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Wilmington Arts: Art Scene in Wilmington

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One wouldn’t necessarily expect the “chemical capital of the world” to have a great cultural scene, but Delaware’s largest city actually has quite a bit to offer the arts enthusiast.  Wilmington is home to several art museums and theater companies, including both a children’s museum and a children’s theatre.  There are also a number of music festivals, notably the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Riverfront Blues Festival, and The Peoples’ Festival, where reggae and world music artists gather to celebrate former Wilmingtonian Bob Marley.

Wilmington Arts Information

  • In Wilmington—Terrific “slideshow” style calendar of local arts and entertainment events

Art Museums

brandywine

Brandywine River Museum

Three generations of Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and James – comprise the bulk of the Brandywine’s collection, although it also keeps American illustration, still lifes and trompe l’oeils, and landscapes dealing with the Brandywine region. Founded in 1971 and housed in a decommissioned gristmill, the Brandywine, while only about ten miles outside Wilmington, has a rural feel to it, which is enhanced by the wildflower gardens that surround it. …more…

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum

The Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts was started in 1912 to honor the memory of illustrator and novelist Howard Pyle, a Wilmington native who died suddenly while studying in Italy in 1911. Twenty-three years later, the family of eminent Wilmington industrialist Samuel Bancroft Jr. donated his extraordinary collection of British Pre-Raphaelite works and archival documents to the Society, along with a parcel of 11 acres of land, with the provision that a museum be built to house Bancroft’s collection. ...more...

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

The non-collecting Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts was founded in 1979 as an arts hub for the Wilmington community and has grown exponentially in the three decades since. It now houses seven galleries, 26 artists’ studios, an auditorium and a classroom in its 35,000-square foot building, and the spaces are usually humming with activity. Offerings include “Art Salad”, a weekly lunchtime lecture series hosted by curators, historians, artists and …more…

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) was the childhood home of du Pont scion and noted horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont. Visitors today may be forgiven if they fall agog at its opulence, because Winterthur is indeed something close to a palace. The 175-room mansion sits in the middle of more than 1000 rolling, sculpted acres – about which more in a moment – and houses the fruits of H.F. du Pont’s …more…

Theater

Delaware Theatre Company

Delaware Theatre Company

The Delaware Theatre Company, the highlight of the Brandywine Valley’s impressive cultural arts scene, has, in the course of its first thirty years, produced over 150 productions, ranging from Private Lives to Proof, winning 11 Barrymore Awards for Excellence along the way. Combining rich artistry with the world canon of theatre writing, productions at DTC are bold and richly produced, with exceptional production values and outstanding talent…Housed in an intimate 400 seat playhouse, DTC produces five mainstage shows annually. ...more...

Classical Music

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

A descendent of the amateur Tankopanicum Orchestra of the early 1900s, after a few name changes the orchestra arrived at its modern iteration in 1971. Nominated for a Latin Grammy with its first commercial recording Interchange (a collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s repertoire features works by such engaging composers as Sergei Rachmaninov, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, and contemporary composers Jennifer Higdon and Osvaldo …more…

Opera

Opera Delaware

OperaDelaware

Since 1945, the Delaware opera company has performed such timeless works as Puccini’s Tosca, Verdi’s La Traviata, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. There are also free lectures for adults, multifaceted educational programs for young students that include classroom workshops and visits to rehearsals, and the cabaret-esque Studio Series concerts. ...more...

Jazz

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (Wilmington, DE)

(June 20-26, 2012) Commemorating the tragically short life of trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose hometown was Wilmington, the Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival began in 1989 with the goal of bringing world-class music to Wilmington. Performers have included the likes of Chick Corea, John Pizzarelli and Ravi Coltrane. ...more...

Venues

The Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House

Wilmington’s “Grand Lady of Market Street” has been a functioning performance space of one type or another, almost without pause, since it opened as a Masonic temple and auditorium in 1871; it continues to host approximately 300 events annually. ...more...

Art Museums

brandywine

Brandywine River Museum

Three generations of Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and James – comprise the bulk of the Brandywine’s collection, although it also keeps American illustration, still lifes and trompe l’oeils, and landscapes dealing with the Brandywine region. Founded in 1971 and housed in a decommissioned gristmill, the Brandywine, while only about ten miles outside Wilmington, has a rural feel to it, which is enhanced by the wildflower gardens that surround it. …more…

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum

The Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts was started in 1912 to honor the memory of illustrator and novelist Howard Pyle, a Wilmington native who died suddenly while studying in Italy in 1911. Twenty-three years later, the family of eminent Wilmington industrialist Samuel Bancroft Jr. donated his extraordinary collection of British Pre-Raphaelite works and archival documents to the Society, along with a parcel of 11 acres of land, with the provision that a museum be built to house Bancroft’s collection. ...more...

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

The non-collecting Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts was founded in 1979 as an arts hub for the Wilmington community and has grown exponentially in the three decades since. It now houses seven galleries, 26 artists’ studios, an auditorium and a classroom in its 35,000-square foot building, and the spaces are usually humming with activity. Offerings include “Art Salad”, a weekly lunchtime lecture series hosted by curators, historians, artists and …more…

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) was the childhood home of du Pont scion and noted horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont. Visitors today may be forgiven if they fall agog at its opulence, because Winterthur is indeed something close to a palace. The 175-room mansion sits in the middle of more than 1000 rolling, sculpted acres – about which more in a moment – and houses the fruits of H.F. du Pont’s …more…

Theater

Delaware Theatre Company

Delaware Theatre Company

The Delaware Theatre Company, the highlight of the Brandywine Valley’s impressive cultural arts scene, has, in the course of its first thirty years, produced over 150 productions, ranging from Private Lives to Proof, winning 11 Barrymore Awards for Excellence along the way. Combining rich artistry with the world canon of theatre writing, productions at DTC are bold and richly produced, with exceptional production values and outstanding talent…Housed in an intimate 400 seat playhouse, DTC produces five mainstage shows annually. ...more...

Classical Music

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

A descendent of the amateur Tankopanicum Orchestra of the early 1900s, after a few name changes the orchestra arrived at its modern iteration in 1971. Nominated for a Latin Grammy with its first commercial recording Interchange (a collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s repertoire features works by such engaging composers as Sergei Rachmaninov, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, and contemporary composers Jennifer Higdon and Osvaldo …more…

Opera

Opera Delaware

OperaDelaware

Since 1945, the Delaware opera company has performed such timeless works as Puccini’s Tosca, Verdi’s La Traviata, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. There are also free lectures for adults, multifaceted educational programs for young students that include classroom workshops and visits to rehearsals, and the cabaret-esque Studio Series concerts. ...more...

Jazz

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (Wilmington, DE)

(June 20-26, 2012) Commemorating the tragically short life of trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose hometown was Wilmington, the Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival began in 1989 with the goal of bringing world-class music to Wilmington. Performers have included the likes of Chick Corea, John Pizzarelli and Ravi Coltrane. ...more...

Venues

The Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House

Wilmington’s “Grand Lady of Market Street” has been a functioning performance space of one type or another, almost without pause, since it opened as a Masonic temple and auditorium in 1871; it continues to host approximately 300 events annually. ...more...