2018 Signature Events

CraftNOW activates the city of Philadelphia the days and weeks surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show in November. In 2018, CraftNOW presents the theme Making a Difference as a means of discovering how craft promotes positive change, social cohesion, and meaningful dialogue.

Studio Tours

Saturday, October 13

Sponsored by the American Craft Council and in collaboration with P.O.S.T., CraftNOW invites you to an afternoon viewing open studios in Globe Dye Works, MaKen Studios, Bahdeebahdu, and the Crane Arts Building. RSVP required.

 PMA Craft Show Preview Party

Thursday, November 1

The PMA Craft Show’s opening night gala features a cocktail buffet and an exclusive first look at the show.

PMA Craft Show

Friday, November 2 – Sunday, November 4

This premier show and sale of contemporary craft includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists selected from more than 1,000 applicants.

CraftMONTH Proclamation

Friday, November 2

In partnership with Art in City Hall and Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, a mayoral proclamation announcing November as CraftMONTH in Philadelphia will coincide with our annual symposium to recognize the work of CraftNOW and its partners.

2018 CraftNOW Symposium

Friday, November 2

Each year, CraftNOW hosts a symposium to provide a platform for critical discourse in contemporary craft. Roberto Lugo will be 2018’s keynote speaker presenting Pottery Saved My Life. 

CraftMONTH First Friday

Friday, November 2

Join hundreds of gallery-goers to enjoy First Friday where opening receptions will be hosted by The Center for Art in Wood, Cherry Street Pier, The Clay Studio, and more.

CraftNOW Create

Saturday, November 3

Craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. Activities will be presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Clay Studio, The Center for Art in Wood, to name a few.

I am Known as an Artist

Sunday, November 4

During your visit to the PMA Craft Show, take a break and enjoy this documentary film about the legendary Wharton Esherick. A Q&A with director Carolyn Coal will follow.

Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts

Thursday, November 8

The 6th Annual Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts will be awarded to Sarah Briland. A native of West Virginia, Briland receivied an MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and has exhibited widely. This lecture and reception requires an RSVP to The University of the Arts.

History After Hours

Tuesday, November 13

The Museum of the American Revolution highlights the craftspeople and artisans who made the Revolution possible. A special demonstration with a happy hour in the Cross Keys cafe is newly part of CraftNOW’s programming.

Holiday Art & Craft Market

November 30 – December 2

Featuring a curated selection of artisan vendors with InLiquid Art & Design, see work by Brendan McAtamney, Sandra Mournet and many more local favorites.

Craft Forms

Friday, December 7

CraftNOW closes out November programming by highlighting the opening reception for Wayne Art Center’s Craft Forms 2018: An International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft.