This premier show and sale of contemporary craft and design includes 150 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 600 applicants. All work is for sale.

The 44th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Show Chair Robin Blumenfeld Switzenbaum and Show Manager Nancy O'Meara.

Tickets/Events

General Admission

Suggested Gift $10, click here.

Friday, Nov 6 2020, 10AM-6PM
Saturday, Nov 7 2020, 10AM-6PM
Sunday, Nov 8 2020, 10AM-6PM


PREVIEW PARTY

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 4pm-8pm

Subscribe to our first ever Online Preview and be among the first to see the artists and purchase their unique works. Your gift is more critical than ever before and is 100% tax-deductible. Click here to download the mail order form. Ticket categories are as follows.

  • Visionary - $10,000 for six tickets ($10,000 is tax-deductible)
  • Angel - $4,000 for four tickets ($4000 is tax-deductible)
  • Benefactor - $1,500 for two tickets ($1500 is tax-deductible)
  • Collector - $350 for one tickets ($350 is tax-deductible)
  • Subscriber - $250 FOR ONE TICKET ($250 tax deductible)
  • Young Patron - $125 FOR ONE TICKET ($125 tax deductible)

To purchase tickets, click here.

View Photos from the 2019 Preview Party



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 $13.4 million over a 43-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 43 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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