March 10 2021

 

(Above: Silver teardrop necklace by Emily Shaffer, and Emily in her booth.)

“The Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show is a great opportunity for emerging artists to try a large, high quality show containing buyers and collectors who know and appreciate fine craft. The opportunity to have a booth within the same environment as experienced, successful artists from around the country can make an impact and facilitate connections that can last long after the show. I hope emerging artists will consider and apply to this category knowing that it’s a great step towards a career in craft.” ~ Emily Shaffer

Each year for over four decades, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show has held their juried application process, and 2021 is no different. Following a successful 2020 virtual event, the Show committee has begun planning for both an in-person* and online juried Craft Show in November 2021. The first deadline to apply is April 6th, with an extended deadline of April 19th. Click HERE for more information and to apply. 

(Above: Fiber wearable by 2020 emerging artist Melissa Pare, recipient of the 2020 Louise K. Binswanger Prize for Best Artist New to the Show)

Approximately 10,000 visitors attend the PMA Craft Show each November. Out of the 160 artists exhibiting last year, 35 were new to the Show, including ten in the emerging artist category. This particular category is not only an integral part of the Show but a very important component for someone to begin establishing themselves in the contemporary craft world, both as an artist and an entrepreneurial business person. This is highlighted so well by one of our 2020 artists, Emily Shaffer, whose trajectory to her own successful business routed right through the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. During her video presentation last year, Emily explains why the PMA Craft Show has become so important to her. “It has a special place in my heart and I honestly wouldn’t be sitting here in this career path without it.” As a student at Kutztown University, Emily was given the opportunity to participate in the student booth at the PMA Craft Show. “I knew it was a big deal, but don’t think I realized the gravity of that opportunity till I was actually at the show”, she said. This led to her applying and being accepted into the emerging artist category. “It was great to exhibit at the show”, says Emily. “I sold pieces and that was a very new experience for me. One of the most impactful things that came out of it was the opportunity to walk around and see artists….women…making money from their craft and sharing it with the world, and that showed me that I can do this. I’m going to look for this path and learn from these amazing craftspeople and pursue this career.” 

Emily did just that. Connections she made at the Show led to an apprenticeship with New Hampshire artist Molly Grant and an internship with Maine artist Cara Romano, which helped in developing her craft skills while also gaining important business knowledge. “There’s nothing like a real world experience. I learned how to run a business, I learned how to open a gallery, and I learned how to speak with retail partners and customers. 
To wrap up, Emily says, “The PMA Craft Show is really a pivotal show in my career.”

(Above: 1) Sculptural neck piece by 2020 emerging artist Maya Rose Weiss, recipient of the 2020 Prize for Excellence in Fiber Art, 2) Wood & Light pieces by 2020 Emerging Artist Dean Babin.)

The emerging artist category is one of 13 categories, including ceramics, metal, furniture, fiber, glass, and more. The 45th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, a juried exhibition and retail sale, will be held in-person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and online from November 5-7, 2021, with a Preview Party on Thursday, November 4. 

*The Show Committee reserves the right to make any changes to an in-person show in 2021 based on pending status with regard to health and safety. Complying with any CDC, state, and local guidelines will be our first priority. 

 

 

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October 22 2019

(Above: Knives by Harold Kalmus)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show features a wide variety and assortment of contemporary crafts, and in that mix, you’ll see whimsy, style, and items that are utilitarian in their functionality. In this week’s blog, we give you all three.

(BONUS: Scroll down for info about the PMA Craft Show Preview Party, plus info about a chance to win two tickets and a $200 gift certificate to the 2019 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show!) 


IAN PETRIE

Ian Petrie uses hand-built pottery as a functional canvas for his whimsical comics-inspired narrative illustrations. He begins with hand-drawings which he screenprints and transfers onto the ceramics. Ian enjoys the duality of his process, saying, “Some days it feels great to get in the clay studio and get my hands dirty; I love the intensely tactile and immediate response of slabbing, pinching, and coiling pots. Sketching and inking come less naturally to me, so the drawing side becomes a nice challenge compared to the ceramics.” Ian’s work is intended for habitual use, and over time, the imagined stories may fade and eventually reveal hidden imagery beneath. Ian really enjoys seeing people react to his work. “I intentionally create my narratives to be open-ended so the viewer can fill it in for themselves”, he says. “One of my favorite things is hearing people ‘finish’ the stories I begin.”

As an emerging artist, Ian is honored and admittedly surprised at being selected. He has been working at his craft for six years, but the process that has come to define his look only started three years ago. His inspiration is drawn (no pun intended) from the old-school black and white comics world more than other ceramicists. Ian has exhibited his work across the country, including at the American Museum for Ceramic Art. He moved to Philly a year ago, is enjoying exploring his newly adopted city and is looking forward to being a first time exhibitor at the PMA Craft Show.


