Meet Our 2016 Nursing Legend

As a key part of expanding the nursing program at Wesley College, Lucille Gambardella won the school national attention and improved the careers of hundreds of nurses.



Lucille Gambardella holds a photo of her daughters, Gina and Andrea Gambardella.
(All photos by Maria DeForrest)


Click here to see our 2016 Top Nurses list.


Lucille Gambardella’s interest in teapots began by watching her mother gather around the kitchen table with her sisters, talking over Italian cakes and teas that had been brewed in the beautiful vessels her father’s family had given her. 

Gambardella grew up thinking teapots were so precious and beautiful that now she collects them from all over the world. The compulsion rubbed off on her daughters, who, whenever they take vacations, roll their eyes, then keep them peeled for an interesting teapot for Mom. 

The other passion Gambardella picked up from her mother was nursing. Her mother wasn’t a nurse because, as Gambardella says, “In those days you didn’t always get a chance to do that.” Especially if you were a woman. Especially if you lived in Nesquehoning, Pa., a 21-square-mile borough in the center of the state, on Pa. 209.

But Gambardella and her mom talked about the profession, and those discussions sparked something. Gambardella would eventually become one of the most respected educators and nursing professionals in the state and, in the annual Delaware Today poll of top nurses, this year’s Nursing Legend. 

Now retired, Gambardella and her two sisters were raised to believe that education was essential, and that it was important for them to be independent and self-reliant. Part of that, Gambardella says, stems from her father’s immigrant past. When he left his life in Italy for a new one in America at age 16, he knew he had to master his own fate. 

While hers wasn’t a trans-Atlantic voyage, Gambardella’s journey to Villanova University was as great a culture shock. The population of her hometown was 2,300. Her high school class was 36. She grew up sheltered, her every move prescribed by parents with very clear ideas about what daughters should and should not do. 

But Gambardella quickly adjusted to college life, in part because of the school’s Catholic influence. Her educational and personal passions quickly flourished. Gambardella became interested in mental health. When a professor submitted her for a fellowship program with the federal government, Gambardella was accepted, and in 1966, the recent graduate shipped off to Lexington, Ky., to work with military personnel with mental health issues and drug and-or alcohol addictions. At the time, the facility was the only one east of the Mississippi with such a program. 

The time was right. While Gambardella was at Villanova, President John F. Kennedy Jr. signed the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, which drastically altered mental health care in the United States. “The country decided mental health patients shouldn’t be locked away in large institutions, but treated in communities with their families,” Gambardella says.

As a result of her work in Lexington, Gambardella was granted a full traineeship to Boston University to get a master’s degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing. 

In Boston, she soon met Bob, the man she would marry. “It was a typical comedy plot: girl falls in love with roommate’s brother,” she laughs. 

Lucille met Bob Gambardella while pursuing
her master’s in psychiatric-mental health
nursing at Boston University.

With the ink still wet on Gambardella’s master’s, the newlyweds ended up moving to Connecticut, and it was there that she broke into education. Her first teaching job was at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. 

“That set the ball rolling,” Gambardella says. “I got to not only use my skills as a psych-mental health clinician, but to teach students to work with the mentally ill. It was the best of both worlds.” 

After several years at Quinnipiac, Bob's job took them to Pennsylvania, where Gambardella began a stint at Bloomsburg University in 1976. At Bloomsburg Gambardella got her first taste of running a department of nursing faculty when she took over as chair. 

Bloomsburg’s baccalaureate program in nursing was one of the first in the area. Many nurse training programs offered only associate degrees or diplomas. “Part of my job was introducing a BSN to the community.” Gambardella’s work was part of a national trend to prepare nurses at the baccalaureate level in the hopes of leveling the playing field they shared with other medical professions. 

Her work at Bloomsburg wasn’t without challenges. The college was in a rural community, and there was a strong, popular diploma program just down the road. Gambardella wanted to make sure she didn’t seem disrespectful to those nurses, nor did she want to alienate Bloomsburg from its neighbor’s facilities, which its students used for clinical training. 

