Once each year, the entire community comes together at the Biggs Museum to celebrate arts, history and culture in an elegant and unique setting. Held on the campus of the state capitol, the Biggs Gala is always highly anticipated and attracts more than 350 leaders in government, business and our nonprofit community – all of whom are enthusiastic supporters of our key role in bringing a vibrant arts community alive in Dover. This year, the renowned work of the legendary photographer and conservationist Ansel Adams serves as a dramatic backdrop for the event.
Attire: “Creative Chic” or Black tie optional
This elegant, tented event will feature:
-Tours of the museum and “Ansel Adams: Early Works” exhibition
-Live music after dinner from Kristen and the Noise
-Live piano performance during dinner
-Gourmet hors d’oeuvres and dinner from Caffe Gelato
-Exciting live and silent auction (back by popular demand!)
…stay tuned for more details as the event gets closer!
As the epicenter of lifelong learning, and serving as the key educational partner to surrounding schools, our permanent collection is enhanced year round with the highest caliber of inspiring and thought-provoking traveling exhibitions. The gala is our key annual fundraiser that enables us to serve the community year-round with such inspiring exhibitions.
During dinner there will be soft, live dinner music from pianist Tim Plimpton.
After dinner, from 9-11 p.m., enjoy dancing with area favorite Kristen & The Noise. Kristen & The Noise is a 5 piece band from the greater Philadelphia region. The group is fronted by Kristen Kwolek, one of the most electric and entertaining singers and stage performers in the country.
There will also be live, soft piano music in the museum from 9-11 p.m. for those who prefer not to dance.
Honorary Chairs: Governor John Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney
Event Co-Chairs: The Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely and Dr. Barbara Ridgely
Friends of the Gala:
Regina I. Brown
Sen. Brian and Mrs. Rocky Bushweller
Ruth Ann and Robert Clark
Dr. Henry and Mrs. Marcia DeWitt
Lewis Drexel Davison
Candice and Bobby Fifer
Martha Anne and Tom Jackson
Diane and Nick Lambrow
Ami Leaming and Tim Slavin
Dr. Patt Panzer and Mr. Carson Zullinger
Kip and Joe McDaniel
Brent A. Mundt
Ann K. Murray
The Honorable John and Mrs. Nadine Noble
Daine and David Partridge
Susan and Charles Salkin
Fran and John Schoonover
Kathy Dwyer Southern and Hugh Southern
Courtney Stewart and Jim Pennewell
The Ansel Adams: Early Works exhibition will serve as a backdrop for the evening. Ansel Adams – photographer, musician, conservationist, naturalist, explorer, critic and teacher – was a giant in the field of landscape photography. This exhibition presents 40 of the works 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’s permanent collection including Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole.
We also invite you to take a tour through the Biggs Museum of American Art’s permanent collection. In doing so, stroll through the history of the major periods in art in America. You will notice how some particularly popular styles often remained so to Delaware patrons long after nearby trendsetters moved on to the latest fashions.
The renowned Caffe Gelato (Newark, DE) will provide a dinner and reception.
Passed Hors d’oeurvres:
-Butter Poached Lobster
-Brie and Raspberry Purses (V)
-Ginger Seared Crab Cake
-Duck Confit Spring Rolls with Sour Cherry Glaze
-Petite Filet with Fingerling Potato Chip & Chili Jam
-Miniature Italian Meatballs with Marinara
-Brown Sugared Bacon Skewers
-Coconut curry shrimp with thai dipping sauce
Displayed Hors d’oeurvres in the Museum
-Fire Roasted Vegetables
-Fresh Fruit and Berries (V)
-Artisan Cheese (V)
Displayed Hors d’oeuvres in the Tent
-Shrimp Cocktail and Jumbo Shrimp Prawns
-Watermelon Squares with Feta-Mint Mousse
-House crafted tortellini
-Truffled & vegetable chips (V)
-BLT’s served on a fork
-Bruschetta (V), chicken salad, and shrimp salad on crostini
-Mixed Green Salad with sun dried cherries, crumbled goat cheese, candied walnuts, crispy onion straws and balsamic vinaigrette
– Chianti Braised Short Rib served with Chianti pan jus, mushroom risotto and sautéed haricot verts
– Vegetarian Option – House-crafted ravioli with roasted vegetables and ricotta filling with a marinara sauce
Dessert – In the Tent and in the Museum
-Chocolate Truffles, French Macaroons
-Port Wine & Cabernet Shooters with Chocolate Truffles
-Individual Crème Brulees
-Gelato in mini cones
-Shortcakes with Balsamic Brown Sugar Strawberries
There will also be a silent auction this year (back by popular demand)!
Dr. and Mrs. Marcia DeWitt
Mrs. Kathy Dwyer Southern and Mr. Hugh Southern
Hon. Henry duPont Ridgely and Dr. Barbara Ridgely
Mr. and Mrs. David Partridge
The Schoonover Fund