Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE
The all new Delaware Art Museum re-opened in June of 2005 after completing a $30 million, three-year redesign that involved a recasting and renovation of the existing 60,000 square foot building with additions of over 40,000 square feet.
There is a new Museum Café which seats 40 indoors with an adjoining outdoor North Terrace overlooking the museum's new Sculpture Park. On display in 17 gallery spaces is approximately 6% of the 12,000 works the museum's collection. The heart of the Delaware Art Museum remains its outstanding collections of American art and illustration. The Museum's permanent collection is focused in four areas; Howard Pyle & American Illustration, British Pre-Raphaelite Art, John Sloan, and American Art, 1757 - Present
Hours of Operation:
Wed. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thurs. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri.- Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mon. and Tues. Closed
Holidays: The Delaware Art Museum is closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Family (up to 2 adults & 4 children): $25
Students (w/valid ID): $7
Youth (ages 7 - 18): $6
Children 6 and under: Free
The DelART Café:
The new DelART Café provides casual dining for forty people indoors and many more outdoors on the North Terrace offering sweeping views of the Sculpture Park.
Museum Store: Open during regular museum hours, visitors will find an extensive selection of art books, the
Museum's collection and exhibition catalogues, jewelry, and truly unique gifts related to the collection.
Directions: The Delaware Art Museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway in Wilmington, Del. From Del. Route 52 (Pennsylvania Ave.), take Bancroft Parkway to Kentmere Parkway and follow signs to museum. Parking and entrance are from behind the building as viewed from Kentmere Parkway.
Artists Jame Turrell & Dale Chihuly Installations ShowcasedOn the main level, an installation by well-known, glass artist Dale Chihuly welcomes visitors into the Museum and the Catherine A. Fusco Hall. Chihuly has re-designed the Museum's popular Persian Window, adding seven more Persians to create an archway of brilliantly colored glass forms cascading overhead in the vestibule of the North Terrace main entrance. A new light installation by James Turrell illuminates the Museum's upper level clerestory windows, making the building a work of contemporary art.
A New, 9 Acre Sculpture Park
The first in the Brandywine Valley, the Sculpture Park includes sculpture from the Museum's permanent collection, commissioned pieces and
borrowed works. Set among winding, tree lined paths dotted with benches for relaxation and reflection, the Sculpture Park offers an outdoor art experience for everyone with works by sculptors Lin Emery, John Van Alstine, and Bernie Felch. On the north side of the Museum is the first commissioned work for the Sculpture Park, Tom Otterness's thirteen-foot tall Crying Giant, 2002 (right). Joining Crying Giant are works by George Rickey, Domenico
Mortellito, Robert Stackhouse, Isaac Witkin, and Delaware's own Joe Moss.
Main Level Galleries Themed installations of the Museum's permanent collections are in the first floor galleries. Off the main hall, American Vision, 1757-1915 houses the Museum's general collection of 19th Century American art. Newly conserved stained glass windows, The Tempest and Hamlet, by Pyle student Violet
Oakley, will be on view for the very first time. In the Peggy H. Woolard Howard Pyle Gallery, over sixty works by Howard Pyle are presented, including more than a dozen of his famous pirate paintings. A
Treasure Chest of American Illustration presents an overview of illustration from the mid-19th and 20th centuries, showcasing the work of many of Pyle's students and followers. John Sloan: People & Places includes paintings, portraits, landscapes and drawings of Sloan's early days in New York City and later years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Early American Modernism presents artists of the Ashcan School and American modernists, historically cast as opposites, but both active artistic voices of the early 20th century.
Upper Level GalleriesThe Museum also presents two special exhibitions from the Museum's Charles Lee Reese Print Collection,
Concise & Polished Utterance: The French Printmaking Revival, fifty French and English prints and
An Obvious Vigour: Etchings by Seymour Haden. Both of these collections are on public view for the
The Brock Vinton Galleries showcase the work of Howard Pyle students, including N.C. Wyeth, Frank
Schoonover, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Ellen Bernard Thompson Pyle.
American Art Through Mid-20th Century Gallery emphasizes the coexisting and often competing influences of both American and international cultural forces, especially in Abstraction and Realism.
Artists represented in this gallery include Charles Burchfield, Reginald Marsh, Andrew Wyeth, George Tooker, Hans Hoffman, Norman Lewis, Adolph Gottlieb, and a new Museum acquisition - Robert Goodnough's Dark Blue Cluster (1979).
The 20th Century Works on Paper Gallery will present a regular rotation from the Museum's extensive collection of works on paper. The opening installation in this gallery will be of contemporary photos, including beautiful color photographs by Pete Turner, Ralph Gibson, Joel Meyerowitz and Barbara Kasten - all new acquisitions, many facilitated by the generosity of Raymond W. Merritt.
The 20th and 21st Century Gallery includes a variety of styles of paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, wood, and textiles by artists such as Robert Indiana (Pop Art) and Audrey Flack (Photorealism). Post-
Modernism works by Robert Colescott, Deborah Butterfield, Richard Cleaver, Joyce Scott, George Segal
(his last work, Swan Motel, 1999) and a recent gift to the Museum - Grace Hartigan's Malibu, 1986 are on view. From the school of contemporary craft are works by Dale Chihuly, Wendell Castle and - another
new acquisition - Mark Lindquist's Post Volute/Pre-Chaotic Column,
The MBNA Education Wing offers dedicated studio space for classes in metalsmithing, sculpture, drawing and painting, and children's art activities.
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