Gambardella navigated the challenge with aplomb. By the time she left Bloomsburg in 1983, she realized that going into nursing education was a good decision.

When she first moved to Dover, her children were young, so she took a year off to help them adjust to their new home. One of Bob's co-workers was married to Julie Boozer, then chair of nursing at Wesley College. After learning of Gambardella’s accomplishments, Boozer told her that whenever she was ready to go back to work, there would be a job for her at Wesley. 

Gambardella instantly loved Boozer. “She was the kind of person you knew you wanted to work for.” In the 1984 academic year, Gambardella joined the Wesley faculty. 

She at first saw the job as a stepping stone to a position in nursing education elsewhere in Delaware. “I thought I’d give it a shot, do three to five years, and see what else there was.”

But Wesley ended up being a great fit. She loved Boozer, her boss and mentor, and she loved the personal, family feeling of the tight-knit campus. “Being in a large university would have been a mistake. At Wesley, you knew the students by name across the campus.” 

Gambardella earned her doctorate in organizational leadership in 1988. Eight years later, she was promoted to department chair when Boozer retired. She remained in that post until her retirement. The students affectionately called her Dr. G. 

Shortly before Boozer left, she and Gambardella had discussed how they could improve educational mobility for area nurses. They did some digging, and became fascinated with a bridge program at Vanderbilt University that let students track from a bachelor’s straight through to a master’s.

Gambardella believed a program like that was right for Wesley. She and her colleagues found that most nurses in Delaware were diploma- or associate’s-prepared. Gambardella realized there was a nationwide need for nurses prepared at the master’s level. 

Under Gambardella’s guidance, Wesley put together its own bridge program. Her higher-ups didn’t at first understand the bridge concept, she says, so they had to review the proposal several times before approving it. 

When Wesley accepted its first students for the program in 1996, it took off like wildfire. “Nurses were very excited that they could earn their MSN in a three-year period of time.” 

Because the program focused on community health, it attracted many nurses who emphasized wellness over illness, Gambardella says. “Nurses have always been at the forefront of looking at the healthy side of patients. Our master’s program allowed them to do that more fully.”

Before her retirement, U.S. News & World Report named Wesley’s nursing program one of the top 50 in the country. “Here we are, little Wesley—not a huge program, usually about 80 to 90 students altogether—and we get this fabulous reward,” Gambardella says, “not only for the students, but for myself and the nursing faculty who started the program.” 

What makes her accomplishments even more remarkable is the fact that she balanced her career in nursing education with her own practice as a clinical specialist. She treated patients at MeadowWood Behavioral Health and A Center for Human Development, both in Dover, though she gradually reduced her involvement as her role at Wesley grew. 

Gambardella’s clinical work focused mostly on women with depression and couples whose relationships were affected by military deployment. “I worked with a lot of military wives who had difficulty when their husbands were deployed,” she says—and when they returned. “Someone had to take over resuming a role that was left for them, and these women got very comfortable in coordinating those roles. So what happens when they return?” 

Gambardella’s career has spanned massive changes in nursing, mental health and education. For one thing, technology has remade the world, she says. She can recall, as a student nurse, manually counting intravenous drips. “We didn’t have a fancy little machine that told you exactly how much fluid was going in, so you would stand there watching the glass bottle, and it wasn’t one of these wonderful plastic bottles we have now, and you would stand there and you counted drips.” 

She has all kinds of stories like this. They’re quirky and they’re touching and they remind you that the world is full of good people. That’s probably why many of her students visit her and Bob at their house in Lewes. (They celebrated their 46th anniversary last month.) He might be fishing. She probably won’t be, but there’s plenty else for her to enjoy at the beach. She loves hunting for antiques and reading Mary Higgins Clark and James Patterson. Both of her daughters live close enough that they can “do the Italian family thing on Sunday where everyone catches up.”

So what does she hope to be remembered for? 

“My passion about nursing as a profession.”

