Decorative Arts Council

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is renowned for its collections of American and European decorative arts, which include Renaissance and Baroque works from the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, the Wallace Nutting Collection, and Connecticut furniture.

Purpose: The Decorative Arts Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum was founded to further the appreciation of the decorative arts and to support the museum’s decorative arts departments.

Prerequisite: Museum membership at the premier level. Learn more about Premier Membership.

Benefits of Membership: Yearly programs of the Decorative Arts Council include lectures and receptions, travel opportunities, visits to private collections and other museums, and social events.

  • Development of personal connoisseurship through educational programs.
  • A deeper knowledge of the Atheneum’s collections through personal contact with the curators.
  • An opportunity to develop a broadened appreciation of the decorative arts through unique intellectual and social experiences.
  • Enrichment of museum membership through the vitality of a smaller, special-interest group.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Decorative Arts Council, please send a note of request to:

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Attn: Decorative Arts Council
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Decorative Arts Council Upcoming Events
The following events are open to members of the Decorative Arts Council only, except where noted. For information on joining the Decorative Arts Council, or for more information about the following events, email decorative.artcouncil@wadsworthatheneum.org.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6 p.m.
Artistic Embellishments, or Drinking from a Walrus Punch Bowl: Arctic Exploration and the Decorative Arts
Robert M. Peck, Senior Fellow, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University
Location: TBD
Price: TBD

Sunday, October 19, 2014, noon
Brunch and Private Tour of the Collection of Robert Gregson and Peter Swanson
Location: TBD
Price: TBD

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 6 p.m.
A Moveable Feast: The Impact of Technology and Travel on Modern Dining Design
Sarah Coffin, Curator and Head, Product Design and Decorative Arts Department, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Location: Aetna Theater, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Price: Free; open only to members of the Decorative Arts Council, Society of Daniel Wadsworth, and Atheneum Associates

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6 p.m.
Decorative Arts Council Holiday Party
Location: TBD
Price: TBD

From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright

Upcoming Events

Oct
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all-day Day Art Tours: Woodstock & Quechee, Vermont; Cornish, New Hampshire
Day Art Tours: Woodstock & Quech…
Oct 1 all-day
Day Art Tours: Woodstock & Quechee, Vermont; Cornish, New Hampshire: Join the Women’s Committee on a trip to Woodstock and Quechee, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire [...]
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
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all-day Member Shopping Days
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Oct 2 – Oct 5 all-day
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1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
5:00 pm First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170
First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feat…
Oct 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170
Frohawk Two Feathers, On loving someone who doesn’t love you back and compensating for that with plotting and murder. T H O T 1 7 [...]

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Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5