Event Information


Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft - Fall 2018 | Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

Rittenhouse Square - 18th & Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Northeast)

Phone: 717-669-6278 -Show Coordinator
Event Dates: 10/12/18 - 10/14/18
Application Deadline: 9/30/18 Midnight EST
45 day(s) and 10 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application/Jury Fee): $20.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
***********THIS FINE CRAFT FAIR IS SOLD OUT************

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (Est.1944) (PGC) showcases American-made Fine Craft in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Rittenhouse Square. It is a thriving, walk able area of the city, alive with restaurants, offices, high income residents, businesses, museums and universities. This highly attended show draws customers from Philadelphia, its surrounding suburbs, as well as New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Show attendance also benefits from being in a highly tourist attended area of the city.  

Master Artisans of the PGC are eligible for consideration by the Floor Jury for monetary Benchmark Awards

The PGC's Rittenhouse Fine Craft Fairs(s) are established among artists and buyers as premier events in Philadelphia. The show is open to artists from across the country who are members of the PGC.

General Information


Submissions representing the finest quality original fine craft are welcome.

You are not required to be a Pennsylvania resident to participate in PGC Fine Craft Fairs.
Membership in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen is required and must be current (you may apply for membership ​(with your application),

Each Fine Craft Fair is juried to offer our collectors a broad array of media, best quality fine craft, and variety of styles and voices.

Applications due by 2/5/2018; Notifications posted on Zapplication 2/26/2018.

Standards: All items must be the hand-crafted work of the craftsperson of record and must conform to PDC standards: excellence in craftsmanship, resolved design, and a unique voice or style.

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen's focus is on work made by hand by individual craftspeople.  Works created using commercial production methods, technological advancements, or automation used solely for high volume are not permissible at our Fine Craft Fairs; exceptions may be made if the following criteria are met:
    The artist of record shall maintain significant and direct hands-on involvement in the creation and
    production of each piece.
The finished product must demonstrate a high aesthetic and technical quality as well as integrity.
The finished piece's originality and artistry transcend that of mass-produced object.
rototypes and masters for work produced by these methods are designed and made by the artist of   

    The artist of record possesses the knowledge and skill to create the finished product offered for sale   
    at the show by means of technique within his or her juried media category as well as the knowledge
    and skill to utilize and operate the technological tools.

Fine Art - paintings, printmaking, etchings and sculpture are not accepted to the Guild's Rittenhouse Square shows. You may wish to apply to the Rittenhouse Fine Art Show (produced by a different organization).

Fine art is only accepted to the Fine Craft Fair at the Chase Center, Wilmington. 

Photography must be signed limited edition only, prefer framed/mounted; at least must be matted and sleeved.

PGC Fine Craft Fairs feature original works by fine craft professionals, therefore these categories are NOT acceptable: assemblages, commercial products, buy – sell items, work made from kits, consumables such as but not limited to: soaps, lotions, perfumes, candles, nor food products of any kind. Exhibitors are prohibited from selling non-original promotional items (e.g., postcards, calendars, catalogs etc.

All Fine Craft Fairs are onsite juried the first day of the show. All work displayed must be representative of work submitted in your application or you will be asked to remove it. Failure to comply with PGC rules or misrepresentation of work may result in expulsion from the show.

On site jurying (Floor Jurying) at shows is done for 2 purposes:
1) To ensure that exhibiting members work is consistent with their application and Guild standards.
2) To determine Benchmark Award winners.


All exhibitors must be current members of the PGC. PGC Membership must be paid and current, for an exhibitor to participate in a Fine Craft Fair. The PGC reserves the right to cancel acceptance to a show if the artist’s annual membership is not current (paid in full) at time booth payments are due. You may apply to the show and pay membership upon acceptance.

Jewelry as Adjunct: Any artist who wishes to offer jewelry in addition to their (non-jewelry) primary medium at a Fine Craft Fair must separately apply and be accepted in the Jewelry Category. Artists are not permitted to offer jewelry unless they have specifically applied to and been accepted in the jewelry category. Unless you have been accepted in the jewelry category, you may not display or offer for sale any jewelry items at a Fine Craft Fair.

