When it comes to The First State, Delaware, many people will literally ask “Where is that?” Besides being the residence of former US Vice President, Joe Biden, the state has a great art scene. One of the most notable art museums is the Delaware Art Museum, established in 1912. The renowned art facility recently received a large donation from philanthropists Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, a pledge of $15 million, to help the museum get their finances back in order.
In 2005, the museum had gone through a major expansion and renovation project. It is actually a fairly large museum, but the expansion added more programs to draw in a larger audience. A variety of programs are offered there including family events, after-work art social gatherings, as well as art classes. The museum houses large and diverse artwork, some dating back to the 1800s, from historic artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of my personal favorites, and Howard Pyle. They also offer exhibitions from current artists and mediums as well. A few of the paintings dating back to the 1800s were amongst those that were sold in order to pay down the museum’s debt after renovation.
With the recent donation, and other donations recently pledged and received, hopefully the museum will gain its footing again. In 2017, they reported their highest attendance in more than a decade. In addition to adding more programs, they plan on expanding their art and exhibitions to include more woman and people of color as well.
If you ever find yourself in the area, the Delaware Art Museum is really worth a stop.