Thirty-Six Talented State Employees and Their Family Members Honored

Division of the Arts announces award-winning artists
in its annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

Dover, Del. (March 14. 2022) – The talented state employees and their family members were recognized for their artwork exhibited at the eleventh annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition sponsored by the National Arts Program®.

Twenty-nine awards totaling $3,250 in cash prizes were awarded in five categories–Professional, Intermediate, Amateur, Teen (13-18 years old), and Youth (12 years and under). Other distinguished awards included the Best of Show Award, two People’s Choice Awards (calculated by most number of “likes” on Facebook and entries by email and in-person ballot votes at the Gallery), Art Education Award (up to $200 reimbursement for arts instruction and materials), and three Special Award categories. 2022 Artwork can be viewed on Facebook and Flickr.

The artwork pick-up schedule for this week is at the Delaware State University Arts Center/Gallery from March 15 to 19 (no sign up required). Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 12 to 4 p.m.

If there are any changes to the pick-up schedule, the Division will also post any information on our website, arts.delaware.gov, and the Arts Center/Gallery will have recorded messages on its voicemail at 302-857-6697.

Below is a list of all award winners:

2022 National Arts Program Award Winners

Best of Show: Charlese Phillips, Intermediate, Michaela Coel, Mixed Media, Smyrna

People’s Choice Award (Facebook): Chase Puszkarczuk, Teen, Utley, Painting, Wilmington

People’s Choice Award (Ballot): Malcom Allen, Amateur, Expensive Pain, Painting, Newark

Art Education Award: Devin Void, age 8, Youth, Myles the Panda, Works on Paper, Middletown


Special Awards:

          Animal: Lisa Loikith, Intermediate, Pittie Memorial, Painting, Claymont

          Landscape: Drew Johnson, Professional, Herring Point, Painting, Lewes

Portrait: Maia Palmer, Professional, A New Role Model, Painting, Wilmington


Professional:

1st Place: Joseph Arsenault, Hell Hounds, Painting, Rehoboth

2nd Place: Cristen Hess, Fragmented Torso, Sculpture, Newark

3rd Place: Thomas Del Porte, Give and Take, Painting, Wilmington

Honorable Mentions:

           Cindy Morris, The Wind of Uncertainty, Painting, Hockessin

Michael Fleishman, A Bunch of Spare Parts, Sculpture, Milford


Intermediate:

1st Place: Lisa Morgan, Riveted, Mixed Media, Middletown

2nd Place: Luis Rios Fontanez, The Hunt for Moby-Dick, Craft, Dover

3rd Place: David Wolanski, Hope, Photography, Dover

Honorable Mentions:

          Elizabeth Yocher, Reach, Works on Paper, Dover

Kelly Ewing, Beehive, Photography, Newark

Laxmi Verma, The GENESIS, Mixed Media, Wilmington


Amateur:                   

1st Place: Vittorio Ferrato, Fantasia Numero 1, Mixed Media, Wilmington

2nd Place: Stephen Beitel, Neptune’s Horse, Sculpture, Dagsboro

3rd Place: Kelly McMillan Whitaker, Crofter’s Pride, Photography, Newark

Honorable Mentions:

          John Mayer, Neuschwanstein, Craft, Wilmington

Jamie Ahlers, Man’s Best Friend, Photography, Wilmington


Teen (13-18 years old):

1st Place: Elizabeth Chen, age 17, Cottagecore, Painting, Middletown

2nd Place: Sophie Rissmiller, age 15, Road Hog, Painting, Coatesville, PA

3rd Place: Cameron Wright, age 17, I am not a Triangle, Craft, New Castle

Honorable Mentions:

           Ashley Konkle, age 17, Mirrors, Works on Paper, New Castle

Kieara Hill, age 16, Delusional Lockdown, Works on Paper, Townsend

Chloe Hannah, age 17, Delphine, Painting, Frederica

Lelia Sturtevant, age 16, Brown-eyed Girl, Works on Paper, Middletown


Youth (12 years and under):

1st Place: Lawson Ellis, age 6, My Buddy and Me, Works on Paper, Newark

2nd Place: Elizabeth Dierkes, age 12, Night Terror, Photography, Clayton

3rd Place: Adhya Sharma, age 8, Turtle’s Vision, Painting, Bear

Honorable Mentions:

          Camryn Murani, age 6, Unicorn Mermaid Kitty, Works on Paper, Smyrna

Quinton Hattley, age 11, A View from the Top, Painting, New Castle

Scott Honisch, age 12, The Core of a Hymnal, Works on Paper, Wilmington

 

About the Delaware Division of the Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts is an agency of the State of Delaware. 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. Funding for Division programs is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.

