Community artmaking project with Sunday Breakfast Mission and collection tours


The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce that it will open the Museum and offer free admission and a service project on Monday, January 16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. On this national day of service, Americans of all ages and backgrounds honor Dr. King’s dedication to freedom and justice through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers. In partnership with the Sunday Breakfast Mission, the public is invited to create “quilt” cards between 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. that will be distributed with meals for those in need. The Mission serves the homeless, addicted and impoverished through a variety of programs in Wilmington, Delaware.

In addition to a service-based artmaking project, family-friendly tours featuring African-American artists and subjects in the Museum’s collection will be available at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Participants will hear the story of a 19th-century portrait of Reverend Absalom Jones. Jones was the prominent minister of St. Thomas African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Born a slave in Sussex, Delaware, Jones eventually won his freedom, became a founding member of the Free African Society, was ordained the first African American minister of the Episcopal denomination, and helped to organize a school for African American children. The tour will also highlight drawings that recorded events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott initiated by Rosa Parks and a quilt by artist Faith Ringgold that will serve as inspiration for the service project.

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To mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the State Office of Volunteerism and community organizations throughout the state will host activities highlighting the importance of community work in service to others. Delawareans are encouraged to honor Dr. King’s legacy by making an impact and demonstrating how individual and collective service can be an important response to our communities’ biggest challenges. Click here for more information.

All galleries will be free and open to the public. Always on view are the Museum’s renowned collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art and the Museum’s spectacular collection of American art and Illustration.

Special exhibitions on view:

Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism (Through January 22, 2017) – Inspired by Robert C. Jackson’s 2014 publication, Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters, this exhibition surveys the state of realistic painting at the start of the 21st century. Indicative of this moment are two trends in representational painting-the depiction of the natural world and the creation of fantastic imaginings. Featuring artists from throughout the United States and Canada, including Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, Debra Bermingham, Margaret Bowland, Paul Fenniak, Scott Fraser, Woody Gwyn, F. Scott Hess, Laurie Hogin, Robert C. Jackson, Alan Magee, Janet Monafo, John Moore, Charles Pfahl, Scott Prior, Stone Roberts, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, Daniel Sprick, Will Wilson, and Jerome Witkin, Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism reveals the contemporary developments in a mode of painting historically tied to the greater Brandywine Valley.

This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum. In Delaware, this exhibition is made possible by the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund.

Fluidity (Through February 12, 2017) – This community-curated exhibition presents the work of Carla Lombardi, N. Sarangoulis, Libbie Soffer, and Valettta, whose paths have intertwined over the past several years in various collaborations and artistic projects. Through sculptural ceramics, found-object installations, watercolor, and pastel, these artists center their work on the intersection of universal hopes and fears-especially ones unique to women-with personal introspection about their own lives.

This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

Visit for a full list of programs, events, and exhibitions on view.

About Sunday Breakfast Mission

Sunday Breakfast Mission serves the homeless, addicted, and impoverished through Christ-centered programs to meet their spiritual, social and physical needs. The Mission serves a hot, nutritious meal to more than 200 men, women, and children each night and provides shelter to the homeless in Wilmington. For more information, visit


No Jury, No Prizes: The Society of Independent Illustrators was organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Support was provided by the Sansom Foundation and the Hallie Tybout Exhibition Fund. 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

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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