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Follow your bliss, and see where you go! Come be part of our vibrant and talented community of artists, ranging from emerging makers just beginning their journey into the craft field to master artists who attended our first shows in Rhinebeck, New York. So join us for what promises to be a spectacular season showcasing the finest quality craft in the country. The application process for the our 2014 season is now closed.

OVERVIEW
Our juried marketplace features extraordinary work by more than 1,500 of the country’s most talented craft artists.

MEDIA COVERAGE
The ACC promotes its shows with the help of highly-skilled public relations firms that have a pulse on the local marketplace in each of our show cities. We also work with media buyers that track the latest trends for reaching diverse audiences. In 2014, we will focus our efforts on national, regional, and local media prior to each show and throughout the year. We feature our artists’ work on the ACC website, in digital and print ads, via social media, in a special show preview sections of American Craft magazine, and onsite via comprehensive show programs and colorful navigational signage.

CUSTOMERS
We had record attendance at our 2013 shows and reached nearly 50,000 collectors and craft enthusiast who attend our shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?
We encourage you to apply if you produce original work in any of the following categories: basketry, ceramics, clothing and accessories, decorative fiber, furniture and lighting, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone, toys and puzzles, and wood.

DATES

  • Deadline Aug. 1, 2013
  • Late deadline Aug. 8, 2013 - a $25 fee will apply
  • Jury results will be emailed to applicants in September 2013

MORE INFORMATION

Click here for details about the Baltimore wholesale show.

Click here for details about the Baltimore show.

Click here for details about the Atlanta show.

Click here for details about the St. Paul show.

Click here for details about the San Francisco show.

Please read our deadlines, fees, and acceptance criteria.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submit five digital images to the annual jury by August 1, 2013 at 12 midnight (PST) via Juried Art Services, the online application system
  • Each application will be given one jury score for all 2014 shows. 
  • Check each show you would like to apply your 2014 score to. 
  • Please note there is a separate application for artists who would like to participate in our wholesale-only portion of the American Craft Council show in Baltimore, and there is no fee to apply to that section. Read more about the exciting changes to Baltimore wholesale in 2014.

STANDARDS STATEMENT
To ensure a high level of quality in the work exhibited in American Craft Council Shows, each jury is instructed to adhere to these guidelines in making decisions:

  • Work is handmade and reflects excellence and the unique vision of its maker.
  • It is well conceived and skillfully executed, without technical faults.
  • All works must be the designs of the applicant and made in the United States or Canada by the applicant or under his/her direct supervision. 

GENERAL POLICIES
The Council reserves the following rights:

  • To assure balance in its shows by inviting up to 20% of the artists for each of our shows.
  • To refuse submissions which fail to meet the high level of quality as stated in the standards statement.
  • Exhibitors must display work consistent with the type and quality represented in the submission. The Council reserves the right to require removal of objects which are inconsistent with the application submission.
  • All works must be the designs of the applicant and made in the United States or Canada by the applicant or under his/her direct supervision. If an artist does not abide by this rule, they will be removed from the show.
  • To cancel any show that does not receive sufficient appropriate applications.
  • All fees for image submissions, show applications, space reservations and booths are non-refundable. Exceptions to this policy may be considered for extraordinary circumstances. Cancellation by the exhibitor will result in forfeiture of all fees paid up to the date of cancellation.

WHAT IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Three-dimensional, handmade craft that meets the standards statement above.
  • Applicants are asked to classify their work by identifying the principal material in which they work (ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, etc.) or the primary type of work they create (furniture and lighting, jewelry, etc.). This is how they will be scored and listed in the show directories, etc.
  • Small studio production work under the direct supervision of the applicant is acceptable. Direct supervision requires that the artist oversees production work as it occurs and provides direction, feedback, and assistance. All work must be produced in the United States or Canada. The American Craft Council reserves the right to require authentication of the production process as needed and at any time during the application and exhibition process.

WHAT IS NOT ELIGIBLE?

  • Commercially manufactured art
  • Two-dimensional art such as paintings, prints or photographs
  • Mixed media that uses paint and canvas as it’s primary medium
  • Screen-printed material
  • Etchings, web- or sheet-fed offset printed matter
  • Works that incorporate materials acquired from the killing of endangered species
  • Elephant ivory (fossilized ivory is the exception)
  • Dried or silk flower arrangements
  • Bonsai
  • Embellished commercially-made objects (e.g., T-shirts, notecards, etc.)
  • Works assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits are not permitted in American Craft Council Shows. Such items, exhibits and/or exhibitors may be removed from the show without prior notification and/or refund of booth fee 
  • The Council’s decision is final with regard to acceptability of exhibitors’ work.

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Is there a way to "pre-jury" to know if you are ready for the real jury?

We don't have a "pre-jury" process, Roxy, but we encourage you to read the full prospectus here or on JAS to understand what jurors look for in work. It might also be helpful to attend an ACC show or look at the gallery of current show artists' work in each city to get a good feel for what qualifies. We suggest starting with craftcouncil.org/baltimore.

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