In 1985 an anonymous bequest of a collection of historical and modern silver helped to establish a new area of focus for the permanent collection at the museum. From the outset, collecting "metals" was seen as a way to both complement and augment the University's internationally renowned studio program in metalsmithing. Through the collaborative efforts and generosity of former and current faculty members, alumni, and friends of the museum, the collection is being aggressively developed. Over the past two years the collection has undergone a period of unprecedented growth and now includes fine examples of 18th and19th century silver, as well as outstanding examples of modern and contemporary jewelry, vessels, and small sculpture.
Sachiko Ouzuni, Untitled, 1984..Gift of Robert Ebendorf, 1996.013.011a
Jennifer Crupi, Occular Reflections,
1996. Gift of the Artist, 2001.00
Sharon Portelance, Covet the Pure,
2000. Anonymous Gift, 2005.037
Anonymous, Cream Pitcher,
1730. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Goodman