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Delilah W. Pierce Natural Perspective

Delilah W Pierce.Natural Perspective

Press Release

For Immediate Release

College Park, MD August 20, 2015 – Beginning September 27, 2015 Delilah W. Pierce Natural Perspective opens at the University of Maryland University College Arts Program Gallery. The show runs to January 3, 2016. On November 8, 2015, from 3 pm to 5 pm, there will be a panel discussion and reception at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center featuring Floyd Coleman, Ph.D., Art Historian, Jerry Langley, Art Collector, Author, Wanda Spence, Great-Niece of Artist, and Myrtis Bedolla, Owner, Galerie Myrtis.

Delilah W. Pierce, born in 1904, 34 years after the American Industrial Revolution (1820-1870), was an African American artist and Washington, DC native who, through her body of work, helped to expand western thought about what African American art and subject matter was at the time. Delilah captured what was beautiful, simple, and innocent in the world. Her usage of figurative to abstract subject matter was inspired by her ability to see prosperity and opportunity during Jim Crow and mass lynching. Art critic Judith Means agrees:

“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.”

Join the Arts Program at University of Maryland University College for an art exhibition showcasing the works of Delilah W. Pierce. Delilah W. Pierce also worked in D.C. public schools for more than 25 years to provide artistic training to the next generation of artists.

You are invited to experience the art of Delilah W. Pierce, as well as take a journey through the life and artistic expression of one of Washington, DC’s rediscovered artists, educators, curators, and advocates. To RSVP:

Click to download invitation. (The link on the invitation is incorrect. Please visit if you plan to attend.)




Office of the President

University Arts Program

3501 University Boulevard East, Suite 0144

Adelphi, MD 20783-8000



Delilah W Pierce.Natural Perspective


Hidden Masters: Artists Rising Above Anonymity Featuring Delilah Pierce

Hidden Masters: Artists Rising Above Anonymity

Featuring: Delilah Pierce (1904-1992)

The “Hidden Masters: Artists Rising Above Anonymity” series
explores the artwork and examines the lives of artists whose careers
were eclipsed by their contemporaries. This series will bring these
artists to the forefront and pays homage to their creative genius.

Delilah Pierce, a prolific painter, captured the essence of her
subjects with elegance and force. A 40 year survey offers a
trajectory of her work and places her in context with her peers
Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones and Alma Thomas.

October 15th – February 11, 2012

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Accompanied by the “Tea with Myrtis”
lecture series. Click to see archived videos.

Hidden Masters: Artists Rising Above Anonymity Featuring Delilah Pierce

Hidden Masters: Artists Rising
Above Anonymity Featuring Delilah Pierce