what our members say

My membership in Decorative Arts Trust has led to an exposure of an incredible roster of interesting speakers and many new friendships with individuals of similar interests. Visits to private residences and historic sites have been some of my most memorable experiences.

John T.

DAT gives the best value for membership in town! The events are always terrific fun and very informative. I always look forward to DAT events and the warm and welcoming members.

Lane M.

I never knew it could be so much fun to be a patron of the arts. Decorative Arts Trust has interesting events and has amassed a wonderful collection for the Brooks.

Nancy W.

upcoming events


Decorative Arts Trust is the only organization in Memphis solely dedicated to decorative arts: furniture, glass, textiles, ceramics, and metals. Decorative Art Trust members aid Brooks Museum in acquiring objects for the permanent collection as well as for exhibitions and often assist with sponsorships. This support group of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and its original objectives are still embraced by an ever-expanding membership:

  • To create an endowment for the acquisition of decorative arts objects to supplement Brooks Museum's fine art collection
  • To sponsor an array of educational programs, trips, tours and exhibitions related to the decorative arts that expand the knowledge and experiences of members and the community
  • To provide opportunities for collectors and enthusiasts to hear outstanding speakers, view exceptional homes and collections, and enjoy festive special events

Membership is open to all members of the public. Lectures held at Brooks Museum are free with Museum admission. A more complete view of the work of DAT may be obtained by viewing the Upcoming Events and the Collection pages of this site.


the collections

Furniture

furniture

Ceramics

ceramics

Silver

silver

Glass

glass

Textiles

textiles