Mezzanine Gallery

Important Update

Visitors to the Gallery should enter via the courtyard doors on French Street and take the elevators to the Mezzanine level due to renovations in the building. The Gallery will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.


Current Exhibition

Cape Morn, 2017, oil on canvas, 12″ x 24″

Plein Air, an exhibition of local landscape paintings by Jim Rehak, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 3-31, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m.

“Plein air” painting is the act of painting outdoors and is a style associated with 19th century French Impressionists. Plein air painters work outdoors to capture landscapes and views in natural light. Rehak chooses his locations to paint by looking for patterns of light, contrast, and color composition. The exhibition will feature more than 20 oil paintings that depict the Brandywine River, New Castle, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and other locations across the Delmarva Peninsula in various seasons.

Rehak describes painting outdoors as a learning experience with light as the teacher.

“Changing light requires a flexible and spontaneous response as I learn to see the colors in nature. My final interpretation is the result of past experience combined with the specific experiences offered by nature…including sun, wind and rain,” he said.


The Mezzanine Gallery, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located on the second floor of the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington.

Mezzanine Gallery Application

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. Artists who have received an Individual Artist Fellowship in the visual arts are also given the opportunity to exhibit in the gallery.

Image Credits:

Jim Rehak
May 3-31
Cape Morn, 2017, Oil, 12″ x 24″

Ekaterina Popova, Painting
June 7-28
December, 2018, Oil, 30″ x 24″

Katie Lillard, painting
July 5-26
Lloyd and Bay Outside, 2018, Oil on Found Fabric, 12″ x 12″

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Construction Updates

Now through May
The open stairs in the lobby will be closed. Visitors must use the elevator to get to Mezzanine level.

Main entrance on N. French and 9th Sts will be closed. All pedestrian traffic will be redirected to the French St. courtyard entrance.

April – June 2019
Entrance on the courtyard will be closed. All pedestrian traffic will be redirected to the main entrance on N. French and 9th Sts.


Visit the Gallery


Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Photo ID required after 4:30 p.m.


On-street and garage parking available


Free and open to the public


About the Gallery

The Mezzanine Gallery presents solo exhibitions of work by Delaware artists in disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, folk, and media arts.

This opportunity is available to Delaware’s emerging and established visual artists who have won Individual Artist Fellowships, or have been chosen by the Division’s annual Gallery Panel.


Opening Reception

Held the first Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Dates are subject to change.

Upcoming Shows

Ekaterina Popova

June 7-28, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 from 5-7 p.m.

Katie Lillard

July 5-26, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13 from 5-7 p.m.

Geraldo Gonzalez

August 2-30, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 from 5-7 p.m.

Olga Nielsen

September 6-27, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6 from 5-7 p.m.

Global Dementia Project – Kenya, 2014 digital photograph

Leah Beach

October 4-25, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 from 5-7 p.m.

November 2019 to August 2020
will be announced mid-June 2019

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820 North French Street,
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     Wilmington, DE 19801
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