Upcoming Exhibitions

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

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 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

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

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 Re... Read More

Hank Willis Thomas Commission (title TBD)July 14, 2018 - September 30, 2018

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the powerful and community-changing public response that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. While demonstrations occurred throughout the country, Wilmington suffered the longest occupation by the National Guard in United States history. The divisions created by the civil disturbance and aftermath of the military force’s nine-month-lo... 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, ceramics... 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