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  • Two new appointees join Biggs Museum board

  • Drewry Fennell and Joyce Hill Stoner were recently appointed by Gov. Jack Markell to a pair of public seats on the board of trustees at the Biggs Museum of American Art.
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  • Drewry Fennell and Joyce Hill Stoner were recently appointed by Gov. Jack Markell to a pair of public seats on the board of trustees at the Biggs Museum of American Art.
    Fennell currently serves as a public policy advisor to Gov. Jack Markell, while Stone is an adjunct paintings conservator and a professor of material culture for Winterthur Museum.
    Fennell previously served as executive director of the Criminal Justice Council. She also currently serves on boards of directors for WDDE, the Brandywine Pastoral Institute and the Music School of Delaware.
    Stone is an adjunct paintings conservator and a professor of material culture for Winterthur Museum. She is also director of the University of Delaware’s preservations studies doctoral program.
     
    NAME Drewry Fennell
    AGE 54
    HOMETOWN Portsmouth, Va.
    TOWN OF RESIDENCE Wilmington
    EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware; law degree from Rutgers University School of Law
     
    Q What is your favorite piece at the Biggs?
    A Every time I visit, I find something new to appreciate. The museum has so many different collections: furniture, silver, sculpture, painting and illustration. One piece I particularly like is a contemporary titled “Scratching in the Earth,” by a Delaware artist, Lisa Bartolozzi. 
     
    Q How does it feel to be picked as a trustee?
    A I’m very honored to have been asked to serve.
     
    Q You sever on several boards of trustees, what is it that you like about that type of service?
    A Community institutions add so much to the fabric of our state. In every organization I’ve been involved with, a group of founders had a vision to serve the community. It’s a real privilege to extend the legacy of the good work that has gone before.
     
    Q What do you like about the Biggs Museum?
    A It’s an unheralded gem in Delaware. They have a first-rate collection and a visionary staff and board.
     
    Q What do you hope to accomplish in your time on the board at the Biggs?
    A I’m excited about working with the board and staff to extend the Biggs Museum’s reach into the community and to make sure that more people are able to enjoy and benefit from the beauty, history and inspiration of its collections.
     
     NAME Joyce Hill Stoner
    AGE 68
    Page 2 of 2 - HOMETOWN Chevy Chase, Md.
    TOWN OF RESIDENCE Wilmington
    EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary; Master’s degree in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University; Certificate in Conservation from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU; doctorate in art history from the University of Delaware
     
    Q How does it feel to be picked as a trustee?
    A I went to my first board meeting today and became very impressed with the exceptional programming and dedication of the museum staff, and I look forward to working with them. They are also choosing a new executive director, and it will be exciting to be on the ground floor following the career of the talented person they will no doubt select.
     
    Q You have a background in conservation and art history, do you think that will help you as a trustee at the Biggs?
    A Absolutely, I hope I will be able to assist with advising on care of the collection, disaster planning and new programs in education; although they already have excellent programs in place in these areas.
     
    Q What do you like about the Biggs Museum?
    A It is a relatively young, relatively small museum that is making a significant name for itself through its hardworking and dedicated staff. It is truly serving its community. And I also knew Sewell Biggs in the late 1970s and had several discussions with him about conservation philosophies.
     
    Q What are you looking forward to about serving?
    A Future collaborative discussions with other board members and the staff and helping where needed.
     
    Q What do you hope to accomplish in your time on the board at the Biggs?
    A I hope to encourage more Delawareans to get involved with the Biggs Museum, including artists and undergraduate and graduate students in art history and art conservation.

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