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Blueberry Wreath with Damselfly
Blueberry Wreath with Damselfly, 1996
Paul J. Stankard, American
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Techné Puts You at the Center of International Craft

Immerse yourself in this expanding field and celebrate with fellow collectors and enthusiasts with a mutual passion for ceramics, glass, fiber and textiles, metal, and woodwork from around the world. Located in a city known for its rich craft tradition, the Museum remains at the forefront of this vibrant, international field.

Techné’s second year will offer more dynamic programming that will inspire you through stimulating dialogue, the exchange of ideas, and shared experiences while drawing on the Museum’s expertise, outstanding collection, and connections to the broad international spectrum of artists, media, and scholarship.

Join Techné

Your membership funds Techné activities and supports a variety of craft-related programs and events at the Museum. Become a Member at the $500 level or a Benefactor Member at $1,000. You will enjoy members-only experiences related to our curatorial areas of American art, contemporary art, costume and textiles, East Asian art, European decorative arts, and South Asian art, including a private collection visit for Benefactor Members only.

Membership in Techné is available exclusively to members of the Museum.
Once you select your membership level, please check Techné under Enhancements.

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The Art of Tea
Monday, October 23, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SmithKline Beecham Gallery & Baldeck Garden 244
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

Steep yourself in East Asian decorative art during this Japanese tea ceremony with curators and tea masters. Learn about the symbolic use and making of ceremonial objects.​

Insights into Contemporary Korean Craft
Sunday, November 5, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

​This year’s Craft Show features Korea as its Guest Country and highlights 25 Korean artists. Join Hyeyoung Cho, organizing curator of the Korean section, for a public ​lecture on contemporary Korean craft, followed by a presentation by selected Craft Show artists. Techné members will enjoy a private reception with curators and artists following the program.​

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A Leader in the Field

The Museum has been a leader in contemporary craft since its founding in 1876, both promoting it as an important art form and acquiring outstanding examples. In 1977, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art launched its preeminent Craft Show, showcasing the highest-quality works for the widest possible audience. In 2003, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. made a transformative gift to endow the first curatorship in the United States dedicated to craft. Now, you can help shape the next generation of craft at the Museum as a member of Techné.

For more information, please contact Development by phone at 215-684-7750, by fax at 215-236-0796, or by e-mail at .

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