Cultures of Making Exhibitions

Exhibition spaces throughout Philadelphia present the most honored and innovative artists working today in wood, clay, fiber, metal, and glass. For five years, CraftNOW has highlighted 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 2020, the exhibition venues listed here have been in varying stages of scheduling due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Click below to discover how CraftNOW partners are continuing to adapt and remain dedicated to their programming. 

*An asterick indicates updated exhibition listed below.

Top image courtesy of Stacey Lee Webber

*Artspace 1241

Our Say in Clay

*Bertrand Productions

No Fair


*The Center for Art in Wood



Center for Emerging Visual Artists 

Cherry Street Pier 

*The Clay Studio

Lisa Naples: Using the Sun to Find North

*Fabric Workshop + Museum 

Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve’s


Touching from a Distance

The Galleries at Moore


*Gravers Lane Gallery

Doug Herren: Chroma Structure


*Gross McCleaf Gallery

Emily Richardson’s This Moment: New Fiber Works



Time Unbound

National Liberty Museum 

*Paradigm Gallery

Seth Clark and The Jaunt Chicago


*Pentimenti Gallery 

John Preus: On Patriotism and Oikophobia

Philadelphia Dumpster Divers at the Community Education Center


Philadelphia Museum of Art


Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Mosaic Visionary Art of Isaiah Zagar


*PHL Airport

Taro Yaguchi, Kambel Smith, Hope Hummingbird, Natalie Flor Negron, and Ambrella


*University of the Arts

Innovation in Fiber Art with Tsinghua University, Beijing

Wayne Art Center


Wexler Gallery

Wharton Esherick Museum

Exhibition History

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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