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Dedicated to developing an
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of the visual arts. American art from 1750 to the present and English
Pre-Raphaelite Art and the "Golden Era" of American Illustration. Works
The Eight; American illustrators. Collection of works by Howard Pyle.
The Delaware Art Museum regularly presents major traveling exhibitions, offering the community an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of artists and artistic movements. The Museum also displays smaller exhibitions, often assembled from its permanent collection, to complement larger shows or to bring select works to light.
June 25, 2011 – August
Outlooks Exhibition Series
Teachers of the Christina School District
Creativity Multiplied: Art Teachers of the Christina School District, part of the Museum’s Outlooks Exhibition Series, will feature works in various media by a number of art teachers of the Christina School District. This exhibition will highlight the artistic imagination and unity of purpose that inspires this group, fostering the flow of creativity from teachers to students.
June 18, 2011 – September 17, 2011
The Age of Photomechanical Reproduction
Reproductions of famous works of art are relatively inexpensive and widely available in our present age. But before the invention of photography this was not the case. Works of art could only be viewed in the original, or in limited print editions, restricting the range of audience appreciation.
May 21, 2011 – September 25, 2011
This group exhibition explores a trend in contemporary art that questions our perceptions of the world around us. Through the use of shadow play, lights, mirrors, and complex mathematical equations, artists create paintings and sculpture that explore the tension between appearance and reality.
March 19, 2011 – January 15, 2012
Adventure: Focus on Arthur E. Becher
German émigré artist Arthur Ernst Becher (1877-1960) studied in Milwaukee and Munich before joining Howard Pyle’s school of illustration in 1902. He went on to a long career, publishing illustrations for diversionary fiction that gave readers a generation of armchair adventures - ranging from thrilling historical exploits to contemporary crises of family and workplace.
November 12, 2011 – March 4, 2012
In celebration of the centenary of
the death of the American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle (1853 –
1911), the Delaware Art Museum is presenting a comprehensive
retrospective exhibition. Pyle was one of America’s most popular
illustrators and storytellers during a period of explosive growth in
the publishing industry. His illustrations appeared in magazines
like Harper’s Monthly, Collier’s Weekly, St. Nicholas, and Scribner’s
Magazine , gaining him national and even international exposure.
The appeal of his imagery made him a celebrity in his lifetime, and
Pyle’s widely circulated pictures of knights, pirates, and historical
figures influenced depictions of these subjects for generations.
This exhibition presents a fresh perspective on Pyle’s familiar images,
by exploring his interaction with the art and culture of his
time—effectively re-positioning him within the broader spectrum of
The Delaware Art Museum was originally founded in 1912 to preserve and exhibit the art of Howard Pyle following his untimely death in November 1911. Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered will serve to begin a celebration of the Delaware Art Museum’s first 100 years (1912 – 2012).
Masterpieces in Miniature: Howard Pyle
November 19, 2011 – January 8, 2012
Masterpieces in Miniature is the Museum’s signature holiday exhibition. Each year, regional miniaturists create three-dimensional interpretations of works of art. This year’s theme, the work of Howard Pyle, complements the Museum’s Centennial Celebration – which begins in November of 2011 to commemorate Pyle, the nationally known Wilmington illustrator who died in 1911. The Delaware Art Museum was founded in 1912 to preserve Pyle’s work and celebrate his unique contribution to American illustration and storytelling. The Masterpieces in Miniature exhibition will be on view during the widely anticipated exhibition Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered.
Outlooks: Artists of the Studio Group
December 2, 2011 – January 15, 2012
This exhibition will present a variety of works by members of the Studio Group, Inc., an association of artists founded in Wilmington in 1935. After first renting a part of the former Howard Pyle Studios from then owner Stanley Arthurs, an illustrator and student of Pyle’s, the Group was able to purchase the property in 1968. Howard Pyle had received international acclaim for his work as an illustrator, writer, teacher, and founder of the Brandywine tradition of art. The Studios were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The Studio Group has remained faithful to its original goal of preserving an association of artists dedicated to perfecting their skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere. This exhibition will include about forty works of art, showcasing a selection of members’ styles, media, and subject matter.
