PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Nov
10
Sun
Performance: Kevin Cope
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm
Performance: Kevin Cope

Solo classical guitarist Kevin Cope, recipient of the Division of the Arts 2019 Emerging Professional Award, performs his original works.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community. Learn more.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Nov
21
Thu
Connected: Duo Extreme
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Rhythms of the Caribbean

Enjoy the sounds of the Caribbean with a concert of new music and Calypso. Originating in Trinidad, Calypso combines clarinet, percussion, and steel pan to create distinctive tropical music. Arrive early and try the percussion instrument petting zoo.

Family Friendly

5:30 pm – Instrument Petting Zoo
6:00 pm – Performance with Q&A to follow

About the Connected Series

Connected is a new program series featuring events produced by the community, for the community. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more.
Dec
5
Thu
Connected Series Open House
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Connected Series Open House

Come and learn more about the Museum’s Connected Series. A series curating events for the community, by the community!

Dec
12
Thu
Connected: Beauty is… Reception & Exhibition
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Connected: Beauty is... Reception & Exhibition

Using the camera as a tool for creative expression, Stay Focused puts the student in control of the narrative, challenging them to view the spaces around them in new ways in order to share perspectives that are important to them. Founded and facilitated by photographer Shannon Woodloe, Stay Focused covers the history and core elements of photography, culminating in a theme-based photography project.

The project, “Beauty is…,” will be the students’ photographic responses to the marketing billboard for the Museum’s exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, which poses the questions, “What is beauty?”

A reception and exhibit of student works will be held December 12, 2019 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

This Connected Series program is being offered in partnership with Serviam Girl’s Academy and Children and Families First’s Community Schools program at Bancroft Elementary School.

ABOUT THE CONNECTED SERIES

Connected is a new program series featuring events produced by the community, for the community. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more.
Dec
15
Sun
Performance: Cartoon Christmas Trio with special guest the Wilmington Children’s Chorus
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays with the return of the Cartoon Christmas Trio to Delaware Art Museum! Assembled in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson, the trio’s sole focus is compositions from classic Christmas cartoons—particularly the music of Vince Guaraldi, composer of the “Peanuts” soundtracks. The Cartoon Christmas Trio has made live appearances on NBC, ABC, and NPR, and comes back to the Museum to wow audiences with yuletide nostalgia.

ABOUT THE 2018 PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.

Dec
21
Sat
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

On the first day of winter, take a break from your holiday shopping with a peaceful afternoon labyrinth walk. Free, donations accepted.

Performance: Cartoon Christmas Trio with special guest the Tatnall Lower School Children’s Choir
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays with the return of the Cartoon Christmas Trio to Delaware Art Museum! Assembled in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson, the trio’s sole focus is compositions from classic Christmas cartoons—particularly the music of Vince Guaraldi, composer of the “Peanuts” soundtracks. The Cartoon Christmas Trio has made live appearances on NBC, ABC, and NPR, and comes back to the Museum to wow audiences with yuletide nostalgia.

ABOUT THE 2018 PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.

Jan
20
Mon
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service 2020
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service 2020

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through art and service in partnership with One Village Alliance and Raising Kings.

Portrait Photography
Monday, January 20 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

During the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, add your portrait to a wall of photographs of our community. To complement the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, we are filling a wall of our entryway with portraits of our community members. 100 frames will slowly fill with photographs of locals, to add dimension to the portraits in the special exhibition itself. We’d love to include your  portrait. Register to have your photograph taken by Joe McFetridge on  January 20. Participants will receive a digital and print copy once the photographs come off the walls in spring 2020. Free.

Jan
22
Wed
Contemporary Ballet – Master Class with Jeremy McQueen of The Black Iris Project
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Participants will be taught a portion of the choreography from A Mother’s Rite by  Jeremy McQueen, artistic director of the Black Iris Project and the choreographer of A Mother’s Rite. This master class is designed for experienced dancers.

Photos of Courtney Celeste Spears by Matthew Murphy.

Jan
23
Thu
Performance – The Black Iris Project: A Mother’s Rite
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SOLD OUT

Founded in 2016 by choreographer Jeremy McQueen, The Black Iris Project is a ballet collaborative and education vehicle that creates new, relevant classical and contemporary ballet works that celebrate diversity and Black history. “A Mother’s Rite” is a new ballet about how one mother copes with the loss of her child to a racially-motivated murder..

