Positively Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show returns

Lauren Lipton
November 03, 2019 - 11:21 am
Jewelry designer Maria Eife will be exhibiting some of her work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, known around the world, runs this Friday through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

The show features almost 200 of the finest craft artists anywhere. The competition to get in the show is tough and this year, a number of artists are from Philadelphia, including jewelry designer Maria Eife

"Being there is so fantastic, being among all the other artists," said Eife. "It's exciting to set up your own work and your own small gallery, but then you look around and there are artists from all over the world doing the same thing."

Eife graduated from the Tyler School of Art and shares a studio in the Bok building with other artists.

"It's a former vocational school in South Philadelphia," she described, "a huge eight-story building with artists, bakers, a daycare center, a restaurant, you name it, it's here."

And she says the city is ideal. 

"It's a great town for affordable space to work and other artists to collaborate with," Eife said of Philadelphia.

Eife described her jewelry as very contemporary. "I use new technologies," she explained, "like 3D printing along with traditional craft skills and techniques."

Eife's work is also being featured at the Mercer Museum. 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is presented annually by the Women's Committee and Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the benefit of the museum. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the museum's permanent collections, to fund conservation and publication projects and to support exhibitions and education programs.