Press Release  July 12, 2019

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection

Photograph by John Faier. © 2013 The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company, Eighteen-light Lily Table Lamp, prior to 1902, bronze, blown glass.

UTICA, NY… A celebration of light and glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection on view through September 8 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, features more than 60 artworks, spanning more than 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career. 

Photograph by John Faier. © 2013 The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Tiffany Studios, River of Life Window, 1900-1910, leaded glass.

The exhibition focuses on Louis Comfort Tiffany’s brilliant stained-glass windows, iridescent floral vases, shimmering lamps, and accessories highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition.

“Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios designed and created some of the most stunning and innovative art objects produced in the late 19th and early 20th century.  No other artisan left as strong an imprint on American decorative arts.  The remarkable works in the Driehaus collection offer a rare opportunity for our visitors to experience the breadth of Tiffany's genius,” said Anna D’Ambrosio, MWPAI President and CEO.

Tiffany was one of America’s preeminent designers of decorative arts and interiors. Under his artistic direction and using enamels, metalwork, precious stones, wood, ceramics, and, of course, glass, the artisans employed at Tiffany Studios fashioned beautiful objects for public commissions and private residences. Tiffany’s technical brilliance in a wide variety of media enabled him to convey his awe of the natural world through a range of objects, from household items to singular masterpieces. He earned international acclaim for his artistic output, receiving prestigious awards in exhibitions across Europe and the United States. His work was enthusiastically collected by art museums and private collectors throughout his lifetime, and continues to be highly sought after today. 

The artworks in this exhibition reveal Tiffany’s renowned artistry and craftsmanship through Chicago’s distinguished private Richard H. Driehaus Collection. 

Exhibition lead sponsors: Baird Private Wealth Management and Empire State Development’s I Love New York program under the Market New York initiative.

Associate sponsors: Meyda Lighting, Sangertown Square, and Elizabeth R. Lemieux, Ph.D, who has generously sponsored related programming.

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection was organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. This show is traveling the United States and MWPAI is the only northeast venue. 



Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute creates transformational arts experiences that cultivate curiosity and creativity, enlighten, educate, and inspire.

With more than 13,500 pieces in its permanent collection, concerts, community classes and the PrattMWP College of Art and Design, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is the cultural heart of Central New York.

It is the vision of Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute to be a vibrant and welcoming cultural resource for the community by offering meaningful educational and entertaining experiences that foster substantial connections within the community and enhance the quality of life in our region.

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