Upcoming Exhibitions

Absolutely Hilarious, 1997. Peter Williams (born 1952). Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches. University Museums purchase made possible through the generous support of Donald Puglisi, Coleman Townsend, Cynthia Primo Martin, Teresa Mason and Margaret Andersen. Image © Peter Williams.

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


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

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 Realism and to kick off IX9--the annual groundbreaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to the genre. Imagina... 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 9, 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 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 Par... Read More

Assael, Steven Passengers, 2008, oil on canvas, 72 x 90 inches  © Steven Assael, Courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York Hi Res

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