“A lot of times when I was doing interviews for admissions, someone would come in and start a sentence with, ‘I’m just a nurse but…’ And I’d always stop them. ‘I’m just a nurse?’ No one is just a nurse. A nurse is a critical piece of helping patients get well and stay well.” 

Gambardella instilled that ethic into the nurses she mentored, but she is concerned for the next generation. Faculty are becoming older. According to a 2013 report from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “the average age of a doctorally prepared nursing faculty member ranges from 51.5 (assistant professor) to 61.3 (full professor).”

There’s a critical shortage, most likely because nursing education is not as lucrative as nursing itself or other clinical tracks. “When we think about the need to prepare students to become nurses, we need to think about where we’re going to find faculty,” Gambardella says.

That’s why she’s still consulting, to make sure the profession she has devoted her life to continues to thrive.

“Nursing has been good to me, and I hope I can contribute to the profession for years to come.”


Click here to see our 2016 Top Nurses list.

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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
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Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
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Have you ever wanted to see what was behind the stone wall? NOW is your chance! For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, the Tilton Mansion, home to University and Whist Club, will be opening its doors to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125 x107
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The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
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Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
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Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
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On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, supporters and friends of the Ministry of Caring will gather at the Chase Center in Wilmington to celebrate 40 years of this organization’s work. A great event is...

Cost: http://www.ministryofcaring.org/special-events/40th-anniversary/

Where:
The Chase Center, Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Ministry of Caring
Telephone: 320-530-8356
Contact Name: Barbra Andrisani
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Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
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Zen Meditation Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Contact Name: Richard Field
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Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Owing to Circumstances, a site specific installation by Jennifer Borders, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 3-22, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Laura McMillan New Works ~ Paintings, Painted Furniture & Oddities Laura enjoys working in a variety of media on many surfaces from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic on canvas or...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Every Thursday, 9:00 am, Brown Learning Center Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow,...

Cost: Drop-in rate of $10.

Where:
Brown Center, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Drop in on Nature is an emergent program based all outdoor/all weather and is child led. We encourage children to explore, play and create a child led flow in a natural environment. This process...

Cost: TLC members  $10 with adult TLC members $20 Drop-off Non-members $20 with adult

Where:
The Annex
501 Chandler Mill Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Telephone: 610-347-0347
Contact Name: Stacey Gummey
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The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

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Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

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Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

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Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
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Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services hosts lymphedema support groups on the third Thursday of each month at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. This month’s meeting will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Seaford Library & Cultural Center
600 N. Market Street Extended
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6224
Contact Name: Rob Donati
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Cost: Free

Where:
The Independence School
1300 Paper Mill Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: CWIL(TM) - Center for Wellness, Innovation & Learning at Independence
Telephone: 302-239-0332
Contact Name: Claire Brechter
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Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

More information

Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

More information

The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Owing to Circumstances, a site specific installation by Jennifer Borders, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 3-22, 2017. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
Carvel State Office Building, 2nd Floor
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

While African Americans have long shared the goals of improving their lives and combating injustice, there have been many different visions and strategies used to achieve them. Those often...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Morris Library
181 South College Ave.
Newark, DE  19717
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Laura McMillan New Works ~ Paintings, Painted Furniture & Oddities Laura enjoys working in a variety of media on many surfaces from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic on canvas or...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

More information

Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

More information

Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
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Join us for this film series, featuring intriguing stories surrounding real-life tales of forgery and counterfeiting, hosted by scholars, curators, film buffs, and critics who will lead discussions...

Cost: $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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Unionville High School Art Gala celebrates its 42nd year!  This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS Alumni, and current UHS Students along with live music and great...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unionville High School
750 Unionville Rd.
Kennett Square, PA  19317
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Telephone: 484-832-8173
Contact Name: Diane Micklin
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Tutto Fresco has live entertainment every Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Call for details. http://tuttofrescode.com/

Where:
Tutto Fresco
514 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE  19809
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An evening of gambling, wine pull, and silent auctions with music, open bar, hors d'oeuvres. Open to the public, this annual event held at the Blue Ball Barn is a favorite! Proceeds benefit the...

