American Art Awards Names Best Museum Or Gallery In Delaware, 2022: The Delaware Contemporary

Thom Bierdz
4 min readMay 28, 2022


Each year the American Art Awards selects the 20 Best Galleries And Museums In America; only one museum or gallery per state per year. Among other criteria, selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.

American Art Awards: “We considered thousands of the most established art venues from Hawaii to Maine. This year we chose five museums, one with an impeccable reputation for 125 years, one about 80, one about 50, one about 40, and one fairly new. We selected a Mid-West art center doing important community work for 44 years, and a lively Southern gallery linked to a 5 day festival. Most the galleries we selected are heralded longtime landmarks with expansive interiors perfect for exhibiting today’s contemporary masters. Many have several locations and cater specifically to regional collectors with regional artwork, but just as many represent all genres of work from all levels of national and international artisans.

“The Delaware Contemporary is a dynamic 33,000 sq ft building housing seven galleries, 26 on-site artist studios, an auditorium, a museum shop, a classroom, and an administrative office space. Founded in 1979 by artists, it now presents over 24 annual innovative exhibitions on topical issues by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. This transformative institution takes risks and pushes boundaries — to great success. American Art Awards selects The Delaware Contemporary as our Best Gallery or Museum in Delaware, 2022, and one of our Top 20 American Galleries and Museums for 2022.”


Birthed over 40 years ago in a former sheet-metal fabricating factory, and after moving several times, found its permanent home in 2000. By this time a staff was in place and both community outreach and curatorial programming expanded exponentially.

The community responded favorably to The Delaware Contemporary’s new location and programming efforts. The Philadelphia Inquirer described the museum as “one of the most innovative and prominent organizations of its kind on the East Coast,” and hailed its new building as “a state-of-the-art facility that will allow it to present a broader spectrum of the art experience.”

The Delaware Contemporary, a non-collecting museum, in addition to the 24 annual exhibitions, commits to educational and community outreach through many programs, such as Artist Residencies with underserved community groups and Contemporary Connections, a model program that fuses art with schools’ core curriculum. They have partnered with more than 60 community groups and schools.

The Delaware Contemporary, “We are very honored and proud of the impact we have on our state and the power art has in bringing our communities together.”

UPCOMING EVENTS: Please contact the museum for the latest info.

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Address: 200 South Madison Street / Wilmington, DE 19801

Phone: 302.656.6466 annually awards 20 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300+ artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).



Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA.