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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 exhibition will be in-person, but if circumstances change, it will become a virtual exhibition. 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, 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 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Thurs, Fri 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Sat, Sun 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 14-19, 2022

  • Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Wed 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Sat 1:00 p.m.-4:00 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

Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 13, 2022

Visitor Information

10th 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 2021 jurors:

Kristen Matulewicz, Curator of Community and Academic Programs, Biggs Museum of American Art

Joshua Nobiling, Assistant Professor of Art, Wesley College


Thank you to the 301 participating artists for sharing your talent and congratulations to all of the award winners!


Award Winners

Best of Show: Drew Johnson, Thelma Dale, Painting, Professional

Art Education Award: Alyssa McCleary, David Sculpture, Works on Paper, Teen

People’s Choice Award: Mindy Wieber, Luna Moth Tray, Craft, Amateur

Special Awards:

Special Award, Portrait: Christopher Watson, Self Portrait, Works on Paper, Intermediate

Special Award, Landscape: Alexandra McFassel, Sunrise, Craft, Intermediate

Special Award, Abstract: Tonya Karl, Drops of Jupiter, Craft, Intermediate



1st Place: Jayla Grimes, Queen, Painting

2nd Place: Eric Robles, Pumpkin, A Niffler Baby, Sculpture                              

3rd Place: Ariel King, Peace through Service, Works on Paper

Honorable Mention:

Charli Evans, Stormy Day in the Pasture, Works on Paper

James Wright, Fruit Still Life, Works on Paper

Maggie Wieber, Rainbow Elephant Stack, Works on Paper



First Place: Elizabeth Chen, Alchemist’s Desk, Works on Paper

Second Place: Weston Williams, Jeremiah, Photography

Third Place: Logan Farro, Head of Zeus – Stylized, Painting

Honorable Mention:

Sophie Rissmiller, Cross-Country, Mixed Media

Rachel Sisson, Sox, Works on Paper

Lindsey Kaufmann, Cardboard Canon Camera, Sculpture



1st Place: Shayna Cacho, My Childhood Memories in New York Circa 1998, Mixed Media

2nd Place: Denise Powell, Class Room, Painting

3rd Place: Mindy Wieber, Luna Moth Tray, Craft, Amateur

Honorable Mention:

Kendall Patterson, Spilt Tea, Photography

Amy Thonnings, Afternoon Colors at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Photography

Noah Frebert, Summer Wave Motion, Works on Paper



1st Place: Grover Langshaw, December Dusk, Works on Paper

2nd Place: Terry Zink, Bowl #9, Craft

3rd Place: Leanna Thongvong, Our Tears Water Our Flowers, Painting

Honorable Mention:

Laxmi Verma, Saga of Krishna, Works on Paper

Mark Gadow, Back Off, Works on Paper

Ricki Truitt, Tearing at the Seams, Craft



1st Place: Shelley Koon, The Magic Bus, Photography

2nd Place: Nevada Scott, Josh, Painting

3rd Place: Ash Bertoline, The Tower, Mixed Media

Honorable Mention:

Cindy Morris, Holding Back the Tide, Mixed Media

Thomas Del Porte, Memory Motel, Painting

Michael Fleishman, Z (at) Z (Top), Works on Paper

2021 Award Winners Artwork // 2021 Award Winners Video // 2021 All Artwork // Awards Winners Exhibition at DSU Arts Center/Gallery

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

Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 13, 2022


View Past Winners

2020 NAP Exhibition Artwork


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