Biggs Museum Gala


Biggs Museum Gala:

An Affair with the Arts

Saturday, May 13, 2017

6 – 11 p.m. 

Space is limited

Presenting Sponsor:

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This Year's Features

General Info

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
-Open bar
-Photo booth
-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.

Live Entertainment

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.

Several Friends of the Gala at the Gala Committee Kick-Off

Friends of the Gala

  • 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
    Meghan Clapp-Garrison
    Ryan German
    Candice and Bobby Fifer
    Martha Anne and Tom Jackson
    Diane and Nick Lambrow
    Ami Leaming and Tim Slavin
    Desiree May
    Art McLaughlin
    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
    Aundrea Pookongnam
    Susan and Charles Salkin
    Fran and John Schoonover
    Kathy Dwyer Southern and Hugh Southern
    Keven Staley
    Courtney Stewart and Jim Pennewell


A selection of galleries in the museum

Museum Tours

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
-Bacon-wrapped Scallops
-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
-Crudité vegetables
-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
-Deconstructed S’mores
-Individual Crème Brulees
-Petit Fours
-Gelato in mini cones
-Shortcakes with Balsamic Brown Sugar Strawberries

Live Auction

  1. Week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado – Enjoy a one-week stay in the Rockies at a 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom condo in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the base of Mount Werner. Donated by: Jonathan Melnick, Auctioneer and Friend of the Biggs Museum 
  2. Signed, Framed Andrew Wyeth “Easterly” Print – Limited quantity giclee print; Museum conservation frame and glass with Certificate of Authenticity. Donated by: Chris and Marianne Foard, Friend of the Biggs Museum 
  3. Four-Digit License Plate #3816 – Includes the traditional blue and gold tag as well as the black and white porcelain tag. Donated by: Delaware Department of Transportation, Secretary Jennifer Cohan 
  4. In-Home Dinner Party for 10 or Cocktail Party for 20 from Caffe Gelato – Wonderful Caterers from event; Includes wine and beer; Your choice of a cocktail party or sit down dinner. Donated by: Ryan German, Caffe Gelato 
  5. One Week at Sheraton Walt Disney World Resort -Sheraton Vistana Villas – 7 nights in a 2 Bedroom/Two Bathroom Villa, Sleeps 6 to 8; 3 miles from Walt Disney World®‎ Resort and 9.3 miles from Universal Orlando. Donated by: May Street, Friend of the Biggs Museum

There will also be a silent auction this year (back by popular demand)!

Previous Galas

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

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Rental Sponsor

Signage Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Table Sponsor

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

Benefactor Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Alcohol Sponsor

Wine Sponsor

Patron Sponsor