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Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

The 2021 Exhibition will be virtual – all artists will submit an image of their work

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.

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

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

New Registration process for 2021

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 Artwork Submission Guidelines for Virtual Exhibition video (below)
  • All work (excluding textiles) must measure no more than 40 inches in any direction

Submitting Entries

There are two steps to submitting entries in the virtual exhibition:

  1. Register online at National Arts Program
  2. Email an image (JPG, PNG, TIFF) of your work to
    1. Put ‘NAP Entry’ in subject line
    2. Include artist name, artist category, and title of work
    3. Entries should receive an email confirmation receipt within 3-5 business days. If none is received, contact Dana Wise at
    4. When registering multiple artists, all images and information can be submitted in one email


Artwork Submission Guidelines for Virtual Exhibition

Video blocked? View the PDF 2021-nap-artwork-submission.

Registration Opens: December 11, 2020

Registration Closes: January 25, 2021

Virtual Exhibition Opens: February 15, 2021

People’s Choice Voting: February 15-22, 2021

Awards Announced: February 23, 2021

(Possible Exhibition of Winning Artwork with Virtual Access at DSU Gallery – Late February)

Visitor Information

2020 National Arts Program
Award Winners

Best of Show: Kristin Schlegel, Milford
People’s Choice Award (Facebook): Cassandra Himes, Longneck
People’s Choice Award (Ballot): William Cox, Wyoming
Art Education Award: Nick Golter, age 14, Avondale, PA

Special Awards:
Special Award, Animals: Cindy Morris, Hockessin
Special Award, Abstract: Lina Romano, Newark
Special Award, Cityscape: William Cox, Wyoming
Special Award, Portrait: Andre Hinton, Wilmington

1st Place: Lindsey Ostafy, Newark
2nd Place: Shari Dierkes, Clayton
3rd Place: Derek Carlson, Dover

Honorable Mentions:
Jennifer Boland, Dover
Judith S. Loeber, Millsboro
David Celli, Newark

1st Place: Gilberto Rodriguez, Ellendale
2nd Place: Luis Rios Fontanez, Dover
3rd Place: Katherine Bacu, Felton

Honorable Mentions:
Joseph Lazartic, Wilmington
Chris Watson, Dover
Liza Golter, Avondale, PA

1st Place: Ron Wieber, Marydel
2nd Place: Mindy Wieber, Denton, MD
3rd Place: Yuwen Zhang, Magnolia

Honorable Mentions:
Amanda Fabi, Felton
Elijah Jabbar-Bey, Wilmington

Teen (13-18 years old):
1st Place: Sydney Horton, age 16, Dover
2nd Place: Alayna DeBaca, age 15, Dover
3rd Place: Sara Paulish, age 17, Dover

Honorable Mentions:
Sarah Ding, age 12, Newark
Weston Williams, age 15, Felton

Youth (12 years and under):
1st Place: Alexander Staropoli, age 10, Wilmington
2nd Place: Ava Johnson, age 12, Newark
3rd Place: Reagan Garnsey, age 12, Dover

Honorable Mentions:
Jonah VanDrunen, age 11, Harbeson
Leah Cooper, age 9, Milton
EJ Trzcinski, age 7, Middletown
Joseph Vianelli, age 10, Wilmington

2020 Award Winners Artwork // 2020 All Artwork

Two artists discuss their participation in the State Employee Art Exhibition


Important Dates

Registration Opens: December 11, 2020

Registration Closes: January 25, 2021

Virtual Exhibition Opens: February 15, 2021

People’s Choice Voting: February 15-22, 2021

Awards Announced: February 23, 2021

Possible Winning Artwork Exhibition at DSU Gallery: Late February 2021


View Past Winners

2020 NAP Exhibition Artwork


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