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Since its founding in 1915, the PAA has presented the work of artists and designers working in a wide variety of media, from ceramics and jewelry to textiles and sculpture. Each year we present up to twelve new exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and established artists. Rather than understanding “craft” as a class of objects, the PAA encourages visitors to consider “craft” as a verb. This broader definition means that our exhibitions encompass a range of topics and types of work, from useful and decorative objects to sculpture and installations. Our diverse program of exhibitions, inspired by our setting in a masterfully crafted domestic space, can thus be communicated to visitors in engaging and unexpected ways.

Philadelphia Art Alliance provides the perfect setting for groups to experience craft and design.   Within the halls of our 100 year old home, teachers and professors have plenty of space to discuss the work with their students.

We also provide touring services, where our curator can guide you through Wetherill Mansion and share with you not only fascinating knowledge about the artwork, but the building itself.

Contact us at info@philartalliance.org or call us at 215-545-4302  to arrange for Group Pricing or Tour Pricing.

Groups → 5 -10 persons 

   $.50 reduction per ticket

   10+ persons

   $1.00 reduction per ticket


Tours  →  5 -10 persons 

   $.50 reduction per ticket

   10+ persons

   $1.00 reduction per ticket 

+ $25 for tour guide 


Part of American Craft Council Fellows in Philadelphia

This exhibition is part of a multi-venue series of exhibitions honoring Fellows of the American Craft Council who have had considerable impact on the Philadelphia region. In addition, this series of exhibitions is a major feature of the city-wide pilot project Craft NOW I Philadelphia, and includes the participation of our organization along with The Center for Art in Wood, The Clay Studio, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The ACC College of Fellows are composed of craftspeople that have made significant contributions to the field of craft in the United States, with over 25 years of practice in their respective disciplines. The Philadelphia region has been widely recognized for its rich history and accomplishments in the field of craft, which is reflected in the number of artists who have become part of the ACC College of Fellows. These four exhibitions, the accompanying publication, and educational programming are all designed to highlight the impact of the Philadelphia region on craft on a national scale by featuring the work of 15 different Fellows among the four venues.

At the PAA, this exhibition will be held from September 17 to November 30, 2015 and will feature Adela Akers (fiber), Lewis Knauss (fiber), Judith Schaechter (glass), Warren Seelig (fiber/architecture), and Paula Winokur (porcelain). During the three months of this exhibition, the PAA will also present educational programs featuring Warren Seelig and Judith Schaechter. It should also be noted that this collaborative project among these four institutions is also the culmination of the 100-year anniversary program at the PAA. Throughout this celebratory year, the PAA has presented the work of all Philadelphia-based artists, as well as educational programming that challenges preconceived definitions of engagement and creative practice in craft and design.


Craft NOW Philadelphia unites the leading institutions and artists of Philadelphia’s fine craft community in a celebration of the city’s rich legacy of craft, its internationally-recognized contemporary craft scene, and its important role as an incubator for arts based in wood, clay, fiber, metal and glass. Through both creating and spotlighting locally-focused events during the week of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s yearly Contemporary Craft Show, Craft NOW invites locals and visitors alike to explore Philadelphia’s innovations in the world of the handmade.

Craft NOW was founded in 2014 by a consortium of individuals, galleries, museums, universities, retailers and civic organizations. Though diverse in background, the consortium was united in their desire to create an initiative that would contextualize the future of craft in Philadelphia. With its inaugural events of 2015, Craft NOW begins its mission to showcase the city’s craft community and create opportunities for the public to engage directly with the art of fine craft.

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