Cost: $75 per person

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 W. Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Delaware Housing Opportunity Fund, Inc. (DEHOFI)
Telephone: 302-563-5637
Contact Name: Monica Hill
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Find out how it all began with Peter Pan with a magical presentation of "Peter and the Starcatcher".  Shows are at 8pm on November 10, 11th, 17th and 18th, with 2pm matinees on Sunday, November...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
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The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

More information

Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

More information

Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Laura McMillan New Works ~ Paintings, Painted Furniture & Oddities Laura enjoys working in a variety of media on many surfaces from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic on canvas or...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The new Winterthur exhibition series Eye on the Iconic, will debut October 20, 2017, with Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown, featuring the replica coronation gown worn in episode...

Cost: See www.winterthur.org for ticket information

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

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Are you interested in learning more about what volunteer opportunities the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation has to offer? Consider attending our Volunteer Open House at our shipyard in Wilmington, DE from...

Cost:

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E 7th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Take delight in the little things! Discover cupboards, cabinets, and entire rooms filled with treasures in miniature on this special tour. Floors 3, 7 & 8, Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please...

Cost: Please visit: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=1048

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

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Discover one of the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcases! Tour Henry Francis du Pont's dazzling former home decorated in holiday style. Enjoy visions of holidays past and...

Cost: Check the Winterthur website for updates, winterthur.org.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

Imagine the stories clothes from war could tell—about the people who wore them, the period’s fashion and lifestyle, and the war itself. That is the focus of the “Fashion on All Fronts:...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Come join us in celebrating the mission work of the American Heart Association while raising funds to end cardiovascular disease. There will be a live and silent auction, served dinner with wine,...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Justinson Street
Wilmington , DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-286-5704
Contact Name: Denise Griffin
Website »

More information

Take a guided walk through the Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes, every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

Cost: Members free. Included with admission, $5-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800.448.3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The human face conveys an array of emotions, but it also serves as a site of history, struggle, drama and inspiration. In the Mechanical Hall exhibition, “Faces in Black and White: Photography...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall
30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Stone carving style is influenced by many factors, such as tradition, available tools and material. The “Contemporary Chinese Carvings: Classic Concepts” exhibition highlights 20th century...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Delaware's Penny Hall
255 Academy St.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Website »

More information

Wilmington Community Orchestra Auditions This accomplished amateur ensemble, led by Music Director Tiffany Lu, performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Tiffany Lu
Website »

More information

Small Wonder Jazz Singers Auditions Led by Martin Lassman, the Small Wonder Jazz Singers offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting!  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Martin Lassman
Website »

More information

Delaware Women’s Chorus Auditions Led by Music Director Joanne Ward, this ensemble is an artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-762-1132
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Website »

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces the next play in the exciting series of National Theatre Live screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project that presents the best of...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2
Lewes, DE
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan

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Unionville High School Art Gala celebrates its 42nd year!  This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS Alumni, and current UHS Students along with live music and great...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unionville High School
750 Unionville Rd.
Kennett Square, PA  19317
View map »


Telephone: 484-832-8173
Contact Name: Diane Micklin
Website »

More information

Find out how it all began with Peter Pan with a magical presentation of "Peter and the Starcatcher".  Shows are at 8pm on November 10, 11th, 17th and 18th, with 2pm matinees on Sunday, November...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
Website »

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George "Spanky" McCurdy is a Philadelphia-born American gospel/soul/pop/hip-hop drummer who has toured with Lady Gaga, Kanye, Diddy, The Backstreet Boys, Jill Scott, and Floetry. He has also...

Cost: $20 until 10/30; $25 after

Where:
Clifford Brown Performance Center
705 N. Market Street
Christina Cultural Arts Center
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Christina Cultural Arts Center
Telephone: 130-265-20101
Contact Name: Raye Jones Avery
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The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to the making of cloth—a process involving time-consuming techniques. Created by hand, the works of art highlight attention to design...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Richard Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver received his bachelor...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, collaborators Troy Richards and Knut Hybinette will develop a pop-up virtual reality (VR)...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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