PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW PRESENTS
36th ANNUAL EXHIBITION AND SALE
Philadelphia, PA -- From Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, November 11, 2012, The Craft Show Committee and The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the 36th annual Craft Show. This premier exhibition and sale of contemporary American craft, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, includes 195 of the best craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 1,100 applicants. A select group of artists from Great Britain will also be exhibiting and selling their work.
The Show offers a special opportunity to meet the finest craft artists and to learn about and purchase their work. There is excitement in every booth at the Show where the crafts exhibited embrace a striking variety of forms and functions, including: glass, baskets, jewelry, fiber wearable, metal, paper, leather, furniture, ceramic, wood, mixed media, and fiber decorative works.
Lisa Woolbert, Craft Show Chair notes, “This year’s Show will be another great success. In addition to the best craft artists from across the United States, twenty-six artists from Great Britain will be participating. This is such an important year for the British - the Queen's Jubilee, The London Olympics, and, best of all, 26 artists from Britain will be showcased at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show!”
Five internationally renowned craft experts served as jurors, including: Lewis Knauss, Professor of Textile Design at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA; Marthe Le Van, Lark Crafts writer, editor and curator, Asheville, NC; David Revere McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice-President for Programs and Collections at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City; Alleghany Meadows, studio potter and gallery owner in Aspen, CO; Ruth Snyderman owner of The Works Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
The group of craft artists from Great Britain featured in this year’s Craft Show has been selected in collaboration with Yvonna Demczynska of Flow Gallery. The guest artist component was introduced to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in 2001. Past guest artist groups include: Scotland (2011), Germany (2010), Korea (2009), Israel (2008), Canada (2007), Finland (2006), Germany (2005), Ireland (2004), Great Britain (2003), First Nation (2002), and Japan (2001).
Once again the online auction will be featured during the week of the show. All items are donations to the Show. See the show website for further details.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is presented annually by The Craft Show Committee and Women’s Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event attracts some 18,000 visitors to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia over a period of four days. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections, support education programs, and contribute to conservation and publication projects.
Dates and hours for the 2012 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show are: Thursday, November 8, and Friday, November 9, 11 am-9 pm; Saturday, November 10, 10 am-6 pm; Sunday, November 11, 10 am-5 pm. General admission is $15.00. Two-day passes are $20.00. Children under 12 are $5.00. Tickets may be purchased at the door (cash only), or in advance by calling the Craft Show office at (215) 684-7930. Group admission can be arranged for 10 or more by contacting the Craft Show office.
The Preview Party, which is open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, November 7th, 6 pm-9 pm; call (215) 684-7930 for tickets (tickets are $250 per person).
The Pennsylvania Convention Center, the site of the Craft Show, is located at 12th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.
The 36th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Lisa Woolbert, Chair, Laura Rothrock, Vice-Chair and Nancy O'Meara, Show Manager. For more information, contact 215-684-7930 or go to http://www.pmacraftshow.org/.
Special thanks to our sponsors for supporting this year’s Craft Show: Susquehanna Bank, Credit Suisse, KYW Newsradio and A.C. Moore.
Founded in 1883, the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of, if not the oldest organization of women in support of a cultural institution in the country. Over the years, the Women’s Committee has raised millions of dollars, and their efforts have influenced every gallery and program in the Museum. Funds are raised through the annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show now going into its 36th year (in conjunction with The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Committee and gala openings of various exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.