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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.

2014 Photography Portfolio Competition Winners


The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 Photography Portfolio Competition. A team of expert jurors selected six winning artists whose photographs will become part of the Museum's permanent collection. In addition, the Women's Committee will produce a limited edition of each of the photographs that will be available for sale.

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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