Arts playlist: the new director of the Biggs Museum

Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele interviews new Biggs Museum director Micheal Dudich

Dudich is no stranger to the Biggs, having served as a director of Biggs for the past five years, a role he says gives him insight into the 28-year-old nonprofit and its leadership.

“I think from a visionary point of view, we’re in a very interesting situation,” Dudich said. “We have just completed a new strategic plan and I think the strategic plan speaks very well to how we want to reimagine how the permanent collection can be experienced and how it can be interpreted and how do we relate to the community .”

Duditch comes to Delaware after serving as assistant director of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Biggs Museum is about to undergo an expansion and Dudch will lead this effort, which he says is made possible by the state of Delaware.

“There are two buildings adjacent to the Biggs – what we call 15 and 21 The Green – the Court Building and the Kirk Building; one was a private residence and the other was a printing press,” Dudich said. “The state graciously transferred ownership of these buildings to the Biggs and they contain approximately 6,000 square feet of space. It will therefore be a significant expansion of our current 20,000 square feet.

Dudich says one of his priorities is to figure out how these buildings fit into the Biggs’ strategic plan.

He notes that community listening sessions will be part of deciding what to do with the new space.

Artistic coverage by Delaware Public Media is made possible, in part, through support from the Delaware Arts Divisiona state agency dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Foundation for the Arts.

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