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Aina, Nergaard-Nammack, #1471 Meditation 5, 3 Circles, Acrylic on canvas

My Countries, My Composers: Aina Nergaard-Nammack

February 2 – March 25, 2018
Opening reception on Feb 2, 2018 from 5-7 p.m.

This is the museum’s first one-woman show of the artist Aina Nergaard-Nammack. The exhibition, entitled My Countries, My Composers, explores the artist’s interpretation of musical scores of key classical music composers of the three countries where she has lived: first Spain, then Norway and now the United States. The artist creates large abstract paintings influenced by the sounds and rhythms of her musical selections. Some of the composers she channels within this body of work include: Aaron Copland, Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados and Edward Grieg.
Image caption: Aina, Nergaard-Nammack, #1471 Meditation 5, 3 Circles, Acrylic on canvas

Tony Burton, Garden of Eden, Acrylic on Canvas

African American History Live

EXTENDED! Runs through April 29

February 2 – April 29, 2018
Opening reception on February 2, 2018 from 5-7 p.m.
Meet-the-Artist Reception on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5-7 p.m.

The Biggs Museum will present its first group exhibition of works created by African American artists of Greater Dover and Kent County. Entitled African American History Live, the exhibition is a focal point of the Dover Citywide Black History Celebration taking place in several locations throughout the city during the month of February. The show will feature approximately two dozen artists in a wide variety of media including: painting, video, photography, fiber, sculpture and works on paper. The artists also represent a diversity of professional backgrounds ranging from Delaware State University faculty, to students and from craft artists to second-career painters.

Jeffrey Rubin’s interpretation of Gerry Meekins’ photograph

Performances: the Brandywine Photo Collective

February 2 – April 22, 2018
Opening reception on Feb 2, 2018 from 5-7 p.m.

The iconic photographer Ansel Adams described that every photograph is a “performance” in which light exposure, composition, color and any number of other tiny details can be arranged by the artist to create an original expression. In Performances, nine artist members of the Brandywine Photo Collective will interpret four photographic images through digital manipulation, post processing and creative printing. The exhibition then compares each artist’s evolution of the members’ source imagery.

Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes and Restrikes

May 12-July 8, 2018

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-69) was one of the most influential printmakers in the history of art. But how can one be sure that a Rembrandt is truly or wholly by THE Rembrandt? This exhibition examines the problem of authenticating this artist’ etchings. The exhibition includes first state pulls of etchings made during the artist’s lifetime as well as restrike prints made after his death and well into the 20th century.


Body from Egg, Michael Galmer, Silver and Gold

Monumental: Michael Izrael Galmer, Silversmith

April 6 – May 20, 2018

Opening Reception on Friday, April 6th from 5-7 p.m.

Based in New York, the silversmith Michael Galmer has succeeded in becoming one of the country’s leading craftsmen having designed for Tiffany and Co., Lenox, Gorham and Kirk Stieff. With a unique technique, the artist has developed a wide variety of repousse-decorated jewelry and vessels as well as the renowned Preakness trophy, commemorative silver forms and contemporary sculptures for such distinguished collections as the Jewish Museum of New York.


Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery, 1750-1850

May 19 – July 22, 2018

The Biggs Museum will honor the upcoming publication of Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery, 1750-1850, the definitive study of Delaware girlhood samplers of the 18th and 19th centuries, with an exhibition of historic needlework. The exhibition will feature approximately 80 antique samplers and other forms of embroidery from all three counties of the state with a special emphasis on debuting the work of little-known schools of needlework instruction; It will also be accompanied by a national symposium, public workshops and a book signing.


John James Audubon and His Influence Today

August 4, 2018 – November 26, 2018

In 1826 at the age of 41, encouraged by his wife, Audubon took his portfolio of 300+ works to England.  Today, more than ever his work endures and segments of his work are right here at the Biggs in Dover. This exhibition examines the importance of the artist and naturalist, John James Audubon, through a large exhibition of his earliest works from both the Birds of America and Viviparous Quadropeds publications. This historical analysis will be coupled with the works of contemporary artists influenced by early naturalists and recorded in an exhibition catalog with color reproductions and essays by leading scholars.


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