As November nears, we know your excitement for seeing the incredible work of 195 fine craft artists all under one roof is building. But do you know how the Show’s proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art every year?
Over the last 37 years, the Craft Show and Women’s Committee have raised more than $10.5 million, with efforts helping to influence every gallery and program within the Museum. When you purchase a ticket to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, you are directly supporting the work of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“Not only do all the proceeds go directly to varied museum-wide activities, but a percentage also goes in a fund that is applied to acquiring contemporary craft,” said Philadelphia Museum of Art associate curator Elisabeth Agro in a recent Juror Q&A blog post. “That’s what sets the Craft Show apart.”
Proceeds granted to the Museum support a wide variety of projects such as:
- Acquisitions of American craft for the Museum’s permanent collection
- Support of major Museum exhibitions
- Underwriting of education and publication projects
- Purchases of state-of-the-art equipment for the conservation, audio-visual and installations departments
- Support of Form In Art, a groundbreaking program offering art history and studio art classes to blind and visually impaired adults
- Contributions to the renovation of 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.
Image: Nerikomi Vessel. Thomas A. Hoadley, American, born 1949. Unglazed porcelain. Purchased with funds contributed by The Women's Committee and the Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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 nonprofit institution, and has since served as a prototype for successful shows in cities such as Washington, D.C., and Evanston, Ill. among others.
To expand your support even more, you can purchase a ticket to our opening night gala on November 5 (November 11 in 2015).
Image: Compacted Gray Riser with Green. Tom Patti, American, born 1943. Purchased with funds contributed by The Women's Committee and the Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.