Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry

June 22, 2019 to September 22, 2019

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Featuring more than two hundred exquisite works by renowned artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Charlotte Newman, and René Lalique, Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry celebrates the impact of women on art jewelry across five regions: Great Britain, France, Austro-Germany, New York, and Chicago. These regions saw the emergence of bold, experimental artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional jewelry design.

Art jewelry developed as a reaction to the conformity of mass-produced goods throughout the Industrial Revolution. Each of the designers represented in Maker & Muse, though inspired by their own individual cultures and surroundings, all shared similar aesthetic ideals. They sought to produce innovative jewelry with semiprecious stones, enamelwork, and dramatic forms. 

Women influenced art jewelry as muses to male designers, and for the first time, as designers themselves. The pieces in this exhibition provide a glimpse into the social, political, and economic contexts in which they were created.

Drawn from the collection of Richard H. Driehaus, as well as other prominent collections, Maker & Muse explores the fascinating connections between art jewelry, design, and women in the early 20th century.

Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry was organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

The Lead Sponsor of the Maker & Muse exhibition is Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.

Louis Comfort Tiffany, Necklace, c. 1918. 18 karat gold, platinum, tourmaline, diamond, natural pearl. Collection of Elizabeth Driehaus. Photograph by John Faier, © 2014 The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.
Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach, Octopus Waist Clasp, c. 1900. Silver-gilt, opal, garnet, chalcedony. Collection of Richard H. Driehaus Photograph by John Faier, © 2014 The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.
Attributed to Guild of Handicraft, Necklace, c. 1900. Gold, sapphire, enamel. Collection of Richard H. Driehaus. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photograph by John Faier, © 2014 The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.


Hours & Admission

June 22-September 22, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

$12 Adult, $7 Youth (ages 5-17)
Free Children (ages 4 and under)
Free Members


Location & Parking

The Paine is located at 1410 Algoma Boulevard in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Visitors may park in a new parking lot on Algoma Boulevard located next to the Paine mansion, which offers accessible parking spaces and a drop off area near the entrance gate.


Plan a Visit to Oshkosh

For information about hotels, restaurants, amenities, and activities in Oshkosh, go to Visit Oshkosh.

"Local gems" are offering special discounts and experiences in celebration of Maker & Muse. Coordinate a visit to the Paine with delicious dining, go a cruise or shop till you drop! See the participating businesses and specials here.

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