Upcoming Exhibitions

Waterfall, 1917. Walter Pach (1883-1958). Watercolor on paper, 14 × 10 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Acquisition Fund, 2015.

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

The Fairy’s Birthday, 1925, published in Holly Leaves, December, 1925. William Heath Robinson (1872–1944). Pen, ink, and watercolor,17 1/2 × 12 3/8 in. (44.5 × 31.5 cm). The William Heath Robinson Trust.

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

While little known today, during his lifetime William 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 that looks back to the innovations of the Pre-Raphaelite illustrators and forward to the art nouveau creations of Aubrey Beardsley and others. He illustrated a broad rang... Read More

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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 1910. During this 50-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 William Mo... Read More

Illustration for "Dr. Garvey's 'Other Woman'" in This Week Magazine, September 4, 1955. Mac Conner (born 1913). Gouache and ink on illustration board. © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist.

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

Sun Boxes, 2014 installation. Craig Colorusso (born 1970). 20 boxes each 12 x 11 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Emma Thurgood. © Craig Colorusso.

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

Craig Colorusso has been investigating sound and light since 2000. After a successful career as a musician, the artist began to explore the intersection of music, performance, and sculpture. Further investigations led him to create participatory installations that utilize technology and the surrounding environment. The resulting projects allow Colorusso and viewers to experience a heightened aware... Read More

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

Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art and completed a master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The artist is fascinated by monarchies, mythology, and re... Read More

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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