About Contemporary Craft

Contemporary Craft Lawrenceville building in Pittsburgh PA

Our mission: To engage the public in creative experiences through contemporary craft.

Presenting contemporary art in craft materials by international, national and regional artists since 1971, Contemporary Craft offers innovative exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and contemporary art, as well as a range of hands-on workshops, community outreach programs, and a store.

Through its mission of engaging the public in creative experiences through contemporary craft, the organization offers meaningful art opportunities through four core values:

  1. Providing vital support for artists
  2. Filling critical gaps in public education
  3. Sharing cross-cultural perspectives
  4. Using art to build community.

Pittsburgh arts patron Elizabeth Rockwell Raphael recognized that artists working in craft were exploring new directions in contemporary art. Recognizing this, she opened The Store for Arts and Crafts and People-Made Things in Verona, Pennsylvania in 1971. It was Elizabeth's goal to bring these contemporary artists and their work before a wider public.

Continuing her vision, The Store represents hundreds of the best craft artists from around the country, offering unique jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, furniture, metal and wood artwork. When you make a purchase in The Store, you are helping to support working artists, exhibitions and education programs offered by Contemporary Craft.

Shop Artfully. Support Creativity.

To learn more about what Contemporary Craft has to offer, please visit: contemporarycraft.org

Make a Gift Today. Join others like you who value a city rich in artistic innovation. Your generosity is the support Contemporary Craft needs to play a leading role in the vibrant arts community. Donate Now!