 

HAROLD KALMUS

“My goal is to make beautiful knives for the kitchen. Knives that work as they should, are a pleasure to use and a delight to look at.” ~ Harold Kalmus

Harold Kalmus may be an emerging artist at the PMA Craft Show, but he’s far from being new at creating art, or for that matter at attending the show, which he has done for over 20 years. An accomplished sculptor, Harold knows his way around tools. Prior to creating beautiful kitchen knives, Harold’s day job was in the field of digital modeling, rendering and animation, primarily for the architecture and design fields. When the economy took a turn, so did Harold, and eventually, in contemplating a career change, he found himself taking over the cooking responsibilities at home. This led to realizing that kitchen knives in general were sub-par to what he wanted, and the rest as they say, is history. Kalmus Knives are both beautiful to look at and hold, as well as exquisite in their utilitarian purpose. Harold has only been making knives for the last three years, and when asked what his biggest accomplishment is with his work, he said, “Honestly, getting accepted into the PMA Craft Show”.

 


 

LISA & SCOTT CYLINDER

Lisa and Scott Cylinder are returning to the PMA Craft Show for the ninth time, first exhibiting in 2003. They love interacting with the people who attend and say it is the best way to meet their audience. This husband and wife team first met at Tyler School of Art in 1984. They began working in tandem in 1988, with 2019 marking over 30 years of collaboration. “The best part of what we do is working together on a daily basis and bouncing our ideas off one another”, says Scott. “Every day is a different experience and we each bring a different energy to what we make.”

Lisa and Scott’s pieces typically begin with a found object that is manipulated and incorporated into their fabrications. There is whimsy in their imagery, with themes based on fables, wordplay, and their own observations. Influenced by their interest in modern art, nature, film, scientific phenomena and current concerns, their work is often kinetic, adding to its charm and character. The Cylinders have been featured in prominent national publications including American Craft magazine and Smithsonian Online and they consider their biggest achievement to be surviving by making art for 31+ years and raising a family solely from their creations.

 

 



The Preview Party

Tickets are available for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Preview Party on Thursday, November 7th. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with this year’s artists while enjoying a cocktail buffet gala and previewing the show.

Click HERE for more information and to buy tickets.

 


 

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show TICKET GIVEAWAY

Enter by October 30th for a chance to win two tickets and a $200 gift certificate to the 2019 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show! 

Click HERE to enter.

No purchase necessary to participate in ticket giveaway.

 

 

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November 18 2015
Pictured L-R: Heather Stief, Julia Hilbrandt, Bai Yang, Nicolette Absill, Alex Lozier, Laura Jaklitsch, Elizabeth Pechacek, Rea Studio Art, Ahrong Kim and Keun Ho Peter Park.  Not pictured: Beth Farber, Chris Hughes

This year’s Craft Show featured more Emerging Artists than ever before. From Laura Jaklistch’s colorful contemporary jewelry to Ahrong Kim’s imaginative ceramic works, the immense talent on display was exciting to behold. Indeed, two Emerging Artists walked away with prestigious Show awards: Keun Ho Peter Park won the Wharton Esherick Museum Prize for Excellence in Wood and Alex Lozier won the Prize for Excellence in Jewelry.

Congratulations to all of the Emerging Artists and grateful thanks for their contributions to the Show.

 

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September 16 2015
Jewelry artist Elizabeth Farber was selected in the Emerging Artists category in the 2015 Craft Show.

What drew you to apply to the PMA Craft Show this year?

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is recognized as one of the few extremely prestigious and exclusive shows for fine craft in the US. I’m extremely excited to have been accepted as an exhibitor for 2015. 

What do you expect to get out of the experience?

Both inspiration and recognition. I’m truly inspired by the work of the other exhibiting artists and by having the opportunity to interact with them. Being one of the exhibitors in the PMA Craft Show is a huge milestone in my career. As an Emerging Artist in the show, I’m looking forward to meeting a unique group of collectors of one-of-a-kind fine craft.

As an emerging artist what excites you about this stage of your career?

This is my third career in life so I approach my work with a unique perspective. I bring my experience and maturity from other careers and an understanding of what it takes to create a new body of work. This "emerging" stage offers the opportunity to work on defining a creative voice, yet gives me space for exploration and experimentation/pushing boundaries. It feels like anything is possible.

What sort of work are you preparing for the show?

I’m continuing to refine the elaborate collars (woven of gemstone and gold beads) that have become my signature. At the same time I’m working to broaden the range of my collection—creating new shapes and designs that incorporate my hand-woven, kinetic forms.

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July 22 2015

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is thrilled to announce the exhibitors for the 2015 Craft Show. Selected from a thousand applicants, this year’s lineup represents 195 of the very best craft artists in the United States, including 48 artists who are new to the Show, with twelve in the Emerging Artist category, the largest number to date. All will display their finely made wares at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, November 12th to 15th.

Selected works span categories such as glass, ceramic, wood, basketry, wearable and decorative fiber, metal, paper and leather, as well as furniture and jewelry. The 2015 Craft Show welcomes back many returning artists as well as student artists from Tyler School of Art Temple University, Moore College of Art & Design, Kutztown University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

Among this year’s exciting additions to the Emerging Artist category are:

Beth Farber’s textile-like jewelry, woven with precious metals and gemstones

Ahrong Kim’s figurative ceramic sculpture

Chris Hughes’ vintage-inspired bags

Alexandra Lozier’s blown-glass and metal assemblages evoking the natural world

See the full artist list here

Learn more, or buy tickets to this year's Craft Show here.

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