My Art Story

Watch the video the National Endowment for the Arts created in collaboration with the Delaware Division of the Arts. Developed as part of the National Endowment for the Arts 50th Anniversary United States of Arts: Tell Us Your Art Story series.



J. Mack Wathen Joins Delaware State Arts Council as Chair

The Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA) today announced that Gov. Jack A. Markell has appointed J. Mack Wathen of Hockessin, as Chair to the Delaware State Arts Council. “I’m deeply honored to be following Lise Monty as Chair of the Delaware State Arts Council,” said J. Mack Wathen. “She made countless contributions to the arts in Delaware, having served as Chair since 2008 and as a Council Member since 2004.” Monty submitted her resignation to the Governor in January, expressing her gratitude for the opportunity to serve the arts in this capacity.

Poetry Out Loud - State Competition

Students from 18 Delaware high schools will compete in the 11th annual Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Finals at the Smyrna Opera House on Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


National Arts Program - Exhibition and Reception Dates

Join us for the 5th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition sponsored by The National Arts Program® and the Delaware Division of the Arts. The exhibit is free and open to the public from February 22 - March 14 culminating with a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 12, 1-3 p.m. at the Art Center/Gallery, Delaware State University in Dover. For more information, visit our webpage.


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This week's interview with members of the Serafin String Quartet: Kate Ransom and Lisa Vaupel, violins; Esme Allen-Creighton, viola; Lawrence Stombert, cello.

These podcasts are provided as a service through a partnership between the Division of the Arts and NEWS·TALK 1450 WILM and 1410 WDOV.

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Annual Grant Deadline - March 1, 2016

The eGrant system is now open for all FY2017 Division grant programs with a March 1, 2016 application deadline. This includes the following grant programs for Delaware-based organizations: General Operating; Education Resource; StartUp; Arts Stabilization; and Project Support. For more details on all programs and eligibility, please visit the grants webpage.


On the Mezzanine - February Exhibition

Aaron Keith Hoffer -Psychic Future
Now open through February 26!  
Click here for more information.


Sentient Ooze, acrylic, ink, latex, 4” x 4”, 2015


Governor Markell Appoints 17th Poets Laureate for the State of Delaware

The Twin Poets - Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills
Photo Credit: Cylinda McCloud-Keal

On December 16, in a ceremony at the Delaware Art Museum, Governor Jack A. Markell appointed the Twin Poets, Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills, as the 17th Poets Laureate. “I’m thrilled to appoint the Twin Poets to the Delaware poet laureate position,” said Governor Markell. “Their artistic excellence, combined with extensive experience in outreach to underserved communities and infectious love of poetry and spoken word will be a benefit for all Delawareans.”

For more information visit our Poet Laureate page.


Congratulations to the 2016 Individual Artist Fellows!

The prestigious Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts recognize artists in a variety of disciplines for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards. See this year's winners on our IAF webpage.