The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit Shelley Koon’s “Wither” Photographs


On view from August 3-31, 2018
Free opening reception on Friday, June 1 at 5 p.m.

Wilmington, Del. (July 24, 2018) – Wither: Exploration of the Forgotten, a photography exhibit by Shelley Koon, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from August 3-31, 2018. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, August 3 from 5-7 p.m.

Koon describes herself as an urban explorer and photographer who has a deep love of abandoned structures. Drawn to the rich, textured tapestry of peeling paint, broken moldings, fractured glass, rotting wood, and brilliant otherworldly colors, she visually documents the history of these buildings.

She explains, “From long defunct factories; to asylums and hospitals designed to assist those in need; to homes that saw both victory and heartbreak of the families that resided in them; each place tells a story of the past that I long to discover.”

Koon uses a technique in photography called bracketing that allows her to capture images in low light and retain the richness and brilliant color that flash photography would wash out.

Learn more about Koon with our YouTube Meet the Artist video series.

The Mezzanine Gallery is open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and  is located in the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington.


Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing

The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit or call 302-577-8278.