The Biggs Museum of American Art Turns 25

Long deemed a hidden jewel on Delaware's arts and culture scene, the Dover museum has grown from a small-town organization to a regional attraction.


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Biggs director Charles Guerin says part of what makes the museum special is that its collection represents 300 years of Delaware history.//Photo by Deny Howeth​

 

Upon arriving at the Biggs Museum of American Art in downtown Dover, visitors are greeted by a flock of 1,200 aluminum birds taking flight from the brick plaza overlooking Legislative Hall. Though the birds are static, hanging in the air as if time had stopped, the fluid shape of the untamed flock draws the eye skyward, creating the illusion of movement. In other words, this is exactly the type of grand entrance you’d expect to find at a major art museum in a state capital.

The sculptural installation, “Aloft” by Erica Loustau, was the capstone of a recent major renovation project and acts as a symbol for just how far the Biggs has come since opening its doors in 1993. Back then, the first floor of 406 Federal St. was occupied by the Delaware State Visitors Center. The Biggs, meanwhile, occupied just 14 rooms on the second and third floors. The permanent collection consisted of a few hundred objects, all donated to the museum by cultural philanthropist and Middletown native Sewell C. Biggs (1914-2003). The museum was an experiment, and many wondered if it would ever attract enough stakeholders to survive on its own.

Now, 25 years later, the Biggs has grown into a regional art museum. Recent exhibitions of works by Ansel Adams, Maurice Sendak, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and even the 17th-century Dutch master Rembrandt, have brought tens of thousands of new visitors through the doors. Artists from across Delaware and the region have competed in a series of open call juried exhibitions organized by the Biggs, and some of that artwork has found a home in the permanent collection.

The permanent collection is comprehensive in its coverage of fine and decorative arts created in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region from the Colonial period to the early 20th-century and has grown to include over 4,000 objects, mostly paintings and furniture, but also sculptures, textiles and fine silver. Its galleries are filled with renowned names, including Gilbert Stuart, the Peale family of Philadelphia, Hudson River School landscape artists like Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt, and Brandywine School illustrators like Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and Stanley Arthurs. Alongside these are lesser-known names, like William Baker, a 19th-century furniture maker from Frederica, and John Macdonough, an 18th-century cabinetmaker from Odessa. Walking through the galleries is like peering into time capsules where the art, culture and fashions from 300 years of Delaware history come to life.

“That’s what makes this museum special,” says Biggs director Charles Guerin. “Eighty percent of what’s here is all Delaware: Delaware artists or artists that have Delaware connections. It’s unusual for a museum to be able to say that it represents its region that well.”

“They’ve created a coherent niche, which is really hard to do when you’re also a fairly young institution,” says Heather Campbell Coyle, chief curator and curator of American art at the Delaware Art Museum. “That focus on something so regional, and creating depth within that regional collection, is really unique.”

In more ways than one, the Biggs has defied the odds to become the most unlikely of success stories. In a small building in a small city, through recessions and the Great Recession, when more prominent museums have struggled to make ends meet, and with fewer than eight full-time staff, the Biggs has thrived.

“The real story,” says Delaware Secretary of State Jeff Bullock, “is how far this place has come so quickly.”

 

A Biggs success story

If everything had gone as planned the first time Sewell Biggs attempted to find a home for his collection of fine and decorative arts, the Biggs Museum would be in Odessa, not Dover.

In 1979, Biggs reached an agreement with a local museum to house roughly 375 paintings in the Brick Hotel in Odessa. According to the agreement, the museum would renovate the Brick Hotel into a suitable gallery space, to the tune of $600,000, and Biggs agreed to lend, and ultimately donate, those paintings to the museum and to provide an operating endowment to cover the costs for maintaining and exhibiting the collection.

At first, it seemed like an ideal marriage. The Sewell Biggs Collection opened to the public in May 1981 at the renovated Brick Hotel Gallery of American Art. Writing for The News Journal, reporter Otto Dekom called it a “historic delight.”

But if there was ever a collection that deserved to be in the state capital, a collection that preserved so much Delaware history, it’s the Biggs, Bullock says. “Everyone wants to see the historic part of Dover, Legislative Hall, then go over to the archives and see our history in documents. But to come here and see a first-rate art collection and fine crafts, many of which Delawareans produced, in a relatively small town in the middle of Delaware, is pretty unique.”

As co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee at the time, state Sen. Nancy W. Cook was well positioned to make this happen. It all started when Cook received a mysterious phone call from a friend, asking her to accompany former Delaware first lady Elise du Pont to an undisclosed location.

“And so Elise came to Legislative Hall and picked me up, and we went to Sewell’s house,” Cook recalls. “I was overwhelmed. His great, big, long dining room table had all this silver on it, and there were all these paintings everywhere. I mean, I had no idea what I was going to go see.”

Working in coordination with then-Gov. Mike Castle, Secretary of State Mike Harkins and both houses of the Delaware General Assembly, Cook forged an agreement to appropriate $2.9 million to renovate 406 Federal St., which at the time housed the Department of Elections, and moved the Biggs to downtown Dover.

