The Mezzanine Gallery, located in the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington, features one-person exhibitions of Delaware artists in disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, folk, and media arts.
To be considered for an exhibition, artists may submit a Mezzanine Gallery Application below. Artists who have received an Individual Artist Fellowship in the visual arts are also given the opportunity to exhibit in the gallery.
The Division convenes a panel of artists and arts professionals each year to serve on the Gallery Selection Panel. The Panel meets in the spring, usually in May, and reviews five images from each artist. The artwork is not identified by artist and identifiable signatures are blocked out. The top-ranked artists are contacted via email to schedule their exhibition on a first-come first-served basis.
NOTE: The Mezzanine Gallery Application replaces the Visual Images Registry (VIR) Application. The Visual Images Registry (formerly the Slide Registry) has been discontinued. The Division maintains the Delaware Artist Roster as a free marketing tool for artists and a resource for those looking for artistic talent.
The Delaware Division of the Arts pays a small honorarium to exhibitors selected by the Gallery Selection Panel, promotes the exhibition, and provides information to media organizations throughout the region. No commission is charged on any works sold. Exhibitors assume responsibility for mounting their exhibitions and for providing refreshments at the public opening.
The work exhibited must be consistent in quality and content with that reviewed by the Gallery Selection Panel. In addition, the Division reserves the right to review all work prior to the exhibition for its suitability for display in a public area of a government building. Selected Mezzanine Gallery artists will be sent a letter of agreement to review and sign.
Mezzanine Gallery artists and exhibitions are promoted through the Division’s e-newsletters, website, social media (including a Meet the Artist video), evite, press releases, and printed gallery schedule card. Gallery shows are also publicized on numerous outside calendars.