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APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2016 SHOW SEASON ARE NOW CLOSED. ARTISTS WHO APPLIED WILL RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF THEIR STATUS IN LATE SEPTEMBER.
We invite you to 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 2016, 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.
American Craft Council shows reach nearly 50,000 collectors and craft enthusiasts 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.
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
- Work is well conceived and skillfully executed, without technical faults
- All work must be the design of the applicant and made in the United States or Canada by the applicant or under his or her direct supervision.
The Council reserves the right to:
- Invite up to 20 percent of the artists for each of our shows
- Refuse submissions which fail to meet the high level of quality as stated in the standards statement
- Require removal of objects at a show that are inconsistent with the application submission. Exhibitors must display work consistent with the type and quality represented in the submission.
- Remove an artist from the show if all work is not the design of the applicant and made in the United States or Canada by the applicant or under his/her direct supervision
- Cancel any show that does not receive sufficient appropriate applications
- Retain all fees for image submissions, show applications, space reservations, and booths as these fees are non-refundable. Exceptions to this policy may be considered in 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
- Small-studio production work under the direct supervision of the applicant. Direct supervision requires that artist oversees production work as it occurs and provides constant 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
- Work assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits. 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 work 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/Mammoth ivory (this includes fossilized ivory)
- Dried or silk flower arrangements
- Embellished commercially-made objects (e.g., T-shirts, notecards, etc.)
The Council’s decision is final with regard to acceptability of exhibitors’ work.
HOW TO APPLY
- Submit five digital images to the annual jury by August 1, 2015 by midnight (PST) via Juried Art Services, the online application system
- We encourage returning applicants to submit two to three images of new work. Marketing and promotional efforts focus on new pieces.
- Mark the checkbox for each show you would like to apply your 2016 score to.
- Application deadline for 2016 shows is August 1, 2015, at midnight (PST)
- The late application deadline for 2016 shows is August 8, 2015, at midnight (PST). A $25 late fee will apply for all applications received August 2 - 8, 2015.
- Jury results for all shows will be emailed to shows applicants in September 2015.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH 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.
- Click here for details about applying to be in the Hip Pop artist program in all four cities.
- A $10 processing and handling fee for each set of images
- $30 application fee for each show you would like those images to be applied to
- All application fees are non-refundable and are not-transferable. The Council assumes no responsibility for the receipt of incomplete applications.
- A $25 late fee will apply for all applications received August 2 - 8, 2015
Booth fees vary by show location (see links above) and cover the following:
- Space rental
- Booth sign
- Listing in show directory
- Listing on public website
- Five free guest passes
- Exhibitor badge and one assistant badge
- Promotional materials (postcards, electronic flyers)
- National advertising campaigns
- Discounted tickets on public days
Booth fees DO NOT cover:
- Ancillary decorator services such as pipe and drape, carpet, shipping
- Electricity (exception: San Francisco show)
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 work will be scored and listed in the show directories, etc.
Jewelry Applications (important information)
- Jewelry images must all by submitted under jewelry. Do not include jewelry images in any other category submission or it will be removed.
- Any artist who wishes to exhibit jewelry, as well as other types of work, must enter separate submissions to the appropriate categories.
Multiple Bodies of Work
- If the artist makes two distinct bodies of work in the same material, he/she may wish to submit a separate application for each. Applicants may not submit the same image more than once in the same category.
- A single application representing multiple bodies of work in the same material must proportionately reflect what the artist intends to exhibit at the show. For example, if one type of work predominates in the artist’s display, it must predominate in the files submitted. The Council reserves the right to enforce the same proportion in your display.
- If an artist wishes to apply with more than one application, he/she must apply with separate online user IDs, digital images, and application fees.
- If there are multiple applications and only one is accepted, only work represented in that application may be exhibited. If both are accepted, the work may be exhibited in any proportion.
Invited vs. Waitlisted
If one application is accepted and another is wait-listed, the waitlisted work may not represent more than one-third of the entire booth. Once the artist’s number on the wait list is reached, the artist may include the waitlisted work in his or her booth in any proportion.
Each application will be grouped into one of four jury categories. Each category will be scored by a separate jury of seven people. Each jury will consist of four current exhibitors and three art professionals. Jurors will review and score applicants remotely for one week in August.
