NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE for both 2013 shows: September 20th, 2012
Presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts, Craftboston Spring and Holiday are New England’s premiere juried exhibitions and sales of contemporary craft. This twice annual, well-established show draws impressive application pools and attendance.
April 19 – 21, 2013
A competitive show comprised of 200 exhibitors, Craftboston Spring is a highly regarded, must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. Presented at The Seaport World Trade Center on Boston’s waterfront district (near the Institute of Contemporary Art), Craftboston Spring is conveniently located in one of the city’s rapidly rising cultural hotspots. Craftboston Spring draws its crowds from this burgeoning tourist destination, a loyal local population, and the affluent suburbs of the greater Boston area. It is also minutes from the city’s finest restaurants, shops, museums, and attractions. Additionally, Craftboston Spring features work by emerging artists from leading schools and universities, an artist mentor program, a craft book seller, an educational lecture series, tours for special interest groups, and informational booths promoting nonprofit craft organizations.
December 6-8, 2013 (proposed)
Craftboston Holiday is a selective display of 90 artists held at The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts. This 19th-century brick building creates an intimate showing and shopping experience. Located in Boston’s Historic South End, the show is aligned with an area well known for rich cultural arts events, galleries and organizations. Craftboston Holiday’s timing draws large crowds of affluent collectors ready to buy.
ABOUT THE SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS
Incorporated in 1897, The Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC) is a nonprofit organization that has been at the forefront of the American craft movement fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of craft for 115 years. The mission of The Society of Arts and Crafts is to support excellence in crafts by encouraging the creation, collection, and conservation of the work of craft artists, and by educating and promoting public appreciation of fine craftsmanship. Craftboston Spring and Holiday are mission-driven events.
ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS
A qualified panel of three jurors is assembled each year to select artists making superlative work in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood.
Craftboston 2013 jurors:
- Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions, Society of Contemporary Craft
- Robert Hessler, Ceramic Artist, winner of the Craftboston 2012 Award of Excellence
- Beth Ann Gerstein, Executive Director, The Society of Arts and Crafts
Waitlisted exhibitors are queued for acceptance based on their juror scores and media category. For each show, approximately 85% of artists will be selected through an open jury process and 15% will be invited by the jurors.
All images will be viewed using computer monitors. Applicants will be notified of jury selections on Juried Art Services and via email shortly after the completion of the jury process.
HOW TO APPLY
There is only one application and one deadline to apply to both Craftboston Spring and Craftboston Holiday. Artists are prompted to select one or both shows as they complete their application.
Artists are asked to please submit a total of five (5) digital images that best represent their work. Work will be juried based on originality, execution of design, technique and craftsmanship, creative use of materials, and aesthetic qualities.
RULES FOR PARTICIPATION
Craftboston strongly encourages both established and emerging artists to apply. Artists who are new to Craftboston will receive special signage and recognition in the program guide and on the show website.
Before applying, please make sure your work meets the following criteria:
1. All work must fit within an acceptable media category. Acceptable media categories include: baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Categories not included: calligraphy, painting, photography, lithography, etc., except when incorporated into an otherwise acceptable craft category. All work must be original and made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools. Craftboston encourages one-of-a-kind and limited edition work.
2. No commercial reproductions of any kind are allowed. This includes embellished commercially made objects and works assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits.
3. Artists accepted for participation must be in attendance at their booth during the entire show. No agent, dealer, or representative may attend in place of the artist.
4. Collaborating artists are permitted, however, any representation other than a true, hands on artistic collaboration is not permitted.
5. Artists may only show work in categories selected by the jury. All work exhibited must be of the same body, quality, category of work that was juried through digital images.
Please note: If individual or collaborating artists wish to apply in two different media categories, two separate applications and application fees must be submitted. If only one application is accepted, at least two-thirds of the exhibitor’s booth must contain the accepted media category.
Application Fee : There is a flat fee of $40 to apply to one or both shows. All application fees are non-refundable.
Craftboston Spring Booth Fees
10' x 10' : $1,075
10' x 15' : $1,610
10' x 20' : $2,150
* pipe and drape included
Craftboston Holiday Booth Fees
Booths at Craftboston Holiday range in price and size. The following are estimates of booth prices:
8' X 6' : $780
10' X 10' : $1,430
10' X 20' : $2,760
* electricity and pipe/drape are included
An additional $300 will be charged for corner booths. Some discounted booths are available.
Members of The Society of North American Metalsmiths Guild (SNAG) are eligible to receive $35 off booth fees upon confirmation of membership.
Craftboston is publicized both regionally and nationally in a variety of print, radio, direct marketing and internet outlets including:
- Extensive advertising and public relations throughout metro Boston and New England
- Advertising in national craft magazines geared towards serious craft collectors
- Cooperative advertising opportunities
- Free full-color promotional materials
- Dedicated webpage for each artist on the Craftboston website
- Extensive event coverage on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube and Pintrest.
DATES TO REMEMBER
NEW Application Deadline: September 20, 2012
Jury Process: September 27- October 8, 2012
Jury Notification: All applicants will be notified of their status via Juried Art Services. Please make sure to check your JAS profile by October 15, 2012.