A powerful 38 minute solo ballet set to Igor Stravinsky’s iconic composition Rite of Spring  that explores one mother’s journey through the stages of grief after being thrust into the spotlight by way of her son’s murder by police.

This engagement of Black Iris Project is made possible through the Special Presenter Initiatives program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts. 

Photos of Courtney Celeste Spears by Matthew Murphy.

Feb
9
Sun
Family 2nd Sunday presents Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Rat
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Family 2nd Sunday presents Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Rat

Drop in for a full day of family-friendly programs. Free, suggested $10 donation. Family 2nd Sundays are sponsored by the Museum Council. 

10:00 a.m. Art Museum Babies. Ages 0–2.
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Chinese New Year–inspired Art Activities.
11:30 a.m. Lion Dance and Folk Dance Troupes Perform.
12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Chinese Calligraphy and Dough Figuring.
1:30 p.m. Demonstration by CACC Yo-Yo Club followed by Feature Performance.

Feb
13
Thu
Performance: Joel Ross Good Vibes
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm

“…Ross’ precocious creativity, facility, and confidence were downright shocking. His style is so unique and developed that it changed my image of the vibraphone itself. Though his musicality [shone] through brightly, I was most impressed by the revolutionary way in which he approached the physicality of the instrument, reworking classic limitations as creative allowances.”

Chicago native Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artists – Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris – as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, and Marquis Hill. Twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist – he’s also had the opportunity to perform at the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle, and Chicago Jazz Festivals -and- at internationally-celebrated venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, and Club Vibrato in Los Angeles.

Playing the drum kit as early as three years of age, Ross learned other percussion instruments & approaches beginning in grade five, in his tenth year. When starting his work on Vibes, he engaged both classical and jazz works, and did so throughout high school. In his last year there, Ross also began playing the piano in a more serious way.

Ross recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California. Winning first place at the 2016 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival ‘Jazz Forward’ Competition, he was also a winner of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, in Amsterdam. A fitting addition to the Marquis Hill Blacktet – before their 2016 European tour – Ross has just recorded his own debut album “KingMaker,” released in 2019. He will be performing, also, with his newly minted Joel Ross’ Good Vibes ensemble.

Personnel:
Joel Ross, Vibraphone
Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone
Jeremy Corren, Piano
Kanoa Mendenhall, Bass
Jeremy Dutton Drums

Joel Ross Good Vibes at Smalls Jazz Club, New York 2017 from Beaver on the Beats on Vimeo.

Mar
8
Sun
Community Preschool Fair
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Community Preschool Fair

Learn more about local preschools at the Museum’s Preschool Fair. Families are also invited to participate in Family 2nd Sunday and enjoy complimentary coffee. Children of all ages welcome. 

Participating Schools

  • Tower Hill
  • Tatnall School
  • Wilmington Friends School
  • Shirley’s Little Friends
  • The Independence School
  • University of Delaware
  • Christ Church Episcopal Preschool
  • St. Elizabeth School
  • Concordia Preschool
  • Ursuline Academy
  • Sanford School
  • All Saints Catholic School
  • Wilmington Montessori School
  • Western Family YMCA

*Additional preschools are still being added.

Family 2nd Sundays
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Drop-in on the second Sunday of the month for a full day of programs designed for families. Additional programming and performances on select 2nd Sundays.

Schedule

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Art Museum Babies (Ages 0-2)
Join us for circle time with songs, sensory play, and a baby-friendly visit with a special work of art.

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Community Preschool Fair (All ages)
Learn more about local preschools at the Museum’s Preschool Fair and enjoy complimentary coffee.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Young Artist Storytime (Ages 2-6)
Begin with a story reading in Kids’ Corner followed by an interactive tour through two galleries and creating a work of art.

Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday Studio (Ages 6+)
Create art together and learn about new materials and techniques from a professional teaching artist.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Family 2nd Sunday on April 12, 2020.

Sponsor

Family 2nd Sundays are sponsored by the Museum Council.
Mar
20
Fri
Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk – Cancelled
Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk - Cancelled

This event has been cancelled.

Slow down, settle your mind, and step into the quietude of the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. Although the Labyrinth walk is free, donations are accepted for maintenance of the Museum’s Labyrinth.

