The 39th Annual
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Contemporary Craft Show

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 39th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Show Chair Ellen Caplan and Show Manager Nancy O'Meara.


General Admission Tickets

Thursday, Nov 12 through Sunday, Nov 15, 2015
Children under 12 $5
Tickets can be purchased during the Show at the Convention Center. CASH preferred.

Group (10 OR MORE) Advance Ticket
Discount offer

For online purchases, price will be adjusted once 10 or more ticket quantity is added. Note that each ticket will be charged appropriate handling fee. Contact 215-684-7930 with questions.
Thursday, Nov 12 through Sunday, Nov 15, 2015
Purchase 10 or more tickets and pay only $10.00 per ticket. The group does not have to come together, and tickets can be used for any one of the four show dates.
Tickets can be purchased online and via snail mail. Advance Group Tickets must be purchased before October 27, 2015.


Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015

Come to the opening night gala featuring a cocktail buffet and get a 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 via mail (Download this PDF form),
Or online or by contacting the office at 215-684-7930.

View Photos from the 2014 Preview Party


Thursday, Nov 12, 2015

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

Treat yourself, your staff, friends and business prospects to an evening of entertainment in this unique setting. Enjoy a private cocktail buffet held right on the show floor. A bounty of seasonal buffet fare, an open bar and live music set the tone for this lovely evening. Guests may walk the Craft Show at their leisure.

Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting the office at 215-684-7930.


Explore the wonder, beauty and spirit of craft with a presentation on Contemporary Craft. Learn the history of this exceptional art form and the dynamics of craft art today. Discover how today’s artists are inspired to bring craft and design to life in a modern way.

Representatives of the Craft Show will discuss the evolution of craft in America, the diversity of craft mediums, and the “how to” of integrating contemporary craft into your home. This show-and-tell presentation includes colorful images, craft objects, and information and insightful stories about various artists.

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.

To schedule your Craft Road Show, please contact the Craft show office at 215-684-7930 or email at


Bring your group to the Craft Show and enjoy a 30 minute guided tour highlighted by personal, informal discussions with three select artists about their work and inspirations. Following the tour, the attendees are welcome to explore the show floor at their leisure.

The Meet & Greet tours are available during show hours Thursday through Sunday of the Craft Show. Tours are customized for each group. Attendees meet at a previously agreed upon time & place and are met by a knowledgeable Craft Show committee member who will facilitate the tour.

November 12th — 15th —— $20 per ticket; Minimum 10 participants

To schedule your Meet & Greet, please contact the Craft show office at 215-684-7930 or email at

Artists Demos

Thursday, November 12 thru SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15



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 $10.9 million over a 38-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 38 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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