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Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

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. Please read the full submission instructions here: Exhibit Information

Participants must be a current, benefit-eligible employee, or immediate family member of a current, benefit-eligible employee (spouse, parent, sibling, child, grandchild), 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.

The National Arts Program and the Delaware Division of the Arts reserve the right to disqualify entries they consider to be unacceptable or inappropriate for a public exhibition.

Limit one artwork per registered artist, no exceptions.

Please read the full submission instructions here: Exhibit Information

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

Artwork will be judged in the classification of the artist’s selection. However, in some cases, the exhibition judges will make the final determination.


  • 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

People’s Choice Award ribbon: Chosen by popular vote

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

Preparing Entries

  • Submit only entries that fit into the listed medium categories
  • Prepare an image of your artwork to submit as part of the registration process. For tips, view the Tips for Photographing Artwork (below)
  • All work (excluding textiles) must measure no more than 40 inches in any direction

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Submitting Entries

There are two steps to submitting entries in the exhibition:

  1. Register online at National Arts Program
  2. Upload an image of your artwork to the registration form

Delivering Entries

All entries must be hand delivered to:
Arts Center/Gallery – Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901 (302-857-6697)

Drop-off: February 12-17, 2024

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Picking up Entries

All entries must be picked up at the Arts Center/Gallery (DSU)

Pick-up: March 23-28, 2024, and Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Artwork not picked up during this time will be donated.

Exhibit Dates: February 27-March 22, 2024 

People’s Choice Voting: February 27-March 20, 2024

Reception: March 10, 2024

Visitor Information & Map

Sponsored by the National Arts Program and the Delaware Division of the Arts, this program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their families, at any skill level, a unique opportunity to exhibit their artwork and compete for ribbons and cash prizes. Each year, the exhibit is judged by different professionals in the visual arts.

2023 National Arts Program Award Winners

View last year’s artwork: 2023 All Artwork – Flickr // 2023 All Artwork – Facebook // 2023 Award Winner Presentation – Issuu

Best of Show: Megan Brooke Thomas, Professional, Ninety’s Color, Works on Paper, Bear

People’s Choice Award (Facebook): Kayleigh Vodvarka, Teen, Hope there’s softballs in Heaven, Painting, Bridgeville

People’s Choice Award (Ballot): Rigoberto Flores-Suaza, Intermediate, Bioluminescence, Mixed Media, Dover

Art Education Award: Farrah Charles, Teen, Girl with Red Boa, Painting, Smyrna

Special Awards:

Landscape: Sarah Pohlman, Professional, Peripheral Vision, Mixed Media, Hockessin

Still Life: Anita Zaret Zetlin, Professional, Floral Heart in Bloom, Painting, Wilmington

Birds: Gregory Thompson, Professional, 600 BPG (Birds per hour), Works on Paper, Wilmington

Fantasy: Kelly Ewing, Intermediate, Under the Sea for Tea, Works on Paper, Wilmington

Water: Elizabeth Stephens, Intermediate, Salt Water Soul, Painting, Hartly


1st Place: Brianna Shetzler, Woodland Treasures, Craft, Clayton

2nd Place: Shari Dierkes, Class Pet, Sculpture, Clayton

3rd Place: Thomas Del Porte, The Journal, Painting, Wilmington

Honorable Mentions:

Cindy Morris, Hardiness, Painting, Hockessin

Austin Gardoski, Rattle Snake, Sculpture, Millsboro

          Rob Sample, Vigil, Painting, Clayton

Brian Davis, Birds in a Wire, Sculpture, Hartly


1st Place: Gilberto Rodriguez, Mexican Art Figures, Painting, Ellendale

2nd Place: Luis Rios Fontanez, Rebirth KHEPRI, Craft, Dover

3rd Place: John Guentner, Snail on Leaf, Craft, Dover

Honorable Mentions:

Hyo Lee, Are You Ready to Become God’s Bride, Painting, Dover

Naomi Smith, This Love of Mines, Painting, Dover

Elizabeth Geller, Parksley Grocery Co., Photography, Milton


1st Place: John Gurthie, My Father’s Cigar Box Guitar, Craft, Dover

2nd Place: Jung Hwa Kim, Homesick, Works on Paper, Middletown

3rd Place: Karen Warner, Musical Dream, Works on Paper, Lewes

Honorable Mentions:

Rebecca Griffith, Knot on the Bay, Photography, Wilmington

Cyndi Holbrook, City Scene: In the Style of Paul Clark, Works on Paper, North East, MD

Dana Niemeyer, All Squared Up, Painting, Magnolia

Teen (13-18 years old):

1st Place: Elizabeth Chen, age 18, Self Reflection, Painting, Middletown

2nd Place: Grant Harmon, age 18, A Ghoul’s Crushing Stare, Painting, Wilmington

3rd Place: Andersyn Biggs, age 16, Overstimulation, Painting, Clayton

Honorable Mentions:

Eric Robles, age 13, Octopus Warrior, Craft, Dover

Vivian Pinckney, age 17, Clown – Innocence, Works on Paper, Middletown

Ally Wiesendanger, age 18, Drapery Study, Works on Paper, Glen Mills, PA

Chloe Hannah, age 18, Veda, Painting, Camden

Youth (12 years and under):

1st Place: Yediael Hernandez Rivera, age 12, Diversity, Works on Paper, Camden

2nd Place: Camryn Murani, age 7, Magical Masterpiece, Works on Paper, Smyrna

3rd Place: Kassiana Sipple, age 6, Little Frida, Painting, Newark

Honorable Mentions:

Kaylee Belvin, age 8, Ina, Works on Paper, Frederica

Jaxxon Sellers, age 6, Whimsical Night, Works on Paper, Newark

Madison Frock, age 9, Folding Droplets, Mixed Media, Wilmington

Nolan Murani, age 3, Red Panda, Works on Paper, Smyrna

Two artists discuss their participation in the State Employee Art Exhibition


Important Dates

Registration Opens: December 15, 2023

Registration Closes: January 29, 2024

Artwork Delivery: February 12-17, 2024

Exhibit Dates: February 27-March 22, 2024

People’s Choice Voting: February 27-March 20, 2024

Reception: March 10, 2024

Artwork Pick Up: March 23-28, 2024, and Tuesday, April 2, 2024

View Past Exhibitions

2023 All Artwork

2022 All Artwork

2021 All Artwork

2020 All Artwork


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