As part of the agreement, the state would own the building while the artwork would be owned by the Biggs Testamentary Trust (basically the Biggs Museum). The state would also lease the upper two floors of 406 Federal St. to the Biggs. The Visitors Center occupied the first floor until 2012.

Ask anyone, even the museum’s most ardent supporters like Cook or Bullock, and they’ll tell you the top two floors were never entirely adequate to house the collection, in addition to other programs and rotating exhibitions. Karol Schmiegel, who served as director from 1996 to 2003, remarked to The News Journal in 2003, “One of our problems is lack of space.”

Despite these limitations, the Biggs continued to grow. By 2003, just 10 years after opening, the Biggs was attracting about 4,000 visitors a year. By 2013, that number had quadrupled to 17,000. Meanwhile, the permanent collection continued to grow. In 2008, the Biggs acquired the Col. Kenneth P. and Regina I. Brown Collection of Delaware Silver, described by Antiques & Fine Art magazine as “a near encyclopedic collection of work by Delaware silversmiths and retailers until 1900.”

To make room for all this growth, in 2010, the Biggs and the state reached an agreement for the museum to take over the entire building, all three floors, thereby expanding the museum to 25 galleries, including two large rotating galleries and an education studio on the first floor. Then-director Linda A.K. Danko led the Biggs through a $2 million capital improvement project, which concluded in 2013 with the renovation of the museum’s atrium, including the installation of “Aloft.”

According to Guerin, these renovations were a game-changer. “Now we’re a real museum. We have the entire building. How do we put ourselves on the map?”

When Guerin joined as director in 2015, the Biggs was finally in a position to organize some of the most ambitious exhibitions in its history, and in doing so raise the museum’s profile.

This strategy, says Guerin, is working. “Our membership is growing. Our fundraising is growing. Our staff is growing. Everything is growing!”

The hand-illuminated Saint John’s Bible exhibition attracted 12,000 visitors over the course of just four months. The early works of Ansel Adams exhibition brought in 10,000 visitors. And this summer, “Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes and Restrikes” is sure to rival those numbers.

“We’re really trying to bring attention to the museum so that people know that we’re here and that we’re more than just the permanent collection,” says Guerin. “And so that’s what we’ve been doing for the last three years, really, is focusing on programs and exhibitions, so that people come in. Maybe they came to see the Saint John’s Bible exhibition or the Ansel Adams exhibition, and then in the process of seeing the quote ‘big names,’ they discover the rest of the museum.”

 

A community hub

At the same time the Biggs is organizing ambitious exhibitions of nationally and internationally renowned artists, the museum has also developed into a community hub.

As one of the only museums in Delaware that is free to school groups, the Biggs has forged deep ties with educators and students. For 15 years, the Biggs has partnered with Campus Community School in Dover for the Junior Docent Program, where students in grades 6-8 learn about the collection, learn how to look at art and talk about art, and for a final project give tours to elementary students.

“They have art conversations and learn how to be good museum visitors,” says Jennifer Boland, art educator at Campus Community School. “This benefits not only the students who want to become artists, but also the people who want to be art consumers, the people who would like to go to an art museum and feel comfortable. We’re developing those skills early so they feel comfortable going to a museum on their own.”

But even with free admission for school groups, too many students are unable to make it through the doors, says Reggie Lynch, curator of education at the Biggs.

“Again and again we were hearing that it’s really hard to take a field trip to the Biggs,” says Lynch. “We wanted to make it as easy as possible to bring the Biggs into their classroom on a regular basis.”

So this year, the Biggs is launching 25 Schools, 25 Biggs Works of Art. In the fall, 25 schools will receive a life-size reproduction of a work of art from the Biggs, and art educators in those schools will develop lesson plans that will teach students how to appreciate art. Then, in an effort to get more students and their families through the doors, students in participating schools will receive a “passport” that will be stamped for every work of art they see in person.

“It’s like kids teaching the parents,” says Lynch. “We want the Biggs to be as much of a community resource as possible. You can’t be a community resource if the community isn’t coming or feels like they can’t come or feels like they’re not invited to come. We’re trying to create as many initiatives to be as open as possible and to represent as many people’s stories as possible.”

 

Supporting artists

One more way the Biggs makes itself relevant to the community is through juried exhibitions, which have allowed it to build a network of relationships with local artists.

Every year, the Biggs organizes one of three open call juried exhibitions, providing local and regional artists a high-profile venue to display their work. The photography exhibition, Biggs Shot, is open to artists living anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region. The landscape exhibition, Biggs Picture, is open to Mid-Atlantic artists working in all media. And the decorative and craft arts exhibition, Delaware By Hand, is restricted to artists who hold a special membership with the museum. For every exhibition, at least one work is purchased for the permanent collection.

“When you look at our collection, so much of it is from Delaware artists,” says Guerin. “And that really has informed our more contemporary mission. We continue that tradition with a commitment to exhibiting and collecting artists from Delaware and the region.”

According to Curator Ryan Glover, the benefits of these competitive exhibitions are felt by the entire community.

