Craft Capital Exhibitions

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

In the fall of 2019, the CraftNOW book launch for Craft Capital: Philadelphia’s Cultures of Making (with Schiffer Publishing) will place emphasis on the city’s current range of activity built upon its history. The exhibitions listed below will focus on this theme with the definition of “capital” interpreted broadly for its relation to place, economics, resources, and prominence among other viewpoints.

From October 10 – 12, CraftNOW welcomes the American Craft Council conference Present Tense to Philadelphia. Look for these exhibitions throughout the city through November and be sure to check each venue for individual dates and times before your visit.

Top image courtesy of Stacey Lee Webber

Art in City Hall

Crafting Narratives


Artspace 1241

Handywork by Twee


Bertrand Productions, Globe Dye Works, and Helen Drutt: Philadelphia

Then and Now 1950 – 2019


The Center for Art in Wood

Making a Seat at the Table


Center for Emerging Visual Artists

John Schlesinger


Cherry Street Pier

Acori Honzo, Carla J. Fisher and Sharif Pendleton


The Clay Studio

From Storage to Studio: The Clay Studio Resident Artists Explore The Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection

Fabric Workshop + Museum

Room for Living: Jacolby Satterwhite



Mending and Repair in Response: Jesse Harrod and Lisi Raskin
Ceramics by Paul Swenbeck in Viewing Room

The Galleries at Moore

Jill Bonovitz: Visionary Women Award


Gravers Lane Gallery

June Lee: Today as the History of Tomorrow and Susan Green: Angels & Amulets



John Y Wind: The Women

National Liberty Museum

Destined for the Stars


Paradigm Gallery

Ulla-Stina Wikander


Pentimenti Gallery

Form over Function


Philadelphia Dumpster Divers at the Community Education Center

Randy Dalton’s Blue Grotto


Philadelphia Museum of Art

Off the Wall: American Art to Wear and Designs for Different Futures


Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Mosaic Visionary Art of Isaiah Zagar


PHL Airport

American Hats, Leila Cartier, The Clay Studio, Matty Geez, Don Miller, and Peter Park


University of the Arts

Domestic Landscape


Wayne Art Center

Craft Forms


Wexler Gallery

Wynorrific Times: Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko

Wharton Esherick Museum

Leave a Light On: The 26th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition

Masters of Craft: American Craft Council Fellows in Philadelphia

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 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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