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Come be part of our talented community of artists, ranging from those just beginning their careers to masters in the craft field. Join us for what promises to be a spectacular season showcasing the highest quality craft in the country.

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

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 2015, 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 special show preview sections of American Craft magazine, and onsite via comprehensive show programs and colorful navigational signage.

We had record attendance at our 2014 shows and reached nearly 50,000 collectors and craft enthusiasts who attend our shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco.

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.


  • Deadline August 1, 2014
  • Late deadline August 8, 2014 - a $25 fee will apply
  • Jury results will be emailed to applicants in late September 2014


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 fees, deadlines, and acceptance criteria.


  • Submit five digital images to the annual jury by August 1, 2014 at 12 midnight (PST) via Juried Art Services, the online application system
  • Each application will be given one jury score for all 2015 shows 
  • Check each show you would like to apply your 2015 score to 

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. 

The Council reserves the following rights:

  • To assure balance in its shows by inviting up to 20 percent 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.


  • 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. 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.


  • Commercially manufactured art
  • 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.  
  • Two-dimensional art such as paintings, prints, or photographs
  • Mixed media that uses paint and canvas as its 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.)
  • The Council’s decision is final with regard to acceptability of exhibitors’ work.


The Awards of Excellence recognize as many as 18 participating artists every year at the American Craft Council retail shows in Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Paul, and San Francisco. Awarded by a changing roster of jurors selected for their contributions to their area arts communities, the Awards of Excellence are given in recognition of excellence in quality of work or for individual booth design. Past jurors have included curators, practicing artists, and scholars. Awardees receive monetary remuneration of $500 and automatic admission to exhibit during the following show season.

In addition to the awards for individual work and booth design, the ACC is proud to partner with the Collectors of Wood Art and with the Hambidge Center in the presentation to two unique awards. In Baltimore, the Award of Excellence in Wood Art is presented by the Collectors of Wood Art in recognition of an artist working in wood. The awardee receives a monetary remuneration of $500 and automatic admission to exhibit during the following show season. In Atlanta, the Award of Excellence Hambidge Center Residency is presented by the Hambidge Center in recognition of an artist’s connection to the unique natural environment promoted by the center. The awardee receives a two-week residency and automatic admission to exhibit during the following show season.



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

I make unique one-of-a-kind cloth dolls in four skin tones. Since I'm limited to 5 images per entry; do I take photos of each doll? Without side, back or close ups? Warm Regards and thank you for helping, Ms. Helen

We recommend submitting one photo of each of the four dolls and one close-up photo to show detail.

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