Delilah W. Pierce


Delilah W Pierce in her Washington, DC home.

Delilah W Pierce in her Washington, DC home.

Welcome to the official website for Delilah W. Pierce (1904 to 1992) – artist, curator, educator, and advocate. Delilah is known for her fluid style, which ranged from figurative to abstract. Her colorful compositions are inspired by nature, female equality, and her travels to Europe and Africa. Pierce was revered by her peers and according to art critic Judith Means:

“The way she perceives the world, with joy and optimism, and the stunning clarity of her finely-developed aesthetic sense are integral not only to her character but also to the vivid visual textures of her work.”

Delilah had numerous solo exhibitions and exhibited in more than 150 group shows. During the course of her professional career, she participated in exhibitions with preeminent African-American artists: Elizabeth Catlett, Margaret Burroughs, Richard Dempsey, David Driskell, William H. Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee Smith, Alma Thomas, James Wells, and Charles White.

The Cliffs, 1957 Oil on board 24 in. x 36½ in.

Her works were featured at:

Barnett-Aden Gallery, Cosmos Club, Corcoran Gallery, Howard University Gallery, Margaret Dickey Gallery, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, and Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, Hampton Institute (University), Hampton, Virginia, Kenkeleba Gallery in New York, Old Sculpin Gallery, Edgartown, MA – Martha’s Vineyard and Cousen-Rose Gallery, Oak Bluffs, MA – Martha’s Vineyard.

Her work is among the permanent collections at the prestigious National Museum of Women in the Arts,  Smithsonian Museum of American ArtUniversity of District of Columbia, Howard University, Evans Tibbs Collection, Barnett-Aden Collection, Smith-Mason Gallery of Art, and Bowie State College.