Bank of America and Delaware Art Museum Unveils “Wonders of Wilmington: Gifts from the Hotel Du Pont Collection”
Bank of America supports restoration of DuPont Corporation-donated works of art from the Wyeth family, Frank Schoonover and Edward L. Loper
Wilmington, DE (September 10, 2018) – After nearly a year of restoration, the Delaware Art Museum unveiled thirteen works of art gifted to the Museum by the DuPont Corporation. In an exhibition titled Wonders of Wilmington: Gifts from the Hotel du Pont Collection, the donations which were once on display at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington will be on view at the Delaware Art Museum between September 8, 2018–January 13, 2019. Wonders of Wilmington includes pieces by notable American painters including Andrew Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth, Edward L. Loper, and Frank Schoonover. The restoration was made possible through the Bank of America Art Conservation Project.
“We couldn’t be more pleased that this art will remain in the Delaware community to be enjoyed for generations,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware market president at Bank of America. “The restoration was done beautifully, and we are honored to support the Delaware Art Museum through the conservation of these 13 pieces of history.”
Assembled over 40 years (1940s through 1980s), this collection includes oil paintings, watercolor paintings, and fabric and seashell assemblages purchased directly from artists, as well as through local art shows. The works required various restoration and conservation treatments to restore each piece to its original state.
“Over the past year, it’s been a thrill to see these works return from the conservators one by one after being cleaned and repaired,” explains Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator of American Art. “The transformation is already remarkable. The works will look spectacular when they are professionally installed and lit in a museum setting.”
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grant funding to nonprofit cultural institutions throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since the Art Conservation Project began in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for more than 120 projects in 30 countries on six continents to conserve paintings, sculptures, archaeological and architectural pieces that are critically important to cultural heritage and the history of art.
In 2017, these works at the Delaware Art Museum were among 21 major art restoration projects across six countries and in 13 U.S. cities to receive grant funding through the Bank of America Art Conservation Project. Today, many of those restorations have been completed. For full descriptions of the 2017 projects and to view images of the artwork, please click here to download the “Bank of America Art Conservation Project 2017 Recipients” brochure.
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Delaware Art Museum
For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom.
Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. It is bearing fruit. In 2017, attendance exceeded 80,000 (the most in a decade!) and we served 29,267 youth and adults through a wide range of programs and events. Visit delart.org to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.
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