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Themes of Social Justice in the 2018 Performance Series

January 30, 2018

The 2018 Performance Series provides a clear picture of the Delaware Art Museum’s commitment to becoming an anchor cultural institution in an urban setting. As a part of our exciting and inclusive new strategic vision, we are dedicated to community and the arts by offering engaging programming in all art forms. The Performance Series represents a concerted effort to bring community members from all walks of life into contact with works that push artistic boundaries and encourage discussion around challenging topics within the social and political context of the present day. In this blog post we’ll explore the social justice…

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Father’s Day Accordion Book

June 16, 2017

Raise the bar on standard Father’s Day cards this year by making something extra special for your dad with this tutorial from our #DAMCreative Educators! Need inspiration? Visit our new exhibition The Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860-1920 or view it online here. Here’s what it takes: 3 8×8 inch squares of paper. We recommend using paper that is easy to fold; standard printer paper works best. Colorful scrapbook paper. Check your local craft supply store to find tons of colors and patterns. A few of your favorite photos of dad Any other decorations you can…

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New to the Copeland Sculpture Garden

May 19, 2017

In early May, the Museum preparators installed two sculptures in the Copeland Sculpture Garden—Robert Murray’s geometric Sioux (1990) and Charles Parks’ playful Watersprite of the Brandywine (1963). Robert Murray has been investigating the possibilities of large-scale abstract sculpture since the early 1960s. The resulting works often consist of large sheets of metal that are curved, folded or wrinkled into dynamic shapes that call to the mind the natural landscape that inspires the artist. Charles Parks is best known for his figurative sculptures that adorn private gardens and public spaces throughout the United States. Parks’ elfin creature is a personification of…

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Letter from the Director

April 13, 2017

“Rarely am I prouder to be from Delaware than when I am at the Museum.” – Museum visitor Each morning I pause to look at the visitor comment book next to the Museum Store. The above quote stopped me in my tracks a few months ago. In a few words, this anonymous visitor captured the essence of what our staff and volunteers are trying to achieve as we put together the Museum’s new strategic plan. The heart of this plan—which I look forward to sharing with you in the coming months—is how we position the Museum as a community resource…

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Foam Prints

March 22, 2017

You can make museum worthy artwork for your home with this tutorial from our #DAMCreative Educators! This is a great lesson in pattern or shape for little ones if you want to get them in on the fun. At the Museum we like to look at the beautiful patterns in our Pre Raphaelite galleries for inspiration or the shapes in some of our contemporary works like Robert Indiana’s Decade Autoportrait. Here’s what it takes: Large sheet of butcher paper, kraft paper, or even solid color wrapping paper Foam sheets Ball point pen Scissors Block printing ink Brayer Plexi or plastic…

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New sculpture on view!

March 6, 2017

Fritz Dietel’s Fish’s Web first appeared on the walls of the Delaware Art Museum during Biennial ’96, an exhibition of the “liveliest and best contemporary art from Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore.” Following the close of the show, the Museum purchased the sculpture and has recently installed it in one of its main public spaces. The sculpture complements two other works on view in the Museum’s East Court—Al Held’s Rome II (1982) and Dennis Beach’s Drift #19 (2011). All three works of art utilize geometric abstraction to active two and three-dimensional space. Fritz Dietel is a Philadelphia-based sculptor whose works are…

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Marbled Valentine

February 14, 2017

Make your sweetheart a one-of-a-kind piece of art this Valentine’s Day with this tutorial from our #DAMCreative Educators! At the Museum we use this activity for little hands to learn about color mixing or pattern. Here’s what it takes: Thick paper or mat board cut into heart shape (or lots of them!) Liquid Watercolor or food coloring: Liquid watercolor is one of our favorite supplies to have on hand. You can find it at any craft or hobby store or make it easy and order from your favorite online supplier. It is a versatile paint that acts like ink or…

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Remembering Carol Jording

April 26, 2016

The Delaware Art Museum recently lost one of its greatest friends and supporters—Carol Jording, beloved Library volunteer and Museum Council member. Carol began volunteering in the Library in 2002, and quickly became indispensable.  As the only Library staff person I rely heavily on volunteers to assist me with day-to-day operations and special projects, but Carol’s work went above and beyond that of a typical volunteer. She would cheerfully and enthusiastically dive into any project or task and would not merely accomplish it—by the time she was finished she would be an expert on the subject. In 2009 the Museum received…

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Special holiday decorations now on view!

December 7, 2015

The Delaware Art Museum Council volunteers created beautiful snowflake designs for this one-of-a-kind installation at the Museum. Cut from donated DuPont Tyvek materials, the snowflakes cascade at the front entrance and in a chandelier near the special exhibition gallery spaces. The Museum Council worked with local artist, designer, and paper florist Malinda Swain on the design for the unique Tyvek chandelier. Malinda has created displays for The Philadelphia Flower Show and Longwood Gardens. The snowflakes will be on display through the end of December. Be sure to stop in to see these amazing designs! To view large images, click below.

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Museum exceeds Jessie Ball matching gift challenge campaign

April 23, 2015

In spring 2014, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund—one of the Museum’s most loyal supporters—challenged the Museum to raise $75,000. If the Museum met this goal, the Fund promised to make a matching $75,000 donation. But in order to secure the match, donations couldn’t come from just anyone. Eligible gifts had to come from current Museum supporters who had increased their annual giving and made gifts in the $1,000 – $10,000 range. And 32 of the Museum’s loyal donors responded enthusiastically to this challenge by, on average, doubling their annual gifts to the Museum. Collectively, these donors raised approximately $85,000 between…

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