Begun as an informal group of a few young art school graduates in 1985, Assemblage has grown into a group of 17 female artists from the greater Philadelphia area. Their commitment to art and to one another has endured for over 30 years and is showcased in Assemblage: A Regional Collective of Women Artists, the next community curated Outlooks exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum, on view May 13 – September 3, 2017.

Assemblage presents over 50 works by 17 artists who use various media and include the figure, animals, architecture, nature, and both realistic and abstract forms in their designs. Painting, printmaking and drawing, bright colors and monochrome designs, three-dimensional pieces, and found objects contribute to the diversity of the artists’ styles.

The group originally gathered to relieve the isolation many artists experience when working alone in their studios. Today they meet regularly to share ideas and discuss the ongoing art scene in a supportive group that remains small enough to sustain intimacy and exchange. The first Assemblage group exhibition launched in 1991 and members have participated in over 14 exhibitions throughout the region. These exhibitions have become an important focus for the artists, even while members maintain their own individual careers.

“The group’s mutual respect and meaningful friendships have played a major role in their development as artists,” says Dr. Mary F. Holahan, Curator of Illustration and Curator of the Outlooks Exhibition Series. “We are pleased that Assemblage’s 2017 group exhibition is part of the Museum’s Outlooks series.”

Several members have been teachers in colleges and universities, prison art classes, and regional art centers and museums. Their art is collected and seen nationally and internationally, in private and public collections, and in galleries and museums.


Rosalind Bloom
Zola Bryen
Wanda Chudzinski
Leslie W. Eadeh
Kathë Grinstead
Susan Hader-Golden
Sheila Letven
Lauren A. Litwa
Helen Mirkil
Lesley Mitchell
Elaine C. Nettis
Brigitte Rutenberg
Charlotte A. Schatz
Eleanor Schimmel
Marion Spirn
Pam Taggart
Carol Wisker

About the Outlooks Exhibition Series

Since its inception in 2008, the Outlooks Exhibition Series has invited local artists, leaders, and members of the public to suggest group exhibitions. The series contributes to the Museum’s mission of providing an inclusive and essential community resource. All Outlooks exhibitions are displayed in the Ammon Galleries on the Museum’s second floor. For more information, click here.

Sponsors and Organizers

Support is provided 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

About the Delaware Art Museum

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle, and a survey of American art from early 19th century through the present. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Open Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Admission fees are charged as follows: Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit

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