Current Exhibition:

State Plates

A Special Exhibition by the International Museum of Dinnerware Design
at Gifts of Art Gallery, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan Taubman Health Center North 3D Gallery 
1500 Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
September 5 – December 1, 2023, 8 am – 8 pm

Link to the State Plates exhibition page

Upcoming Exhibition:

Glidden Pottery:
Unique Stoneware for the Mid-Century Table

A Special Exhibition by the International Museum of Dinnerware Design
at Gifts of Art Gallery, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan Taubman Health Center North 3D Gallery 
1500 Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
December 11, 2023 – March 1, 2024, 8 am – 8 pm

Link to the Glidden Pottery exhibition page

Ongoing Virtual Exhibitions:

Virtual Exhibition opening December 21, 2021

We invited you to show us your wedding china.  See what we received, along with some of our favorites from the IMoDD permanent collection.

Visit the Exhibition…

Virtual Exhibition opening December 8, 2021

The International Museum of Dinnerware Design is getting out the special holiday dishes this year.

Visit the Exhibition…

One Table Oodles of Dishes

A virtual exhibition presented by IMoDD that builds upon the premise of setting the same table, over and over, with a curated selection of beautifully designed dishes. It is left for the viewer to determine which place setting to select and to imagine what food might enhance the dining experience with each.
[LINK] to the One Table Oodles of Dishes exhibition.

Delicious Dish Distractions

A series of on-line exhibitions presented by IMoDD to showcase a fun pairing of food and dinnerware.
[Link] to Delicious Dish Distractions page

Recent Exhibitions:

A Special Exhibition at
The Museum on Main Street
500 North Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
April 8 – August 26, 2023

Entomophagous Dining (Eating Insects)

Fifth Biennial National Juried Exhibition
presented by
The International Museum of Dinnerware Design 

An exhibition featuring artists and designers exploring how dining on insects (entomophagy) may be in our future, if not in our present.

View the Entomophagous Dining On-Line Catalogue

This exhibition is a partnership between IMoDD and the Washtenaw County Historical Society’s Museum on Main Street. Juried prizes were sponsored by “Jiffy Mixes” of Chelsea Milling Company. Juried by Mary Jo Bole.

Image: Janel Jacobson, Peeper & Mayfly, carved porcelain box, celadon glaze, Diam: 4.5”, 1992, IMoDD 2022.146, Museum Purchase.

Dining on Modernism

A special exhibition at 
Palm Springs Modernism Show
February 17-20, 2023
Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs CA
Presented as part of MODERNISM WEEK 2023

Link to On-Line Catalogue

Dish Night at the Movies

January 7 – February 24, 2023
A special exhibition at the Michigan Theater, 603 Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Link to Dish Night at the Movies page

Travel Dining

September 7 – December 3, 2022
University of Michigan Taubman Health Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The pandemic has reminded us, perhaps more than ever before, about how special travel is – exploring new places, meeting new people, and that includes dining with others during these adventures. This special exhibition explores travel dining by airplane, train, steam ship, carferry, and even space ship. Visitors may become nostalgic for the now defunct airlines Pan Am Airlines when they view dinnerware, menus, and even a vintage toy airplane.  What was it like to have tea on the Queen Mary while reclining on a deck chair? Remember the dining cars on the Streamliner trains?  Re-imagine enjoying the journey with your family on the carferry across Lake Michigan while aboard  the S.S. Badger. Visualize Captain Picard having tea on the Star Ship Enterprise…

Visit the On-Line Catalogue


A Perfect Pairing of Cookbooks and Dinnerware

June 30 – September 29, 2022
Audubon Room, Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan
co-curated by Archivist Juli McLoone and Margaret Carney

Come see what’s cooking when historical cookbooks from the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the University of Michigan Library are perfectly paired with delicious dinnerware selections from IMoDD.  A dozen selections from each stellar collection have been paired by University of Michigan archivist Juli McLoone and IMoDD curator Margaret Carney, for a feast for your eyes.

