Artists were asked to broaden their horizons with the Biggs Picture competition and explore landscapes of the mind and memory as well as geographical ones. Fascinating work that crosses mediums will be unveiled, along with the competition's winners, at a free First Look Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4.
Artists competing in the Biggs Museum’s juried contest were told to travel beyond their perception of a “landscape.” Sure, some submitted serene, snow covered barns and hauntingly empty beaches. Others, however, interpreted landscapes of the mind, as well as constructed and perceived landscapes.
Sound abstract? It is. And so are some of the 73 works that will be on display in the competition’s exhibit, Biggs Picture.
“Some artists were interested in pushing boundaries, and some were just scratching their heads, which was totally fine,” said Curator Ryan Grover. “We threw it out there to give artists the opportunity to move beyond the idea of traditional landscape.”
They also wanted to leave room for artists who flourish with traditional landscapes, so there will be many familiar Delaware scenes as well.
“You can definitely tell you’re in the mid-Atlantic when you see this show,” said Sarah DiMondi, marking and community relations coordinator.
The exhibit opens with a free First Look Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, where the top-10 winners and best in show will be announced.
The competition drew nearly 300 entries from more than 100 entrants. Jurors Robert Koenke, editor in chief of Wildlife Art Magazine, and Catherine Drabkin, Delaware College of Art and Design founding faculty member, selected the 73 works displayed.
Because it is a competition, it drew up-and-coming artists as well as established ones.
For instance, one of the most vibrant submissions is the acrylic “Denali Park Walk” by 19-year-old Aaron Craver of Camden. To have that piece in the same exhibit as Kevin Fleming’s “Canary Creek Rainbow” is quite a dichotomy.
“We devote ourselves to artistic abilities at not only all skill levels, but also all levels of accomplishment,” Grover said.
The museum will host a full slate of related programming. Those interested should sign up early; past tie-in programming has sold out.
The exhibit will be on display at the museum through June 19.