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Academy Art Museum Craft Show 2017
October 20, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton, MD 21601
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Application Dates:
Jan 17, 2017 - May 9, 2017
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
May 23, 2017

20th Anniversary of the
Academy Art Museum Craft Show

October 20, 21, 22, 2017

The Academy Art Museum

106 South Street
Easton, Maryland 21601

Tel:  410-822-ARTS (2787)

Key Dates:

Application Dates:  January 16, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Application Fee:      $40.00 with 5 portfolio images, or jpegs, and descriptions for jury

Notification Date:    June 2, 2017

Contracts Due:       June 30, 2017


Show Description:

The Academy Art Museum Craft Show is an indoor, juried craft show featuring approximately 65 artists from across the United States. This year will be the Twentieth Anniversary of the Show


Founded in 1958 by a group of Maryland’s Eastern Shore residents, The Academy Art Museum has become the cultural hub of the Delmarva Peninsula for art, music, and educational programming. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, a distinction bestowed on fewer than 5% of U.S. museums for their commitment to excellence, accountability, and high professional standards.  The Museum is a certified 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation.  The Annual Craft Show is the second largest fund-raising event in support of the mission of the Museum.  Funds raised from the show support the ongoing programming of the Museum as well as the financing of short-term exhibitions as well as acquisitions to the Museum’s permanent collection.


At the last show, approximately 30 of the 65 exhibitors were new.  The Show’s theme “Blown Away” focused on the art of glassmaking.  Approximately 3,000 people attended over the two-day exhibition plus the opening night Preview Party.  The Show spotlighted the works of three “featured” artists in the glass medium.  On display in the Atrium of the Museum were signature pieces of all the glass artists in the show plus the work of Emilio Santini, the Honorary Chair and Visionary Award Winner.


New for 2017:

The medium celebrated and highlighted at the 2017 show is ceramics. The show “Fired Up” will feature an exhibition of the works of renowned ceramics artist Bennett Bean. He is also the 2017 Honorary Chair and Visionary Award Winner.  A weekend-long live demonstration of Raku fired pottery  will be presented in the Museum Courtyard by regional artist Brett Thomas with his mobile Raku unit. In addition, ceramic artists Robert Hessler, 2015 Best of Show winner, and the Academy Art Museums own ceramics instructor, Paul Aspell, will be featured. Several of the juried exhibitors will also focus on ceramic artworksThis year a new category will be introduced, Emerging Artist.  These are passionate and skillful artists who are now entering their field as professionals.


Advertising and Market Reach:

The Academy Art Museum Craft Show draws patrons from not only the Delmarva Peninsula but also from the Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia markets.  These markets are some of the wealthiest demographic areas in the United States based upon the 2010 US Government Census data.  Advertising in these market areas is done via all mediums – television, radio, newspaper, magazine and social media. Each juried artist will be featured (at least once) on the Show’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.  Artists juried in are encouraged to provide a short video of their artistry for use on the social media sites.


Why is this Show Unique?

The Academy Art Museum Craft Show prides itself on the hospitality shown to our new and returning exhibitors.  To support that pride, we offer the following benefits:

·No commission on sales

·Over $1,200 in artists’ prizes

·Complimentary housing (on a request basis and subject to availability)

·Complimentary porter services at both set-up and break-down

·Complimentary weekend parking

·Complimentary Artist’s Dinner on Friday night

·Complimentary booth sitters allowing artists to continue sales while taking breaks

·Complimentary booth signage featuring the name of the artist

·Complimentary listing in the Show Catalog and on the Show website

·Complimentary Academy Art Museum Craft Show handled paper bags

·Complimentary featured social media spotlight at least once prior to the Show dates


Exhibition Locations:

There are two locations for exhibition space:


The Academy Art Museum                          The Waterfowl Festival Building

106 South Street                                           40 South Harrison Street

Easton, Maryland 21601                              Easton, Maryland 21601

1st & 2nd Floors                                              1st Floor


These two buildings are separated by a small street. The street is closed to vehicular traffic during the Preview Party and throughout the Craft Show public hours.


Some Exhibition space in the Academy Art Museum is located on the second floor.  This space is accessible by either stairs or an elevator.  The elevator measures 5 foot by 4 foot with a 3 foot wide door opening.


The Exhibition space in the Waterfowl Festival Building is elevated and accessible by either a 12-step outside staircase or via a ground-level elevator that measures 5 foot by 7 foot.


How to Apply to Become an Exhibitor:

The Academy Art Museum Craft Show utilizes the online services of Juried Art Services (www.juriedartservices.com).  All prospective artists must complete an online, electronic application along with the required artist’s statement and visual images or jpegs from their current portfolio.  Only applications submitted through www.juriedartservices.com will be considered for submission with the exception of special circumstances at the committee’s discretion. 


Application Period – open applications may be made between January 16, and May 7, 2017.  No submissions after May 7, 2017 will be considered for the October 2017 show without the Show committee’s prior approval.