Visit the On-Line Catalogue

Colorful California Dinnerware

A Special Exhibition at
Gifts of Art Gallery, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan
Taubman Health Center North 3D Gallery
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48109
September 7 – December 3, 2021, 8 am – 8 pm
[Link] to Colorful California Dinnerware page

Exhibition Dates: April 10 – August 28, 2021
Location: Museum on Main Street  
part of the Washtenaw County Historical Society
500 North Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan
and Online [link to the on-line exhibition catalogue]

Sculptural Dinnerware

A Special Exhibition presented by
The International Museum of Dinnerware Design at
Gifts of Art Gallery, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan
Taubman Health Center South Lobby
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48109
March 16 – August 28, 2020, 8 am – 8 pm
med.umich.edu/goa/exhibits.htm | 734.936.ARTS (2787)

[Link] to Sculptural Dinnerware page

Defining Cups & Saucers

A special exhibition presented by the International Museum of Dinnerware Design
at Albion College, Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, Munro Gallery
805 East Cass Street, Albion, Michigan 49224
January 13 – February 8, 2020
Mon – Thurs 9-9, Fri 9-5, Sat 10-2, Closed Jan 20
[Link to On-Line Catalogue]

The exhibit will be accompanied by
a lecture by IMoDD Director Margaret Carney 
Ann Arbor Public Library, Malletts Creek Branch
3090 East Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Sunday January 19, 2020: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
This event is in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor (CHAA).

Dinnerware + Design + Decoration

October 31 – November 3, 2019
SOFA Chicago 2019 Navy Pier, Chicago

Dinnerware + Design + Decoration is a special exhibition of masterpieces selected from the IMoDD permanent collection that exemplify a diverse range of form and surface decorating techniques in addition to good design. These masterpieces of the tabletop genre were created by contemporary artists Jeff Oestreich, Warren MacKenzie, S.C. Rolf, Vivika & Otto Heino, Kate Maury, Tara Barnes-Stumpf, Paul Donnelly, Lea Zoltowski, and Herbert Sanders, along with leading designers for industry, Eva Zeisel, Josiah Wedgwood, Frederick Carder, Glidden Parker and Fong Chow, Piero Fornasetti, among others.

Identifying the featured sculptural embellishments, carving, faceting, sprig decorating, decals, hand-painting, incising, and various glazing techniques such as wax resist and crystalline glazes, will be the pleasure of the viewer. Decorations can add another dimension to the work, complementing and enriching (or in some cases, competing with) the basic form. Eva Zeisel’s 1950s white, undecorated Hallcraft teapot will be juxtaposed with another seven identical yet decal-decorated teapots.  Viewers can decide whether the maxim, “When in doubt, buy white,” is their mantra, or whether ornate decorations influence their selection.

Link to SOFA Chicago 2019 Special Exhibits Page.

Julianne Harvey, Sweet Dreams, 2019 porcelain.


Third Biennial National Juried Exhibition
presented by the International Museum of Dinnerware Design

An invitational and juried exhibition of butter dishes, butter-themed sculpture and related butter items by contemporary artists, as well as vintage and historical objects, all displayed in an atmosphere celebrating all that delicious butter adds to our lives.

[Link to On-line Catalogue]

Exhibition dates: April 6 – August 25, 2019
Opening reception Saturday April 6, 2019, 1-4 p.m.  Artists Awards and Gallery Talk, 2 p.m.
Location: Museum on Main Street
part of the Washtenaw County Historical Society
500 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Exhibition and awards sponsored, in part, by Ellen Wilt, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Trader Joe’s of Ann Arbor and the International Museum of Dinnerware Design.  Juried by Anne Meszko. 

Invited Artists:

Undine Brod, Bill Brouillard, Nancy Bulkley, Mary Louise Carter, Michael Connelly, Paul Donnelly, Paul Eshelman, Léopold Foulem, Frank Martin, Polly Ann Martin, Kate Maury, Colleen McCall, David McDonald, Dganit Moreno, Judith Salomon, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Linda Sikora, Debbie Thompson, Kate Tremel.