- Clothing and wearable accessories
- Glass and ceramic - functional or sculptural work for interiors/exteriors
- All other media - functional or sculptural work for interiors/exteriors
- Jurors will view five images in a single application, simultaneously. All jurors are required to zoom in on and read the description of image one. The descriptions of images two through five can be read at the juror’s own discretion.
- Jurors score the applications on a range from one to seven, with seven as the highest and most favorable value. Jurors are encouraged to use the full range when scoring. Each member records his or her score anonymously.
- Average jury scores are tabulated by the digital jury system from the values individual jurors assign to each submission.
- Each application receives one score, and that score is what is applied to each show.
- Invitations to exhibit are issued to artists with the highest scores in each material classification.
- A waitlist in each media is created from the scores immediately following those invited to exhibit. The Council reserves the right to balance its shows through artists on the waitlist.
- Individual scores are not released, and the Council does not provide an explanation of why an artist’s submission was or was not accepted.
- Administrative requirements dictate that there is one “primary” artist on each application as the shows are organized by artist name. The application will also ask for other “secondary” collaborative partners. This means they will be listed side by side in the directory, booth sign, etc. unless the artist directs us otherwise. The primary artist or listed collaborative partners must be present at the show.
- Artists working together may apply as one if they collaborate on every piece. If accepted, they may exhibit only pieces that are part of the collaboration.
- Secondary collaborative artists are defined as being an integral part of the design and making of the work.
- If two artists, having separate and unrelated work and operating separate businesses, wish to share booth space, then both artists must submit images in their respective medium categories and be accepted individually. The minimum shared booth size for two artists is 10 x 15 ft., and for three artists it is 10 x 20 ft.
The file that is submitted must be an accurate representation of the object as it was originally photographed. Acceptable manipulations include: size of the file, background, lighting, shadows, contrast, color correction, and/or adjustments that do not affect the object itself.
All information collected is used in show directories (artist name, partner name, company name, city, state, website and/or email, phone number) and on show websites (artist name, partner name, company name, city, state, website). Please review this information carefully before submitting your application.
ACC encourages new artists to apply. An artist may choose to check this box on the application if he or she has not exhibited in any Council show. These exhibitors, if accepted, receive special signage and are promoted through marketing efforts as "new."
- Accepted exhibitors must agree to abide by the general terms and conditions of the American Craft Council shows as stated here.
- Exhibitors must be full-time residents of the United States or Canada.
- Exhibitors must be professional, capable of producing work of consistent quality, and responsible for fulfilling orders obtained at a Council show.
- All work in Council shows must be original and created by the exhibitor or under the exhibitor’s direct supervision. Exhibitors must display only their own work, not that made by others.
- All work must be original and handmade in the United States or Canada. Small studio production work under the direct supervision of the applicant is acceptable.
- Exhibitors must present work consistent with the type and quality represented in the application submission. In addition, work of inferior quality or inordinate proportions of work not represented in the image submission is not permitted.
- Exhibitors must attend their work in person for the duration of the show. Exhibitors’ employees may not substitute for the exhibitor. Sales representatives are never permitted.
- Booth displays must remain intact until the show ends.
- Exhibitors must be current members of the American Craft Council at the time they exhibit in a Council show.
- Exhibitors must have a valid state sales tax permit from each state in which they are participating in a Council show. Exhibitors are responsible for collecting and reporting sales tax where applicable.
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
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 at that show in the following show season.
For artists participating in our emerging artist program called Hip Pop, an additional Award of Excellence is presented by the ACC Board of Trustees to a participating Hip Pop artist at each show. Recipients receive automatic admission to exhibit at that show in 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, the James Renwick Alliance, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and The Hambidge Center in the presentation of 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 James Renwick Alliance Award of Excellence in Innovation is presented by the James Renwick Alliance in recognition of innovative work; and the SNAG Award of Excellence in Metals is presented by the Society of North American Goldsmiths in recognition of an artist working in jewelry or metals. Recipients of each award receive monitory remuneration of $500 and automatic admission to exhibit at that show in the following show season.
- In Atlanta, the Award of Excellence Hambidge Center Residency is presented by The Hambidge in recognition of an artist’s connection to the unique natural environment promoted by the center, receiving a two-week residency and automatic admission to exhibit during the following show season.
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