195 artists from across the nation will showcase high-quality handmade works of contemporary craft and design
Philadelphia, PA (July 10, 2018) – The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show announces 195 contemporary craft artists from 30 states who’ve been selected to participate in the 42nd Annual Craft Show. These artists have been chosen from more than 800 applicants by five national jurors to showcase and sell their one-of-a kind, museum quality pieces at this year’s show, which runs November 2-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Produced by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this annual juried Craft Show is a fundraiser for the Museum. Over the last 41 years more than $12 million in proceeds went to the Museum. The impact of the Show can be seen throughout the Museum with funds used to support the purchase of equipment, publications, programs, including the Art Splash family program, and special exhibitions such as the upcoming Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now.
“We are excited to kick-off our 42nd Craft Show season with the announcement of this year’s jury selected artists,” said Michele Brotman, 2018 Craft Show Chair. “We are pleased to welcome 14 talented emerging artists who have been in the field less than 6 years; all of whom will be making their debut at our Show this November.”
The Show offers visitors the unique opportunity to speak with each of the 195 craft artists, and learn about and purchase their one-of-a-kind works using a mix of traditional, cutting edge, and innovative techniques. The following categories are represented: glass, baskets, jewelry, both wearable and decorative fiber, metal, paper, leather, furniture, ceramic, wood, and mixed media.
“Receiving the 2017 prize for excellence in jewelry was thrilling, completely unexpected, and a true honor as the talent of my peers at the Craft Show is incredible,” said Maria Eife, Philadelphia jewelry artist. “The award encouraged and helped me feel like I’m on the right path with my work. I’ve been fortunate to have been embraced by one of the best shows in the country. Since I was an emerging artist five years ago, the Show has helped me grow my audience and customer base.”
Many of the artists at this year’s Craft Show have pieces in collections at leading museums across the nation. They also have published works and sold their pieces to celebrities including Philadelphia’s own Jill Scott, Björk, Terrance Blanchard, Luciana Barroso (Matt Damon's wife), Jamie Lee Curtis, Zelda Williams, and Dame Judi Dench.
The Guest Artist Program will feature 26 artists from Germany, thanks to the support of Bundesverband Kunsthandwerk Berufsverband Handwerk Kunst Design E.V., a nationwide German organization of professional craftsmen, designers and artists.
The Preview Party is a gala cocktail buffet that offers a first look at the works of the contemporary craft by the 195 craft artists in the United States and artists from Germany
- Thursday, November 1 (4pm-9pm)
Connect and Collect Reception
- Friday, November 2 (5:30pm-9pm)
Show Dates and Hours
- Friday, November 2 (11am-9pm)
- Saturday, November 3 (10am-6pm)
- Sunday, November 4 (10am-5pm)
Admission is $20 for a one-day pass or $25 for a two-day pass. For more information please visit: https://www.pmacraftshow.org/ or to purchase tickets visit: https://www.philamuseum.org/calendar/?gv=0
About The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show was founded in 1977 as the first retail craft show established and organized by a volunteer committee for the benefit of the Museum. This trailblazing show has served as the prototype for successful shows. The Show is presented every November by the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which was begun by Ben Franklin’s great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Gillespie, in the 1800s. In 2017 the PMA Craft Show raised $347,000 for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The impact of the Show can be seen throughout the Museum with funds purchasing or supporting hundreds of items, programs, and improvements. For more information, visit pmacraftshow.org, or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube to go behind the scenes.
About The Women’s Committee
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 county. Its mission is to raise funds for the museum and its exhibitions. Over the years, the organization has raised millions of dollars and their efforts have helped to influence every gallery and program within the Museum.