In 2017, CraftNOW presented the theme Fluid Boundaries: Intersections of Craft with Fine Art, Design and Making. Participating venues are listed below.
City Hall Room 116
October 9 – November 24, 2017
In partnership with CraftNOW, Art in City Hall – Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy presents Crafting Contexts, a juried exhibition by artists from the Philadelphia Region in our historic City Hall. This exhibition presents craft projects serving as a critical tool to examine culture, immigration, the environment, current events or institutional traditions. Jurors include artist Eiko Fan and Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives Charlotte Lowery.
141 North 3rd Street
Criss Cross: Robyn Horn and Brian Dickerson
October 27, 2017 – January 18, 2018
Two artists working in different ways – Robyn Horn, with strongly sculptural pieces incorporating the natural heft and gestures of wood, and Brian Dickerson, whose constructed paintings build up paint on joined wood surfaces – enter an artistic conversation mirroring and illuminating aspects of each other’s practice.
139 North 2nd Street
Heirloom: Nicholas Kripal, His Students, and Friends
Watershed Legends: Paula Winokur, Wayne Higby, Jack Troy
Mark Burns: King of Kitsch (Opening November 3)
October 6 – November 27, 2017
Nicholas Kripal, Chair of the Crafts Department at Tyler School of Art and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Clay Studio, left the world too soon in 2016. In addition to his insightful and beautifully crafted work, this exhibition honors his most important legacy as a beloved teacher and dear friend. This season, Watershed will honor Paula Winokur, Wayne Higby, and Jack Troy as Watershed Legends. Dedicated to honoring ceramic masters and showcasing new talent, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine is a vibrant partner in the national ceramics community. Mark Burns has roots in Philadelphia, having taught here in his early career. Burns explores societal norms of sexuality and identity through his humorous and often absurdist sculptural forms.
1214 Arch Street
Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
August 11 – November 5, 2017
Louis Kahn, who spent most of his life and distinguished career in Philadelphia, is regarded as one of the greatest master builders of the twentieth century. The exhibition encompasses an unparalleled and diverse range of architectural models, drawings, photographs and films.
20th and the Parkway
Narrative Horizons, Body Works, Nick Lenker and Ursula Von Rydingsvard
Opening September 16, 2017
This collection of exhibitions presents contemporary practices heavily influenced by traditions of functional craft and the handmade. Narrative Horizons (through December 9) features three fiber-based artists Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin Riley. Body Works (through December 9) is a symposium of performances, workshops, and collaborative projects that examine the body as both material and tool. Nick Lenker: Recreation, The First Person (through January 6) showcases this Philadelphia clay artist addressing the complexities of identity and intimacy within virtual/digital spaces. Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Visionary Woman (through November 11) celebrates the sculptor in conjunction with Moore’s 2017 Visionary Woman Award Gala.
8405 Germantown Avenue
Mara Superior: Porcelain Stories
October 17 – November 19, 2017
Mara Superior is known for works based on traditional forms, using sprigging and under glaze decoration on press molded or slab built wares that are strongly influenced by Superior’s interest in traditional American folk imagery, travel and politics.
The North Tower at Park Towne Place, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Configuration: Nicholas Kripal
September 8, 2017 – April 29, 2018
The first exhibition since his passing, Configuration: Nicholas Kripal is a collection of tightly conceptual sculptures inspired by tools and objects from everyday life. Combined into symmetrical clusters and stacks, alternating color, and shifting scale, Kripal celebrated humble handwork and elevated the ordinary into something to be revered.
251 South 18th Street
Remains: Process and Production in Craft
Holly Hanessian, C. Pazia Mannella, Mary Smull & Summer Zickefoose
September 14 – November 19, 2017
Craft has always been inherently demonstrative. For centuries, artists shared their knowledge of techniques and the exploration of craft-based materials through performance. This group exhibition highlights artists or collectives who raise questions about the making of crafting objects and its relation to process or performance, asking viewers to take an active role in creating meaning. In some cases, it is the collaborative effort among artists and an audience, and in other cases, the viewer becomes the active participant in real time.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
At the Center: Masters of American Craft
August 12, 2017 – July 22, 2018
This is the last in this series of five installations in American art gallery 119. Drawn from the Museum’s collection and accompanied by a selection of loans, this presentation concentrates on the contributions of Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz, Sharon Church, and Jack Larimore. The paring of their objects not only demonstrates the artists’ ingenuity, virtuosity, and impact on the field, but also challenges the notion of what is considered sculpture.
2001 North 13th Street
Adaptive Design of Greater Philadelphia
September 6 – December 8, 2017
This collaborative project with Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities is designed to improve access to assistive technology that will facilitate inclusion and education for underserved Philadelphia children birth to 6 with paralysis and other disabilities. At Temple Contemporary we will be training visitors in craft methods for designing and fabricating low tech, low cost solutions that are customized, safe, and durable for disabled children throughout Philadelphia.
The project is based on the successful model developed by Alex Truesdell (2015 MacArthur Fellow) of the Adaptive Design Association (www.adaptivedesign.org). Using tri-wall cardboard, white glue, and basic tools, the Adaptive Design Association designs and fabricates user-specific adaptations and devices to improve independence, function, development, inclusion, and quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA
Craft Forms 2017, An International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft
Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Women in Glass
December 8, 2018 – January 27, 2018
The 23rd international juried exhibition Craft Forms is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their functional and sculptural creative endeavors. Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome Nora Atkinson, The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum, as the juror for the Craft Forms 2017 exhibition.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 Nora Atkinson, Juror’s Talk followed by Meet the Craft Forms Artists Discussion
In addition to the Craft Forms exhibition, Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Women in Glass will be curated by Dr. Arlene Silvers and open to the public December 8, 2017 – January 27, 2018.
201 North 3rd Street
Challenging the traditional labels that categorize art, Wexler Gallery exhibits work that coexists in the expressive realms of design, fine art and contemporary glass and ceramics. Questioning and testing the boundaries of these fields, Wexler Gallery aims to present functional and non-functional work that consistently celebrates innovation as much as aesthetic beauty. Artists on view include Roberto Lugo, William Morris, Albert Paley, Peter Pincus, Timothy Schreiber, and more.
1020 South Street
Wednesday-Monday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
CLOSED on Tuesdays
Spanning half a block, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is host to Isaiah Zagar’s immersive outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. Zagar created the space using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors.
1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA
All tours are available by reservation only
Please call 610-644-5822
Wharton Esherick has been called the link between the Arts and Crafts Movement and the resurgent interest in furniture making following World War II, the dean of American craftsmen and the foundation of the current Studio Furniture Movement. A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.