Apply: 2018 American Craft Shows
Apply: 2018 American Craft Shows
Applications are now closed. If you fit the criteria, you can still apply for our Hip Pop emerging artists program for 2018.
The American Craft Council’s four annual, juried craft shows convene a vibrant community of more than 1,500 of the country’s most talented craft artists – ranging from those just beginning their careers to masters in the field – and reach nearly 50,000 attendees each year. Exhibiting artists represent the broad aesthetic, technical, and material diversity of the craft field, from age-old traditions to cutting-edge technologies.
“It’s been the best learning incubator for the growth of my work. . . . I feel like my business has grown tremendously, strictly because of the ACC family and community – not only the staff, but the customers – because they trust that name.” ~Tara Locklear, jewelry artist
For information on eligibility, the application process, and show policies, read our full 2018 prospectus. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a spectacular season showcasing the highest quality craft in the country.
Call for applications
Deadline: August 11, 2017
Late deadline: August 18, 2017. A $25 fee will apply.
Attendance and sales
American Craft Shows collectively reach nearly 50,000 craft enthusiasts and collectors in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco. Our attendees tend to be a well-educated and design-savvy audience that appreciates and invests in craft. Annual sales total more than $12.5 million.
For details on each of our four shows – including show dates, booth fees, and more – check out our show-specific pages:
Note: The application process for Hip Pop, our emerging artists program, is separate from this and runs on a different timeline.
ACC is dedicated to reaching broad and diverse audiences for our shows. Our public relations firms have a pulse on the local marketplace in each of our show cities and annually obtain 206 million media impressions (valued at more than $2.5 million annually) in national, regional, and local media.
We also 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 on-site via comprehensive show directories, street and bus banners, billboards, and more.
Our special show programs, Make Room and Style Slam, connect artists with professionals in the interior design and fashion industries while helping show attendees better understand how to incorporate craft into their homes and wardrobes. Our Let’s Make Inspiration Stations bring the process of making right onto the show floor, giving attendees a glimpse of how the handcrafted objects at the show are created. Participation in these programs has also garnered media coverage, wholesale orders, and commissioning opportunities for our artists.
"The ACC is such a unique organization. We take care of each other. American Craft Council is very different from a lot of other shows that are just about making money. This is about keeping the American craft dream alive. You feel like you’re part of the family, you have a lot of nurturing people, the staff is amazing - you’re not alone here." ~Dennis Ray, jewelry artist
ACC also provides social media toolkits and tutorials to make it easy for our artists to help promote their own businesses and the shows as a whole. Free and discounted passes are provided so you can welcome new and returning customers.
For questions about the show or application process, please email our show staff.