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Dover’s Biggs Museum of American Art Acquires New Artwork by Local Painter

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A Wise Choice

The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover recently acquired a new piece of artwork by Delaware figural painter Lisa Bartalozzi, entitled “Scratching the Dirt” (2007). Following the retirement of C. Terry Jackson II, the museum’s president of 17 years, the Board of Trustees selected this object to add to its permanent collection in honor of his service. “Bartalozzi’s works have been a favorite of Terry Jackson’s since her work was first featured at the Museum in 2005,” says Ryan Grover, curator at the Biggs Museum. “Acquisition of ‘Scratching the Dirt’ fulfilled Jackson’s hope that an example of her work be added to the Biggs Museum’s permanent collection.” Bartalozzi’s painting is from her current Wisdom Series, which references a paragraph from the biblical Book of Wisdom regarding the femininity of divine power and the stages of man’s life on earth. The artist is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Washington University. She paints full time from her Newark studio. Bartalozzi’s works are featured at many American institutions, including the University of Delaware, the Arnot Museum of Art and the Arkansas Art Center. Bartolozzi first exhibited at the Biggs Museum in conjunction with her 2005 Master’s Fellowship Award from the Delaware Division of the Arts. 

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