Photo credit: studio artist Dan Jackson

Apply to join the creative community of The Studios @ The Delaware Contemporary!


About The Delaware Contemporary:

Founded in 1979 and located on the popular Riverfront Wilmington, surrounded by restaurants and attractions for all ages, The Delaware Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum that houses seven galleries, 26 studios, a gift shop, auditorium, and an art-making studio workshop. The Delaware Contemporary presents more than 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists who work in a variety of media.


About the Studio Community

The philosophy that drives our selection of individuals is rooted in our mission to infuse art and creativity into our community as we welcome all who seek to experience art. Secondly, our philosophy is cemented in a sense of community where proactivity, public engagement, diversity of ideas, perspectives, and artistic practice are honored, respected, and achieved. Our 26 mixed-use studio spaces of galleries, artist studios, and art incubators, are accessible to the public by appointment and during extended hours on first Friday Art Loops - open studios on Art Loop tend to be a big draw for attendees! Studios range from 275 square feet to 550 square feet. Some studios include skylights, while others contain a wall of windows to maximize the advantage of natural light. Current media represented include ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.


What are the benefits?

Artist collectives, galleries, and studio artists have space to create, show, and sell their work. All studio occupants in good standing have the opportunity to exhibit in the designated Studio gallery space. Studio members receive free parking privileges, 24/7 access to their studios, and complimentary “Artist” memberships at the $45 level entitling them to discounts in the shop, events, classes, and trips; however, they will not be eligible to participate in the Friends Solo or Friends Juried Group shows. Studio occupants also have the benefit of working with tour groups, engaging with local school programs, and participating in artist’s talks, The Delaware Contemporary art auctions, residencies, exhibitions, and other opportunities created by The Delaware Contemporary. Leases are renewed on an annual basis.


Who can apply?

Individuals with good credit history, age 21 and over are encouraged to apply. The Delaware Contemporary does not provide furniture or art supplies.


What is the application process?

To apply for a studio space, applicants must pay the application fee and fill out the application form. A committee composed of Curatorial Department members, Curatorial Committee members, Executive Director, Manager of Public Engagement, and a member from the studio community reviews applications twice a year, July 1 and December 1. Application deadlines: June 25 and November 25, 5:00 PM, EST. Applicants will be notified of their status within four weeks of the respective review dates. Accepted artists will be placed on a waitlist for the next available studio. After two years, applicants may re-submit an application.

All applicants will be vetted on the following criteria:

●      execution and content of the artist statement

●      career goals/level, i.e., context and variety of exhibition history

●      presentation of admission packet

●      quality of craftsmanship

●      creative processes and technique

●      works reflective of the diversity of contemporary artistic discourse

●      statement on working in community

●      credit history