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Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Community Engagement
302-577-8282, leeann.wallett@delaware.gov


Division of the Arts to Host Annual State Employee Art Exhibition

More than 200 state employees and their family members have registered to show artwork at Delaware State University Art Center/Gallery

Dover, Del. (February 16, 2022) – The Delaware Division of the Arts is hosting the 11th annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. The free exhibition will be open to the public from February 21 to March 14, 2022 at the Art Center/Gallery at Delaware State University, Dover. This year, more than 200 State of Delaware employees and their family members submitted artwork and will be competing for awards and cash prizes. Prizes to be awarded include:

  • Adult, Amateur, Intermediate and Professional: First Place Awards of $350; Second Place Awards of $250; and Third Place Awards of $150
  • Youth / Teen: First Place Awards of $150; Second Place Awards of $100; and Third Place Awards of $50
  • A Best of Show Award of $400
  • An Art Education Award of $200 for reimbursement for arts instruction and materials
  • People’s Choice Award, Facebook and in-person ballot

Additional awards including Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Awards are limited to one cash award per artist per classification.

Visitors are invited to join Division and Art Center/Gallery staff for a special, weekend-long celebration of all this year’s participants and to see the winning artwork during the exhibition’s final weekend, Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 from 12-4 p.m. There will be activities, snacks, and giveaways for Gallery visitors.

The exhibition at the Arts Center/Gallery can be viewed during these hours:

  • Monday: Closed to the public
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturdays, March 5 and March 12: 12-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 13: 12-4 p.m.

Full visitor information can be found here.

Sponsored by the National Arts Program in support and cooperation with the State of Delaware and the Delaware Division of the Arts, the exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals. The Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition is designed to give artists at all skill levels a unique opportunity to exhibit their creative work and to compete for cash prizes.

Participants must be a current employee or immediate family member of a current employee of the State of Delaware. All entries must be the original work of the applicant and completed within the last three years. View last year’s participant artwork.

More information

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Contact: Kaitlin Ammon, Program Officer, Marketing and Communications
302-577-8280, kaitlin.ammon@delaware.gov


11th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition Registration Open

The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 11th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

Dover, Del. (December 13, 2021) – The Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition is designed to give Delaware state employees and their families, at any skill level, a unique opportunity to exhibit their artwork and to compete for cash prizes and special awards. Registration closes on January 21, 2022.

Register Now

Participants must be a current employee or immediate family member of a current employee of the State of Delaware. All entries must be the original work of the applicant and completed within the last three years. View last year’s participant artwork.

The free exhibition will be open to the public from February 21 to March 14, 2022 at the Art Center/Gallery at Delaware State University, Dover. The reception and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 1 p.m. in the Longwood Auditorium, Bank of America Building at Delaware State University. Prizes to be awarded include:

  • Adult, Amateur, Intermediate and Professional
  • Youth / Teen
  • A Best of Show Award
  • An Art Education Award
  • People’s Choice Award, Facebook and in-person ballot

Additional awards including Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Awards are limited to one cash award per artist per classification.

Gallery Hours

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 2/26 and 3/5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitor information

More information

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Contact: Kaitlin Ammon, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing
302-577-8280, kaitlin.ammon@delaware.gov


Thirty-Seven Talented State Employees and Their Family Members Honored

Division of the Arts announces award-winning artists
in its annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

Dover, Del. (March 14, 2020) – The talented state employees and their family members were recognized for their artwork exhibited at the ninth annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition sponsored by the National Arts Program®.

Twenty-nine awards were awarded in five categories–Professional, Intermediate, Amateur, Teen (13-18 years old), and Youth (12 years and under). Other distinguished awards included the: Best of Show Award, Two People’s Choice Awards (calculated by most number of “likes” on Facebook and entries by email and in-person ballot votes at the Gallery), Art Education Award (up to $200 reimbursement for arts instruction and materials), and four Special Award categories. 2020 Artwork is available on Facebook. 2020 award winners are available on Flickr.

