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Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

2021 Exhibition is Open

The virtual 10th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition is now open on the Division’s Flickr page. The amazing show features 301 pieces of artwork! The full artist name, title, category, and price (if for sale) of each piece can be seen by hovering over the name in the lower right corner of each image. For inquiries about sales, please contact Dana Wise at .

View the Exhibition on Flickr here:

Presenting the award winners:

Award Winners Exhibition at DSU Arts Center/Gallery: Award Winners Exhibition

  • 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

2021 Registration is closed


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

Winning Artwork Exhibition at DSU Arts Center/Gallery: February 24-March 22, 2021
(Possible Exhibition of Winning Artwork with Virtual Access at DSU Gallery – Late February)

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

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

Winning Artwork Exhibition at DSU Arts Center/Gallery: February 24-March 22, 2021


View Past Winners

2020 NAP Exhibition Artwork


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