Banner image: Drew Leshko courtesy of Paradigm Gallery


Public | Private Exhibitions

Exhibition spaces throughout Philadelphia present the most honored and innovative artists working today in wood, clay, fiber, metal, and glass. Each November, CraftNOW highlights exhibits in museums, galleries, and other spaces to correspond with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show showcasing Philadelphia as an urban destination for craft and making.

CraftNOW’s 2022 exhibitions and year-long programming will center on the theme Public | Private and explore continually evolving concepts of shared versus personal space. Public | Private offers the opportunity to think about how handmade elements and crafted objects communicate whether architectural space is shared or private, and to explore which processes and aspects of their creative identities artists choose to share with their audiences.

* Check gallery website for current exhibition.

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Vision & Spirit: Works from the Bank of America Collection

Allens Lane Art Center

Suspended in Nature: Nancy Agati and Nicole Donnely

American Swedish Historical Museum

Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America

The Center for Art in Wood

On Vessels: Containment, Embodiment, Ritual

The Clay Studio

Resident Alumni

The Galleries at Moore

Places of Freedom and Containment

Gravers Lane Gallery

Between Nature and Imagination: Steve Dunegan and Don Miller

Hyatt Centric Hotel

John Wind: Whiskey Rebellion


Functional Misrepresentations

Michener Art Museum

Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes

Moderne Gallery

Recent Acquisitions: Studio Furniture, Cereamics, Metalwork & Wood Art

Paradigm Gallery

Artwork by Drew Leshko

Past Present Projects

Talia Greene

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

We’re on the Move: Ashanté Kindle and Khari Turner

Wayne Art Center

Craft Forms 2022

Wharton Esherick Museum

Home as Stage

The Center for Art in Wood

The Center for Art in Wood displays wood art on site and in their traveling exhibitions and publications.

The Clay Studio

One of the world’s leading ceramic art institutions, The Clay Studio supports the ceramic arts through their artist residency program, gallery, in-store and online shop, school, and outreach program.

Moderne Gallery

Moderne Gallery has been internationally renowned for its high quality, vintage 20th Century furniture, lighting and accessories since 1984.

National Liberty Museum

An impressive collection of glass art is highlighted at the National Liberty Museum. Visitors are invited to interact with incredible stories of heroes and a collection of contemporary art.


Pentimenti Gallery features content-driven contemporary art that challenges traditional aesthetics and materials by a line of internationally established artists alongside up-and-coming talent

Wexler Gallery

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.

Fabric Workshop and Museum

The Fabric Workshop and Museum invites renowned contemporary artists to experiment with fabric and other innovative uses of materials and media.

Gravers Lane Gallery

Inspired by the concept of modern heirlooms, Gravers Lane Gallery strives to provide unparalleled craft and concept from some of today’s most innovative artists.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a nonprofit art museum and gallery space located in Isaiah Zagar’s art environment spanning half a city block.

Wayne Art Center

Established in 1930 as the first art center in the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, Wayne Art Center offers instruction for all ages in a variety of creative arts. Presented annually, Craft Forms is internationally recognized as a premiere contemporary craft exhibition.

Wharton Esherick Museum

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 Studio and Museum invite visitors to explore his ongoing legacy.

Paradigm Gallery + Studio

Paradigm Gallery + Studio provides an artistic space for both the visual and performing arts, with a focus on emerging to established Philadelphia-based visual artists and makers.


InLiquid mobilizes the visual arts culture of the greater Philadelphia region in order to unite communities, establish wider audiences for artists and craftspeople, and facilitate relationships between makers and collectors.

American Swedish Historical Museum

The American Swedish Historical Museum is a community dedicated to preserving and interpreting material culture, and is alive with celebrations, exhibitions, and learning experiences.

Exhibition History

2021 Environmental Effects

In 2021, CraftNOW explores the theme of Environmental Effects, examining how communities and interiors shape our experiences, sustainability issues expressed through craft, and the greater impact of our contemporary material culture.

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2020 Cultures of Making

In 2020, the exhibition venues listed here had been in varying stages of scheduling due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Click to discover how CraftNOW partners continued to adapt and remain dedicated to their programming.

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2019 Craft Capital

In 2019, CraftNOW adopted the theme Craft Capital for its fifth year of programming with the definition of “capital” interpreted broadly for its relation to place, economics, resources, and prominence. This theme synchronized with CraftNOW’s programming for the American Craft Council conference Present Tense hosted in Philadelphia and the debut of our second publication Craft Capital: Philadelphia’s Cultures of Making edited by Glenn Adamson.

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2018 Making a Difference

In 2018, CraftNOW presented Making a Difference, a series of thematic programming for visitors to use as a lens for exploring how craft promotes positive change, social cohesion and meaningful dialogue.

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2017 Fluid Boundaries

From November 1 to 12, CraftNOW invited participants to explore the art of the handmade and the Fluid Boundaries of contemporary craft practices with a two-week event series offering public exhibitions, lectures, interactive activities and special events throughout Philadelhia, most free to the general public.

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2016 Analog/Digital

Analog-Digital” was a multi-venue, concurrent series of exhibitions branded as part of CraftNOW.  The  thematic  approach  to  the  series  encouraged  visitors  to  explore  intersections  between  craft  and  technology and to discover how craft continues to evolve in the twenty-first century.  These exhibitions were open in the days and weeks surrounding the PMA Craft Show and were promoted by CraftNOW as  complementing opportunities for residents and visitors to see high quality craft exhibitions throughout  the City.

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2015 Masters of Craft

During CraftNOW’s inaugural year in 2015, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Center for Art in Wood and The Clay Studio honored 14 American Craft Council Fellows from Philadelphia who have had an enduring national impact through their works in wood, clay, fiber, metal, and glass.

Masters of Craft: American Craft Council Fellows in Philadelphia is documented, in its entirety, with a 160-page publication, including essays, artist profiles, and a full-color catalog of the included works. To purchase your hard copy today, email your request to You can also view the catalog free of charge online at the link below.

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