Past Exhibitions

Found Object Garden (Randyland) no. 5, 2015. Catherine Drabkin (born 1959). Oil on linen, 28 × 22 inches. Courtesy of Kraushaar Galleries, New York.

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

Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights: Adam & Eve, 2015. Stan Smokler. Welded and painted steel, 24 x 20 x 14 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

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

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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

Moving Shadows, 2001. R. William Lindsey, born 1941. Archival pigment print, 30 x 7 inches. Lent by the artist.

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


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