Riverfront Wilmington Exhibition: 20/20

June 5 - November 5, 2020

DuPont I & II Galleries

The Christina River meanders along the Riverfront Wilmington District between the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge and the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association. It serves as a home for businesses and a destination for area residents and tourists. Filled with museums, eateries, and recreation along the river, the Riverfront Wilmington District echoes varied opportunities for social interactions. Nestled in the northwest corner sits The Delaware Contemporary, a space born of artists for artists to infuse contemporary art and creativity into the community through compelling exhibitions and programming. Taking risks and pushing boundaries, The Delaware Contemporary seeks to plant the Riverfront Wilmington District as a nexus for contemporary art with the inaugural show, The Riverfront Wilmington Exhibition: 20/20. 

Hindsight: that observation of tracing footprints from past experience leading to new discoveries and perspectives. Looking back and looking to the future, the Riverfront Wilmington district had an epiphany to redevelop the urban landscape to help those living along the river find a sense of place. Having undergone a major facelift in 2000, The Delaware Contemporary’s former train car hangar became home to studio artists and exhibition spaces. While other buildings had long planted roots along the river, the revitalization and manufacture of new buildings followed. Progress continues. Development continuously transforms the area for businesses and regenerates our community.

On the heels of our 20th year on the riverfront, The Delaware Contemporary celebrates this innovative, creative spirit by inviting artists to participate in our juried Riverfront Wilmington Exhibition: 20/20. This inaugural exhibition highlights a sense of place and investigates discovery, meaning, and purpose. It seeks artists who visualize the influence of the microcosmic physical world of the Mid-Atlantic region. It examines diverse approaches to the built environment and the natural terrain to generate dialogue about the nature of revitalization and conversation surrounding our relationship to community. It encourages visual dialogue that rests at the place of remembering, forgetting, letting go, holding on, adventure, imagination, and beginning anew. It asks what does a sense of place in urban living mean, or, how does living near industry or water anchor a sense of place? 

Guest Juror: Kristen Hileman, former Chief of Contemporary Art Department and Curator of Contemporary Art at Baltimore Museum of Art, and former Associate Curator at Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Prizes: Artists selected for the exhibition will be eligible for the following cash prizes:

  • $1000 The Delaware Contemporary Award selected by the Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art

  • $500 Popular Vote Award selected by visitors during the first three weeks of the exhibition

  • $250 Honorable Mentions, two will be selected

Much like the joining of rivers, this juried exhibition intends to showcase the artistic confluence of the exhibition’s theme, Riverfront Wilmington. Focusing on innovative uses of traditional and non-traditional media, this exhibition is open to the region’s emerging, mid-career, and seasoned artists. Any artist from the Delaware River Valley and its tributaries of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, over the age of 18, may apply.

All work must be newly created with maximum dimensions of 36” W x 50” H inches, sculpture maximum weight 150 lbs. All media welcome except giclee prints. Artists may enter up to three works. Works on paper, i.e. pastel and graphite, must be fixed and framed. Work previously shown in our museum will not be eligible for consideration. Friends membership not required.

The DuPont I & II Galleries, totaling 2,146 sq. ft.

Exhibition Dates:
June 5, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Application fee:

Artists are responsible for shipping, delivery, and associated costs to and from the museum.

Submission Details:

  • Submission deadline: January 10, 2020 by 5 PM 

  • Notification by: January 20, 2020 - Due to the volume of applications, only selected artists will be notified. Please check the website for a list of accepted exhibitors.

Submission Instructions:

  • Please submit the following information as one single PDF format document to artistopps@decontemporary.org with the exact subject line “Riverfront Wilmington 20/20”: 

    • Name, address, phone number, email address

    • Artist bio and statement

    • Artist CV/Resume 

    • Images of artwork (no more than 8)

  • Pay the application fee and include the order receipt number in the body of the submission email


Opening reception:
Friday, June 5, 2020
5 – 9 PM during Art Loop.
Cash prizes will be announced during this event. 
Artist talk: 6 PM