Juried Artists:

Alice Abrams, Posey Bacopoulos, Tara Barnes-Stumpf, Michael Bishop, Irina Bondarenko, Darcy Bowden, Barbara Harding Brown, Stefanie Burdick, Elizabeth Coleman, Matthew Dercole, Becca Dilldine, Sarah Dockter, Adrienne Eliades, Julianne Harvey, Mandy Henebry, Craig Hinshaw, Urban Jupena, Cara Jean McCarthy, Charlotte Lindley Martin, Jodie Masterman, Sue O’Connor, KyoungHwa Oh, Helen Otterson, Jerri Puerner, S.C. Rolf, Peter Saenger, Kathryn Schroeder, Jo-Ann Siedlecki-Vento, Maribeth Sonsara, Claire Gabrielsen Teagan, Clovy Tsuchiya, Margo West, Christopher Whittington, Robin Wilt, Logan Woodle and Mieke Zuiderweg.




Tabletop Stories

A partnership exhibition presented by the International Museum of Dinnerware Design and the Ann Arbor District Library

Exhibition Dates: December 3, 2018 to January 26, 2019  
Hours: Mon. 10am – 9 pm, Tues. – Fri. 9 am – 9 pm, Sat. 9 am – 6 pm, Sun. 12 pm – 6 pm
Location: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch, Lower Level, 343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This exhibition pairs memorable stories published as books, operas, and perhaps a restaurant menu, with the notable dinnerware that followed.  Visitors may recognize at least one teapot in the form of Sherlock Holmes; plates, bowls, cups and saucers with Rockwell Kent illustrations from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick; and charming dishes celebrating children’s favorite book characters such as Babar and Peter Rabbit.  The exhibit explores the ubiquitous Blue Willow china pattern, marketed by the British as being derived from a Chinese legend. One may also be captivated by depictions of Charles Dickens’ characters from David Copperfield and Martin Chuzzlewit.  There are simply too many stories and dishes to list, but think about the Donner Party, One Thousand and One Nights,The Story of Ping, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Yeoman of the Guard, and more surprises. Come for the books, stay for the dinnerware. Come for the dishes, stay for the books.

LINK to Tabletop Stories Page

Unapologetic Dinnerware: a brief history of disposable dinnerware

When considering dining in 2018, there is not anything more timely than examining how the current state of single use dinnerware impacts our lives and our environment. In India alone, billions of plastic utensils are discarded annually. This special exhibition traces the history of disposable or single use dinnerware from ancient Mesopotamia to the present. Material culture artifacts of an intentionally “disposable” nature from diverse cultures and time periods, as well as prototypes from contemporary designers in India, Japan, Jordan, Portugal, Germany and the United States will be featured.  Think American TV dinners, Chinese take out, edible cutlery from India, Japanese disposable trainware, plates made of fallen leaves from Indonesia, biodegradable coffee kits from Portugal, beer six-pack rings that may be consumed by marine life, and more.

LINK to Unapologetic Dinnerware exhibition page

Link to University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology Newsletter to learn more about the ancient Mesopotamian bevel-rimmed bowls in this exhibit.

Dining In Dining Out

There were fifteen reasons to visit the International Museum of Dinnerware Design’s special 3-day-only exhibition, Dining In Dining Out. It was a true celebration of dining experiences guaranteed to make the viewer smile. Fifteen dining vignettes were presented free to the public April 13-15, in the beautiful Mid-Century Modern events space, part of the Stone Chalet at 1917 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor. The free public reception was Friday evening 5:30-7:30 p.m. Each minimalist vignette was a reminder to the viewer of a memorable dining experience.
LINK to Dining In Dining Out page.

Timeless Dinnerware Design

at SOFA Chicago 2017, Navy Pier, November 2-5 2017
LINK to Online Catalogue