47th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
November 2, 2023 to November 5, 2023
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Application Dates
Dec 15 '22 to Apr 19 '23
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
May 23, 2023



The 47th Annual
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

November 3-5, 2023

Application Dates: Dec 15, 2023 - Apr 1, 2023, Application Fee: $50.00,
Late Application Dates: Apr 2-19, 2023, Late Application Fee: $75
Notification Date: Jun 1, 2023

Acting on behalf of the artists, the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will waive the fee to apply to this year’s Show during the late deadline period April 2nd - April 19th. The application fee will remain at $50.00.

The 47th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, a juried exhibition and retail sale, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 3-5, with a Preview Party on November 2. The jury will accept 195 craft artists.

This show of Art by Hand serves as the Museum's largest yearly fundraising event and is devoted to bringing wide public attention to the field of craft art. Cumulative 46-year contribution: $14 million. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to support exhibitions and education programs and to contribute to conservation and publication projects.

The 2023 Show will be held IN PERSON.  Out of the 195 artists exhibiting in-person in the 2022 Show, 36 were new to the show.    

The show uses Juried Art Services (juriedartservices.com) for electronic applications.

Images must be no smaller than 1400px and no larger than 4000 px.  Refer to the help menu on the Juried Art Services site and review the Application Check List.  Contact Juried Art Services directly for technical assistance.  To contact them directly: support@jurying.net

 The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically by April 1, 2023 is $50.00, payable online* at the time you fill out the application.  

The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically between April 2, 2023 and April 19, 2023 at 11:59 is $75, payable online at the time you fill out the application.

*If you prefer to pay by check, please make check payable to PMA CRAFT SHOW and mail to PMA CRAFT SHOW, PO BOX 7646, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19101. Be sure to include your application identification number so that we may credit your account appropriately.

Each entrant must submit five (5) images for consideration by the jury. Images must be of current work and representative of work entrant plans to exhibit at the show. Do not submit a booth display image. Only one submission per media will be accepted.

To encourage the participation of craft artists who are beginning their careers, an Emerging Artist category is available.  This option is open only to those who have been working at their craft for six (6) years or less and have never exhibited in the Show.  The application procedure and fees are the same as above. However, those who check the emerging artist category will be juried in that category with other emerging artists regardless of medium.   Anyone who applies as an emerging artist, must do so exclusively. Those who are accepted will have two booth options: to share a 10 x 10 booth space with one other emerging artist or pay the discounted fee of $1,000 for a 10x10 booth space.

November 3-5, with a Preview Party on November 2.
Move-in starts November 1

Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Show is open to all craft artists who are residents of and working in the United States. All work, whether one-of-a-kind or limited editions, should be well conceived and expertly executed without technical faults; works should be made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools, showing imagination and the mark of the craft artist's individuality.

CATEGORIES: basketry, ceramics, emerging,  fiber, furniture (includes all media), glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, handmade paper, art to wear, and wood.

CATEGORIES NOT INCLUDED: calligraphy, fine arts such as painting, photography, lithography, etc., except when incorporated into an otherwise acceptable craft category; candles; dried flower arrangements; pressed flowers; seed and pod decorations; mass produced work, commercially made objects which have been embellished such as bottles, boxes, bowls, eggs, weather boards, stones, shells, buttons, decorated furniture and handmade reproductions. Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are also not acceptable.


Basketry Functional and sculptural works where the material used is woven or plaited.

Ceramics Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay.

Emerging This category is open to any medium but is exclusive to those who have been working in their medium for six (6) years or less and who have never exhibited at the Show.

Fiber Decorative Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, etc., where the primary material is fiber.

Fiber Wearable Work where the primary intention is to be worn and where the primary material is fiber (not including leather).

Furniture Work where the primary intention is furniture, including clocks and lamps. All media are included.

Glass Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass that has been handformed, handworked, handblown and or handcast.

Jewelry Work made from materials including 14k gold, 14k gold & precious stones, sterling silver & precious stones, non-precious metals and other materials such as glass, clay, paper, fiber, wood, leather, found objects and polymer clay.