Apr
1
Wed
Riverside Rhythm with Step Afrika! – Cancelled
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm
Riverside Rhythm with Step Afrika! - Cancelled @ The Warehouse

This event has been cancelled.

The Delaware Art Museum welcomes Step Afrika! back to Wilmington with its newest production Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739, explores this little-known event in American history that forever transformed African-American life and culture. When Africans lost the right to use their drums, their rhythms found their way into the body of the people, the Drumfolk.

Experience how the rhythm survived in Wilmington through performances by local groups culminating with a performance by Step Afrika! Followed by a Q & A with members of Step Afrika!, who include graduates of HBCU’s from across the nation. Come ask questions from young adults who were in your seats not to long ago! This event is being planned by the teens from Jack and Jill, Inc New Castle County Chapter and The Warehouse.

This event is designed for teens by teens. 

Apr
3
Fri
Step Afrika! | Drumfolk – Cancelled
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm

This event has been cancelled.

Back by Popular demand, Step Afrika! returns to Wilmington with its blend of the percussive tradition of stepping with African and contemporary dance. The Company’s newest creation, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739, explores this little-known event in American history that forever transformed African-American life and culture. When Africans lost the right to use their drums, their rhythms found their way into the body of the people, the Drumfolk. New percussive forms took root leading to the development of some of our country’s most distinct performance traditions like the ring shout, tap, and stepping.

This program is sponsored by Capital and Worth in association with H&R Block and made possible in Delaware by the Amphion Foundation. The presentation of Step Afrika! was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program is supported, 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 www.DelawareScene.com.

 Delaware Division of the Arts    

Apr
24
Fri
Performance Watch Party
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Fridays, April 24 – May 22
All performances begin at 6:30 pm

Join a Watch Party on the DelArt Facebook page and experience the beauty and creativity of a selection of gifted musicians from the region. Performances are 20 minutes each and range from jazz and R&B to algorithmic composition with audio-visual correspondence. During performances, artists will be available to answer questions and provide insight into their creative processes.

The DelArt Watch Parties grew from our search for ways to support the local creative community during the Covid-19 crisis. Help support these musical artists by making a donation during a Watch Party.

Click here to visit the Museum’s Facebook event page.


April 24E. Shawn Qaissaunee
guitar

Watch performance.


May 1 

Rob Swanson
bass guitar 

Watch performance.


May 8 

William Fields
algorithmic improvisationWatch performance.


May 15 

Jea Street, Jr.
singer/songwriter


May 22 

Jeff Knoettner
pianist

May
1
Fri
Performance Watch Party
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Fridays, April 24 – May 22
All performances begin at 6:30 pm

Join a Watch Party on the DelArt Facebook page and experience the beauty and creativity of a selection of gifted musicians from the region. Performances are 20 minutes each and range from jazz and R&B to algorithmic composition with audio-visual correspondence. During performances, artists will be available to answer questions and provide insight into their creative processes.

The DelArt Watch Parties grew from our search for ways to support the local creative community during the Covid-19 crisis. Help support these musical artists by making a donation during a Watch Party.

Click here to visit the Museum’s Facebook event page.


April 24E. Shawn Qaissaunee
guitar

Watch performance.


May 1 

Rob Swanson
bass guitar 

Watch performance.


May 8 

William Fields
algorithmic improvisationWatch performance.


May 15 

Jea Street, Jr.
singer/songwriter


May 22 

Jeff Knoettner
pianist

May
8
Fri
Performance Watch Party
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Fridays, April 24 – May 22
All performances begin at 6:30 pm

Join a Watch Party on the DelArt Facebook page and experience the beauty and creativity of a selection of gifted musicians from the region. Performances are 20 minutes each and range from jazz and R&B to algorithmic composition with audio-visual correspondence. During performances, artists will be available to answer questions and provide insight into their creative processes.

The DelArt Watch Parties grew from our search for ways to support the local creative community during the Covid-19 crisis. Help support these musical artists by making a donation during a Watch Party.

Click here to visit the Museum’s Facebook event page.


April 24E. Shawn Qaissaunee
guitar

Watch performance.


May 1 

Rob Swanson
bass guitar 

Watch performance.


May 8 

William Fields
algorithmic improvisationWatch performance.


