Biggs Museum of American Art welcomes two new exhibitions which feature a variety of artistic styles this weekend. Both will run from March 5 through June 19, 2021.
The artistic drive to leave the studio and collect inspiration, impressions and ideas directly from nature is featured in the larger of the two new exhibitions entitled, In Fresh Air: Impressionism and the Plein Air Movement. “Plein air” is a French term that translates to “open air”. Paintings in this style were created by artists who brought their supplies to scenic outdoor settings and painted what they saw. Drawn from works rarely seen at the Biggs Museum, the exhibition tracks the influence of plein air painting in the United States, particularly in Delaware, with a focus on the museum’s extensive Barbizon, Tonalist and Impressionist collections. Over 100 years of paintings connected by the plein air tradition will be brought together in this comprehensive exhibition.
Through the second new exhibition, Out of the Vault: Modern and Contemporary Art, witness an evolution of the Biggs through a reinstallation of the museum’s entire third-floor galleries to feature rarely exhibited paintings, photographs, sculpture and crafts from the Post WWI period to the contemporary arts of the present day. Much of this work has been added to the collection in the past ten years, but has rarely been shared with the public.
In addition to the new exhibitions, the Biggs has extended the exhibition, Toni Frissell: In Italy with the Tuskegee Airmen through April 24. The imminent fashion and society photographer, Toni Frissell (1907-88), held several official positions with the American Red Cross, the Women’s Army Corp and the US Air Force to document World War II. This exhibition highlights her images of the Tuskegee Airmen, the 332d Fighter Group, from the collection of the Library of Congress.
Please note: Children are welcome to visit and explore, but the Biggs Kids Workshop will only be held virtually this month. Check our Facebook or YouTube pages at or after 10 AM tomorrow to create a unique piece of abstract art using organic shapes.
Announcing a New Workshop Series: Drawing from Life
Drawing from Life is a series of workshops designed to build artistic skill in various media. Each workshop is designed to introduce new themes and techniques. Participants may begin the series at any point or sign up for an individual class of interest. The Assistant Professor of Art from Wesley College, Joshua Nobiling, will lead the series. Workshops are available to be taken as virtual programs to enjoy from the comfort of your home or as in-person workshops with supplies provided.
- March 20, 10 AM- 12 PM – Oil Pastel Landscapes
- April 17, 10 AM – 12 PM – Portrait Drawing
- May 8, 10 AM – 12 PM – Figure Drawing
- May 22, 10 AM – 12 PM – Animal Chalk Pastels
- June 12, 10 AM – 12 PM – Colorful Figure Drawing