“You want to find individuals who will want to buy this artwork, so you’re creating a community not only of makers of art but also collectors of art,” says Glover. “And then those collectors become supporters of the museum, and they become supporters of this idea of a community of art-making. You want to develop an art market that we’re all beneficiaries of.”

Looking forward to the next 25 years, board president Marcia DeWitt thinks the Biggs has laid the foundation to become not only a major regional art museum, but a major national museum. The Biggs has updated its infrastructure, expanded its staff and expanded the board to include trustees from all three Delaware counties, as well as Pennsylvania and Maryland. Next is accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, which will allow the Biggs to continue to attract world-class exhibitions.

“I believe strongly that we have the capability to expand our programs here in Dover as one of the critical American art museums in the United States and become recognized as such,” says DeWitt.

The Biggs has come a long way since opening its doors in 1993. Standing in the atrium, beneath the flock of aluminum birds, Nancy Cook can hardly believe how well things have turned out. “Sewell would be happy to see how the museum has grown.”

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TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Two-time Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship recipient Ellen Durkan of Iron Maiden Forge, who is both a graduate of and an instructor at Delaware College of Art and Design, will present a solo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market. St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware College of Art and Design
Telephone: 302-983-5710
Contact Name: Susan Coulby

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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Cost: $35.00

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Blue Blaze Associates
Telephone: 302-540-4367
Contact Name: Wendy Scott
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The DelArt Readers will select a book (or a collection of articles or a film) each month. Selections will have an artsy or creative slant to them as we attempt to cross boundaries, giving our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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  Join Rachel Binkley of Rocker Soaps to make 100% Natural Soap from scratch. Thursday //February 28, 2019 // 7pm-9pm $40 includes: hands on course, 1lb of BEER soap, recipe, resource...

Cost: 40.00

Where:
Midnight Oil Brewing Company
674 Pencader Drive
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Rocker Soaps
Telephone: 302-544-0391
Contact Name: Rachel
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Vice President and Director of Culinary Operations for SoDel Concepts and featured Chef at The James Beard house four times.   Final menu posted soon!

Cost: $200/person

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N. Broom St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Faculty and guest artists Noël Archambeault, soprano; Eileen Grycky, flute; Kathy Mehrtens, French horn; Diane Monroe, violin; and Christopher Nichols, clarinet, join Christine Delbeau for a...

Cost: 5-15

Where:
Gore Recital Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2577
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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For the month of February, get a full set of Lashes at Premier Spa and Laser Center for just $199.

Cost: $199

Where:
Premier Spa & Laser Center
537 Stanton Christiana Rd #210
Newark, DE  19713
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CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
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Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
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From End Caste Apartheid to Smash Brahminical Patriarchy: The Art of Equality Labs February 25 – April 12, 2019 Curated by Thenmozhi Soundararajan Featuring: Khushboo Gulati | Maari...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
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TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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Two-time Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship recipient Ellen Durkan of Iron Maiden Forge, who is both a graduate of and an instructor at Delaware College of Art and Design, will present a solo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market. St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware College of Art and Design
Telephone: 302-983-5710
Contact Name: Susan Coulby

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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences.Ages 2 and up. Visit delart.org for list of books. ...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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This noon-time lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. Lunch voucher included...

Cost: $12 Members, $14 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Art of Equality Labs - Opening Reception & Panel Discussion First Friday, March 1, 6-8pm Curated by Thenmozhi Soundararajan Featuring: Khushboo Gulati | Maari Zwick-Maitreyi |...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
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The Junior League of Wilmington's fourth annual Women's Leadership Summit is a one-day comprehensive development opportunity for women from throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond who are...

Cost: $65

Where:
Executive Conference Center
205 Executive Drive
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Junior League of Wilmington
Telephone: 302-652-0544
Contact Name: Jess Chapple
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CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
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Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
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Sat. March 2: Girl Scouts – Sensational Senses, 9:30am-Noon, Brownies Senses Badge. Daisies welcome too! Explore your senses through interactive games and compare to the awesome senses some of...

Cost: $12 - $5

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Two-time Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship recipient Ellen Durkan of Iron Maiden Forge, who is both a graduate of and an instructor at Delaware College of Art and Design, will present a solo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market. St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware College of Art and Design
Telephone: 302-983-5710
Contact Name: Susan Coulby

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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always...

Cost: Adults $ 5, Seniors $4, Kids $3; free for under 3yrs and for members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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A show that honors the most beloved children's book author of all time.  Puppets, Magic, Storytelling, Rhyme, and Words, Words, Words. 

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
Delaware Children's Museum
550 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Mahler’s DAS LIED VON DER ERDE ~ The Song of the Earth Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at 7:30 PM at The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral This is an exciting co-production with New Orleans’ Opus...

Cost: Tickets purchased in advance cost $25, $30 at the door. Student tickets are $10.

Where:
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
23 S 38th St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Sponsor: Lyric Fest
Telephone: 215-438-1702
Contact Name: Lyric Fest
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show This interactive movie experience combines film and live performers. The cult-classic is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late...

Cost: 9

Where:
Theatre N
235 W. 10th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Frankie's Midnight Runners
Telephone: 302-571-4075
Contact Name: Richard
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