"Crafting Contexts" Call for Artists

Art In City Hall – City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in partnership with Craft NOW Philadelphia issues a call for artists for the upcoming 2017 fall season.

Crafting Contexts

October 9 – November 24, 2017 Tentative Reception Date: November 1st, following a press conference opening Philadelphia Craft Month in the Mayor’s Reception Room 202.

Submissions are due by August 18th, 4 p.m.

Jurors: TBD City Hall Artistic Advisory Committee members


In 2017, Craft NOW Philadelphia presents the theme Fluid Boundaries: Exploring Intersections of Craft with Fine Art, Design and Making to visitors as a means of discovering how craft continues to evolve in the twenty-first century. Expanding on this theme, Art In City Hall issues a call for Crafting Contexts as its fall exhibition in Philadelphia’s historic City Hall.

Crafting Contexts seeks high quality two and three-dimensional handmade art that invites discourse and interpretation. Using materials or a mix of materials traditionally associated with craft (wood, clay, fiber, glass, metal, etc.) or nontraditional materials (found and upcycled objects, plastics...), artists are encouraged to explore personal or social contexts. This may include presenting craft as a reflection on contemporary issues. For example, it can serve as a critical tool that examines culture, immigration, the environment, current events or institutional traditions. Works can be utilitarian or otherwise, and all works are required to be handmade with the aim of fostering interaction or dialogue.



Craft NOW Philadelphia unites the leading institutions and artists of Philadelphia’s 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 events during the week of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Craft NOW invites locals and visitors alike to explore Philadelphia’s innovations in the world of the handmade.

For more information, visit: https://craftnowphila.org/

Art in City Hall brings the people’s art to the people’s building, establishing a presence for the visual arts in one of the city’s most important civic spaces, and provides space for the local cultural community to display their work. City Hall showcases juried exhibits of professional and emerging local artists, arts and cultural institutions, community organizations and schools that utilize the arts in their programming. Encompassing a variety of mediums, techniques, and subjects, the program is committed to presenting a diversity of ideas and artistic explorations.

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) supports and promotes arts, culture and the creative industries; develops partnerships that ensure culture and creativity are essential components of the City’s community revitalization, education, and economic development strategies; and links Philadelphians to meaningful cultural resources and opportunities.

The Office manages and oversees City arts programs, provides policy advice to the Mayor and other Administration officials and serves as the primary point of municipal contact for local organizations, businesses, artists, and creative entrepreneurs. For additional information on Art In City Hall and OACCE, visit: www.creativephl.org