The inaugural Baltimore Fine Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American & International crafts and design and is being produced in collaboration with the Baltimore's 36th Annual Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show by the Palm Beach Show Group.
Three jurors who are experts in the field and newly selected each year choose 150 artists from a large pool of applicants. Previous exhibitors must re-apply each year. No one is grandfathered into the show. There is no quota for any category of Craft Art. Artists are selected on the basis of the originality, artistic conception, design and quality of their work. The Show does not charge sales commissions.
APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES:
Electronic applications: By June 15, 2016.
The non-refundable fee for applying is $35. NOTICE: The application fee is due at the time you fill out the online application and accept the terms and conditions.
DATES OF SHOW:
August 25-28, 2016
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
All work submitted to the Baltimore Fine Craft Show must be original creations.
The Baltimore Fine Craft Show encourages artists to continue to grow and stretch the limits of their media. The Craft Show is committed to presenting the most thoughtful, original, and skilled American & International craft and design objects. The exploration of new technology has historically been a part of craft practice. The Baltimore Fine Craft Show is looking for one-of-a-kind and limited edition objects that have been conceived and perfected by the artist's own hands and created in the artist’s studio. New technologies such as computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) are increasingly prevalent in the designing and/or making of contemporary studio crafts. Because we recognize that new technologies are increasingly helpful in this process, it is acceptable to submit work in which CAD/CAM and other industrial techniques such as 3-D printing tools are used in the creative process. But it is not acceptable when these technologies are used to actually make the final product.
Repurposed materials, including found objects, are being used as art material to make some craft pieces. This is a desirable practice, and artists who incorporate repurposed materials are encouraged to specify this in their statements.
ACCEPTABLE MEDIA CATEGORIES:
Basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood.
The artist should apply in the category that best describes his/her medium. For instance, a jewelry artist using metal should not apply in the metal category. Other media not listed above may be included in mixed media when it is combined with one of the Show's established media. If applying under mixed media, please explain in artist statement why mixed media is appropriate.
Unacceptable media categories: Objects created by 3D printing technology, paintings, prints, graphics, photography, mass-produced work, soap, or objects made from commercial kits. In addition, works that incorporate materials and or parts acquired from the killing of endangered species (e.g., feathers, tusks), elephant or mammoth ivory, dried or silk flower arrangements, bonsai, embellished commercially-made objects (e.g., t-shirts, note cards, etc.) do not qualify.
The Baltimore Fine Craft Show reserves the right to examine applicants’ web pages and any available documentation to determine that an artist is in compliance with the terms of our application.
Each applicant must submit an application, a non-refundable fee, and five (5) electronic images for consideration by the jury. The images must be fully representative of the work you will sell at the Craft Show.
Minimum image resolution should be 300 dpi and 1400-2000 pixels on the longer dimension. Artists are encouraged to update their portfolio with new images and consider improving the quality of previously submitted images to meet these specifications.
Craft artists who work together may apply as one if they collaborate on every piece of work.
If you enter in more than one medium, you must submit separate applications fees, and slides to each category for which you wish to be considered. If only one application is accepted, you may only exhibit work in that medium. You may not enter the same piece of work in more than one category.
The 150 top applicants with the highest scores will be invited to exhibit. You will be notified of your status directly after the jury's decision. If you applied electronically, you may look up the status of your application(s) online by clicking on the Manage Application function of the Juried Art Services web site. The Baltimore Fine Craft Show website will post a 2016 Exhibitors’ Directory as soon as jurying is complete.
Therefore, please submit the following information accurately:
1. Your name as you wish to be listed;
2. Your preferred U.S. mail address;
3. Your phone numbers, website and email address;
4. Correct identification for your images.
2016 Craft Show booth fee is $1,500 for each 10 x10 pipe and drape booth, corner booths are an additional 20%.
Craft artists who work together and who applied as one will pay only one booth fee. Otherwise, you must pay the full fee even if you choose to share a booth with another craft artist. Exhibitors must supply their own booth structures.
Founding Direction, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian
Director Emeritus, the Bellevue Arts Museum
Jane C. Milosch
Director of, the Smithsonian’s Provenance Research Initiative
The Baltimore Fine Craft Show provides security. However, you will exhibit all work at your own risk and should carry appropriate insurance. An overnight lock-up is available to jewelers for a minimal fee. The Baltimore Fine Craft Show, the Palm Beach Show Group and the Baltimore Art, Antiques & Jewelry Show, Inc. shall not be held responsible for damage, theft, or loss of your work or that of any other craft artist.
Address all correspondence and inquiries to:
Baltimore Fine Craft Show
1900 Australian Avenue
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
The Baltimore Fine Craft Show complies with the American Disabilities Act to enable all craft artists to participate fully in the Craft Show.
All applicants are required to submit an artist statement limited to 1000 characters. Include use or application of environmentally friendly materials and techniques in your work if applicable. If applying in mixed media, please explain why.
STATUS REVIEW AND EDITING FUNCTION:
You will be able to check your application after you have set it up in the system. This feature enables you to access your application as it will appear to the judges and: 1) edit the copy submitted up until June 5, 2016; 2) verify that your payment has been received. (if it hasn't, please call the Baltimore Fine Craft Show office at (561) 832-0480; 3) find the result of the jurying process.
You will also receive email notification of the results of the jurying process by Monday, June 30, 2016.
Thank you for applying to the Baltimore Fine Craft Show.