An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan

October 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–produced between 1890 and 1946. The Delaware Art Museum holds the largest collection of work by the American artist and illustrator John Sloan, as well as a rich trove of archival materials. This exhibition draws from and celebrates this extraordinary collection, made possible by the artist’s widow Helen Farr Sloan.

To view large images and caption information, click below.

Dr. Heather Campbell Coyle


The exhibition is supported by a catalogue with essays by the Delaware Art Museum’s Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Dr. Heather Campbell Coyle and painting conservator Mark Bockrath. It will also feature entries by scholars currently working on Sloan, including John Fagg (Lecturer, Director of American and Canadian Studies Center, University of Birmingham); Margarita Karasoulas (Ph.D. candidate, University of Delaware); and Jennifer Parsons (assistant curator, Florence Griswold Museum). The catalogue will be available in the Delaware Art Museum’s Store and online soon.

Exhibition-Related Events and Workshops

Urban Sketching: What’s Your Story?
Sundays, September 24, October 1 and 8 (3 weeks) | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan Members Preview
Friday, October 20 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Members and their Guests Only

Symposium & Public Talks: International Perspectives in the Era of John Sloan and the Ashcan School
Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3

Inside Look Series: Sloan’s Self-Portraits
Thursday, November 2 | 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 5 | 1:00 p.m.

Artists on Art: John Sloan from a Painter’s Perspective
Sunday, December 3 | 2:30 p.m.

Alla Prima Portrait Painting
Mark Bockrath | Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 (2 days) | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (30 minute lunch break)
Working from a model in oil or acrylic paint, the instructor will guide students through the process of completing a vibrant portrait in one sitting, emphasizing decisive choices in color, value and brushwork. The class celebrates the exhibition An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan. (All levels)


The Delaware Art Museum is the primary repository for the art and archival collections of American artist John Sloan. The Museum’s permanent collection contains more than 2,600 works of art by Sloan, and the Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives houses more than 300 boxes and drawers of archival material related to the artist. Please use the links below to explore our holdings.

The Museum received much of this material through the generosity of the artist’s widow, Helen Farr Sloan.

Permanent Collection  Archives  Diaries


An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan was organized by the Delaware Art Museum. This exhibition was made possible by the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund and Glenmede Trust. Conservation treatment for the artwork in this exhibition was made possible by the Richard C von Hess Foundation. Additional support was provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on