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Sampler Symposium: March 21-23, 2014
Exhibition Reception: March 22, 2014
The Sampler Archive Project was launched in 2011 by the University of Delaware, the University of Oregon, and the Sampler Consortium. The mission of the project was to locate, document, and photograph antique American samplers and related schoolgirl embroideries in Delaware's public and private collections and to create an online searchable database of information and images. Collaborating partners include dozens of museums, historical societies, and historic homes, as well as individual owners, collectors, and dealers from across the country. A collection of approximately 60 Delaware samplers will be on view for the duration of the exhibition to highlight the different styles that were produced during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The exhibition, which runs from March 7 - April 20, 2014, includes a special three-day Sampler Symposium from March 21-23, 2014. A full day of free lectures is planned for March 22, accompanied by paid needlework classes, research classes, and field trips to see sampler collection. Advanced registration is required for all symposium activities – with registration opening January 1, 2014 at www.BiggsMuseum.org.
For more information about Delaware’s Sampler Symposium, please see the full agenda at the Sampler Archive website: http://samplerarchive.org.
May 17 – July 20, 2014
The Biggs Museum of American art is proud to again host the third installment of The Biggs Picture, a landscape competition. This exhibition will present art works from all media; such as, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, craft, and video; of competition winners that most successfully interpret the theme of “Landscape”. Depending on size, the exhibition will display between 40 and 60 works. Each work must fit within at least one of these sub-themes:
Perceived Landscape: interpretations of actual spaces at particular times.
Imagined Landscapes: interpretations of spaces from the past, memory, make-believe, and/or the future.
Landscapes of the Mind: interpreting psychological states of being through creations of space.
This exhibition will be supported by a number of educational programs including, but not limited to: curator led tours of the Biggs Museum’s landscape paintings, juror talks, workshops in the Museum’s galleries, “Paint Outs” in Dover’s historic areas, and Biggs Kids programming.