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Our Mission

The Mission of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts (DFVA) is to emphasize artistic fundamentals through scholarships to Delaware Students and the professional development of its Membership. This Mission is largely, but not exclusively, achieved by:

a) Maintaining and growing an endowment for scholarships, as well as organizing exhibition and education opportunities, for the widest possible range of students throughout the state regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, gender, economic background or sexual orientation.

b) cultivating an artist membership through a progressing process of education, critique, jury and sales opportunities.

Our History

The Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts was formed out of a desire to provide opportunities that would benefit artists, both aspiring and seasoned, in numerous ways.

In 1990 a small group of local artists joined together and the DFVA was established. Through their talents and efforts they sought to provide encouragement for aspiring young artists in the form of scholarships for graduating Delaware high school students going on to art colleges. In addition they designed programs dedicated to the traditional time honored teachings that have produced the artwork so revered today.

As the DFVA has grown so have our programs; both for the Delaware High School students as well as for the adult artist population. Today we have 150 members comprised of artists, patrons and educators and we are now actively working to acquire a home of our own to better serve the community.