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September 1st, 2000
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Presents 24th Annual Exhibition and Sale

The premier exhibition and sale of contemporary craft in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will again showcase remarkable objects that meld beautiful forms with ingenious function from Thursday, November 9, through Sunday, November 12, 2000. Now in its 24th year, the Craft Show is held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and its exhibitors are selected by the most distinguished experts in the varied fields of craft art. This year, jurors include: Wendell Castle, Sculptor, Scottsville, NY; Maurine Littleton, Director, Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Curator, American Craft Museum, New York, NY; Jan Peters, Director and Partner, Del Mano Gallery, West Los Angeles, CA; Darrel Sewell, The Robert L. McNeil Curator of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. The panel of jurors selected 195 craft artists, including some 60 who have never previously exhibited in the Craft Show, from a field of more than 1,400 applicants.

Craft categories included in the 2000 Craft Show are: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood. Remarkable, one-of-a-kind and limited-edition objects featured in this year's Craft Show range from elegant brooches, hand-painted silk scarves, handmade felt hats, and sterling-silver bookmarks, to boldly colored ceramics, baskets woven with recycled materials, architectural birdhouses, bent-willow rocking chairs, and Adirondack guide-boats! For additional information, visit the show's website at http://www.libertynet.org/~pmacraft/.

A unique highlight of this year's Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will be Whimsey and Wonder: Toys as an Art, a special installation of playful items created by Craft Show artists, co-sponsored by Zany Brainy and RAF Industries, Inc. And back by popular demand: Living with Crafts, an exhibition featuring room settings inventively furnished with works by artists in the 2000 Craft Show, and sponsored by Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.

Hours for the Craft Show are: Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission is $10.00 for adults (two-day passes are $15.00) and $3.00 for children under 12; tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance by calling the Craft Show office at (215) 684- 7930. Group admission can be arranged for groups of 10 or more, also by calling the Craft Show office. 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 8, 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 $5 million over the past 23 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 24th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Penny Fox, Chair; Elissa Topol, 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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