2020 Individual Artist Fellowships Awardees
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.

This year 139 artists applied and 19 were awarded fellowships in the following categories - one, Masters; twelve, Established; and six, Emerging. In addition, two artists earned an honorable mention.
Award ($10,000)
Mark Unruh, Wilmington, Folk Art: Music
Established Professional
Award ($6,000)
Taylor Reid Adams, Wilmington, Literature: Fiction
Anne Colwell, Milton, Literature: Creative Nonfiction
Merideth Hite Estevez, Wilmington, Music: Solo Recital
Shelley Koon, Dover, Visual Arts: Photography
Ralph Gresham Lam, Wilmington, Folk Art: Music
Aaron Paskins, Dover, Visual Arts: Sculpture
Nicholas Serratore, Lewes, Visual Arts: Works on Paper
Constance M. Simon, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Painting
Caroline N. Simpson, Wilmington, Literature: Poetry
Robert Bruce Weston, Milton, Visual Arts: Crafts
Jonathan W. Whitney, Wilmington, Jazz: Composition
Michele Xiques, Milford, Dance: Choreography
Award ($3,000)
Sarah Barnett, Rehoboth Beach, Literature: Creative Nonfiction
Kim DeCicco, Lewes, Literature: Fiction
Kari Ann Ebert, Dover, Literature: Poetry
Michael Fleishman, Milford, Visual Arts: Works on Paper
Chloe McEldowney, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Painting
Guy Miller, New Castle, Visual Arts: Sculpture
Crystal Heidel, Milton, Literature: Fiction
Colleen Zufelt, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Sculpture
From the Director
In 2019, the Division of the Arts celebrated its 30th anniversary, along with the 50th anniversary of the Delaware State Arts Council and 10th anniversary of the Delaware Arts Alliance. Pouring through the historical records and recalling so many wonderful people past and present that have contributed to the cultural landscape of our state, I am struck by the range of programs, people, and experiences that have shaped our downtowns, our schools, and our communities. 
I invite you to peruse our 50th Anniversary Report to see just a glimpse of the accomplishments over the years, none of which would be possible without our artists, arts organizations, and patrons. Special kudos as well to the General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, for their ongoing recognition of the importance of the arts in our lives!
We look forward to building on the great work of the first half century, excited about the prospects of an ever-growing and evolving arts sector: reaching new communities, experiencing new art forms, and engaging people in new and innovative ways. - Paul Weagraff, Director
18th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition
This annual competition is a collaborative project engaging multiple agencies within the Department of State including the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the Division of Archives, and the Division of the Arts.

2019 Participants: 16 Teams from 13 Schools, 386 students and 20 teachers representing public and private schools in all three counties.
Signer's Awards:
  • George Read Award: Robert S. Gallaher Elementary School
  • Gunning Bedford Jr. Award: Bunker Hill Elementary School
  • Jacob Broom Award: Learning Express Academy
  • John Dickinson Award: Lake Forest Central Elementary School
  • Richard Bassett Award: Immaculate Heart of Mary School
Artistic Merit Awards:
  • Bunker Hill Elementary School
  • Christ the Teacher Catholic School
  • Gallaher Elementary School
  • Learning Express Academy

Artistic Merit Honorable Mention:
  • Epworth Christian School
  • Lake Forest Central Elementary School
2020 DE State Employee Art Exhibition
The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 9th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their families at any skill level a unique opportunity to exhibit their artwork and to compete for cash prizes and special awards.

The exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals in Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, Teen, and Youth categories, and it is free to all.

Registration ends January 24, 2020. Exhibition opens February 24!
On the Mezzanine: Coming in February
The Mezzanine Gallery will be closed during the month of January. We’ll be painting pedestals and gearing up for the February exhibition.

Meet artist Terron Mitchell at his reception on Friday, February 7 from 5-7 p.m. in the Gallery.

Image: Sand, Sea, Sky, and Sun Satiable , 2018, Oil Stain on Pine Wood Sheathing, 48 x 82 x 4 Inches
The Mezzanine Gallery, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located in the
Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington. 
Featured Opportunities
Delaware State of the Arts is a weekly podcast that presents interviews with arts organizations and leaders who contribute to the cultural vibrancy of communities throughout Delaware.
Interested in being interviewed, either to promote an upcoming event, your work in the arts, or an issue relevant to Delaware's arts and entertainment sector?
Delaware State of the Arts is provided as a service of the Division of the Arts, in partnership with NEWSRADIO 1450 WILM and 1410 WDOV.
Artist Roster Seeks Teaching Artists
The Division’s Artist Roster is a resource for anyone looking for artistic talent in Delaware. You can find visual, literary, and performing artists available to create, exhibit, perform, or present programs in venues across the state and throughout the region. 
We are currently seeking more artists to register or update their profile to include “Teaching Artist” under the Arts Services category. School administrators, teachers, and organizers of events and programs regularly seek artists to lead art projects and workshops in a variety of disciplines and media. If you like to help people create, let us know!
Kent County Found for the Arts
The Kent County Fund for the Arts will award about $20,000 in grants in 2020. Applications are now being accepted from schools, clubs, and civic/community organizations for programs that help to foster growth of arts organizations in Kent County, as well as those organizations that support the arts. Learn more
NEA Big Read Grants Due January 29
Are you a nonprofit organization interested in increasing community engagement, creating new partnerships, and celebrating great books? The 2020-2021 guidelines for National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grants are now available. This National Endowment for the Arts initiative, in partnership with Arts Midwest, supports community reading programs across the country, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the 2020-21 list of NEA Big Read books will include classic literature by four female authors: Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, and Carson McCullers. 
The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29, 2020. In addition to libraries, eligible applicants include colleges and universities, arts organizations, museums, humanities councils, school districts, historical societies, and more—read the guidelines for complete eligibility information.
The Division has embarked on a year-long digital advertising campaign to increase reach and engagement on DelawareScene.com . We remind and recommend that organizations, businesses and individual artists, submit their 2020 events as soon as they are scheduled, and no later than the recommended deadlines below. Submit now
Event Date
March & April
May & June
Submission Deadline
As soon as possible
January 15
February 15
Ongoing Division Grant Deadlines
Artist Opportunity: deadline 4/1/2020, for activities happening between 5/15/2020 - 11/15/2020

Artist Residency: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to start of scheduled residency

Artist Roster : rolling deadline
Arts Access Grants: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to project start date

TranspARTation Grant: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the field trip date
Please note: All applications for grants must be submitted through smARTDE.
The Delaware Division of the Arts is an agency of the State of Delaware. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. Funding for Division programs is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit  arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.