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The Women’s Committee was founded in 1883 by Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin. Mrs. Gillespie was a notable Philadelphian in her own right who organized many philanthropic endeavors including the Women’s Pavilion at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The present Women’s Committee continues that tradition of community service as an independently chartered volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Museum.

Today’s Women’s Committee has 45 active members who produce events such as the annual nationally acclaimed Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the biennial Photography Competition, as well as opening night galas for special exhibitions at the Museum. Over the years the Committee has also managed projects such as Small Indulgences, ArtWorks, a cookbook, a greeting card competition, and HolidayCard. The Committee funds the Museum Guides program and Form In Art.

Photography Portfolio Competition


The Women's Committee of The Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce its third biennial Photography Competition.

The competition is open to all photographers age 18 and over. A jury of nationally recognized experts will select 6 photograph by 6 different artists. Each winning photograph will enter the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will be exhibited by the Museum as part of a special celebratory event to take place in June 2014. Additionally, the winning photographs will be sold individually in editions of 15. Each winning artist will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and will be paid a 5% commission on sales of their prints from the edition of 15.

For more information visit www.pmaphotocompetition.org.



Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show


Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
The Women's Committee produces the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the single largest annual fundraising event for the Museum. The money raised is used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections, fund conservation projects, and support exhibitions and programs for the Museum. Known as the nation's finest retail craft exhibition and sale, the Craft Show presents the work of approximately 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States. It is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in early November.

For more information visit www.pmacraftshow.org.

For more information, please contact Craft Show by phone at (215) 684-7930 or by e-mail at .

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