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Ansel Adams: Early Works

Ansel Adams – photographer, musician, conservationist, naturalist, explorer, critic and teacher – was a giant in the field of landscape photography. This exhibition presents the work of iconic American photographer, Ansel Adams. His work can be viewed as the end of an arc of American art concerned with capturing the “sublime” in the unspoiled Western landscape: a tradition that includes several painters on view within the Biggs Museum including Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole.

Title: Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958 Photograph by Ansel Adams Reproduced by permission of the Trustees of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All Rights Reserved.

Event Programming

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Ansel Adams Opening Reception

Date: May 5th

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Cost: Free with Admission

Enjoy refreshments and be the first to see the show!


Biggs Kids: Black & White Landscape

Date: June 3rd

Time: All Day

Cost: Free

Brief Description: Be inspired by Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs and create your own black and white landscape


Event: Ansel Adams as Musician: an Evening of Music with DDOA Award Winner Daniel Carunchio

Date: June 7th

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Admission

Brief Description: It’s little known that Ansel Adams, in addition to his pioneering work in photography and environmentalism, was a classically trained pianist. In April of 1945, he recorded a small batch of albums for friends, which was comprised of ten pieces by composers including Mozart, Scriabin, and Bach. Join the Biggs and Delaware Division of the Arts Fellow and professional pianist Daniel Carunchio for a lecture and performance of pieces from Adams’ album and other related works.


Event: Read and Make Adventure Trail with Ansel Adams

Date: June 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Brief Description: To celebrate the Biggs’ exhibit of photography by Ansel Adams, we’ve partnered with the Dover Public Library for a story time and craft every Thursday morning in June. Each day starts at the Library where participants will hear a reading of a story related to Ansel Adams. The group will then take a short walk across the street to the Biggs for an Ansel Adams themed craft.

Event: Ansel Adams Artists’ Workshops: Step Outside the Studio

Dates: June 24th, July 9th, July 15th

Times: Varied

Cost: $25/$20 for members per workshop, additional park fees dependent on site

Brief Description: To join in on the adventurous spirit of Ansel Adams’ photography, the Biggs has collaborated with Delaware State Parks, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNEER) to host a series of artist hikes in parks throughout the state. Every hike will be co-led by a park guide, who will provide information about each site, and a teaching artist who will offer instruction on creating landscapes art outdoors. Each event takes place in a different park and will highlight a different artistic medium. Participants can register for any or all of the dates and locations. Pre-Registration is required.

Event details vary by site and will be emailed to registrants in a confirmation email. All participants must bring their own supplies and suggested supply lists will be emailed.

Location: The St. Jones Reserve, Dover, DE

Date: June 24th

Time: 8 – 10 a.m.

Cost: $25/$20 for members, no additional park fee

Medium: Watercolor

Instructor: Joshua Nobiling, Art Faculty at Wesley College

Total Hike Mileage: 3/4 Miles

Location: White Clay Creek State Park, Newark, DE

Date: July 9th

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $25/$20 for members, additional park fees due to park upon arrival ($4 per day for DE tags, $8 per day for out-of-state vehicles, annual passes available and accepted)

Medium: iPhone Photography

Instructor: Karen Klinedinst, Landscape Photographer and Instructor

Total Hike Mileage: 3 miles

Location: Cape Henlopen, Cape Henlopen, DE

Date: July 15th

Time: 8 – 10 a.m.

Cost: $25/$20 for members, additional park fees due to park upon arrival ($5 per day for DE tags, $10 per day for out-of-state vehicles, annual passes available and accepted)

Medium: Photography

Instructor: Carson Zullinger, professional photographer

Total Hike Mileage: TBD


Member Event: Ansel Adams: Artist, Environmentalist, Romantic

Date: July 23rd

Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Members Free with up to 4 prospective members, includes continental breakfast and drinks, Pre-Registration Required

Brief Description: Help the Biggs close our Ansel Adams exhibit with a panel that explores Adams through the lenses of photography, art history, the National Parks, and environmentalism. The panel will be led by the Superintendent of First State National Historic Park, Ethan McKinley and includes photographer and Ansel Adams’ scholar Carson Zullinger, University of Delaware’s Associate Professor of Geological Sciences Michael O’Neal, and Biggs Curator Ryan Grover.