University Museums are closed for summer break.


Information on fall 2014 exhibitions and programming will be posted by August 1.


All University Museums will reopen on September 3.


Wed-Sun 12:00-5:00 pm
Thur - 12:00-8:00 pm
Closed during University breaks and holidays

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30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE 19716


Parking for the Mechanical Hall Gallery is in Trabant University Center Garage located between Delaware Avenue and Main St.

302-831-8037 (Information)
302-831-8088 (Museum)



255 Academy St.
Newark, DE 19716


Parking for the Mineralogical Museum is in Perkins Garage located on Academy Street.

302-831-6557 (Curator)
302-831-8037 (Information)
302-831-4940 (Museum)



18 East Main St.
Newark, DE 19716


Parking for the Old College Gallery is in Trabant University Center Garage located between Delaware Avenue and Main St.

302-831-8037 (Information)
302-831-6589 (Museum)




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Unknown artist, English, Lady Frances Knowles (?), ca. 1660-80. Oil on canvas. Gift of Ellen du Pont Wheelwright

Faces of the Collection

February 12 – June 28, 2014

Presenting and re-presenting works from the University Collection, this exhibition explores the diversity of the collection through the theme of “Faces.” The Oxford English Dictionary offers a wide range of meanings:  the front of the head of a human or an animal; a person, as in a “familiar face;” a representation of the face in art; or even a slang greeting for someone whose name has been forgotten.  But, when faces are transformed into art, other questions emerge.  What makes a face a portrait?  What do portraits reveal about their sitters, their creators, and their historical contexts?  What is the difference between a portrait and a mask?  What makes a face human? All of these questions and more come into play in this exhibition, the first in a series that will use selected themes as means of exploring the collection.

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Robert Straight, P-320, 1998. Mixed media on canvas, 56 x 48 in.

Strategy and Structure: The Work of Robert Straight

February 12 – June 28, 2014

In developing this exhibition with the University Museums, artist Robert Straight suggested the title, Strategy and Structure. Looking at the works presented here, from the early 1970s to the present, we become aware of the artist’s increasingly complex architecture of abstraction. Early in his career, Straight built forms into three dimensional wall sculptures. But when he turned back to working in two dimensions, he discovered greater depths, opening up seemingly infinite spaces.

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Strategy and Structure Programs

Thursday, February 20, 5 – 7 p.m.
Opening Reception: Strategy and Structure
The public is invited to a reception with the artist.
RSVP: 302-831-8037 or
Location: Old College Gallery

Program Schedule
5:15 p.m.:  Comments by Artist Robert Straight
6:00 p.m.:  Comments by Mineralogical Museum Curator Sharon Fitzgerald

Wednesday, March 5, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 7, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Artist’s Talk: Strategy and Structure

Robert Straight
Professor, Department of Art
Location: Old College Gallery

RELATED EVENTS at Newark Arts Alliance
Market East Plaza at 276 East Main Street

Newark Arts Alliance offers several spring 2014 activities that serve as a perfect complement to Robert Straight’s work in Strategy and Structure. Register for an abstract art-making workshop, or pair a visit to Old College Gallery with a viewing of local artists’ work inspired by some of the concepts at play in Strategy and Structure. For more info on activities and events at NAA, visit or call 302-266-7266.

Tuesday, March 4 – Saturday, March 20
In the Abstract exhibition at the Newark Arts Alliance
A juried, all-media exhibition of abstract art by local artists in conjunction with the University Museums’ exhibition Strategy and Structure.
Juror: Robert Straight.  

5 Mondays (Mar 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14), 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Make Abstract Art at the Newark Arts Alliance

Students will explore the possibilities of abstract art through contemporary and formal painting applications using oil or acrylic paints. Offered in conjunction with the NAA exhibition In the Abstract and the University Museums’ exhibition of Strategy and Structure.

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