48th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
November 15, 2024 to November 17, 2024
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Application Dates
Dec 20 '23 to Apr 1 '24
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Late Application Dates
Apr 2 - Apr 18, 2024
Late Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
Jun 1, 2024



The 48th Annual
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

November 15-17, 2024

Preview Party on November 14, 2024

Application Dates: Dec 20, 2023 - Apr 1, 2024, Application Fee: $50.00,
Late Application Dates: Apr 2-18, 2024, Late Application Fee: $75
Notification Date: Jun 1, 2024

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

The 48th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, a juried exhibition and retail sale, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 15-17, with a Preview Party on November 14. 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 47-year contribution: $14.8 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 2024 Show will be held IN PERSON.  Out of the 195 artists exhibiting in-person at the 2023 Show, 44 were new to the show.   


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

For JAS site, image sizes allowed are:  50MB, JPG. 750px on the smallest side; 10,000px 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: support@jurying.net or 954-418-2827. 

 The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically by April 1, 2024 is $50.00, payable online* at the time you fill out the application.

The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically between April 2, 2024 and April 18, 2024 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 booth with one other emerging artist or pay the discounted fee of $1,000 for a 10x10 booth space.


November 15-17, with a Preview Party on November 14.
Move-in starts November 13


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, 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 hand formed, hand worked, handblown and or hand cast.

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 750 and 10,000 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: support@jurying.net or 954-418-2827


Email notification will be sent no later than June 1, 2024. 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


2024 JURORS:

Michael Connelly, Phoenixville, PA, Ceramic Artist, and Teacher 

Christopher Darway, Feasterville-Trevose, PA, Artist, Designer, and Teacher 

Lindsay Ketterer Gates, Farmington, PA, Executive Director, Touchstone Center for Crafts 

Monica Hampton, Stanfordville, NY, Executive Director, The Furniture Society 

Amy Schwartz, Corning, NY, Director of The Studio, Corning Museum of Glass 


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. 

2023 Award recipients are automatically accepted to the 2024 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 13 and 14
Exhibitor Set up days

Thursday, November 14
4:00 to 9:00pm
Preview Reception

Friday, November 15
11:00am to 7:00pm
Open to the public

Saturday, November 16
10:00 am to 6:00pm
Open to the public

Sunday, November 17
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?