Annual Giving

May 2019

Thank you for supporting the Delaware Art Museum. It is thanks to you, and supporters like you, that your Museum is emerging as a stronger, more welcoming, vital hub for our community.
I am proud to see this reflected daily in our galleries, through our programming, and, most importantly, on the faces of new and returning visitors. Our passionate supporters are making this exciting growth possible. Together, we are responding to diverse needs and creative interests to bring an even broader range of offerings to everyone who thinks of the Delaware Art Museum as “my Museum.”

I hope you’ve noticed how your Museum is playing a larger role curating the creativity of our region. For example:

  • Based on feedback from our supporters, we recently launched the Distinguished Artist Series with The Loper Tradition: Paintings by Edward Loper, Sr. and Edward Loper, Jr. Governor John Carney, Mayor Mike Purzycki, and City Council President Hanifa Shabazz have all praised the exhibition—and the Museum—for its work preserving and celebrating the art of our region.
    We continue to share innovative and timely exhibitions. This summer, we’re highlighting the incredible art and culture of the Caribbean and its diaspora with Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago. In keeping with the Museum’s goal to be inclusive and relevant to all who visit us, the exhibition, programs, and interpretation are being guided by an advisory board of local leaders.
  • Exhibitions with deep connections to our collection and community continue this fall with Posing Beauty in African American Culture—a look at the contested ways in which African American beauty has been represented in our culture—and Sound the Deep Waters—a commission inspired by our Pre-Raphaelite and illustration collections that will present a contemporary look at gender and identity through the lens of historical narrative art.
  • We are preparing for a complete reinstallation of our first floor, permanent collection galleries. The reinstallation will bring our collections closer to our community and equip us to tell stories through new acquisitions and recent scholarship.
  • Family 2nd Sundays, supported by the Delaware Art Museum Council, is drawing new visitors and Members in droves! The program offers meaningful artistic experiences for children of all ages.
  • In June, the Smith family will return as our Family-in-Residence to transform Kids’ Corner into an interactive magical forest. This immersive installation will celebrate childhood and be a place for all people to rediscover the wonder of play.

But we can’t do any of this without your help. Your support today tangibly impacts our tomorrow. I hope you will consider a tax-deductible contribution to our Annual Fund so that we can continue to introduce groundbreaking new exhibitions and enhance existing programming, improving the Museum for everyone in our community. Won’t you give a donation of $100, $500, $1,000, or more today to ensure that your Museum grows?

Beyond the Museum, our city’s arts scene is growing; however, it isn’t as robust as it should be. Funding for the arts continues to decrease even as demand is rising. The Delaware Art Museum is working harder than ever before to ensure that all who live in the Greater Wilmington area benefit from the transformative power of art.

Access to art is vital for everyone. Art preservation and education fosters empathy and understanding, helps us broach difficult topics, inspires our youngest minds, and builds strong workforces. If you’re like me, you believe strongly that creativity and innovation is the foundation for a thriving society.

Because this is your Museum, you know the value of our collections, special exhibitions, performances, and programming in your own life and in the lives of your family and neighbors. Thank you for considering a generous gift of $100, $500, $1,000, or more. Your meaningful donation today will open new doors for thousands in our region.

Your choice to support the Museum only takes a minute. Simply click the “Donate” button below.

Thank you again for being a strong supporter and friend. And thank you for helping us connect people to art and with each other.



Sam Sweet
Executive Director and CEO

P.S. Your support is made even more meaningful because it directly benefits your Museum. Thank you for considering a tax-deductible contribution to our Annual Fund so that we can be a better Museum for everyone in our community. Please rush your donation of $100, $500, $1,000, or more today. For your convenience, secure online giving is available here. You can also donate stock, make a gift in your will, or—if you are 70.5 or older—contribute through an IRA charitable rollover. No matter how you give—and however much you give—we are truly grateful for your support.


IRA Charitable Rollover Gift: Learn how you can support the Museum with an IRA charitable rollover gift.
Opportunities for Support: Learn more about how you can support the Delaware Art Museum.

You may mail your gift to:

Molly Giordano
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

Special recognition opportunities

Sculpture Garden Tree

Select trees in the Museum’s Copeland Sculpture Garden are still available for sponsorship.  Your thoughtful gift will be honored with a plaque in front of your chosen tree. Sponsoring a tree is a meaningful tribute to your friends and family. Magnolia trees along the lovely walk from the parking lot to the Museum’s main entrance may be sponsored with a gift of $1,500, and the stunning Pin Oak trees which create a graceful allée on the Museum’s drive can be sponsored with a gift of $10,000 or more.


The Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives is asking supporters to sponsor books for adoption. Donors who pay the cost of a book will be identified with a bookplate. The following titles are available for adoption:

Painting (Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art): $15.00
The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha: $20.00
Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: On Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane: $30.00
Playing It Straight: Art and Humor in the Gilded Age: $45.00
John Singer Sargent: The Early Portraits (The Complete Paintings, Volume I): $50.00
The Oxford Companion to the Book: $300.00

To sponsor a book and make a contribution to the Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, please call Heather Morrissey at 302.351.8526 or send a check, made payable to the Delaware Art Museum, along with the book’s title to:

Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806


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Donor Policies

The Delaware Art Museum publishes policies that outline our relationship with donors.
View our Donor Relations Policy.

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For questions about Annual Giving, please contact:

Molly Giordano
Director of Development & External Affairs