Farm to Table: American Silver

May 31 – November 16, 2014

Farm to Table: American Silver highlights different but inter-connected uses of American silver – agricultural awards and table service – as they progressed over the last 150 years. Farm to Table and associated programs will enable visitors to experience the farms and tables of the region as they reflect the stylistic changes of each era. Farm to Table brings new meaning to the “art of eating,” treating audiences to an intimate experience of handmade American silver objects celebrating our food and farms and appearing on our tables through modern times.

The exhibition will feature a variety of forms and objects representative of agricultural presentation silver and fine table settings, including silverware, hollowware and serving pieces. For example, the agricultural silver features trophies and engraved hollowware in forms such as beakers and ewers. Silverware for the table spans from Francis I to contemporary designs. Table settings and serving pieces exemplify the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary Craft styles.

Public Programs

The Museum has planned a series of public programs that contribute to the interpretation of the Farm to Table: American Silver exhibition. Educational programs will include a series of four cooking classes led by celebrated local chefs; engaging lectures by exhibition curators and silver collectors; and a special opening event From Studio to Home: Handmade Cups aimed at attracting diverse audiences to the Museum. See our events calendar for the events and programs held in conjunction with this exhibition.

We’d like to thank the generous sponsors of this exhibition

Wells FargoLead Sponsor: Wells Fargo The Private Bank


Media Sponsor: Our State magazine

Corporate and Individual Sponsors

  • Aloft Hotel
  • Chatsworth Art & Antiques
  • James G. K. McClure Educational & Development Fund
  • John T. Menefee
  • The Old Wood Co.
  • Jim & Julia Peterson
  • Village Antiques
View selected works in the exhibition »