Delaware Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Delaware Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:

Inside Out: Carol Tippit Woolworth, Catherine Drabkin, Pahl Alexander Hluchan, Colleen Randall, Daniel Jackson (2/26/16)

Vista and Vision: The Delaware Scene (6/4/99)

We recommend that researchers always search within Resource Library for additional material. Please see TFAO's page How to research topics not listed for more information. As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 361 pages including the state's name.


Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Biggs Museum of American Art

Delaware Art Museum


(above: exterior, Delaware Art Museum, photo by John Hazeltine © 2000. Click on image to enlarge it.)


Other online information:

Almost Forgotten: Delaware Women Artists of the Early 20th Century, Delaware Historical Society. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Delaware (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

Recognizing Delaware: Artistic Assets from the Wilmington Trust Collection was an exhibition held at the Delaware History Museum from April 28 through September 1, 2001; from Delaware Historical Society

Rehoboth Art League history from Rehoboth Art League. Accessed August, 2015.

Rehoboth Beach Colony from


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

Almost Forgotten: Delaware Women Artists and Arts Patrons 1900-1950, By Jann Haynes Gilmore, Janice Haynes Gilmore, Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art, First USA Riverfront Arts Center, Rehoboth Art League (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) Published 2002. Biggs Museum of American Art. Women artists. 64 pages. ISBN:1893287025

Outdoor Sculpture in Wilmington, By Robert T Silver, Leigh Frederick, Wilmington Arts Commission. Published by Wilmington Arts Commission, 1987. 70 pages

Artists in Wilmington 1890 - 1940, by Delaware Art Museum. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, (1980). ASIN: B000PSX518

Delaware: A Guide to the First State, Page 141 By Delaware Federal Writers' Project, Federal Writers' Project. Published by US History Publishers, 1976. ISBN 1603540083, 9781603540087. 562 pages. (Google Books full view)

PORTRAITS IN DELAWARE, 1700-1850, Published by Delaware Art Center, 1958. 4 pages

History of Art in Delaware, By Jessie C. Rockwell. Published by s.n, 1947. 14 pages. "Reprinted from Delaware, a history of the first state, H. Clay Reed, ed., Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1947 Source: Google Books



Jann Haynes Gilmore: "Delaware Women Artists: 1900-1950" American Art Review March-April 2002 (Volume XIV, Number 2)


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