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At the Contemporary Craft Show

October 30, 2017

Recent work by from our talented students, alumni, faculty and staff will be on display in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's 41st annual Contemporary Craft Show, November 9-12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our College’s booth will feature works cast in glass, wood working, textiles, wearables, and 3D printed objects that combine traditional techniques with high-tech fabrications. The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show was founded in 1977 and was the first retail craft show established and organized by a volunteer committee for the benefit of a non-profit institution. The Show is presented each November by the Museum's Women's Committee and the Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a portion of each year's proceeds is dedicated to the purchase of a craft object for the Museum's permanent collection. Tickets can be purchased here.

Nicole Fuller-Johnso (Graduate Design Research); Product Design students Carl Durkow and Erik Stephans; and alumnae Dounia Tamri-Loeper (Graphic Design); Nicole Haddad (Fashion Design); Lela Thompson (Fashion Design); and Anna Sajeski (Fashion Design) will have work on display as will faculty and staff members Josh Longo (Product Design) :Professor Genevieve Dion (Fashion); Professor Nick Cassaway (Design & Merchandising); Jen Blazina (Art); and Michael Shepherd (Fox Historic Costume Collection).

Josh Longo, Product Design Professor & Manager of the Fabrication Shop, worked with Product Design Professor Raja Schaar to put the Westphal booth together. "We don’t get many opportunities to showcase the skills of several College departments on such a visible stage," commented Longo. "And it's not often you'll find Fashion Designers, Product Designers, and Graphic Designers in one show."

In 2001 a guest artist program was added to The Show whereby artists from a single country are selected to participate. Countries that have participated thus far include Japan, England, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Canada, Israel, Korea, Scotland and Lithuania. Funds raised from The Show are also used to underwrite education and publication projects within the Museum's special exhibits. Proceeds have enabled the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for the Audio-Visual and Conservation departments and funds have been contributed to the renovation of both Museum infrastructure and galleries, as well as external installations such as the Rodin Museum and Mount Pleasant, an 18th century house in nearby Fairmount Park.