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June 29th, 1999
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Presents 23rd Annual Show and Sale

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will mark its 23rd year as the nation's premier show of American contemporary craft from Thursday, November 11, through Sunday, November 14, 1999. Held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Craft Show is juried by the most distinguished experts in the various fields of craft art. This year's jurors include: Bruce Hoffman, Director, The Works Gallery and Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia; Marge Levy, Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA; Dana Moore, Director of Programs, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC; Darrel Sewell, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Curator of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Paul Smith, Consultant, and Director Emeritus, American Craft Museum, NY. The panel of jurors selected 195 craft artists, including some 70 who have never previously exhibited in the Craft Show, from a field of more than 1,600 applicants. Craft categories included in the 1999 Craft Show are: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood. Visit the show's website at http://www.libertynet.org/~pmacraft/.

A unique highlight of 1999's Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will be a special installation of beautiful, whimsical and fantastic shoes-all created by Craft Show artists in their favorite medium, whether wood, metal, ceramic, or even glass! And back by popular demand: Living with Crafts, an exhibition featuring room settings inventively furnished with works by artists in the 1999 Craft Show, and sponsored by Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.

Hours for the Craft Show are: Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission is $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. Group admission can be arranged for groups of 10 or more by calling the Craft Show office. For general Craft Show information, group admission information, please call the Craft Show Office at (215) 684-7930. The Pennsylvania Convention Center, the site of the Craft Show, is located at 12th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.

A special preview party for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will be held on Wednesday, November 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; call (215) 684-7930 for tickets. The Craft Show is presented by The Women's Committee and Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is the largest single fundraising event for the Museum and has raised a total of over $4.6 million over the last 22 years. The funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the Museum's permanent collections, fund conservation and publication projects, and support exhibitions and education programs. Proceeds from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show have also endowed a curatorship and have helped to make possible special undertakings such as the recently completed reinstallation of the Museum's European collections. The 23rd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Marsha W. Rothman, Chair; Penny Fox, Vice-Chair; and Nancy C. O'Meara, Show Manager.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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