Emerging Artists Program

Emerging Artists Program

Applications for the 2019 show season are now closed.


Hip Pop, ACC's emerging artists program, is a juried showcase of top emerging talent that provides a pathway for early-career artists into our established, competitive craft shows. With lower-cost shared booths, extensive exhibitor support, and show award opportunities, this program gives emerging artists an unparalleled opportunity to grow their clientele and careers. Artists may enroll in the program for up to three years. Hip Pop booths are part of all our 2019 shows.

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 are a well-educated and design-savvy audience that appreciates and invests in craft. Annual artists’ sales total more than $14.4 million.

I would definitely recommend being a part of Hip Pop. If you're new to this kind of show especially, it's a really great way to get a feel for how these work and for you to see if you want to continue doing it at this level, or more local, or focus on wholesale. It's just a great way to test that out and learn a ton in a really short amount of time. ~Celina Kane, Hat Make

Why participate?

  • A reasonable point of entry to an established marketplace that attracts nearly 50,000 collectors and craft enthusiasts
  • Access to a well-educated audience that appreciates the value of craft
  • Engagement with established makers and a supportive community of fellow emerging artists
  • A high level of exhibitor support, including a dedicated program manager plus marketing and public relations support
  • Media coverage with help from public relations firms and media buyers
  • Promotion in advertising, social media, special show-preview sections of American Craft magazine, and on-site 

How to apply

A complete application consists of an application form and five images showing representative examples of the artist’s body of work. There is no fee to apply for Hip Pop. Please read the full 2019 prospectus for detailed information on eligibility, the application process, booth specs and layout, and show policies.

Grant Opportunity

Are you an emerging fiber artist or new to the American Craft Shows? We’re excited to announce the Randall Darwall Fiber Grant, a new opportunity created in honor of a longtime ACC show artist, to help you participate in our marketplace. *Grant applications for 2019 are now closed.*

Important dates



(wholesale & retail)

February 21 – 24, 2019 November 5, 2018


November 16, 2018

(retail only)

February 22 – 24, 2019 November 5, 2018 $550 November 16, 2018


March 15 – 17, 2019 November 5, 2018 $550 November 16, 2018

St. Paul

April 5 – 7, 2019 January 7, 2019 $550 January 18, 2019

San Francisco

August 2 – 4, 2019 April 15, 2019 $600 April 26, 2019

Questions? Contact program manager Lindsay Noble.