National Arts Program® in Delaware


Don’t miss the chance to be recognized in Delaware for your creativity!

Enter your artwork in The Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. Sponsored by The National Arts Program® in support and cooperation with the State of Delaware and the Delaware Division of the Arts, the exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals. The Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition is designed to give artists at all skill levels a unique opportunity to exhibit their creative work and to compete for cash prizes.

Participants must be a current employee, or immediate family member of a current employee (spouse, parents, siblings, children or grandchildren), of the State of Delaware (Participating group members are also eligible). All entries must be the original work of the applicant completed within the last three years.

Not accepted: Kits; paint-by-number pieces; photocopies or photographs of artwork; magazine or book illustrations; low resolution photographs and snapshots; artwork entered in previous years.

  • Submit only entries that fit into the listed medium categories
  • All 2-dimensional entries must be matted, framed (in a sturdy frame) and ready to hang with wire or hook properly secured on the back (no tape/glue). Note: Canvases do not need to be framed but must have a hanging wire.
  • All work (excluding textiles) must measure no more than 40 inches in any direction or weigh more than 40 lbs. Artwork that exceeds size limitations will not be accepted.

Please read the full submission instructions here: How to Submit

  • Painting (oil, acrylics)
  • Works on Paper (watercolor, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, marker, crayon, digital)
  • Photography (black & white, color)
  • Sculpture
  • Craft (ceramics, glasswork, jewelry, woodcarving, fiber)
  • Mixed Media (a work of visual art that combines more than one medium)


  • Amateur: a person with little or no experience
  • Intermediate: a person with some experience/training, beginning art students, etc.
  • Professional: a person with advanced art training, or employed in an art-related job


  • Youth: 12 years and under
  • Teen: 13–18 years old

Best of Show: $400

Adult: Amateur, Intermediate & Professional

  1. Three First Place Awards – $350
  2. Three Second Place Awards – $250
  3. Three Third Place Awards – $150

Youth/Teen: Youth 12 & under; Teen 13–18

  1. Two First Place Awards – $150
  2. Two Second Place Awards – $100
  3. Two Third Place Awards – $50

Art Education: $200


  • Honorable Mention ribbons will be awarded at the discretion of the judges
  • Awards are limited to one cash award per artist, per classification
  • Each artist receives a Certificate of Participation in the National Arts Program

Registration Opens: December 10, 2018

Registration Closes: Closed

Art Exhibition Dates: February 25 to March 18, 2019

Reception & Award Ceremony: March 17, 2019

Visitor Information


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Important Dates

Registration: Closed

Artwork Drop Off: February 11-16

Art Exhibition Dates: February 25 to March 18, 2019

Reception & Award Ceremony: March 17, 2019



Free and open to the public


View Past Winners

7th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Reception and Artwork



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