Leather Work where the primary material is leather, including belts, handbags, wearable and sculptural work.

Metal Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is metal.

Mixed Media Where the primary intention of the work is the union of two or more media. Soft sculptures and musical instruments are included in this category.

Paper Functional and sculptural work created primarily from handmade paper.

Wood Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood.

When choosing media category, allow the function of the work to determine the category rather than the material (i.e. metal furniture should apply in furniture and not in metal). For further information, see media definitions. When preparing images remember it is the majority of work that determines media category. Do not send booth shots (except to illustrate how one particular work is to be displayed).

If an individual craft artist wishes to apply in two different media categories, two separate applications using different images must be submitted. If only one application is accepted, only work in that medium may be exhibited. If an individual is working in a variety of styles within one medium, then they should submit only one (five images) application reflecting these various styles. If an individual does both one of a kind and production work, for example, images of each kind of work must be shown in the same proportion to be exhibited at the Craft Show. Craft artists working together may apply as one if they collaborate on every piece. If accepted, they may exhibit only pieces that are a part of the collaboration. 

Images must be between 1400 and 4000 pixels on the longest side.  Refer to the help menu on the Juried Art Services site and review the Application Check List.  Contact Juried Art Services directly for technical assistance.  To contact them directly: info@juying.net .   

Email notification will be sent no later than June 1, 2023. The top 195 craft artists will be accepted. There is no quota system for each category, however, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show reserves the right to create balance for the show.  At the same time, 40 plus artists will be placed on a Standby Status list and show positions will be offered as they become available.

To receive notifications in a timely manner, entrants are requested to update contact information in respective portfolio. 

All correspondence and inquiries should be addressed to:

telephone 215.684.7930 e-mail nancy.omeara@philamuseum.org

PMA - Craft Show
Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101



In addition to the Best of Show award ($1,500), there are nine (9) cash awards ($1,000 each) for excellence selected and sponsored by foundations, individuals, and arts organizations. These awards are presented at the Preview Party. 

2022 Award recipients are automatically accepted to the 2023 Show.  Award recipients must submit an application and processing fee to participate in this program.  


Once the artists have been notified and have responded accordingly, the five (5) images submitted in the application process by each artist will be posted up on the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show website.  Please check all information for accuracy including your name as it should appear, address, phone numbers, email address and website.

Exhibit Hall F in the Pennsylvania Convention Center is a large exhibition space. There is ample room for booths and large crowds, and it is conveniently located to restaurants, stores, and public transportation.


10’ x 10’ standard $1,000 for artists applying and accepted in the emerging artist category

10'x 10' standard $1,350

10'x 10' corner $1,650

10'x 15' standard $1,850

10'x 15' corner $2,050

22’ x 10’endcap $2,500

  • Requests considered on a first come, first served basis.
  • Artists must furnish or rent their own display equipment including booth walls or pipe & drape, carpet, chairs, display cases and lights. Booth space fee does not include electrical service.
  • Artists must be present in their booth during Show hours.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show offers the following free-of-charge to exhibiting artists:

  • Online directory listing includes images and link to website and shop from July to April of the following year.
  • Beverages and snacks at the Exhibitor Hospitality Lounge
  • Sign with name, city, state, and booth number
  • Listing and thumbnail image included in show program book
  • Show postcards for mailing to customers
  • Booth sitting by volunteers
  • WIFI (for e-mailing and retail transactions)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will provide security on the grounds both day and night; however, each craft artist exhibits at his or her own risk and should carry appropriate insurance.  Neither the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art or Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is responsible for damage, theft, or loss of an individual's work.

November 1 and 2
Exhibitor Set up days

Thursday, November 2
4:00 to 9:00pm
Preview Reception

Friday, November 3
11:00am to 7:00pm
Open to the public

Saturday, November 4
10:00 am to 6:00pm
Open to the public

Sunday, November 5
10:00 am 5:00 pm
Open to the public


Have you?
-Completed the application form?

-Updated contact information in Juried Art Services portfolio?

-Sent appropriate processing payment?

-Included (5) images and clearly identified them?