Biggs at the Beach event set July 26 at Lewes library

Public can meet museum leaders, see special exhibit
July 4, 2018

The Biggs Museum of American Art and the Lewes Public Library are working together this summer to bring art to beach residents.

The public is invited to the Lewes Public Library at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 26, to meet members of the Biggs Museum Board of Trustees and learn about the Biggs Museum of American Art in downtown Dover, just 45 minutes away from Delaware beaches. In celebration of the museum’s 25th Anniversary, Biggs Museum Board President Marcia P. DeWitt, along with Lewis Drexel Davison, owner of Bad Hair Day? in Rehoboth Beach, and Theda Blackwelder, a Biggs trustee who personally knew museum founder Sewell C. Biggs, will be at the Lewes Public Library to discuss the Biggs Museum of American Art’s permanent collection and its founder.

“This exciting initiative leverages all of our resources. It keys into our Arts for All program, which promotes access to quality, diverse arts programming at no cost in an accessible venue, and it features local-area trustees who commit their time and talent to the Biggs in Dover. The session will be held just steps away from The Delaware Room, where the history of our state capital is prominent, and the artwork is indigenous to Delaware. What a great partnership!” said Rebecca Lowe, Lewes Public Library development director.

Established in 1993, and currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2018, the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art houses one of the choicest collections of American fine and decorative arts. Special features of the permanent collection include the only comprehensive representational American paintings collection on the Delmarva Peninsula, with highlights by the Peale family, Albert Bierstadt, Gilbert Stuart, and Childe Hassam. Visitors can experience a variety of art forms such as sculptures by Hiram Powers and images by Brandywine School illustrator Frank E. Schoonover. The museum also houses one of the finest collections of regional silver in the country.

As part of the partnership between the museum and the Lewes Public Lbrary, the public can view 25 reproductions of collection objects from the Biggs Museum permanent collection throughout the summer at the library. These same 25 objects will be featured in public schools throughout Delaware this fall through the 25 Schools, 25 Big(gs) Works of Art program. Learn more about this educational initiative at ​

To register for this free public event, ask at the front desk of the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, or call 302-645-2733. For more information, go to