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Join CraftNOW for our contemporary craft symposium featuring luminaries in the field alongside emerging scholars

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Moore College of Art & Design 1916 Race Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Each year, CraftNOW hosts a symposium to provide a platform for critical discourse in contemporary craft. This year the event will be hybrid and hosted at Moore College of Art & Design with The Galleries at Moore.

CraftNOW’s 2022 symposium and programming will center on the theme Public | Private and explore continually evolving concepts of shared versus personal space. Public | Private offers the opportunity to think about how handmade elements and crafted objects communicate whether architectural space is shared or private, and to explore which processes and aspects of their creative identities artists choose to share with their audiences. As private space becomes increasingly public via omnipresent virtual windows into our homes and studios, we’ll also explore how these lenses have shifted dichotomies of shared and personal space for students, practitioners, educators, and consumers of craft.

An RSVP for the networking luncheon will be required.

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The keynote speaker will be Michael Lewis, architectural critic for the Wall Street Journal and author of Philadelphia Builds: Essays on Architecture, Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind, and City of Refuge.

Other presenting institutions will include Craft in America, The Center for Art in Wood, Wharton Esherick Museum, varying divisions of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade, among many others.

This hybrid symposium event is free and open to the public.

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Sponsorship support has been provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, Decorative Arts Trust, and Galleries at Moore along with the CraftNOW Board of Directors and many generous members of our community.