Spring 2016 Exhibitions and Programs

University Museums exhibitions are open February 10-May 15, 2016.
University Museums programs are free and open to the public.
*Please RSVP for events as requested: (302) 831-8037 or


Artists and Friends

Stephen Tanis, Srebrenica, 2005. © University Museums, the artists, or their representatives

How do we tell the story of the art collections at the University of Delaware? Gifts by generous donors from 1917 onward, the works in Artists and Friends tell a story of relationships.  Many of the donors’ names are familiar to us, and many of their gifts were works by artists active in and around Wilmington throughout the past century, from Howard Pyle to Frank E. Schoonover. Our collection is indebted to the friendship and generosity of artists and their families, and to conservators and students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, who have treated many works in the collection, including two drawings by William Zorach, exhibited here for the first time.
Old College Gallery

Artists’ Machines
open February 10-March 20, 2016

Image courtesy Ashley John Pigford

Artists’ Machines showcases artworks created during the 2015 fall semester through interdisciplinary collaboration between students from the departments of Art & Design, Engineering and Computer Science. Under the leadership of artist and educator, Ashley Pigford, Associate Professor of Graphic and Interaction Design, students were introduced to artist-constructed machines (i.e. micro-electronics, robotics, kinetic sculpture and interactive installation) as media for artistic expression. Representing the application of artistic and design processes across physical and digital media, the exhibited constructions—artist-machines—illuminate phenomena, invite interaction, and explore electronics and robotics as mechanisms of delightful curiosity.
Old College West Gallery

The Edward L. Loper, Sr. Collection: A Centennial Exhibition
open  April 6-May 15, 2016

Edward Loper, Houses along the Delaware River near Claymont, ca. 1950. Oil on canvas. Given to the University Museums by Claudia Cannon Rash and Marc Rash in memory of Reba and Norman Cannon. © University Museums, the artists, or their representatives

Born in Wilmington in 1916, Edward L. Loper graduated from Howard High School, then the only secondary school for black students in Delaware. The first black artist to have a painting accepted to a juried show at the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, now the Delaware Art Museum, Loper’s tenacity, training and innate skill were evident throughout his career. On view in this exhibition are works representing the span of Loper’s career from 1941 to 2011.
Old College West Gallery


Blue&Black: African Rainbow

Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees, Maka Wicasa, 1992. © Artist or artist’s estate

Selected from the University of Delaware’s African American art collection, Blue&Black: African Rainbow underscores the aesthetic and narrative agencies of the African diaspora—the consideration of globalized Black experiences. The visual lexicon of Blue&Black is richly varied, incorporating aesthetic formalism alongside expressions of historic, political and mythopoetic connections to the African continent. Large pastels by Amos Ashanti Johnson, including the recently conserved Hermes Trigmegistus (1977) and African Rainbow (1977), anchor the selection and exhibition’s Afrocentric dimensionality.
Mechanical Hall Gallery

Recent Acquisitions, The Irénée du Pont Collection, and Gemstones and Carvings

Crocoite, Adelaide Mine, Tasmania, Australia

The Mineralogical Museum features newly acquired specimens this semester, each one rare or unusual in its own way. The Museum continues its ongoing display of objects from the Irénée du Pont Collection – the foundation of the University of Delaware Mineralogical Museum – along with skillfully carved gemstones and their natural crystals and carvings from minerals.
Mineralogical Museum


Wednesday, February 10, 5-7 p.m.
Touch of Blues
Celebratory Opening Program and Reception for Blue&Black
View the exhibition, enjoy refreshments and experience a blues performance by the Colin Miller Trio. Music begins at 5:30 p.m.
RSVP: universitymuseums@udel.edu and (302) 831-8037
Mechanical Hall Gallery

Tuesday, February 16, 5 p.m.
Artist’s Talk on Artists’ Machines
Ashley Pigford, Associate Professor of Graphic and Interaction Design
Smith 130

Tuesday, February 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception for Artists and Friends and Artists’ Machines
Old College and Mechanical Hall Galleries open 4-8 p.m. Drop by early to see the exhibitions before the 5 p.m. Artist’s Talk in Smith 130.
RSVP: universitymuseums@udel.edu and (302) 831-8037
Old College Gallery

Thursday, February 25, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Perspective on Artists and Friends
“What makes the University collection unique?”
Janis Tomlinson, Director, University Museums
Old College Gallery

March 4 & 5, 7:30 p.m.
“Same Story” – Different Countries
From Oppression to Resistance to Liberation
Artistic Directors: Lynnette Young Overby and Colin Miller
Visit http://www.ihrc.udel.edu/same-story/ for more information
Mitchell Hall

Tuesday, March 8, 1-1:45 p.m.
Perspective on Artists’ Machines
Ashley Pigford, Associate Professor of Graphic and Interaction Design
Old College West Gallery

Thursday, March 10, 4 p.m.
Paul R. Jones Annual Lecture
Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director, Classical Theatre of Harlem
Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts

Saturday, March 12, 1:15 p.m.
Prologue Talk for REP’s 2 p.m. performance of To Kill A Mockingbird
Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director, Classical Theatre of Harlem
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts

Wednesday, March 16, 5-7 p.m.
Curator’s Talk and Reception
“Tales from the Underground”
Dr. Sharon Fitzgerald, Curator, Mineralogical Museum
Mineralogical Museum

Thursday, March 24, 11-11:45 a.m.
Perspective on Blue&Black
Jessica Horton, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History
Mechanical Hall Gallery

Saturday, April 9, 12-2 p.m.
Lecture and Reception
“Edward L. Loper, Sr., Art Educator”
Brian Scott Miller
The lecture will occur at 12 p.m. in Willard Hall Education Building Room 104 (16 West Main St.). The reception will occur in Old College Lobby (18 E. Main St.) after the lecture. Old College Gallery will be open for viewing 12-5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP: universitymuseums@udel.edu and (302) 831-8037
Willard Hall Education Building and Old College West Gallery

Wednesday, May 18, 5-7 p.m.
Open House
Old College and Mechanical Hall Galleries

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