Craft NOW in Philadelphia

About CraftNOW

CraftNOW Philadelphia unites the leading institutions and artists of Philadelphia’s craft community in a celebration of the city’s rich legacy of craft, its internationally-recognized contemporary craft scene, and its important role as an incubator for arts based in wood, clay, fiber, metal and glass. Through both creating and spotlighting events during the week of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, CraftNOW invites locals and visitors alike to explore Philadelphia’s innovations in the world of the handmade.

CraftNOW was founded by a consortium of individuals, galleries, museums, universities, retailers and civic organizations. Though diverse in background, CraftNOW has been united in its desire to capitalize upon Philadelphia’s outstanding craft resources and highlight the city’s continuing role in defining the future of craft. With its inaugural events of 2015, CraftNOW began its mission to showcase the city’s craft community and create opportunities for the public to engage directly with the art of craft.

To become involved with CraftNOW Philadelphia, email [email protected]

Contact CraftNOW

[email protected]

Tel: 215.717.6142

CraftNOW Philadelphia
The University of the Arts
320 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Image credit: From the exhibition Remains at the Philadelphia Art Alliance Still Life, Mary Smull, needlepointed cotton embroidery floss on canvas

CraftNOW Consortium

Marguerite Rodgers
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
The Center for Art in Wood
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Clay Studio
Old City District
Tyler School of Art at Temple University
Snyderman-Works Galleries
Philadelphia Art Alliance
The University of the Arts

CraftNOW Board of Overseers

Clara Hollander, Co-Founder and President
Elissa Topol, Vice President
David Seltzer, Co-Founder and Treasurer
Thad Suzenski, Secretary

Josie Burri, Director of Development, The Shipley School
Leila Cartier, Executive Director, CraftNOW Philadelphia*
Christina Copeland, Principal and Senior Portfolio Manager, Conservest
Bill Gehrman, Founder and Principal, En Route*
Patricia Fowler, Trustee, University of the Arts
Jocelyn Hill, Director of Public Affairs & Asst General Counsel, Conrail Corporation
Thora Jacobson, Executive Director, Philadelphia Art Alliance
Albert LeCoff, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Center for Art in Wood
Brenton McCloskey, Director of Institutional Giving, The University of the Arts
Jennifer Zwilling, Curator of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio


CraftNOW Honorary Advisory Committee

Glenn Adamson, Craft Scholar formerly of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City
Elisabeth Agro, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Nancy M. McNeil Curator
of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia
Carolyn Benesh, Founder of Ornament Magazine, San Diego
Sharon Church, Artist and American Craft Council Fellow, Philadelphia
Helen Drutt, Craft Scholar, Philadelphia
Jane Milosch, Craft Curator formerly of the Renwick Gallery, Washington DC
Bruce Pepich, Director and Curator of the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin
Carol Sauvion, Producer of Craft in America, Los Angeles
Sarah Schultz, Executive Director of the American Craft Council, Minneapolis
Rick and Ruth Snyderman, Craft Gallerists, Philadelphia