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Sunday January 20 2019

Biggs Shot Juror Lecture with David Norbut

Sun, Jan 20 2:00 PM (60 min)
Join the juror of the Biggs Shot Photography Competition, David Norbut, for a lecture on his jurying process and a group critique. Participants are invited to hear how a photography competition is judged and have the chance to bring some of their own work and receive feedback from the juror. This program will be beneficial to photographers who are interested in entering their work in competitions, selling their work professionally, or getting their work published. Old hats and up-and-comers alike are welcome. Norbut is a professional photographer whose work has been published in The Guardian and The New York Times, and he has shown his photography across the globe. Pre-registration is recommended by January 13th.
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Saturday January 26 2019

From Nature: Artist Talk with Illustrator Nancy Carol Willis

Sat, Jan 26 11:00 AM (90 min)
Get a behind the scenes look at featured artist Nancy Carol Willis’ artistic process with a Q&A between Willis and Biggs’ Curator Ryan Grover. This event includes a walkthrough of her show From Nature: The Children's Book Illustrations of Nancy Carol Willis and a close look at her animal and bird specimens, preparatory drawings, scientific studies, and story boards. Audience participation is welcome! Registration recommended by January 18th.
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Tuesday January 29 2019

Journeys in Art History: Partnership with the Rehoboth Beach Film Society

Tue, Jan 29 6:00 PM (120 min)
In a new partnership with the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Biggs Curator of Community and Academic Programs, Reggie Lynch, will be present at a screening of "The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism" for a Q&A about American Impressionism and the Biggs' collection. Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, the American Impressionist movement followed its own path which over a forty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, United Kingdom and France, this mesmerizing film is a feast for the eyes.The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism features the sell-out exhibition “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920” that began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and end
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Friday February 01 2019

Opening: Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

Fri, Feb 1 5:00 PM (120 min)
Enjoy refreshments while you are the first to see "Rooted, Revived & Reinvented: Basketry in America." This visually impactful exhibition chronicles a history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Staff will be on hand during the opening to answer questions about the exhibit and light refreshments will be available.
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Saturday February 02 2019

February Biggs Kids

Sat, Feb 2 9:00 AM (420 min)
Many Americans have ancestors that lived in Africa and to celebrate that heritage, Biggs Kids can make works of art inspired by African designs and crafts. This activity is geared toward children ages 4-10
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Saturday February 16 2019

Basket Weaving Workshop with Denise Bendelewski

Sat, Feb 16 10:00 AM - Sat, Feb 16 4:00 PM (360 min)
To coincide with the museum’s feature exhibit, “Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America,” Biggs’ Delaware by Hand artist member, Denise Bendelewski, will lead a day long basket weaving class. By the end of the class, participants will have learned to make a small market basket. This introductory class is meant for beginners and intermediate students. There will be a break for lunch midday and participants can bring their own lunches. Registration includes all supplies. Pre-registration is required by February 9th.
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Thursday February 21 2019

Reception: Traveling Africa Exhibit

Thu, Feb 21 5:00 PM - Thu, Feb 21 7:00 PM (120 min)
We welcome you to the "Meet the Artists" reception sponsored by Chesapeake Utilities highlighting this important group exhibition of African photography, traditional African artwork and authentic African pieces collected by the local community on their travels. Admission is free for this reception as well as for the First Saturday celebrations on February 2nd from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. where family-friendly hands-on art projects always reinforce exhibition themes in the drop-in community studio. The exhibit will be on display at the Biggs Museum February 1st - March 24th. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. www.biggsmuseum.org . If you are interested in submitting artwork for the exhibit at the Biggs Museum, please see the "Call to Artists" by following this link and navigating to the "Photo Gallery" section.
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Saturday March 02 2019

March Biggs Kids

Sat, Mar 2 9:00 AM (420 min)
Baskets can be made and used in all different ways. Come to the Biggs and make a basket that reflects your personal style. This activity is geared toward children ages 4-10
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First Annual Rising Scholars in American Art Lecture: 2019

