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2 walls at the Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University filled with artwork that was submitted to The Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

The 11th annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition is now available to view on Facebook, Flickr, and in-person at Delaware State University

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, 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: How to Submit

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


Artwork Submission Guidelines for Virtual Exhibition

Video blocked? View the PDF 2022-nap-artwork-submission.

Submitting Entries

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

  1. Register online at National Arts Program – UPDATE: Registration for the 2022 Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition is now closed.
  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


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 8-13, 2022

  • Tues, February 8, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Wed-Fri, February 9-11, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Sat-Sun, February 12-13, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Picking up Entries

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

Pick-up: March 15-19, 2022 (NO SIGN-UP REQUIRED)

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12-4 p.m.

Artwork not picked up during this time will be donated.

Registration Opens: December 13, 2021

Registration Closes: January 21, 2022

Exhibit Dates: February 21-March 14, 2022

People’s Choice Voting: February 21-March 10, 2022

Exhibition Celebration: March 12-13, 2022

Visitor Information

11th Annual National Arts Program Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

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. Thank you to our 2022 jurors:

  • Roberta Tucci, Artist, Professor of Art, Delaware State University
  • Rebecca Davidson, Assistant Collections Manager, Biggs Museum
  • Anthony J. Burton, Artist, Retired Art Educator

Thank you to all of the participating artists for sharing your talent and congratulations to all of the award winners!

2022 National Arts Program Award Winners

Best of Show: Charlese Phillips, Intermediate, Michaela Coel, Mixed Media, Smyrna

People’s Choice Award (Facebook): Chase Puszkarczuk, Teen, Utley, Painting, Wilmington

People’s Choice Award (Ballot): Malcom Allen, Amateur, Expensive Pain, Painting, Newark

Art Education Award: Devin Void, age 8, Youth, Myles the Panda, Works on Paper, Middletown

Special Awards:

          Animal: Lisa Loikith, Intermediate, Pittie Memorial, Painting, Claymont

Landscape: Drew Johnson, Professional, Herring Point, Painting, Lewes

Portrait: Maia Palmer, Professional, A New Role Model, Painting, Wilmington


1st Place: Joseph Arsenault, Hell Hounds, Painting, Rehoboth

2nd Place: Cristen Hess, Fragmented Torso, Sculpture, Newark

3rd Place: Thomas Del Porte, Give and Take, Painting, Wilmington

Honorable Mentions:

Cindy Morris, The Wind of Uncertainty, Painting, Hockessin

Michael Fleishman, A Bunch of Spare Parts, Sculpture, Milford


1st Place: Lisa Morgan, Riveted, Mixed Media, Middletown

2nd Place: Luis Rios Fontanez, The Hunt for Moby-Dick, Craft, Dover

3rd Place: David Wolanski, Hope, Photography, Dover

Honorable Mentions:

Elizabeth Yocher, Reach, Works on Paper, Dover

Kelly Ewing, Beehive, Photography, Newark

Laxmi Verma, The GENESIS, Mixed Media, Wilmington


1st Place: Vittorio Ferrato, Fantasia Numero 1, Mixed Media, Wilmington

2nd Place: Stephen Beitel, Neptune’s Horse, Sculpture, Dagsboro

3rd Place: Kelly McMillan Whitaker, Crofter’s Pride, Photography, Newark

Honorable Mentions:

          John Mayer, Neuschwanstein, Craft, Wilmington

Jamie Ahlers, Man’s Best Friend, Photography, Wilmington

Teen (13-18 years old):

1st Place: Elizabeth Chen, age 17, Cottagecore, Painting, Middletown

2nd Place: Sophie Rissmiller, age 15, Road Hog, Painting, Coatesville, PA

3rd Place: Cameron Wright, age 17, I am not a Triangle, Craft, New Castle

Honorable Mentions:

Ashley Konkle, age 17, Mirrors, Works on Paper, New Castle

Kieara Hill, age 16, Delusional Lockdown, Works on Paper, Townsend

Chloe Hannah, age 17, Delphine, Painting, Frederica

Lelia Sturtevant, age 16, Brown-eyed Girl, Works on Paper, Middletown

Youth (12 years and under):

1st Place: Lawson Ellis, age 6, My Buddy and Me, Works on Paper, Newark

2nd Place: Elizabeth Dierkes, age 12, Night Terror, Photography, Clayton

3rd Place: Adhya Sharma, age 8, Turtle’s Vision, Painting, Bear

Honorable Mentions:

Camryn Murani, age 6, Unicorn Mermaid Kitty, Works on Paper, Smyrna

Quinton Hattley, age 11, A View from the Top, Painting, New Castle

Scott Honisch, age 12, The Core of a Hymnal, Works on Paper, Wilmington

2022 All Artwork – Flickr // 2022 All Artwork – Facebook // 2022 Award Winner Presentation – Issuu

Two artists discuss their participation in the State Employee Art Exhibition


Important Dates

Registration Opens: December 13, 2021

Registration Closes: January 21, 2022

Exhibit Dates: February 21-March 14, 2022

People’s Choice Voting: February 21-March 10, 2022

Exhibition Celebration: March 12-13, 2022

Artwork Pick-Up: March 15-19, 2022

View Past Winners

2021 All Artwork

2020 All Artwork


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