May 15 

Jea Street, Jr.
singer/songwriter


May 22 

Jeff Knoettner
pianist

May
15
Fri
Performance Watch Party
May 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Fridays, April 24 – May 22
All performances begin at 6:30 pm

Join a Watch Party on the DelArt Facebook page and experience the beauty and creativity of a selection of gifted musicians from the region. Performances are 20 minutes each and range from jazz and R&B to algorithmic composition with audio-visual correspondence. During performances, artists will be available to answer questions and provide insight into their creative processes.

The DelArt Watch Parties grew from our search for ways to support the local creative community during the Covid-19 crisis. Help support these musical artists by making a donation during a Watch Party.

Click here to visit the Museum’s Facebook event page.


April 24E. Shawn Qaissaunee
guitar

Watch performance.


May 1 

Rob Swanson
bass guitar 

Watch performance.


May 8 

William Fields
algorithmic improvisationWatch performance.


May 15 

Jea Street, Jr.
singer/songwriter


May 22 

Jeff Knoettner
pianist

May
21
Thu
Pyxis Piano Quartet – Solos and Duos
May 21 @ 6:30 pm
Pyxis Piano Quartet - Solos and Duos @ Zoom & YouTube

Pyxis Piano Quartet features Luigi Mazzocchi (violin), Amy Leonard (viola), Jennifer Jie Jin (cello), and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano). Their second (now virtual) decade continues! Even the coronavirus can’t stop Pyxis Piano Quartet, now in their 11th season as the Delaware Art Museum’s resident classical ensemble! At 7 pm on May 21—our usual Thursday concert night—we’ll bring you a special hour of Pyxis solos and duos. As always, we’ll start with a short pre-concert curator talk and then it’s onto the music. Please enjoy great music direct from the homes of this wonderful ensemble!

To register, please contact Jonathan Whitney at jwhitney@delart.org.

About Pyxis Piano Quartet

Pyxis Piano Quartet performs chamber concerts that include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet.

Compelling, engaging and informative, the vibrant performances of Pyxis Piano Quartet have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region. The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Pyxis as “excellent,” and Christine Facciolo (deartsinfo.com) stated in a recent review “balance, ensemble, superb intonation and sensitive interpretation characterized this performance.”

Learn more.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.

May
22
Fri
Performance Watch Party
May 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Fridays, April 24 – May 22
All performances begin at 6:30 pm

Join a Watch Party on the DelArt Facebook page and experience the beauty and creativity of a selection of gifted musicians from the region. Performances are 20 minutes each and range from jazz and R&B to algorithmic composition with audio-visual correspondence. During performances, artists will be available to answer questions and provide insight into their creative processes.

The DelArt Watch Parties grew from our search for ways to support the local creative community during the Covid-19 crisis. Help support these musical artists by making a donation during a Watch Party.

Click here to visit the Museum’s Facebook event page.


April 24E. Shawn Qaissaunee
guitar

Watch performance.


May 1 

Rob Swanson
bass guitar 

Watch performance.


May 8 

William Fields
algorithmic improvisationWatch performance.


May 15 

Jea Street, Jr.
singer/songwriter


May 22 

Jeff Knoettner
pianist

Jun
4
Thu
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet – Epic Divas
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet - Epic Divas @ Delaware Art Museum

Inspired by the storied careers of painter Margo Allman and sculptor Helen Mason—whose work will be on view in the Museum—Pyxis will present a vibrant program of works that includes Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s aptly titled 2012 piano quartet Epic Diva!

At 7:30 p.m., a Museum curator will present a 15-minute pre-concert talk. You are also welcome to arrive early for dinner and light fare in the Museum’s Thronson Café. The concert begin at 8:00 and will feature complimentary desserts and coffee at intermission.

Season tickets are $90 for Museum Members, $105 for Non-Members, and $75 for students with a valid ID.
Individual tickets are $30 for Museum Members, $35 for Non-Members, and $25 for students.

About Pyxis Piano Quartet

Pyxis Piano Quartet performs chamber concerts that include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet.

Compelling, engaging and informative, the vibrant performances of Pyxis Piano Quartet have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region. The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Pyxis as “excellent,” and Christine Facciolo (deartsinfo.com) stated in a recent review “balance, ensemble, superb intonation and sensitive interpretation characterized this performance.”

Learn more.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.