Decorative Arts Study Group

Do you want to know more about the decorative arts at Hill-Stead?

Hill-Stead’s Decorative Arts Study Group is a members-based group that was formed to focus on the museum’s many extraordinary examples of what are often called the “minor arts” – furniture, textiles, ivory, metalwork and the host of other items that today might fall under the description “interior decoration.”  The Decorative Arts Study Group brings noted speakers to the museum for a focused look at Hill-Stead’s decorative arts treasures.

  • Curious about the beautiful frames around the Monets?
  • Interested in the museum’s clocks?
  • Do you want to know more about the celadon porcelain in the dining room?
  • The list goes on, and the programs do, too!

View a list of upcoming Decorative Arts Study Group Events>

Scholars and experts, we welcome inquiries about presentations related to our collections.  For more information, please contact Melanie Bourbeau,

Join the Decorative Arts Study Group

Want FREE admission to ALL DASG events? First, join Hill-Stead museum at any membership level, then join the DASG for an additional annual membership fee of $50 per person. Membership in Theodate Pope Riddle Society includes a DASG membership.

Join online using the links below, or give us a call at 860-677-4787 x180, and we will take care of the details.

To Join the DASG Online:

  • If you are not already a member of Hill-Stead, become one today visiting  Join or Renew your Membership.
  • After becoming a member of Hill-Stead, join the DASG using the link below.


Past Decorative Arts Study Group Programs

Life and Entertaining in Theodate’s World, April 29, 2016

Theodate Pope Riddle mastered the art of spectacular entertaining for her many illustrious guests at Hill-Stead. Kevin McNamara of KPM, Arts & Antiques, gave a taste of this era in the museum’s dining room.

The Art and Science of Painted Wood-Grain Finishes, October 20, 2015

An illustrated talk by Connecticut Artisan Tim Eaton, followed by a hands-on demonstration of various techniques, and an up-close look at the wood-grain painting Hill-Stead’s period rooms.


Whistler’s The Peacock Room, March 26, 2015

DASG lecture"Whistler's The Peacock Room" speaker, Lee Glazer, Associate Curator at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, from March 26, 2015. Joint program with Wadsworth Atheneum's Decorative Arts Council. A lecture by Lee Glazer, Associate Curator at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery.

A joint program with Wadsworth Atheneum’s Decorative Arts Council.