The Delaware Art Museum is excited to celebrate its 100-year commitment to supporting regional visual artists with the Centennial Juried Exhibition. On view October 20, 2012 through January 13, 2013, this exhibition commemorates the Museum’s past annual exhibitions of painting and crafts–which combined to form the Biennial in 1989. Guest-juried by John B. Ravenal, this 97-artist exhibition (featuring 98 individual works of art) honors the tradition of juried exhibitions in Delaware and the surrounding region while identifying the artistic trends that will characterize the region’s future.
“The 1,300 artworks submitted covered a wide range of media, styles, and abilities,” says Ravenal. “There were accomplished senior artists, emerging talents, and probably some Sunday hobbyists. There was painting, sculpture, installation art, video, drawing, photography, crafts, and things that defy categorization. I accepted around one-fifth of the applicants and, for the most part, chose one work from each. I was looking for quality, regardless of the type or approach of the work, thus the selection is eclectic. What ties it together is that each of these works was vital enough to make me, and I think others, be excited to see them in person.”
Between January 1 and March 18, 2012, nearly 450 applicants submitted artworks for consideration. To be eligible, artists had to be 18 or older and currently residing either within the State of Delaware or within 100 miles of the Museum.