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.
CraftNOW Philadelphia is made possible through a collaborative partnership with
The University of the Arts serving as our fiscal agent.
Board of Overseers
Clara Hollander, Co-Founder and President
Elissa Topol, Vice President – Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
David Seltzer, Co-Founder and Treasurer – Principal and Co-Founder of Mercator Advisors
Thad Suzenski, Secretary – Senior Legal Counsel for SAP SE
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
Albert LeCoff – Executive Director Emeritus, The Center for Art in Wood
Jacqueline Lewis – Executive Director of Engagement, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia
Brenton McCloskey – Director of Institutional Giving, The University of the Arts
Jennifer-Navva Milliken – Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood
Julie Siglin – Executive Director, Wharton Esherick Museum
Emily Zilber – Senior Associate, Arts & Culture, Isaacson, Miller
Jennifer Zwilling – Curator of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio
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
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is CraftNOW Philadelphia?
CraftNOW Philadelphia is a network of individuals and institutions joining together to raise the profile of contemporary craft for the city. We want everyone to experience what makes Philadelphia the best place to see, learn, make and collect.
2. How do I become involved?
There are many ways to contribute to the programming of CraftNOW Philadelphia. You can host a program, volunteer, or donate goods and services. Please email [email protected] to learn more.
3. When are CraftNOW programs?
CraftNOW Philadelphia curates an itinerary of events each November to coincide with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. Follow us on social media to learn more about pop-up events and see what our partners are doing year-round.
4. How do I become a sponsor?
CraftNOW sponsors benefit from opportunities over the course of the year to gain exposure through our network and partner organizations. Contact Executive Director Leila Cartier at [email protected] to discuss inventive ways your brand can be featured during signature events.
CraftNOW at UArts
Leila Cartier, Executive Director
Address: CraftNOW Philadelphia
C/O University of the Arts, Advancement Office
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 717-6135