Dick Clark's countdown has nothing on my Top Ten list of best Biggs moments of 2008. This past year has been nothing but fantastic, groundbreaking and inspiring for the Biggs Museum. I think the best way to put it is, "we're on the map!" Just this week, the Biggs Museum has been mentioned in Art Knowledge News and The Baltimore Sun, showing just how much the Biggs Museum is beginning to be noticed as a major and important museum in our country. We are looking forward to 2009, which I'm beginning to think will be The Year of You & Art. All three exhibitions on tap for next year, Biggs Shot, Award Winners and Biggs is for Kids, consist of the same major component: you and your art. We are encouraging our visitors not only to experience the Permanent Collection and its history but also to engage in creating art and enjoying work made by local artists, all the while connecting with the people in your community. So cheers to a great 2008, and onward and upward to an even Biggs'er year in 2009.
10. Our smashing new web-site and blog. Anyone in the world can now see why we're such a Biggs deal.
9. Our new clock! The Biggs Museum recently acquired a James Kinkead walnut clock for the Permanent Collection.
8. The Biggs nabs the back cover of the February Antiques Magazine, promoting the Delaware Silver Exhibition.
7. The Biggs opens Forgotten Dreams, the first ever comprehensive display of the works of Delaware painter, Edward Grant.
6. Biggs gives back to local artists of all abilities by hosting the Expressions of Time Photography exhibition and Young at Art, an exhibition featuring artwork made by children with disabilities supported by the Child HELP Foundation and VSA of Delaware.
5. Biggs shakes things up at the fall Margarita Tastings. Those mini-quesadillas were good enough to make it number one.
4. The Biggs' Delaware Silver collection served as the special loan exhibition for the DE Antiques Show in November 2008.
3. Over 400 guests attended the 2008 Biggs Museum Gala, held in May.
2. The Biggs' received an education grant for $5,000 from Kraft Foods Inc.
1. And by far the biggest endeavor ever taken on by the Museum, the Biggs opens the Delaware Silver Study Center in March 2009, accompanied by temporary exhibition, Masters in Our Midst, a 100+page publication, and a slew of programming, causing the largest growth spurt in the number of visitors ever.