A Secret Book of Designs : The Burne-Jones Flower Book
January 28, 2012 – April 22, 2012
Between 1892-1898 Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) created a series of circular images, each inspired by the name of a flower. In 1905 (after the artist’s death) these images were published as individual, hand-colored collotypes that are so brilliantly printed they are often mistaken as original watercolors. Only 300 editions of this publication were printed. This exhibition will feature all 38 images from this series, recently acquired for the Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives.
Tales of Folk and Fairies: The Life and Work of Katherine Pyle
February 18, 2012 – September 9, 2012
Katharine Pyle (1863-1938), the youngest sibling to Howard Pyle, emerged as one of Delaware's most prolific women authors and illustrators. Between 1898 and 1934, she published over 50 books – many of them stories about folk, fairies, animals, and children’s tales. This exhibition serves to reintroduce the works of Katharine Pyle to present-day audiences.
Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans
March 31, 2012 – May 27, 2012
Over the past 100 years, the
Delaware Art Museum has proudly featured the work of the most
accomplished artists in our region. Wilmington-based painter Mary Page
Evans works directly from nature, seeking to capture a specific
landscape, figure, tree, or sky. She is engaged by particularity,
making an effort to establish the locale, the time of day, and the
quality of light. Not surprisingly, her influences include the French
impressionists and post-impressionists, as well as the abstract
expressionist Joan Mitchell. She has worked at Claude Monet’s garden in
Giverny and names Cézanne as an inspiration. The painter Gene
Davis described her paintings as “hymns of unadulterated joy,” and this
exhibition promises to be a gorgeous celebration of nature and the
human form, as well as a retrospective covering more than forty years
of the painter’s distinguished career.
100 Works for 100 Years
June 23, 2012 – September 16, 2012
As part of the year-long celebration of the Delaware Art Museum’s Centennial, 100 Works for 100 Years will feature works of art acquired during the first 100 years of the Museum’s existence as well as promised gifts for the future. The exhibition will focus on the development and growth of the Museum’s permanent holdings, in addition to highlighting the generosity of those who have enriched the collection through donations. The exhibition will spill out of the temporary display space into the permanent collection galleries, with individual works highlighted throughout the Museum and Copeland Sculpture Garden. Visitors can utilize a special exhibition map to follow the exhibition throughout the premises.
Nina Katchadourian: Sorted Books
June 23, 2012 – September 16, 2012
Throughout her varied art-making
practice, Nina Katchadourian has explored systems, structures, codes,
language, and communication. Sorted Books is an ongoing
project, begun in 1993, through which the artist surveys a collection
of books, selecting and grouping particular titles so that they can be
read in sequence. The clusters are photographed and the resulting
images are displayed in the gallery as a way to shed light on the
unique nature of any private or public book collection. The Delaware
Art Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives traces its
foundation to December 1911 and boasts over 30,000 volumes of books,
catalogues, and periodicals, in addition to special collections.
Working primarily with the Library’s M. G. Sawyer Collection of
Decorative Bindings—a collection of over 2,000 books acquired for their
cover design—this iteration marries both artist’s and collector’s
interest in the exterior, not interior, of a book.
October 20, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Beginning in November of 2011, the Delaware Art Museum will celebrate 100 years of supporting the visual arts in its community through its collection, exhibitions, and programs. To commemorate the Museum’s past annual exhibitions of painting and crafts—combined to form the Biennial in 1989—a juried Centennial exhibition will be on view from October 2012 through January 2013. The exhibition will feature a variety of media—drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, video, and installation—and include artists living either within the State of Delaware or within 100 miles of the Museum. Guest-juried by John B. Ravenal, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this Centennial exhibition anticipates the next 100 years of contemporary art in Delaware.
Exhibition dates subject to change. Exhibits supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts.Our upcoming exhibitions are listed here: http://www.delart.org/exhibitions/upcoming/index.html .
Exhibition dates subject to change. Exhibits supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts.
College students: $5.00
Children 6 and under: Free,
The Delaware Art Museum also offers educational programs for students, teachers, and groups. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or visit the website at http://www.delart.org.
All public areas of the Museum are accessible to persons with disabilities.
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