Art of Invention – Invention of Art
United States Patent and Trademark Office Museum, Alexandria, VA
August 2007 – February 2009
Invent Now, Inc., The National Inventors Hall of Fame, Akron, OH
August 23, 2010 – September 1, 2011
Seventy works of art that emerged from inventions, patents and trademarks are featured in this remarkable exhibition. The first section, entitled “The Art of Invention, highlights works from inventors and artists who studied and drew inspiration from the world in their quest for beauty such as Eva Zeisel’s prolific work in ceramics and Louis Comfort Tiffany’s creations in brilliantly colored glass, seen in the Poinsettia lamp on loan from The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City.
U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Jon Dudas notes, “The inventors and artists represented in this exhibit produced artistic treasures that also serve a practical purpose. Visitors may ask themselves, is it the art of invention or the invention of art? Either way, they will learn how the U.S. patent and trademark systems protect and encourage innovation, and they will learn about the men and women whose creativity has helped foster a strong, prosperous America.”