All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $40.00 payable,  either online at https://46197a.blackbaudhosting.com/46197a/Craft-Show-Applications) or by checks mailed to Academy Art Museum, Attn: 2017 Craft Show, 106 South St., Easton Md. 21601. On the check please include the memo “Craft Show Application." Payments are due at the time of submission.


Along with the Exhibitor Application, a total of five (5) photographic images or jpegs must be submitted, electronically, per terms of the Juried Art Services website.  These photographs must include four (4) pictures from the Applicant’s current portfolio as well as one (1) photo of a recent booth. Photographs from Applicant’s portfolio must include the retail price of each piece of work shown. The Academy Art Museum reserves the right to reproduce accepted entry photos for use in the Show Catalog and for publicity purposes.


Acceptance To the Show:

All artists will be notified, in writing, of their acceptance into the show by June 2, 2017.  Artists will be juried into the Show based on the combined votes of the Academy Art Museum Craft Show jury committee.  The Academy Art Museum reserves the right to balance the number of artists, per Media Category, in order to create the most effective and marketable Show.  The Show committee may also deem several artists as stand-by and add them to a “Waitlist” should any juried artists cancel prior to the show.  “Waitlist” artists will also be notified of their status by the June 2, 2017 date and appraised of their status on an ongoing basis as deemed appropriate by the Show committee.


Upon acceptance, the artist must complete a Show Contract that can be accessed via the Show’s website at www.academycraftshow.com.  The contract, including the payment of the applicable booth fee, must be remitted to the Show Committee by June 30, 2017. Contracts may be sent by email to ( craftshow@academyartmuseum.org) and payment made on line at https://46197a.blackbaudhosting.com/46197a/Craft-Show-Booth-Fee.  Checks may be mailed with the contract to Academy Art Museum, Attn: 2017 Craft Show, 106 South St., Easton Md. 21601. Please include the memo on the check “Craft Show booth payment.”



Artists are eligible for consideration if they live and work within the boundaries of the United States and its territories.  All exhibited work must be original – either one-of-a-kind or in limited edition from an original form – and made by hand using appropriate tools.  Works manufactured commercially or through commercial kits will not be allowed.  In addition, imported works, kits, items from kits, items made using commercial patterns, items assembled from pre-manufactured components, items made with endangered species, embellished items, tee shirts, sweats or arts and crafts supplies will not be allowed.


All items exhibited must be for sale. Only items resembling the photographic images submitted as part of the Exhibitor Application may be shown. In other words, the craft work exhibited must typify the artist body of work.


Each artist is restricted to exhibiting art forms within a specified Media Category.  Media Categories must be chosen at the time of Application submission and may not change once the artist has been juried into the Show.   Artists may not exhibit from more than one category within each booth space.  If more than one type of media is requested, the artist must submit applications for separate booths, by media type.  Acceptable Media Categories include:

·      Basketry

·      Ceramics

·      Fiber – Decorative

·      Fiber – Wearable

·      Furniture

·      Glass

·      Jewelry

·      Leather

·      Metal

·      Mixed Media

·      Musical Instruments

·      Paper

·      Sculpture

·      Toys

·      Wood

·      Emerging Artist


Academy Art Museum Craft Show Prizes:

Each year, the Show will award the following prizes based upon the results of the voting by the Show jury committee:

Best Overall Body of Work – First Place

Best Overall Body of Work – Second Place

Best Single Piece of Work

Visionary Award – (discretionary) given to that artist who has risen to the top of their craft in design and innovation.  This award may be announced prior to the show.

All awards will be presented during the Show Preview Party.


Academy Art Museum Craft Show

Event Prospectus – Key Information


Key Dates:

Application Dates:              January 16, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Application Fee:                  $40.00 with 4-5 portfolio images and descriptions for jury

Notification Date:               June 2, 2017

Contracts Due:                   June 30, 2017 (including the entire booth fee)

Cancellation Date:              August 15, 2017 (50% of booth fee refunded)

Show Set Up                      October 19 (1pm to 5pm)

October 20 (beginning 9am to 3pm) – All set ups must be completed by 3pm

Jurying for Awards              October 20 (4pm to 5:30pm)

Artist Dinner                        October 20 (4pm to 5:30pm)

Patron Preview Party          October 20 (6pm to 9pm)

Show Dates                         October 21 (10am to 6pm), 22 (10am to 4pm)

Break Down                         October 22 beginning at 4pm – note all booths must be set up and in working condition until the close of the Show at 4pm on October 22.  All items must be completely removed from booths by 8pm on October 22.


Booth Information:

Booth Size:                            10 foot by 10 foot (generally)

Booth Description:                Open on one side.  Pipes, cream-colored drapes, and electricity is included

Booth Cost:                           $550.00

Other Booth Availability:       $650.00… 10 foot by 10 foot booths with two (2) open sides have limited availability (approx.. 20) and are allocated on a first-come, first-request basis.

Emerging Artist Booth:          $200.00… One booth/room approx. 10x20 provided for the emerging artists, four to six artists will share this booth/room.

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