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Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin

March 10 – May 27, 2018
Catherine A. and Anthony N. Fusco Gallery

Born almost exactly 100 years apart, the American painter, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and the British critic and amateur artist, John Ruskin (1819-1900) shared a life-long obsession for the close observation and finely rendered imagery of the world around them. This exhibition places the work of Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin together for the first time, examining their varying approaches to interpreting the natural world.

Andrew Wyeth was the youngest in a family of five children, the son of renowned illustrator, N.C. Wyeth, who recognized his talent and encouraged him to develop his skill. John Ruskin, the only child in a rising middle-class family, was encouraged to make drawings from nature. As a respected art critic, he became the spokesperson for art of the modern era in Britain and the champion of the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

This exhibition is organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Support provided by Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund and the Hallie Tybout Exhibition Fund.

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50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the powerful and community-changing public response that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. While demonstrations occurred throughout the country, Wilmington suffered the longest occupation by the National Guard in United States history. The divisions created by the civil disturbance and aftermath of the military force’s nine-month-long occupation left an indelible mark on the community. In the summer of 2018, the Delaware Art Museum will host a series of exhibitions and programs in partnership with the Delaware Historical Society to commemorate this moment in Wilmington’s history.

Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement
June 30-September 9, 2018
Catherine A. and Anthony N. Fusco Gallery

A giant of post-War documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A self-taught photographer and a graduate of the University of Chicago, Lyon began his photographic career in the early 1960s as the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a national group of college students who joined together after the first sit-in by four African American college students at a North Carolina lunch counter.

From 1963 to 1964, Lyon traveled the South and Mid-Atlantic regions documenting the Civil Rights Movement. The photographs were published in The Movement, a documentary book about the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and later in Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement (1993), Lyon’s own memoir of his years working for the SNCC.

The exhibition includes 57 photographs and is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

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The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Drawings by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman
June 30-September 9, 2018
Catherine A. and Anthony N. Fusco Gallery

Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on charges of disorderly conduct on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. As a result, the African-American community was galvanized to action and the Montgomery Improvement Association was founded, with the 26-year-old Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as president. The Association filed suit in federal court on behalf of those discriminated against by the bus service. New York artists Dinnerstein and Silverman spent several days drawing Montgomery’s African American citizens walking and carpooling, listening to speeches by community leaders and civil rights activists, and participating in the trial that challenged the segregation of public transportation. This exhibition features their drawings, ranging from expressive portraits to impassioned courtroom drama, and capture the spectrum of actions and emotions that marked the boycott as a turning point in the struggle for civil rights.

This exhibition of approximately 30 drawings is organized by and drawn from the collection of the Delaware Art Museum. Support provided by the Edgar A. Thronson Foundation Illustration Exhibition Fund.

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Hank Willis Thomas commission (title TBD)
July 14-September 30, 2018
Gallery 9

The Delaware Art Museum is commissioning a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas. Utilizing images from popular culture and advertising, Thomas explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. His combines mixed media, sculpture, and photography-based approaches to address race, gender, and class. Thomas will interpret and employ photographs of the 1968 demonstrations and National Guard occupation taken by Wilmington News Journal staff for the creation of a new work of art.

This exhibition is organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

Juried Craft Exhibition

October 20, 2018-January 27, 2019
Catherine A. and Anthony N. Fusco Gallery

For over 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft in its temporary exhibitions by artists working locally and throughout the region. Capitalizing on the Museum’s popular annual exhibitions of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and watercolors, the first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was formally established in 1958. Since then, a rich array of woodwork, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, textiles, metalwork, glass, enamel, and leather has been selected by jurors from museums and universities located throughout the United States. Selected by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Director and juror Paul Sacaridiz, the 2018 Juried Craft Exhibition will celebrate this long history and one of the most vital modes of artistic production today.

This exhibition is organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Support provided by the Emily DuPont Exhibition Fund.

Politics and Paint: Barbara Bodichon and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

November 3, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Gallery 9

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827-1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s preferred genre, and her style reflects Pre-Raphaelite principles of careful observation and detailed rendering. Bodichon traveled widely and exhibited at the Royal Academy and Gambart’s French Gallery in Pall Mall, London, among other venues.

Throughout her life she was a tireless reformer and champion of women’s rights. In 1854, she published her Brief Summary of the Laws of England Concerning Women,which was later used to promote the passage of the Married Women’s Property Act 1882. In 1858, she set up the English Women’s Journal and in 1866, with Emily Davies, developed a strategy to extend university education to women, resulting in the founding of Girton College, Cambridge.

In 2016, the Museum acquired the watercolor Ventnor, Isle of Wight (1856), which became the inspiration for this exhibition. Bodichon’s working process will be examined and feature watercolor sketches and drawings from her travels. The approximately 30 works are drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection at the University of Delaware and recent acquisitions in the Museum’s permanent collection.

This exhibition is organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

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Additional support for all exhibitions 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 recognized for its cornerstone collection of works by celebrated American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle, a Wilmington native, complemented by hundreds of works by some of the most talented illustrators.

Also renowned for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom, assembled by Samuel Bancroft, Jr., a Wilmington textile mill owner with a taste for Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other contemporaries of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The Museum is famous for the preeminent collection of urban landscapes by American painter John Sloan and his circle. The Sloan collection lives alongside an esteemed survey of American art–spanning more than 200 years–from early 19th century through the present, including masterworks by Raphaelle Peale, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, and Dale Chihuly. Visitors also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden, featuring large-scale works by Tom Otterness and George Rickey.

For more than 100 years, the Museum has occupied a vibrant place in the life of the Brandywine Valley. More than a collection of beautiful objects, the Museum is a vital source of experiences and discoveries for visitors from around the world.

The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. 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. 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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