"Present Tense: 2019" Conference

Thank you to our program contributors for their generous collaboration and financial support:

"Present Tense: 2019" sponsors

Presenting Sponsors:

Windgate Foundation and Sara and Bill Morgan

Lead Program Partners:

Craft NOW Philadelphia unites the leading institutions, artists and patrons of Philadelphia’s creative community to celebrate the city’s rich legacy of craft and its internationally-recognized contemporary scene. Through both creating and spotlighting events during the week of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in November, CraftNOW invites locals and visitors alike to explore Philadelphia’s innovations in the world of the handmade.

The Clay Studio inspires curiosity and discovery around the art and craft of clay, drawing together students, artists, and an engaged public into a welcoming community. Every day, in our classrooms, studios, galleries, and neighborhoods, we deepen the connection between people and clay with the highest quality programs and exhibitions. Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio continues in the belief that shared creativity, so fundamental to humanity, is a critical force for good.

Tyler School of Art and Architecture is a community of bold thinkers and makers based at one of the nation’s leading schools for the study of art, design and the built environment. Tyler’s home is Temple University, a public research university located in Philadelphia, a culturally vibrant city, an urban laboratory for engaging some of society’s most pressing challenges and an ideal setting for establishing careers. For more than 80 years, Tyler has been producing graduates whose originality, tenacity and commitment to social change have left their mark on a world that’s hungry for visionary thinkers who are skilled practitioners.

Program Partners:

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is an internationally-acclaimed contemporary art space devoted both to the creation and presentation of innovative works of art. Through its renowned Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program, FWM collaborates with mid-career and established artists to expand their practices while documenting the course of artistic production from inspiration to realization. Research and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, inviting visitors to discover more of the artistic process as well as selected materials from an archive of past projects. The AIR Program—the creative nucleus of FWM—serves as the genesis for the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition program, its impact furthered by related opportunities for local students and emerging artists. Apprenticeships for high school, college and post-graduate students are bolstered by public programming for all ages, providing technical skills as well as new horizons for creative expression.

Schiffer Publishing: Inspiring through expert knowledge since 1974
Schiffer Publishing creates content that enriches and excites the craft world. Our diverse range of titles informs important currents of knowledge; inspires makers to explore new directions; and serves as resources for educating makers in craft history and heritage. Our subjects include how-to, creative process, creative education, reference, and technique. Now in our 45th year of independent publishing, Schiffer is proud to be a friend and supporter of the craft community.

Peters Valley School of Craft enriches lives through the learning, practice, and appreciation of fine crafts. We are located in Northern New Jersey within the picturesque Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This setting creates a unique opportunity for immersion learning. Nestled in the midst of the beauty are state of the art studios with workshops run by professional artists from around the globe. We are an inclusive creative community and welcome you to come explore your potential.


Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation


The Center for Art in Wood and University of the Arts


Society of North American Goldsmiths, Stained Glass Association of America, Mural Arts Philadelphia “Southeast by Southeast,” and University of Pennsylvania’s Critical Writing Program


The Furniture Society, Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, Wayne Art Center, The Colored Girls Museum, Franklin Fountain, Perceived Value Podcast, Kathy and Marc LeBaron, Charlotte and Raul Herrera, Lois Russell, and David Seltzer