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DuPont donates art to local museums

03/22/2017 01:47PM ● By J. Chambless

On March 22, DuPont announced it will make a substantial donation of significant works of art from the DuPont collection and the Hotel du Pont to the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum and Hagley Museum & Library.

The donated artwork includes important pieces by three generations of the Wyeth family, Frank Schoonover and Edward Loper, among other renowned artists. Additional artwork will be donated for sale to the public to benefit United Way of Delaware. Terms of the donations will not be disclosed.

“DuPont is pleased to make this significant gift to the Wilmington community,” said Richard C. Olson, senior vice president, DuPont Corporate Services. “These outstanding museums will ensure the care and conservation of important works from our collection so that the public can enjoy them for generations to come. Our gift to United Way of Delaware continues a partnership that spans more than 70 years and will help support programs that benefit more than 100,000 Delawareans each year.”

DuPont began to collect art for the Hotel du Pont in the 1940s. Among the works donated to the museums are: N.C. Wyeth’s “Island Funeral,” Andrew Wyeth’s “The Big Chimney,” and Jamie Wyeth’s “White House.” The museums collaboratively selected paintings relevant to their collections.

“The work of the Wyeth family of artists is an important part of the collection of American art we present, and we are delighted with this gift,” said Thomas Padon, director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. “N. C. Wyeth’s 'Island Funeral' is without a doubt one of the artist’s masterpieces – painted in his studio that is now a National Historic Landmark and part of the Brandywine Museum. We’re deeply grateful to DuPont for this remarkable donation, which is emblematic of DuPont’s decades-long commitment to the rich artistic heritage of the area.”

“We are thrilled to receive this donation of works from the Hotel du Pont; these works add to our strength in representing the artists of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley, including Edward Loper, Frank Schoonover, and members of the Wyeth family,” said Delaware Art Museum Executive Director and CEO Sam Sweet. “The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to assist in keeping these works within the community where they’ve been enjoyed for generations.” The gift to the Delaware Art Museum includes a major illustration by N. C. Wyeth and watercolors by Andrew Wyeth. Some pieces will ultimately be part of the permanent collection galleries, while others will play a role in upcoming exhibitions, such as the Spring 2018 exhibition of nature studies by Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin.”

“We are thankful for the opportunity to display artwork from DuPont at Hagley and share this piece of the company’s history with our visitors,” said Hagley Museum and Library Executive Director David Cole. “As the birthplace of DuPont, the presence of this artwork at the museum will continue the strong connection between Hagley and the company.”

DuPont also will donate approximately 400 pieces of art to United Way of Delaware for a sale to benefit their work in the state. The artwork includes oil paintings, watercolors, and prints that were previously displayed at various DuPont sites.

“We’re thrilled and humbled that DuPont is sharing some of its art collection with United Way of Delaware, and we’re excited to be offering these works for sale,” said United Way of Delaware President and Chief Executive Officer Michelle Taylor. “This gesture will keep the artwork in the community and generate funds that will change the trajectory for children and others in Delaware. We will be announcing the details of the sale shortly and I look forward to a wonderful event.”

The mission of United Way of Delaware (UWDE) is to maximize the community’s resources to improve the quality of life for all Delawareans. UWDE strives to ensure that all Delaware children are prepared for academic success by reading on grade level by third grade;that all Delaware youth are prepared for college or career success; and that all Delaware families enjoy financial empowerment and stability. To achieve these goals,UWDE collaborates with business, labor, government, nonprofit organizations, academic groups, faith groups, community organizations, concerned citizens and others to affect positive, long-lasting solutions. For more information, to make a contribution, to advocate, or to volunteer, visit

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials,and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit