 2013 - April 7, 2013

American photographer Gertrude Käsebier bridged the worlds of fine art photography and commercial portraiture, exhibiting her work in galleries while maintaining a portrait studio on Fifth Avenue in New York. Her varied interests made her an ideal choice for artists seeking to have their portraits made. The intimate exhibition Gertrude Käsebier’s Photographs of the Eight: Portraits for Promot... Read More

State of the Art: Illustration 100 Years After Howard PyleFebruary 9, 2013 - June 2, 2013

In the century following Pyle’s 1911 death, American illustration has diversified into a creative empire that includes a wide range of exciting art forms. From animated feature movies and computer images to graphic novels and conceptual art, America’s storytelling artists use the latest technologies and the newest media to tell an ever-richer blend of stories to ever-broader audiences. For ... Read More

Centennial Juried ExhibitionOctober 20, 2012 - January 13, 2013

In November 2011, the Delaware Art Museum began celebrating 100 years of supporting the visual arts in its community through its collection, exhibitions, and programs. To commemorate the Museum’s past annual exhibitions of painting and crafts—combined to form the Biennial in 1989—a juried Centennial will be on view from October 2012 through January 2013. The exhibition will feature a... Read More

12×12October 20, 2012 - January 13, 2013

Created in celebration of the Centennial, and to accompany the Museum’s Centennial Juried Exhibition, 12 x 12 showcases the work of 81 young artists living in Delaware. This group exhibition engaged local schools, organizations, community centers, and education networks. Young artists (ages 13 – 18) were invited to bring one two-dimensional work of art—no larger than twelve inches in heig... Read More

“So Beautifully Illustrated” – Katharine Richardson Wireman and the Art of IllustrationOctober 6, 2012 - January 6, 2013

After studying with Howard Pyle, Katharine Richardson Wireman (1878–1966) began her career in 1900 as an illustrator of articles and stories for adults and children, advertisements, fashion features, and magazine covers. Especially known for over 60 popular magazine covers, Wireman ably adapted her versatile style to a variety of subjects through the mid-twentieth century. Mrs. Cooper... Read More

The Aesthetic Moment: The Art of Still LifeSeptember 1, 2012 - January 6, 2013

This eleven-artist Outlooks exhibition features 48 still-life paintings diverse in color and texture. The artists’ proportions and perspectives vary widely, and the still-life shapes range from densely clustered to sparsely arranged. Paul DuSold is the guest curator for this exhibition, which is part of the Museum’s Outlooks Exhibition Series. Beaver Skull, 1997 Renée P. Foul... Read More

Art is EverywhereJuly 14, 2012 - October 15, 2012

In 2012, the Delaware Art Museum hosted its very first pop-up campaign throughout the State of Delaware. Art is Everywhere—which coincided with the Museum’s Centennial celebration—brought 15 high-quality, to scale reproductions of some of the Museum’s most beloved paintings to public outdoor locations from Delaware’s southern beach communities to Wilmington. The reproductions were on vi... Read More

Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect BookJune 23, 2012 - September 16, 2012

Throughout her varied art-making practice, Nina Katchadourian has explored systems, structures, codes, language, and communication.Sorted Books is an ongoing project, begun in 1993, in which the artist surveys a collection of books, selecting and grouping particular titles so that they can be read in sequence. The clusters are photographed and the resulting images are displayed in the g... Read More

100 Works for 100 YearsJune 23, 2012 - September 16, 2012

As part of the year-long celebration of the Museum's Centennial, this exhibition will feature one or more works of art for each year of the Museum’s existence. The Museum-wide installation will focus on the history of the development and growth of the Museum’s permanent holdings, in addition to highlighting the generosity of those who have donated works of art. The installation, which will inc... Read More

Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page EvansMarch 31, 2012 - July 15, 2012

Over the past 100 years, the Delaware Art Museum has proudly featured the work of the most accomplished artists in our region. Wilmington-based painter Mary Page Evans works directly from nature, seeking to capture a specific landscape, figure, tree, or sky. She is engaged by particularity, making an effort to establish the locale, the time of day, and the quality of light. Not surprisingl... Read More

Tales of Folk and Fairies: The Life and Work of Katharine PyleFebruary 18, 2012 - September 9, 2012

“Frey Mounts the Height of Hlidskialf,” 1930, frontspiece from Tales from Norse Mythology, by Katharine Pyle (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1930) Katharine Pyle (1863-1938) Oil on illustration board 15 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. (40 x 30.2 cm) Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Edward Wildrick, Jr., 1942 Cover (“The Pink Boy”),ca. 1909 for Women’s Home Companion (May... Read More

Beyond Words: The Symbolic Language of PlantsFebruary 4, 2012 - July 29, 2012

This exhibition features approximately 40 works of art by 17 artists known as Studio 155, a group of Washington, D.C.- based artists who work together and individually to expand their visions of the natural world through botanical art. Part of the Museum’s Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition will feature images of plants based on the historical symbolism of plants throughout hist... Read More

