This premier show and sale of contemporary craft and design includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 875 applicants. All work is for sale. The Guest Artist Program will feature 26 artists from Israel.

The 43rd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Show Chair Anja Levitties and Show Manager Nancy O'Meara.

Tickets/Events

General Admission Tickets

Friday, Nov 8 2019, 11AM-9PM
Saturday, Nov 9 2019, 10AM-6PM
Sunday, Nov 10 2019, 10AM-5PM

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

One Day $20
Two Days $25
Children under 12 $5
 
 

Group (10 OR MORE) Ticket

Purchase 10 or more tickets and get a discounted rate of $16 per tickets.

Ticket can be used on any one day from Friday to Sunday.

Group does not have to arrive together.

Enter quantity of 10 or more under General Admission and the per ticket price will adjust to $16 per ticket.


2019 ARTIST DEMOS


Web Coupon

More information coming soon.

Use this coupon to get a dollar off a one day adult admission.


PREVIEW PARTY

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 4pm-9pm (entrance time dependent on ticket purchased)

Purchase a ticket to this cocktail buffet gala and be among the first to meet the artists and purchase their unique works. A ticket to the Preview Party is valid for entry every day the show is open. Tickets purchased by October 24 will be mailed. After October 24, tickets will be held at the Will Call desk at the entrance to Hall F, PA Convention Center. Click here to download the mail order form or purchase tickets online. Ticket categories are as follows.

  • Visionary - $10,000 for six tickets ($9400 is tax-deductible)
  • Angel - $4,000 for four tickets ($3600 is tax-deductible)
  • Benefactor - $1,500 for two tickets ($1300 is tax-deductible)
  • Collector - $350 for one tickets ($250 is tax-deductible)
  • Subscriber - $250 for one ticket ($150 is tax-deductible)
  • Young Patron - $125 for one ticket (under 40) $25 is tax-deductible

View Photos from the 2018 Preview Party


CONNECT & COLLECT CORPORATE RECEPTION

Join us for this special event held on Friday, November 8 from 5:30-9:00 pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 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.

Purchase Tickets Online


MEET & GREET ARTIST TOURS

Experience a 30-minute guided tour highlighted by informal discussions with three select artists about their work and inspiration. Price includes tour and admission to Show. There are group and several scheduled individual options to choose from online. Scheduling for groups is done by contacting the Craft Show office at 215-684-7936 or twcpma@philamuseum.org.

Download the Meet and Greet flyer


PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CONTEMPORARY CRAFT ROAD SHOW

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 twcpma@philamuseum.org


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 $13 million over a 42-year period.

Proceeds granted to the Museum support a wide variety of projects such as:
  • Art Splash Family Programs, Education Department
  • Fellowship, Costume and Textiles Department
  • American Craft Acquisitions
  • Raman spectrometer, Conservation Department
  • Mechanical lift, Installations Department
  • Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School Student Work Partnership
  • Support of museum special exhibitions
 

history

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 42 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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