2021 SHOw APPLICATION process will open shortly.


Important Notice: Due to the global crisis, the 2020 Craft Show HAS MOVED TO AN ONLINE EVENT.   THE 2021 APPLICATION WILL BE UPDATED SHORTLY.


Application Instructions

The Show

The 45th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, a juried exhibition and retail sale, will be held in-person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 5-7, 2021, with a Preview Party on Thursday, November 4. The jury will accept 195 craft artists.

This show of Art by Hand serves as the Museum's largest yearly fundraising event and is devoted to bringing wide public attention to the field of craft art. Cumulative 44-year contribution: $13.5 million. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to support exhibitions and education programs and to contribute to conservation and publication projects.

Approximately 10,000 visitors attend. Out of the 195 artists exhibiting at the 2020 Show, 35 were new to the show, including 10 who were juried under the Emerging Artist category.


The show uses Juried Art Services (juriedartservices.com) for electronic applications. To contact them directly: info@jurying.net or 561-832-0480. The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically by REVISED DATE OF April 20, 2020 is $50.00, payable online* at the time you fill out the application.

Images must be between 1400 and 4000 pixels on the longest side. Refer to the help menu on the Juried Art Services site and review the Application Check List. Contact Juried Art Services directly for technical assistance.

All applicants are required to submit an artist statement limited to 1000 characters. Include use or application of materials and techniques in your work.  

DISREGARD THIS LINE: The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically between April 2, 2020, and April 15, 2020, at 11:59 PST is $75, payable online at the time you fill out the application.

*If you prefer to pay by check, please make check payable to PMA CRAFT SHOW and mail to PMA CRAFT SHOW, PO BOX 7646, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19101. Be sure to include your application identification number so that we may credit your account appropriately.

Each entrant must submit five (5) images for consideration by the jury. Images must be of current work and representative of work entrant plans to exhibit at the show. Do not submit a booth display image.


To encourage the participation of craft artists who are beginning their careers, an Emerging Artist category is available. At the 2019 Show, ten (10) emerging artists participated. This option is open only to those who have been working at their craft for six (6) years or less and who have never exhibited at the Show. The application procedure and fees are the same as above. However, those who check the Emerging Artist category will be juried in that same category. If you choose to apply as an Emerging Artist, you must do so exclusively. Those who are accepted will have two booth options: to share a booth with one other emerging artist or pay the special fee of $1,000 for a 10'x10' booth space.

SHOW DATES 2021 - NOTE! STARTS ON THURSDAY, November 4tH WITH THE PREVIEW PARTY.  See dates and times below.

November 5- 11 am - 9 pm

November 6 - 10 am - 6 pm

November 7 - 10 am - 5 pm


Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107


The Show is open to all craft artists who are residents of and working in the United States. All work, whether one-of-a-kind pieces or limited editions, should be well conceived and expertly executed without technical faults; works should be made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools, showing imagination and the mark of the craft artist's individuality.


Basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (includes all media), glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, handmade paper, wearables and wood.

Categories not included:

Calligraphy, fine arts such as painting, photography, lithography, etc., except when incorporated into an otherwise acceptable craft category; candles; handmade soap; dried flower arrangements; pressed flowers; seed and pod decorations; mass-produced work, commercially made objects that have been embellished such as bottles, boxes, bowls, eggs, weather boards, stones, shells, buttons, decorated furniture and handmade reproductions. Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are also not acceptable.


Basketry Functional and sculptural works where the material used is woven or plaited.

Ceramics Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay.

Emerging This category is open to any medium but is exclusive to those who have been working in their medium for six (6) years or less and who have never exhibited at the Show.

Fiber Decorative Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, etc., where the primary material is fiber.

Fiber Wearable Work where the primary intention is to be worn and where the primary material is fiber (not including leather).

Furniture Work where the primary intention is furniture, including clocks and lamps. All media are included.

Glass Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass that has been handformed, handworked, handblown or handcast.

Jewelry All jewelry made from 14k gold, 14k gold & precious stones, sterling silver & precious stones, non-precious metals and other materials such as glass, clay, paper, fiber, wood, leather, and polymer clay.

