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Delaware Art Museum

2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, Delaware

Phone: 302 571 9590 --

Statement of Purpose:

Dedicated to developing an awareness, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. American art from 1750 to the present and English Pre-Raphaelite Art and the "Golden Era" of American Illustration. Works by The Eight; American illustrators. Collection of works by Howard Pyle.

Exhibits & Special Events:

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum holds a world-renowned collection that focuses on American art and illustration from the 19th to the 21st century as well as the British Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century.  The Museum offers an outdoor Sculpture Park, the Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, Studio Art Classes, the interactive Kids’ Corner learning area, the Thronson Café featuring free Wi-Fi access, and the Museum Store with distinctive books and gifts.

Current Exhibitions

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, 2011August 21, 2011

Outlooks Exhibition Series

Creativity Multiplied: Art 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, 2011September 17, 2011


Pre-Raphaelites in Print: 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, 2011September 25, 2011

Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art

Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art
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, 2011January 15, 2012

 Escape to Adventure: Focus on Arthur E. Becher

Escape to 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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered

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 19th-century art.

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.

Centennial Juried Exhibition

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.

Permanent Collections

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: .

Permanent Collections

Exhibition dates subject to change. Exhibits supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts.


Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays

Admission & Directions:

Sunday: Free
Monday: Closed

Adults: $12.00
Semniors: $10.00
Youths: $6.00
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

All public areas of the Museum are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Take U.S. Interstate 95 to Wilmington Exit 7 (Route 52 North). Follow Route 52 (Pennsylvania Avenue) to Bancroft Parkway (look for blue and red Museum sign pictured above). Turn right onto Bancroft. Follow to Kentmere Parkway and turn left (look for same sign). Follow signs to Museum. Parking lot and main entrance behind building. Use Wood Road entrance.

A colorful signage system noted above will help visitors locate many points of interest throughout the city and the Brandywine Valley Watch for them!


The wonder of the Deleware Art Museum

lies in its diversity.

American paintings,

English pre-Raphaelite.

Upper atrium lobby.

Riot by Deborah Butterfield.

Key Personnel:

Stephen T. Bruni, Executive Director

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