PRESS RELEASE: Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Announces 2019 Guest Artist Program

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Announces 2019 Guest Artist Program

More than 20 Artists from Israel Welcomed to Philadelphia for the 43rd Annual Craft Show

Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show has announced this year’s guest artist program, with more than twenty invited artists from Israel. The Show, produced by the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has hosted an international component for nearly 20 of its 43 years in existence. Previous guest artist program countries include Japan, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Canada, Korea, Scotland and Lithuania. Israel was represented in 2008 and was a huge hit.

Meet the artists and hear from them how they create one-of-a-kind works of art from fiber, textiles, and jewelry, to ceramics, glass, and more. “We are the only show of our type with an international guest artist program”, says Nancy O’Meara, PMA Craft Show Director. “The experience of meeting and learning from all the artists is what appeals to our attendees. The guest artist program adds another dimension of work being created outside the United States. It’s about the culture, the materials they work with within their respective country and yes - the opportunity to be together in one place.”

This year’s guest artist program is possible thanks to the support of AIDA (Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts). AIDA’s mission is to foster the development of contemporary decorative artists from Israel by connecting them to an international audience of galleries, institutions and collectors. Israel doesn’t have a Craft Council so AIDA has played that role since its inception 17 years ago.

“An international guest artist program is unique in the world of fine craft events and we are happy to have so many of our artists included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show”, say Dale and Doug Anderson, AIDA’s co-founders along with Andy and Charles Bronfman.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show takes place November 8th - 10th, 2019, with a preview gala on November 7th. Exhibitors include 195 contemporary fine craft artists from across the U.S., twenty-three guest artists from Israel, and work by recent alumni and students studying at Drexel University, Moore College of Art & Design, and SCAD Jewelry Graduate Study. Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Craft Show is produced by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As the biggest single fundraiser of the year for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the event brings nearly 12,000 people to the city each year and has raised over $13 million dollars over its 42-year history. Proceeds from ticket sales impact the museum’s ability to purchase works of art and contemporary craft for the permanent collection. Funds raised from the Show also help to fund education and community outreach projects, state-of-the-art equipment, and special exhibitions.

Visit to purchase tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

The Preview Party is a gala event featuring a cocktail buffet, offering an opportunity to meet the artists and have a first look at their works of contemporary craft and design.
- Thursday, November 7 (4pm - 9pm)

Connect and Collect Corporate Reception
Private cocktail buffet on the show floor for your staff, friends, and business prospects. Guests may walk the Craft Show and there will be live music and open bar.
- Friday, November 8 (5:30pm - 9pm)

Meet & Greet Artist Tours – Enjoy a 30-minute guided tour highlighted by informal discussions with three select artists. There are group and individual options to choose from on the website.

Show Dates and Hours
- Friday, November 8 (11am - 9pm)
- Saturday, November 9 (10am - 6pm) - Sunday, November 10 (10am - 5pm)

Admission is $20 for a one-day pass or $25 for a two-day pass.

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