A Secret Book of Designs: The Burne-Jones Flower BookJanuary 28, 2012 - April 22, 2012

Left: Traveller’s Joy Edward Burne Jones Print from The Flower Book, (London: reproduced by H. Piazza et Cie for the Fine Art Society, 1905), Collotype on laid paper with watercolor addition, 16 1/8 x 12 3/16 (41 x 31 cm), Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, Delaware Art MuseumRight: Welcome to the House Edward Burne Jones Print from The Flower Book, (London: reproduced by H.... Read More

Dana Pyle’s Howard Pyle MiniaturesJanuary 14, 2012 - March 4, 2012

Miniature diorama of “The Attack upon the Chew House,” 2008.  Original painting by Howard Pyle (1853-1911),  illustration for "The Story of the Revolution," by Henry Cabot Lodge, in Scribner's Magazine, June 1898.  Delaware Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1912. | Dana J. Pyle, Jr. | Mixed media | Lent by the artist Miniature diorama of “The Buccaneer Was a Picturesq... Read More

In the Spirit of Tradition: The Studio GroupDecember 3, 2011 - January 15, 2012

This exhibition will present a variety of works by members of The Studio Group, Inc., an association of artists founded in Wilmington in 1935. After first renting a part of the former Howard Pyle Studios from then owner Stanley Arthurs, an illustrator and student of Pyle’s, the Group was able to purchase the property in 1968. Howard Pyle had received international acclaim for his work as... Read More

Masterpieces in Miniature: A Celebration of Howard PyleNovember 19, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Masterpieces in Miniature is the Museum’s signature holiday exhibition. Each year, regional miniaturists create three-dimensional interpretations of works of art. This year’s theme, the work of Howard Pyle, complements the Museum’s Centennial Celebration – which begins in November of 2011 to commemorate Pyle, the nationally known Wilmington illustrator who died in 1911. The Delawa... Read More

Howard Pyle: American Master RediscoveredNovember 12, 2011 - March 4, 2012

In celebration of the centenary of the death of the American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle (1853 – 1911), the Delaware Art Museum presented a comprehensive retrospective exhibition.  Pyle was one of America’s most popular illustrators and storytellers during a period of explosive growth in the publishing industry.  His illustrations appeared in magazines like Harper’s Monthly... Read More

Anne Truitt: LuminositiesOctober 15, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Drawn primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition featured sculpture and works on paper by the artist Anne Truitt.  Most closely aligned with Minimalism and the Washington, D.C.-based Color Field painters, the artist is considered an important figure of American abstraction and was the subject of a major exhibition in 2009 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  Tr... Read More

The Storyteller’s Art: Reimagining America Through IllustrationSeptember 11, 2011 - April 1, 2013

To celebrate the return of the Museum's signature Centennial exhibition Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered, from the Norman Rockwell Museum, where it was enjoyed by over 80,000 visitors, the illustration galleries (The Peggy H. Woolard Howard Pyle Galleries, and the Sue Ann and John L. Weinberg Gallery) were redesigned to incorporate many of Pyle?s most famous and popular works. W... Read More

Creativity Multiplied: Art Teachers of the Christina School DistrictJune 25, 2011 - August 21, 2011

Creativity Multiplied: Art Teachers of the Christina School District, part of the Museum’s Outlooks Exhibition Series, will feature works in various media by a number of art teachers of the Christina School District. This exhibition will highlight the artistic imagination and unity of purpose that inspires this group, fostering the flow of creativity from teachers to students. Rosemary Lane, an ... Read More

Pre-Raphaelites in Print: The Age of Photomechanical ReproductionJune 18, 2011 - September 17, 2011

Reproductions of famous works of art are relatively inexpensive and widely available in our present age. But before the invention of photography this was not the case. Works of art could only be viewed in the original, or in limited print editions, restricting the range of audience appreciation. The invention of photography in the mid-19th century, however, introduced new possibilities for the re... Read More

Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary ArtMay 21, 2011 - September 25, 2011

This four-person exhibition, Perception/ Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art, explored a recent trend that questions the sense of sight and our perceptions of the world around us. Through the use of shadow play, lights, mirrors, and complex mathematical equations, artists create paintings and sculptures that underscore the tension between appearance and reality. These visually-engagin... Read More

Escape to Adventure: Focus on Arthur E. BecherMarch 19, 2011 - January 15, 2012

German émigré artist Arthur Ernst Becher (1877-1960) studied in Milwaukee and Munich before joining Howard Pyle’s school of illustration in 1902.  He went on to a long career, publishing illustrations for diversionary fiction that gave readers a generation of armchair adventures -- ranging from thrilling historical exploits to contemporary crises of family and workplace. This exhibiti... Read More