Sales Tax: Pennsylvania Fine Craft Fairs: A valid sales tax certificate is required. You must include a Sales Tax ID# on your application (PA Dept. of revenue 717-787-1064. www.revenue.state.pa.us)

      Delaware has no state sales tax, so no tax
certificate is required for our Chase Fine Craft Fair

Artists must personally attend to their booths and must be present during the entire Fine Craft Fair. Representatives may NOT attend in place of the artist. All artists must register and show a photo I.D. prior to setting up their booth. If two names are on the application both must check in and show photo I.D. and be present for the entire show.

Attendance & Set-up: The craftsperson of record, as listed on the application, must be present during the entire show. Registration, with valid ID, is required prior to set-up. Booths must be set-up, staffed by the craftsperson of record, and open on time and during all show hours. If two names are on the application both must check in and show photo I.D. and be present for the entire show. Representatives may NOT attend in place of the artist.

All loading and unloading must be done during specified / assigned times. Exhibitor’s cars must adhere to posted local parking regulations, and park in specified locations. Exhibitors and any booth set-up assistants must abide by direction given by on-site security.

Weather Policy: All events by the Pennsylvania Designer Craftsmen are planned and promoted as rain or shine. As such, no event is cancelled due to weather; however, severe weather may pose safety concerns for participating members and the general public that may require modifications to the event. In such extreme cases, based on current conditions and best judgment, the show manager, in consultation with the PDC President and PGC Executive Director, Guild staff may postpone the opening of an event, announce an early closure, or temporarily close an event. Circumstances that justify amending shows include, but are not limited to: sustained winds in excess of 40 mph, tornado warnings, flood warnings, and other severe weather conditions. No refunds are afforded to participants if such an incident occurs. This clause is noted in the terms and conditions of the event application.

Demonstrations: Special demonstrations are available at some shows. If accepted, a complimentary 5ft x 10ft space maybe available. Demonstrations must be dynamic presentations that inform the public of the importance of handmade crafts and the process involved. Demos are expected to be ongoing, comprising 1/3 to ½ of your full booth. Exhibitors are required to have an onsite assistant to handle sales. Only Guild Master artisans are eligible for demonstrations.

Payments Application fee must be paid at time application is submitted. Booth fees must be paid by or before due date. Exhibitors submitting declined credit cards will be charged an additional $ 25 fee to reprocess payment. All payments must be made via Zapplication·          

Cancellation Policy: Payment of booth and/or other fees to the PGC or its representative for a PDC event are binding on the applicant and the PDC. If an accepted exhibitor elects to withdraw from an event, there will be no refunds of any fees associated with the event.  Emergency Exception Provision: The PDC recognizes that certain catastrophic events outside the applicant’s control, unforeseeable, and of a significant nature warrant review and consideration for exception to the refund policy. Such situations might include, but not be limited to, serious illness requiring hospitalization, death of immediate family member, or catastrophic loss of inventory due to fire, flood, or other disaster. In these cases, the accepted exhibitor or their representative should make a detailed request to the show manager, including the reason for the withdrawal. Show manager will present the request to the PDC board, who will review and determine the response. The decision of the PDC board will be final.


I     Insurance for loss, damage, injury, or liability is the applicant/exhibitor’s responsibility.

       Pets are not permitted at the show or in exhibitor’s booth.

       No generators are permitted. Deep cell batteries maybe used for booth lighting.

Booth Information

Exhibitors are expected to have a professional display for their work.  All boxes, additional stock and supplies must be stored out of sight a/o covered so they are not visible to customers or unsightly for neighboring exhibitors.

       No signs advertising "Seconds" or "Sale" permitted.

       All booths must have a back drop on 3 sides (corner requires 2 sides) providing a visual barrier the entire width, depth, and height of the booth.

Outdoor Shows - Exhibitors must have a tent sturdy enough to withstand weather for outdoor shows including but not limited to rain, and strong winds. Exhibitors must have a min 50-pound weight(s) for each corner of their tent, securely connected to their tent. Exhibitors without tent weights may be asked to leave the show.

No booths may exceed 8ft tall without prior approval.

Nothing in your booth may extend beyond your booth footprint (ex: chairs, display, stock, signage etc.)


      10x10 inline Booth: $525.00

      Two sides open:  ADD $80.00  (inline booth w/ extra space open side)
Premium Corner: ADD $120.00 (on walkway of the square)
​Membership: ADD $75

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