The Rhode Island School of Design Museum has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition of “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance, 1850 to 1970.”
Gorham, an iconic Rhode Island company, projected uniquely American design on the world stage. This exhibition casts a new light on the golden era of the Providence-based firm that was first established in 1831.
The RISD Museum owns more than 2,200 pieces of Gorham silver and metalwork, the largest collection of objects by an American silver maker in a publicly-accessible institution. Gorham Silver was commissioned to create everything from public presentation pieces to custom pieces for private dining rooms.
“Through the work of organizations such as the RISD Museum in Providence, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are,” said Jane Chu, NEA chairman.
The Gorham exhibition is scheduled for May 3rd to September 22nd of 2019 ad will travel to the Cincinnati Museum and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC after it is presented at RISD.