PRESS RELEASE: 39th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Call for Applications

PHILADELPHIA – March, 2015 – More than 195 contemporary fine craft artists from across the U.S. will exhibit and sell their work at the 39th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, held Nov. 12 - 15 with an opening night gala on Nov. 11. Presented annually by the Museum Women’s Committee and Craft Show Committee, the event showcases the country’s finest craft artists and attracts some 18,000  visitors to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia over four days.

The highly competitive jury process draws artists from Maine to California, carefully selected from more than 1,000 applicants. Craft Show artists present a striking variety of museum-quality work in glass, ceramics, wood, basketry, both wearable and decorative fibers, metal, paper, leather and mixed media, as well as one-of-a-kind handmade furniture and both precious and semi-precious jewelry. 

The application deadline for artists to apply for the 2015 Show is April 1, 2015 ($50 processing fee) with a late deadline of April 12, 2015 ($75 processing fee). For more information about the show and on how to apply, visit our website at, or go directly to Juried Art Services

Jurors for the 2015 Show are Lola Brooks, Metalsmith, Lexington, GA, Sam Harvey, Co-Owner, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO, Ronald T. Labaco, Marcia Docter Curator, Museum of Arts and  Design, New York, NY, Don Miller, Artist and Associate Professor, The University of the Arts,  Philadelphia, PA and Tina Oldknow, Senior Curator, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.

Organized and coordinated by 2015 Show Chair Ellen Caplan and Show Manager Nancy O’Meara and staffed by volunteers, Craft Show proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Over the last 38 years, the Show has contributed more than $10.9 million in museum funding, used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections, support education programs, and contribute to conservation and publication projects. “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,” says Philadelphia Museum of Art associate curator Elisabeth Agro. “That’s what sets the Craft Show apart.” 


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. 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, contributing more than $10.9 million over a 38-year period.

Founded in 1883, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Women’s Committee is one of the oldest organizations of women in support of a cultural institution in the country.

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