Update – The Arts Center/Gallery will be open today, Friday, March 13 until 5:00pm for artwork pick-up. We are still waiting to hear if we will be able to continue with pick-up hours next week and will keep you posted. You may contact the Arts/Center Gallery directly at 857-6697

before making a trip to the Gallery next week. The Gallery is closed for the weekend.

The artwork pick-up schedule for next week is at the Delaware State University Arts Center/Gallery from March 16 to 21. Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 12 to 4 p.m.

If there are any changes to the pick-up schedule, the Division will also post any information on our website, arts.delaware.gov, and the Arts Center/Gallery will have recorded messages on its voicemail at 302-857-6697.

Below is a list of all award winners:

2020 National Arts Program Award Winners

Best of Show: Kristin Schlegel, Milford (Featured image)

People’s Choice Award (Facebook): Cassandra Himes, Longneck

People’s Choice Award (Ballot): William Cox, Wyoming

Art Education Award: Nick Golter, age 14, Avondale, PA

Special Award, Animals: Cindy Morris, Hockessin

Special Award, Abstract: Lina Romano, Newark

Special Award, Cityscape: William Cox, Wyoming

Special Award, Portrait: Andre Hinton, Wilmington

 

Professional:

1st Place: Lindsey Ostafy, Newark

2nd Place: Shari Dierkes, Clayton

3rd Place: Derek Carlson, Dover

Honorable Mentions:

Jennifer Boland, Dover

Judith S. Loeber, Millsboro

David Celli, Newark

Intermediate:

1st Place: Gilberto Rodriguez, Ellendale

2nd Place: Luis Rios Fontanez, Dover

3rd Place: Katherine Bacu, Felton

Honorable Mentions:

Joseph Lazartic, Wilmington

Chris Watson, Dover

Liza Golter, Avondale, PA

Amateur:                   

1st Place: Ron Wieber, Marydel

2nd Place: Mindy Wieber, Denton, MD

3rd Place: Yuwen Zhang, Magnolia

Honorable Mentions:

Amanda Fabi, Felton

Elijah Jabbar-Bey, Wilmington

Teen (13-18 years old):

1st Place: Sydney Horton, age 16, Dover

2nd Place: Alayna DeBaca, age 15, Dover

3rd Place: Sara Paulish, age 17, Dover

Honorable Mentions:

Sarah Ding, age 12, Newark

Weston Williams, age 15, Felton

Youth (12 years and under):

1st Place: Alexander Staropoli, age 10, Wilmington

2nd Place: Ava Johnson, age 12, Newark

3rd Place: Reagan Garnsey, age 12, Dover

Honorable Mentions:

Jonah VanDrunen, age 11, Harbeson

Leah Cooper, age 9, Milton

EJ Trzcinski, age 7, Middletown

Joseph Vianelli, age 10, Wilmington

 

 


Division of the Arts to Host Annual State Employee Art Exhibition

More than 280 state employees and their family members have registered to show artwork at Delaware State University Art Center/Gallery

Dover, Del. (February 17, 2020) – The free exhibition will be open to the public from February 24 to March 25, 2020 at the Art Center/Gallery at Delaware State University, Dover. CANCELED AS OF 3/12/2020 The reception and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. in the Longwood Auditorium, Bank of America Building at Delaware State University. Prizes to be awarded include:

  • Adult, Amateur, Intermediate and Professional: 3 – First Place Awards of $350; 3 – Second Place Awards of $250; and 3 – Third Place Awards of $150
  • Youth / Teen: 2 – First Place Awards of $150; 2- Second Place Awards of $100; and 2 – Third Place Awards of $50
  • A Best of Show Award of $400
  • An Art Education Award of $200 for reimbursement for arts instruction and materials
  • People’s Choice Award, Facebook and in-person ballot

Additional awards including Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Awards are limited to one cash award per artist per classification.

Sponsored by the National Arts Program in support and cooperation with the State of Delaware and the Delaware Division of the Arts, the exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals. The Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition is designed to give artists at all skill levels a unique opportunity to exhibit their creative work and to compete for cash prizes.

Participants must be a current employee or immediate family member of a current employee of the State of Delaware. All entries must be the original work of the applicant and completed within the last three years. View last year’s participant artwork.

Gallery Hours

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 2/29 and 3/7 from noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday 3/15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Visitor information

More information

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Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing
302-577-8280, leeann.wallett@delaware.gov