Sat, Mar 2 11:00 AM (120 min)
To explore the array of weaving traditions from the mid-Atlantic, this first lecture series in a new program highlighting exceptional emerging scholars in American art will explore the net making traditions of the Native Americans of the Mid Atlantic. Over the course of three workshops, University of Delaware Senior, Annabelle Fichtner, will examine net making tools, materials, and techniques. Each program will address a different aspect of the process and some will offer participants the chance to try their hand at net tying. Fichtner conducted her research for these workshops as part of her senior thesis in collaboration with the Lenape Tribe of Delaware Cultural Mapping Program. Pre-registration is recommended for all three programs and is free to the public in conjunction with the Biggs’ free First Saturday program.
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Wednesday March 06 2019

From the Heart: Living Basketry Traditions of the Paiute Southwest and Tlingit Northwest Coast

Wed, Mar 6 6:00 PM (60 min)
In a special lecture, the Biggs welcomes Dr. Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator and Senior Keeper of the American Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr. Fowler Williams’ talk will focus on the craft traditions of the native peoples of the Southwest and Northwest Coast regions of North America, many of which are featured in the Biggs’ current traveling exhibit, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America.” Pre-registration is recommended by February 27th.
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Saturday April 06 2019

April Biggs Kids

Sat, Apr 6 9:00 AM (420 min)
Did you know the state flower of Delaware is the peach blossom? Create your own colorful peach blossom tree at the Biggs and see how many peaches you can find in the paintings in our collection! This activity is geared toward children ages 4-10
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First Annual Rising Scholars in American Art Lecture: 2019

Sat, Apr 6 11:00 AM (120 min)
To explore the array of weaving traditions from the mid-Atlantic, this first lecture series in a new program highlighting exceptional emerging scholars in American art will explore the net making traditions of the Native Americans of the Mid Atlantic. Over the course of three workshops, University of Delaware Senior, Annabelle Fichtner, will examine net making tools, materials, and techniques. Each program will address a different aspect of the process and some will offer participants the chance to try their hand at net tying. Fichtner conducted her research for these workshops as part of her senior thesis in collaboration with the Lenape Tribe of Delaware Cultural Mapping Program. Pre-registration is recommended for all three programs and is free to the public in conjunction with the Biggs’ free First Saturday program.
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Friday April 26 2019

Big(gs) Performances: The Great American Songbook with the Music School of Delaware’s Colin Armstrong and Guest Alexandre Abdoulaev

Fri, Apr 26 7:00 PM (90 min)
As part of a partnership with The Music School of Delaware, bass baritone Colin Armstrong and guest Alexandre Abdoulaev will perform highlights from the Great American Songbook. The performance will take place amidst the American basketry found in the current Biggs exhibit Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America and will build a bridge between the musical and visual arts of our nation. Pre-registration is required by April 19th. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.
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Saturday May 04 2019

May Biggs Kids and Dover Days

Sat, May 4 9:00 AM (420 min)
Celebrate Delaware's history during Dover Days and make your own colonial paper doll inspired by the Biggs’ collection. This activity is geared toward children ages 4-10
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First Annual Rising Scholars in American Art Lecture: 2019

Sat, May 4 11:00 AM (120 min)
To explore the array of weaving traditions from the mid-Atlantic, this first lecture series in a new program highlighting exceptional emerging scholars in American art will explore the net making traditions of the Native Americans of the Mid Atlantic. Over the course of three workshops, University of Delaware Senior, Annabelle Fichtner, will examine net making tools, materials, and techniques. Each program will address a different aspect of the process and some will offer participants the chance to try their hand at net tying. Fichtner conducted her research for these workshops as part of her senior thesis in collaboration with the Lenape Tribe of Delaware Cultural Mapping Program. Pre-registration is recommended for all three programs and is free to the public in conjunction with the Biggs’ free First Saturday program.
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Saturday June 01 2019

June Biggs Kids

Sat, Jun 1 9:00 AM (420 min)
Celebrate how music and art work together by making and decorating your own kazoo! This activity is geared toward children ages 4-10
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