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National Arts Program® in Delaware


Event Update
View the 2020 Award Winners below or on Flickr
UPDATE (June 1, 2020): 
All Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition participants: Your artwork has been transferred to the Children’s Theatre, 304 S. Governor’s Ave., Dover.
Pick-up hours this week:
Tuesday, June 9 until 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10 – 1 to 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 13 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No contact pick-up process:
– Please wear a mask and social distance outside of Theatre
– Knock on front door to alert us of your arrival
– Provide your (or your family member’s) name and description of artwork
– Please wait artwork to be brought outside for pick-up
There are a few parking spots along S. Governors Ave and a large parking lot behind the Theatre
UPDATE (March 16, 2020): Artwork pickup has been canceled this week. All artwork is safely stored in the DSU Art Center/Gallery until further notice. We will provide an update when the gallery reopens
UPDATE (March 13, 2020): The Arts Center/Gallery will be open today until 5:00pm for artwork pick-up. We are still waiting to hear if we will be able to continue with pick-up hours next week and will keep you posted. You may contact the Arts/Center Gallery directly at 857-6697 before making a trip to the Gallery next week. The Gallery is closed for the weekend.

All winners have been notified (except for People’s Choice winners who will be determined later today once all votes have been tallied). Winners can receive their awards when they pick-up their artwork. Awards can also be mailed upon request.

 If we need to make any changes to the pick-up schedule, we will alert you as soon as possible. We will also be posting information on our website,, and the Arts Center/Gallery will have recorded messages on their voicemail at 302-857-6697.

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 9, 2019

Registration Closes: January 24, 2020

Art Exhibition Dates: February 24 – March 15, 2020

Reception & Award Ceremony: CANCELED

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

2020 Award Winners


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Important Dates

Registration: CLOSED

Artwork Drop Off: February 10-15, 2020

Art Exhibition Dates: February 24 – March 15, 2020

Reception & Award Ceremony: CANCELED



Free and open to the public


View Past Winners

2019 Delaware State Employee Art Reception and Artwork


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