Annual Giving

“Delaware’s best kept secret!”…“A hidden gem”…“What a treasure in my own backyard.”

Our visitor book is filled with these comments. I also hear similar phrases when speaking with visitors and supporters like you. These compliments make me feel great. They remind me why the Delaware Art Museum is valued.

But words like hidden, secret, and treasure also give me pause. The Museum does not want to have to be discovered, does not want to be for a select few. But this is how many in our community feel about the Museum. It’s a lovely place up on a hill with great artwork, but not for me, not for my family, they think.

The Delaware Art Museum is working to change this perception. We as an institution—staff, volunteers, and dedicated supporters like you—must unite behind the idea that art and creativity is for all.

Art is not a luxury; it is the bedrock of our society. It forms the creative ideas that fuel our economy; it prompts conversations among different people; and it provides a space for respite and reflection.

Our new strategic direction (outlined below) defines how we will achieve this strong vision. But we need your help to get there. Will you help us become accessible to all? Your gift of $100, $500, or even $1,000 will directly fund the Museum’s efforts to become:

  • A vital hub – a vibrant, bustling space where artists, educators, and community groups come together on equal terms to engage in cultural and civic discourse.
  • Civically engaged – bringing art into the lives of the community in ways that support their interests.
  • Welcoming and inclusive to all visitors – understanding who our audience is and then meeting their unique needs.
  • Committed to excellence – nationally recognized for the quality of our collections and programs and for advancing experimentation and innovation in all art disciplines.

Today I ask that you invest in the Museum’s plan to enact deep and meaningful change in the lives of the people we serve. If you believe that art can change lives I urge you to make a stretch gift of $100, $500, or even $1,000 to our Annual Fund.

Gifts from donors like you will directly fund our bold new Performance Series, which will use dance, music, and theatre to address issues such as social justice and equity in our community. Investments from donors like you will also bring to life the important spring 2018 show Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin, as well as our ambitious summer exhibition series—planned in partnership with a range of civic organizations and leaders—marking the 50th anniversary of Wilmington’s 1968 riots and National Guard occupation.

Thank you for your steadfast support. I look forward to reporting back on our progress in mid-2018. At that time I hope to be able to share that our visitor book now includes comments thanking the Museum for bringing people together and fostering real and meaningful change in our community.

Sam SweetArtfully yours,


Sam Sweet
Executive Director & CEO

P.S. – Thank you for making a stretch gift of $100, $500, or even $1,000 this year to help the Delaware Art Museum achieve its vision outlined above. You can make your gift using the enclosed envelope, or visit to make a secure one-time or reoccurring online gift.


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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For questions about Annual Giving, please contact:

Molly Giordano
Director of Development & External Affairs