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Grant will fund restoration of Hotel du Pont art at Delaware Art Museum

Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009)
Watercolor on paper, frame: 41 3/4 × 33 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (106 × 85.1 × 3.8 cm)
Delaware Art Museum, Gift of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, 2017
The Crystal Lamp, 1946

The Delaware Art Museum is getting an assist in its effort to restore pieces in its Hotel DuPont Collection.

The Curator of American Art at the Delaware Art Museum - Heather Campbell Coyle says a 2017 Art Conservation Project grant from Bank of America will help pay for the work.

“We are so excited about this grant. It allows us to conserve and reframe, as needed, 13 works of art that were given to the Museum by the Hotel du Pont in 2016,” said Campbell Coyle.


The DuPont Company had been collecting art for display at the Hotel du Pont since the 1940s.


Works in the collection donated to the Delaware Art Museum include pieces from Frank Schoonover, Edward Loper and the Wyeth family.  


“The grant covers several works by Andrew Wyeth. Watercolors by Andrew Wyeth in particular. A wonderful scene of a Pennsylvania landscape, an interior with a crystal lamp, which is just this amazing watercolor study of different types of glass,” Campbell Coyle said.

The Delaware Art Museum project is one of 21 being funded this year by the Art Conservation Project.


When the restoration work is complete, the Delaware Art Museum will display the pieces as part of an exhibit slated to open September 8th.


Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.