Contemporary Craft and Decorative Arts

The museum’s collection of contemporary American craft is considered one of the finest in the United States.

Major works by well-established craft masters, such as Wendell CastleDale ChihulyRobert EbendorfDavid EllsworthSheila HicksKaren LaMonteBeth LipmanSam Maloof, and Albert Paley, as well as objects by up-and-coming artists, are featured. Jewelry, studio furniture, and wood art make up a significant part of the collection. A longtime favorite among Renwick visitors is Larry Fuente’s Game Fish, an assemblage of game pieces in the form of a trophy fish.

Decorative arts in the collection range from the colonial period to the Gilded Age and beyond. Highlights include gorgeous stained glass windows by John La Farge and a commemorative piano decorated by Thomas Wilmer Dewing, originally presented by Steinway & Sons to the White House.

2010
earthenware and acrylic paint
2012
14k gold and sterling silver plating, copper, brass mesh, onyx, acrylic, and resin with cast photographs and scorpions
2002
sterling silver and mahogany
2007
glass, cocobolo, steel, brass, and leather
2002
sweetgrass, bulrush, pine needles, and palmetto fronds
2011
Mi-Teintes watercolor paper
2009
mixed media
2011
pennies, brass, silver, and copper
2011
white oak and bamboo
2011
vinyl, copper wire and thread
2008
33% glass-filled polyamide
2001
sterling silver and sodalite