37th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
November 6, 2013 to November 10, 2013
Philadelphia, PA
Application Dates
Dec 3 '12 to Apr 1 '13
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Late Application Dates
Apr 2 - Apr 12, 2013
Late Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
May 7, 2013




The 37th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show , a juried exhibition and retail sale, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 7 to 10, 2013, with a preview party on November 6. The jury will accept 195 craft artists.

The show serves as the Museum's largest yearly fundraising event and is devoted to bringing wide public attention to the field of craft art. Cumulative 36-year contribution: $10+ 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.

At the 2012 show, approximately 18,000 visitors attended. Out of the 195 artists exhibiting, 41 were new to the show. Nine of the 41 artists new to the show were juried in under the emerging artist category.

The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically by April 1, 2013 is $50.00, payable online* at the time you fill out the application.

The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically between April 2, 2013 and April 12, 2013 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.

The deadline for paper applications with slides is a March 16, 2013 postmark. The non-refundable processing fee for a paper application with slides is $90.00. (The additional $40 is to pay for scanning and for creating a portfolio online for you.) Please include self-addressed, stamped envelope so that slides can be returned to you. Make check payable to PMA-Craft Show.

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. At the 2012 Show, nine (9) emerging artists participated. This option is open only to those who have been working at their craft for six (6) years or less and who have never exhibited at 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 same category. If you choose to apply as an emerging artist, you 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 special fee of $1,000 for a 10x10 booth space.

November 7-10, 2013, with a Preview Party on November 6.
Move-in starts November 5

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 pieces 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, wearables 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/Precious Work primarily made from materials including 14k gold, 14k gold & precious stones, sterling silver & precious stones and, enamel on 14k gold.

Jewelry/Semi-Precious Work primarily made from non-precious metals and or other materials such as glass, clay, paper, fiber, wood, leather, and polymer clay.

Leather Work where the primary material is leather, including belts, handbags, wearables 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. 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 he or she 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.

Email notification will be sent no later than June 1, 2013. 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 craft artists will be placed on a Standby Status list and show positions will be offered as they become available.

All correspondence and inquiries should be addressed to:

telephone 215.684.7930 e-mail nomeara@philamuseum.org

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


Elisabeth Agro, Philadelphia, PA, Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Decorative Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

James Malenda, Kutztown, PA, Professor of Fine Metals at Kutztown University

Kiel Mead, New York, NY, Designer/Founding Member of the American Design Club

Jane Sauer, Sante Fe, NM, Studio Artist and Owner/Director of Jane Sauer Gallery

Michael Sherrill, Hendersonville, NC, Artist

In addition to the Best of Show award ($1,500), there are eight (8) cash awards ($1,000 each) for excellence selected and sponsored by foundations, individuals and arts organizations. These awards are presented at the preview party.

NEW: 2012 Award recipients are automatically accepted to the 2013 Show. Award recipients must submit an application and processing fee to participate in this new program.


Once all 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.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is a facility with one large unencumbered exhibition space. There is ample room for booths and large crowds, and it is conveniently located to restaurants, shops and public transportation.

Booth Space Fee

10’ x 10’ standard $1,000 for artists applying and accepted in the emerging artist category
10'x 10' standard $1,200
10'x 10' corner $1,500
10'x 15' standard $1,700
10'x 15' corner $1,900

· 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 juried in separately must pay a full booth fee even if they choose to share a booth with another craft artist.

· 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:

· 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

· Online directory listing and link to website

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 5 and 6
Exhibitor Set up days

November 6
4:00 to 9:00 pm
Preview Reception

November 7 and 8
11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Open to the public

November 9
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Open to the public

November 10

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open to the public


Have you?
-Completed the application form?
-Sent appropriate processing payment?
-Sent images and clearly identified them?