Mission & History


Based in our historic setting and working in partnership with other organizations throughout the region, the Rehoboth Art League leads in sponsoring art exhibitions, education and other programs that inspire all community members to embrace the lifelong value of art.

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“The Rehoboth Art League (RAL), which is Sussex County’s first organized cultural arts center, possesses historical and cultural significance that extends far beyond Henlopen Acre’s boundaries.”

Tim Slavin, Director, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs


We envision a diverse community that values all art and artists; a place where everyone can engage in the appreciation and creation of art as well as celebrate the multi-cultural history of our region.


The Rehoboth Art League was formed in 1938 in Henlopen Acres, Delaware, as a place where artists could teach, gather, and exhibit their work. Property owners Louise Corkran and Colonel Wilbur Corkran generously donated their property to provide a home to this organization, and our organization has gone on to host such artistic legends as Jack Lewis, Howard Schroeder, Orville Peets, and Mary Mullineux. We now boast more than 1,000 members who live across the county, offer more than 150 classes each year, annually hold more than 20 solo and group exhibitions of artwork, and produce special events such as our Salons, the Annual Cottage Tour, and our Outdoor Fine Art Show—all of which brings close to 15,000 people to our wooded, 3.5+ acre campus each year. And off campus, we reach underserved communities across Southern Delaware with exhibitions and arts education opportunities to further expand our reach.