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JULY 1, 2011 – OCTOBER 23, 2011

We Are All Poets by Colette C. Gaiter

The Biggs Museum of American Art will open the summer 2011 exhibition: Award Winners XI on Friday, July 1 with a First Look pARTY from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Museum. Be one of the first to preview the works of this year’s Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist fellows. An Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free program to enjoy refreshments and celebrate the best of Delaware’s art sceneAward Winners XI features the talent of the current Individual Artist fellows of the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA). Delaware artists: painters, photographers, writers, sculptors, musicians and craft artisans, have the honor of winning the DDOA’s annual distinguished fellowship prizes. The fellows are chosen by a committee from hundreds of entries. In a partnership with the DDOA, the staff at the Biggs Museum invites each year’s Award Winners to the only group exhibition honoring their combined accomplishment. The Award Winners XI exhibition will feature the media of all winning artists. This time-honored exhibition is among one of the best opportunities to experience the Delaware art scene. This annual exhibition is an important project for the Biggs Museum in carrying out its mission to celebrate artistic diversity, provide public educational access to Delaware fine-arts community, and to bring more awareness of both the Museum and art to the community.The Biggs Museum is pleased to once again feature the media and skills of all winning artists. Their work lies in the areas of folk art, musical, literary, visual, and sculptural arts. The following artists are the 2011 DDOA fellowship recipients to be featured in the Award Winners XI exhibition:

Joy S. RobinsonHeidi J. LoweDelainey BarclayJudith E. GoldsmithElisabeth BardChad StatesEllen L. DurkanRichard RothrockColette C. GaiterApril D. Loveday

James A. SmithMary Margret PauerRachel SimonGail ComoratRussell Endo

Michael MillerKevin J. CopeRay Jones-AveryJohn D. Smith

Award Winners XI will be on view through October 23, 2011. Along with this exhibition the Biggs Museum will be offering a variety of summer art workshops and demonstrations for adults, some of which are led by the 2011 individual artist fellows. These classes bring professional artists to the Museum to teach about the visual and literary arts.

The Award Winners XI exhibition is partially funded by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Kent County Fund for the Arts.

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