Delaware Art Museum

by Delaware Art Museum
November 30, 2017

Juried craft exhibition submissions opens to the public January 2018

Calling all craft artists! The Delaware Art Museum is excited to announce the return of the Juried Craft Exhibition. Artists ages 18 and over who currently reside within 150 miles of the Museum are invited to submit up to three works of contemporary craft created within the last ten years.

"Contemporary craft is arguably one of the most vital modes of artistic production today," says Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum. "The Museum is situated in an area rich with a vibrant contemporary craft tradition, so it is only fitting that the Museum, with its long history of supporting craft, champions this work with a major regional juried exhibition next fall."

For over 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft in its temporary exhibitions by artists working locally and throughout the region. Capitalizing on the Museum's popular annual shows of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and watercolors, the first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was formally established in 1958. Since then, a rich array of woodwork, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, textiles, metalwork, glass, enamel, and leather has been selected by preeminent jurors from museums and universities located throughout the United States. "The Museum has been supporting artists through exhibitions and acquisitions almost since its founding," explains Winslow.

Paul Sacaridiz, Executive Director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine, has been chosen to serve as the juror for this exhibition. Prior to his appointment there in 2015, Sacaridiz was professor and chair of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An accomplished sculptor and leader in higher education and arts administration, he has been recognized by the National Council of Arts Administrators and the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland. Sacaridiz has served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the Arts/Industry Program at Kohler Company.

The last juried craft show at the Museum was the 26th Contemporary Crafts Exhibition in 1988. In 1989, the juried crafts exhibition was combined with the annual juried exhibition to form the Delaware Art Museum's biennial exhibition.

Submissions will be accepted beginning January 1, 2018, and must be completed online by March 4, 2018. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Selections for the Juried Craft Exhibition will be announced April 16, 2018, and the exhibition will be on view to the public at the Delaware Art Museum from October 20, 2018, to January 27, 2019.

For more information on eligibility, requirements, and application procedures, please visit or email

Exhibition Calendar

January 1, 2018 | Submission portal opens

March 4, 2018 | Deadline for submissions

April 16, 2018 | Selections announced

October 19, 2018 | Members opening reception

October 20, 2018 - January 27, 2019 | Exhibition on view to the public


Support provided by the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund. Additional support was provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

About the Delaware Art Museum

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is recognized for its cornerstone collection of works by celebrated American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle, a Wilmington native, complimented by hundreds of works by some of most talented illustrators.

Also renowned for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom, assembled by Samuel Bancroft, Jr., a Wilmington textile mill owner with a taste for Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other contemporaries of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The Museum is famous for the preeminent collection of urban landscapes by American painter John Sloan and his circle. The Sloan collection lives alongside an esteemed survey of American art-spanning more than 200 years-from early 19th century through the present, including masterworks by Raphaelle Peale, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, and Dale Chihuly. Visitors also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden, featuring large-scale works by Tom Otterness and George Rickey.

For more than 100 years, the Museum has occupied a vibrant place in the life of the Brandywine Valley. More than a collection of beautiful objects, the Museum is a vital source of experiences and discoveries for visitors from around the world.

The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Friday - Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. 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 Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit

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