Many of our members and visitors knew Dr. James Newton as a beloved member of our arts community. Dr. Newton was a University of Delaware professor integral to the establishment of UD’s Black American Studies department, a Wilmington leader who helped found the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage and served on the boards of YWCA and DelArt, a historian for Aesthetic Dynamics who guided the groundbreaking 2021 exhibition Afro-American Images 1971: The Vision of Percy Ricks, and a distinguished artist himself.
This exhibition celebrates the artistic life and legacy of this celebrated painter, printmaker, scholar, and professor. Presented in collaboration with the University of Delaware, it showcases Newton’s vibrant compositions, which explore social justice and American history. DelArt’s exhibition will feature Newton’s early work from his time in graduate study through his exploration of abstraction and emergence of ﬁguration.Edited
This exhibition is supported by the Emily DuPont Exhibition Fund. This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
This exhibition is part of a collaboration between the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware to celebrate James E. Newton’s legacy as an artist, UD professor, and leader in the Delaware community. Additional exhibitions in this collaboration include The Artistic Legacy of James E. Newton: Heritage and Character Portraits at the University of Delaware’s Mechanical Hall Gallery and The Artistic Legacy of James E. Newton: The Archival Recordat UD’s Morris Library.