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 themed around Ansel Adams iconic images.

Check back soon for the event menu!

Live Auction

  1. Black and White 4 Digit License Plate #3816
    Donated by: DelDOT, Secretary Jennifer Cohan
  2. In-home dinner party for 10 from Caffe Gelato
  3. Week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado – Enjoy a one week stay, in the Rockies at a 3BR/3BA condo in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the base of Mount Werner.  Fully equipped with high definition televisions in each room, wireless internet access, and a kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, tubing on the river, fishing, skiing, and ballooning. The unit sleeps 6-8 people comfortably.  Dates to be mutually agreed upon with the owner/donor.   Can only be used April 15th – December 15th.
  4. Hand signed “Easterly” (Andrew Wyeth) gyclee print, museum conservation frame and glass with Certificate of Authenticity ($5,500 value)
    Donated by: Chris and Marianne Foard

Check back soon as more items will be added as we confirm them.

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