Leather Work where the primary material is leather, including belts, handbags, wearables and sculptural work.

Metal Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is metal.

Mixed Media Work where the primary intention of the work is the union of two or more media. Soft sculptures and musical instruments are included in this category.

Paper Functional and sculptural work created primarily from handmade paper.

Wood Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood.


When choosing a media category, allow the function of the work to determine the category rather than the material (i.e., metal furniture should apply in furniture and not in metal). For further information, see media definitions. When preparing images, remember it is the majority of work that determines media category. Do not send booth shots. If an individual craft artist wishes to apply in two different media categories, two separate applications using different images must be submitted. If only one application is accepted, only work in that medium may be exhibited. If an individual is working in a variety of styles within one medium, then he or she should submit only one (five images) application reflecting these various styles. If an individual does both one-of-a-kind and production work, for example, images of each kind of work must be shown in the same proportion to be exhibited at the Craft Show. Craft artists working together may apply as one if they collaborate on every piece. If accepted, they may exhibit only pieces that are a part of the collaboration.


Email notification will be sent no later than June 1, 2020. The top 195 craft artists will be accepted. There is no quota system for each category, however, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show reserves the right to create balance for the show. At the same time, 40 plus craft artists will be placed on a Standby Status list and Show positions will be offered as they become available.


All correspondence and inquiries should be addressed to:
telephone 215.684.7930 e-mail nancy.omeara@philamuseum.org
PMA - Craft Show
Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101

JURY, 2021

Doug Bucci, Philadelphia, PA, Metalsmith and Educator & Program Head of Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Sarah Darro, Philadelphia, PA, Independent Curator and Writer

Meredith Host, Kansas City, MO, Studio Potter

Christian Larsen, New York, NY, Windgate Research Curator, Museum of Arts and Design

Jo Stealey, Columbia, MO, Professor Emerita University of Missouri and Studio Artist



In addition to the Best of Show award ($1,500), there are nine (9) cash awards ($1,000 each) for excellence selected and sponsored by foundations, individuals and arts organizations. These awards are presented at the Preview Party.

Award recipients are automatically accepted to the following Show year. Award recipients must submit an application and processing fee to participate in the 2021 Show.


Once all the artists have been notified and have accepted, the five (5) images submitted in the application process by each artist will be posted up on the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show website. Please check all information for accuracy, including your name as it should appear, address, phone numbers, email address and website.


The Pennsylvania Convention Center is a facility with one large unencumbered exhibition space. There is ample room for booths and large crowds and it is conveniently located to restaurants, shops and public transportation.

revised Booth Space Fee

10' x 10' standard $1,000 for artists applying and accepted in Emerging Artist category
10'x 10' standard $1,250
10'x 10' corner $1,550
10'x 15' standard $1,750
10'x 15' corner $1,950

  • Requests considered on a first come, first served basis.
  • Artists must furnish or rent their own display equipment, including booth walls or pipe & drape, carpet, chairs, display cases and lights. Booth space fee does not include electrical service.
  • Artists juried in separately must pay a full booth fee even if they choose to share a booth with another craft artist.
  • Artists must be present in their booth during Show hours.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show offers the following free of charge to exhibiting artists:

  • Beverages and snacks at the Exhibitor Hospitality Lounge
  • Sign with name, city, state and booth number
  • Listing and thumbnail image included in show program book
  • Show postcards for mailing to customers
  • Booth sitting by volunteers
  • Online directory listing and link to website


The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will provide security on the grounds both day and night; however, each craft artist exhibits at his or her own risk and should carry appropriate insurance. Neither the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art or Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is responsible for damage, theft or loss of an individual's work.

SHOW SCHEDULE 2020 - note dates and hours!

November 3-4,  Exhibitor MOVE-IN & setup days     

Thursday, November 4, 4:00 to 9:00 pm, Preview Reception

Friday, November 5, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Open to the public

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 am 6:00 pm, Open to the public

Sunday, November 7, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Open to the public


Have you?

  • Completed the application form on Juried Art Services?
  • Sent appropriate processing payment?
  • Posted 5 images of your work and clearly identified them?



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