This premier show and sale of contemporary craft includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. All work is for sale.

The 40th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Show Chair Gwen Goodwill Bianchi and Show Manager Nancy O'Meara.


General Admission Tickets

Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tickets can be purchased online or during the Show at the Convention Center. Cash is preferred.

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One Day $18
Two Days $25
Children under 12 $5

Group (10 OR MORE) Ticket

Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13, 2016
General AdmissionTickets are discounted when purchasing 10 or more before October 24, 2016. For online purchases, price will be adjusted once 10 or more ticket quantity is added.
Note: Each ticket purchased online will be charged appropriate handling fee.  To avoid the fee for Group Tickets, contact the office via phone (215.684.7930) or email.
Tickets can be purchased online and via mail.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Our opening night gala featuring a cocktail buffet and an exclusive first look at the show. Tickets purchased for the Preview Party are valid for admission during all show days and hours.

Tickets can be purchased by mail (Download this PDF form),

Party Admission: $250-$10,000

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View Photos from the 2015 Preview Party


Thursday, November 10, 2016

$1,000 for 6 Tickets ($100.00 for each additional ticket)

Treat staff, friends and business prospects to an evening of entertainment in this unique setting. Enjoy a private cocktail buffet with live music on the show floor. Guests may walk the Craft Show at their leisure.

Reception Admission: $1,000 for 6 tickets ($100 for each additional ticket).

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Tickets can be purchased by mail (download this PDF form).


Let us share the story of craft with your organization and explain how proceeds from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show support educational programs, exhibitions and acquisitions of art and contemporary craft for the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This show-and-tell presentation includes colorful images, craft objects, and information and insightful stories about various artists. To schedule your Craft Road Show, please contact the Craft show office at 215-684-7930 or email at

Artists Demos

Thursday, November 10

Leanne Tremblay, Lowell, MA, booth 123, Leanne calls her work “Loomination.” She creates functional household textiles and scarves using natural fibers, focusing on the art of the everyday.

Annina King, Philadelphia, PA, booth 323, Granate Pret will show the versatility of her tailored and layered garments, and demonstrate their ability to transition from day to cocktail hour. She will talk about her designs and discuss the process of artisanal fashion design in a world of fast fashion.

Melissa Weiss, Asheville, NC, booth 230, Kurinuki is a Japanese technique of carving a pot out of a solid piece of clay. A technique that is slow and contemplative. The final pot has a beautiful feel much different from any other technique.

Friday, November 11

Join host Karen Karuza, a professor of fashion design at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and Moore College of Art, for a show of fashion, jewelry, and accessories – all from our show floor.

Jaana Mattson, Minneapolis, MN, booth 622, Jaana will demonstrate how she builds a landscape of wool using a painterly and impressionistic aesthetic, with organic textures and impressionistic colors.

Bob McNally, Rockaway, NJ, booth 114, Designing for the Musically Disinclined: Bob will demonstrate how he approached the design of the Strumstick, an instrument for non-players which makes beginners successful right from the beginning. It will include live music, audience participation, and we will create a musical composition together.

Saturday, November 12

The Art of the Human Hand: Crafting Solutions for Injuries.  Join special guest Richard J. Tosti, MD, a hand surgeon with The Philadelphia Hand Center, for an introduction on the anatomy of the hand, how it evolved and how certain disorders affect the lives of artists and their ability to create art.

Accessorize It! Learn how to accessorize and update your look featuring works by exhibiting artists.

Steven Ford, Philadelphia, PA, booth 412, Steven will demonstrate how he and partner David Forlano develop new ideas collaboratively from drawings to metal fabrication to incorporating polymers, wood, glass and other materials to a finished piece of jewelry.

gifts to the museum

When you purchase a ticket to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show or become a sponsor of the show, you are directly supporting the work of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Thanks to your support, the Craft Show has contributed more than $11.7 million over a 39-year period.

Proceeds granted to the Museum support a wide variety of projects such as:
  • Form in Art, a groundbreaking program offering art history and studio art classes to blind and visually impaired adults
  • Fellowship, Costume and Textiles Department
  • American Craft Acquisitions
  • Raman spectrometer, Conservation Department
  • Mechanical lift, Installations Department
  • Korean screen conservation, East Asian Art Department
  • Support of major museum exhibitions


The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show was founded in 1977 and was the first retail craft show established and organized by a volunteer committee for the benefit of a non-profit institution. This trailblazing Show has served as a prototype for successful subsequent shows in cities such as Washington, D.C., and Evanston, Ill among others. The Show is presented each November by the Museum's Women's Committee and the Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A portion of each year's proceeds is dedicated to the purchase of a craft object for the Museum's permanent collection. Funds raised are also used to underwrite education and publication projects within the Museum special exhibits. Proceeds have enabled the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for the Audio-Visual and Conservation departments and monies have been contributed to the renovation of both Museum infrastructure and galleries as well as external installations such as the Rodin Museum and Mount Pleasant, an 18th century house in nearby Fairmount Park.

In 39 years the Show has grown from 125 to 195 of the finest craft artists in the nation selected through a highly competitive jury process. This dynamic and premier Show has always been in the forefront of craft education by presenting symposia, on-site artist demonstrations, collection and studio tours, room settings of craft furniture and accessories, and student exhibitions. In 2001 a guest artist program was added whereby artists from a single country are selected to participate. Countries that have participated thus far include Japan, England, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Canada, Israel, Korea, Scotland and Lithuania.

Unique to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is the establishment of the Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Craft. The medal, struck in 1985, is given to individuals in the craft community whose creative gifts and love of material and scholarship helped validate and promote contemporary craft through the years. The first recipient was the late Rudolf Staffel. Subsequent recipients of the award have been Harvey Littleton, Sam Maloof, Beatrice Wood, Toshiko Takaezu and Albert Paley, all of whose works are in the Museum's permanent collection; other recipients are Darrel Sewell, the former curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Helen Drutt, noted Philadelphia gallery owner, collector and curator.

We gratefully acknowledge the invaluable support of the jurors, the artists, the hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of visitors who each year add interest and vitality to the amazing Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Join us!

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