About ACC

About ACC


Cultivating a Culture of Making

We see the big picture. For more than 75 years, the American Craft Council has championed craft. Our founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, recognized the significant impact craft has on individuals and communities, and established a nonprofit to preserve, cultivate, and celebrate this communal heritage.

Today, our efforts span the nation. We support professional makers through our unique nonprofit shows. We offer educational resources, including a one-of-a-kind library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. Our national awards spotlight emerging artists and honor masters. And we promote the handmade through our resource-rich website and award-winning magazine, American Craft. Here's a snapshot of our reach.

1,900+ Exhibiting Artists

Each year, more than 45,000 people flock to Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco to attend our American Craft Shows. These juried marketplaces provide an essential platform for professional artists to connect with the public. Admission is always free for ACC members.

6,500+ Digital Resources

Our research library contains thousands of irreplaceable exhibition catalogues, photographs, books, and other documents chronicling the history of studio craft. The Digital Collections bring these resources online - including the entire archive of our historic publication, Craft Horizons.

96,000 American Craft Readers

Published six times a year, our award-winning magazine seeks to inspire, telling the behind-the-scenes stories of artists and designer-makers, while exploring the multifaceted benefits of creative living. ACC members receive a free annual subscription.

302 ACC Fellows

Since 1975, ACC has honored exceptional contributors to the field through election to its College of Fellows, whose ranks include legends such as Sam Maloof, Lenore Tawney, and Peter Voulkos. In 2015, ACC introduced Emerging Voices, a set of complementary awards to elevate the next generation of artists and scholars.

62,000+ Social Media Followers

Connecting communities has always been at the heart of what ACC does. Our website is a hub for all things handmade, including artist interviews, educational resources, a national calendar of exhibitions, and more.

Inclusion and Equity Statement

ACC's Inclusion and Equity Statement