Apply: 2020 American Craft Shows
Apply: 2020 American Craft Shows
Do you make incredibly well-crafted wearables, jewelry, home goods, or lifestyle items? Are you committed to sharing your story as a maker and influencing the craft marketplace? Does your work reflect the diversity of the contemporary craft marketplace?
As a national organization with an ambitious vision to galvanize diverse craft communities to advance craft as a catalyst for contemporary American life, the American Craft Council produces four major juried marketplace events for the 2020 season. ACC encourages makers at all stages in their career who qualify to apply for the American Craft Shows and join our show artist community.
For information on eligibility, the application process, and show policies, read our full 2020 prospectus.
Applications for our 2020 season have closed
Deadline: August 19, 2019
$15 application handling fee* plus $30 for each show selected.
*Additional show applications submitted after payment may result in an additional application handling fee, please make sure to select all shows in which you wish to apply to.
We will begin accepting applications for our 2021 season in June 2020.
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 has different deadlines.
About the shows – artists and audience
ACC’s four annual, juried craft shows (Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco) convene a vibrant and diverse 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 40,000 attendees each year. Annual artists’ sales total more than $9 million, and exhibiting artists represent the freshest and broad aesthetic, intellectual, technical, and material diversity of the craft field, from age-old traditions to cutting-edge technologies to DIY and upcycling makers movements.
Collectively, artists who participate in the American Craft Shows represent the potential of craft in an ever-evolving marketplace and creative economy. They demonstrate ambitious and inventive marketplace awareness as much as they engage in creating quality, beautiful, and useful objects and products that improve our lives. Makers who have been successful in the marketplace use the ACC show platform to launch new products, new lines, and new stories. Ambitious artists making incredibly noticeable work are experimenting with new markets and buyers and connecting with gallerists and curators. Above all, they’re makers supporting other makers for the greater good. They’re the future of the marketplace, propelling a movement toward a more thoughtful and compelling way of bringing the beauty of handmade work into our lives.
“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
ACC’s craft marketplace continues to evolve to represent, demonstrate, and model a contemporary craft ecosystem. The American Craft Council is committed to showing up in cities, neighborhoods, and communities to convene makers and marketers, curators and collectors, shoppers and critics, buyers and sellers, thought leaders and civic leaders. Our shows are about celebrating, projecting, and growing an expanded craft footprint in our creative economy.
Emerging artists program
ACC recognizes and supports artists as they make their way through different stages on their pathway to practice. If you’re new to ACC and have never done a major craft show before, we encourage you to apply for our emerging artists program. Now in its sixth year, our Hip Pop program offers lower booth fees, a custom-made exhibiting space shared with five other artists, and more extensive exhibitor support. NOTE: The application process for the emerging artists program is separate from that for traditional booths. Learn more and apply.
Are you a fiber artist who hasn’t participated in our American Craft Shows before? Each year we offer financial support to two new fiber artists through our Randall Darwall Fiber Grant, created in honor of a longtime ACC show artist. Learn more and apply here.
For questions about the show or application process, please email our show staff.
The American Craft Council is committed to justice, inclusiveness, and equity. Drawing on craft’s rich legacy of openness and its deep roots in all cultures, the Council will work to create opportunities for creative people from all walks of life.