About The Show

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 by an esteemed panel of craft experts. All work is for sale and the artists receive 100% of their sale proceeds.

The 2021 Show will be a combination of in person and online only participation with 170 artists appearing in person at the Convention Center and the balance online only through the Show’s website.

The 45th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Show Chair Sally Sharkey and Show Manager Nancy O'Meara.

Please contact the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Office Call: (215) 684-7930 Email: twcpma@philamuseum.org

Show Dates and Times

Friday, November 5th, 2021 from 11 AM - 9 PM

Saturday, November 6th, 2021 from 10 AM - 6 PM

Sunday, November 7th, 2021 from 10 AM - 5 PM

Thursday, November 4th, 2021 from 4 PM - 9 PM

Preview Party 

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Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 4 PM - 9 PM (entry time dependent on ticket purchased)

LOCATION Pennsylvania Convention Center, Exhibit Hall F 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Enter at 12th & Arch Streets, NE corner)

Purchase a ticket to this cocktail gala and be among the first to meet the artists and purchase their unique works. A ticket to the Preview Party Gala is valid for entry every day the show is open. Tickets purchased by October 22nd will be mailed. After October 22nd, tickets will be held at the Will Call desk at the entrance of Hall F inside the PA Convention Center.

Visionary: $10,000 for 6 tickets ($9,400 is tax-deductible) A Visionary receives SIX TICKETS and may arrive two hours early, at 4pm.

Angel: $4,000 for 4 tickets ($3,600 is tax-deductible) An Angel receives FOUR TICKETS for 4 tickets and may arrive two hours early, at 4pm.

Benefactor: $1,500 for 2 tickets ($1,300 is tax-deductible) A Benefactor receives TWO tickets and may arrive two hours early, at 4pm.

Collector: $350 for 1 ticket ($250 is tax-deductible) A Collector receives ONE ticket and may arrive at 5pm.

Subscriber: $250 for 1 ticket ($150 is tax-deductible) A Subscriber receives ONE ticket and may arrive at 6pm.

Young Patron: $125 for 1 ticket, must be under 40 years old ($25 is tax-deductible) A Young Patron (under 40) receives ONE ticket and may arrive at 6pm

Tickets

General Admission

Tickets can be purchased online or during the show at the Convention Center. One Day: $20 Two Days: $25 Children under 12 years old: $5

Groups of (10 or more people)

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

One Day: $16

Tickets can be used on any one day from Friday to Sunday.   Group does not have to arrive together.   Entering a quantity of 10 or more tickets under General Admission will automatically apply the discounted rate.

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 $13.5 million over a 44-year period.

Proceeds granted to the Museum support a wide variety of projects such as: Veterans Empowered Through Art (VET Art); Education & Accessible Programs Wayfinding Signage supporting Museum Renovation; Membership & Visitor Services Work Study Partnership with Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School; Human Resources Armor and Animals Children’s Publication; Publication & Education Processing the Papers of Distinguished Woman at the PMA; Library & Archives South Asian Art Gallery Reinstallation; South Asian Art ArtSplash Family Program; Education Department WIFI access and Art 24/7; Information Services Cedar Grove electrical upgrades; Facilities Conservation Photography Studio upgrade; Conservation Mechanical systems for Mt. Pleasant; Facilities and Operations Department Reupholstering of furniture; American Art Department African American Art; Publications Department

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 Glencoe, IL 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. 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 44 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 Contemporary Craft Show. Join us!