The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit Sculptures by Aaron Paskins

On view from September 28 –  October 30, 2020
Visit the Gallery in-person or view it online

Wilmington, Del. (September 28, 2020) – A New African Experience, an exhibition of sculptures by Aaron Paskins will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from September 28 – October 30, 2020. Paskins is the recipient of a 2020 Artist Fellowship in Sculpture from the Delaware Division of the Arts. A free opening reception will be held on Friday, October 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. For those unable to visit the Gallery in-person, a virtual gallery is available here.

The exhibition features African-inspired indigenous works with a contemporary flair and African-themed fantasy works. Paskins says,

“My goal is . . . to create works that electrify, inspire, unify all people, and leave the world with some added beauty.”

Paskins starts a sculpture with a series of drawings in which he develops the concept and draws the final designs from various viewpoints. He then creates a three-dimensional maquette, or model, for the sculpture. After the full-size version is created, Paskins applies multiple layers of different coatings to achieve unique finishes and metallic patinas for his sculptures. He frequently adds adornments such as beads, jewelry, and feathers to his work.

Paskins works out of his studio in Dover. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and at nationwide art festivals such as the Palm Beach Fine Art Show, Baltimore Art & Antique Show, and Essence Festival.

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. Visitors must wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet distance from other individuals not in their household.


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.