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Delaware Art Museum Presents Centennial Juried Exhibition


The Delaware Art Museum is excited to celebrate its 100-year commitment to supporting regional visual artists with the Centennial Juried Exhibition. This exhibition commemorates the museum’s past presentations of painting and crafts. Guest-juried by John B. Ravenal, this 97-artist exhibition honors the tradition of juried exhibitions in Delaware and the surrounding region while identifying the artistic trends that will characterize the region’s future.

Dennis Beach, "Drift #19," 2011, Plywood, acrylic, and epoxy, 118 x 80 x 4 inches

From January 1 and March 18, 2012, nearly 450 applicants submitted artworks for consideration. To be eligible, artists had to be 18 or older and currently residing either within Delaware or within 100 miles of the museum. ?The 1,300 artworks submitted covered a wide range of media, styles, and abilities,? says Ravenal. ?There were accomplished senior artists, emerging talents, and probably some Sunday hobbyists. There was painting, sculpture, installation art, video, drawing, photography, crafts, and things that defy categorization. I accepted around one-fifth of the applicants and, for the most part, chose one work from each. I was looking for quality, regardless of the type or approach of the work, thus the selection is eclectic. What ties it together is that each of these works was vital enough to make me, and I think others, be excited to see them in person.?

The Centennial Juried Exhibition was organized by the Delaware

Moe Brooker, "Listen With Your Eyes," 2009, Oil, oil stick, and encaustic on canvas, 62 x 72 inches

Art Museum, which is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Delaware Art Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 10am ? 4pm and Sunday 12pm ? 4pm Admission fees are: Adults (19 ? 59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7 ? 18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived every Sunday. The admission fee is waived thanks to generous support from Jessie Ball duPont Fund. For more information, call 302.571.9590 or toll free at 866.232.3714, or visit www.delart.org.