Form/Function: Decorative Arts From the Permanent Collection

July 2-September 10, 2011

Dorothy Jenkins & Emily S. Macey Galleries

The correlation between artistic design and functionality has always been a defining characteristic of Decorative Art. Furthermore, this is a major pivot point when discussing the differences between works that have traditionally been deemed fine art and those that are considered decorative art. With this exhibition, PMoA will explore this relationship as exemplified in numerous works from the Permanent Collection. Decorative Art objects from various cultures and time periods will be displayed, from Georgian silver to Asian porcelain to Pre-Columbian ceramics. Each artwork will be displayed according to how its form relates to its intended function. Will your artistic sensibilities persuade you to view these beautiful objects as being purely decorative, or will you focus more on their utilitarian characteristics?

Annual Exhibition Fund Sponsors:

  • The Muses
  • Dorothy Chao Jenkins
  • Peterson & Myers, P.A.
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert Puterbaugh
  • The Reitzel Foundation
  • SunTrust Foundation
  • Agriculture and Labor Program Inc.
  • Mrs. George W. Truitt
  • Fleetwing Corp.
  • Tinsley Family Concessions
  • Mr. & Mrs. Andy Hernandez
  • Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Montero
  • BCI Engineers & Scientists