Academy Art Museum Craft Show
October 16, 2020 to October 18, 2020
Easton, MD 21601
Application Dates
Feb 15, 2020 - Jun 5, 2020
Application Fee
Notification Date
Jun 29, 2020

The 23rd Annual
Academy Art Museum Craft Show

23nd Annual Academy Art Museum Craft Show   Easton, Maryland

When: October 16 (Preview Event from 2pm – 8pm)
October 17 and 18, 2020 (10 AM start EACH DAY)

Where: INDOORS at: Academy Art Museum
106 South Street, Easton, Maryland 21601
Tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787)
Waterfowl Foundation Building
40 S. Harrison St., Easton, MD 21601

K E Y  D A T E S

  • Application Dates: February 15, 2020 – May 22, 2020 June 5, 2020 (Deadline Extended)
  • Apply at:
  • Application Fee: $40.00 with 5 portfolio images, or jpegs, and descriptions for jury
  • Notification Date: June 17, 2020
  • Contracts Due: July 15, 2020

S H O W   D E S C R I P T I O N

The Academy Art Museum is holding its 23nd Annual Craft Show for 70 artists from across the United States on October 16-18, 2020.

The Academy Art Museum Craft Show team looks forward to welcoming artists from all craft categories and will work with artists to insure the broadest possible reach with patrons at our location as well as online. In 2020, we will again work with you, the artists, to reach nearly 250,000 people as we did last year through our social media efforts. And, for the event, we work to provide housing during the show.

As an artist, your participation makes an important contribution to the fulfillment of a mission at the Academy Art Museum which was founded in 1958. Now, a cultural hub of the Delmarva region 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.

Your participation in the Academy Craft Show places you in the largest event we conduct each year for artists. All proceeds from fees and generous community sponsorship go directly to support the Museum’s mission of providing meaningful art experiences and education to the Mid-Shore. 

We strive to build larger participation in our juried show, welcoming returning artists and selecting first time exhibitors who we believe will have success at the show. With nearly half of the participants exhibiting for the first time, we typically attract over 2,500 people to the weekend event.

This year we will invite patrons to participate in a Preview Shopping Event on Friday, October 16 from 2-8pm. We will remain open on Saturday and Sunday with a close on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

This is truly a show by artists for artists and we invite your live and online participation.

A D V E R T I S I N G  A N D  M A R K E T  R E S E A R C H

The Academy Art Museum Craft Show in historic Easton, Maryland draws patrons from across the Mid-Atlantic Region. Advertising in these market areas is done via all mediums – traditional and digital. Each juried artist will be featured on all of the Show’s social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Artists juried in are encouraged to provide a short video of their artistry for use on the social media sites as well as record a short podcast.

The Academy Art Museum aggressively promotes the Craft Show with active social media advertising launched early in the Fall. Last year, we reached nearly 250,000 people interested in art and craft throughout our region and we will build on last year’s efforts in 2019.

W H Y  I S  T H I S  S H O W  U N I Q U E ?

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
  • Complimentary housing (on a request basis and subject to availability)
  • Complimentary porter services at both set-up and break-down
  • Complimentary weekend parking
  • Complimentary booth signage, if requested, featuring the name of the artist
  • Complimentary listing in the Show Catalog and on the Show website
  • 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
106 South Street, Easton, MD 21601
1st & 2nd Floors

The Waterfowl Festival Building
40 South Harrison Street, Easton, MD21601
1st Floor

The two event locations 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 stairs and  elevator.  The elevator measures 5ft x 4ft with a 3ft 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 5ft x 7ft.

H O W  T O  A P P L Y  T O  B E C O M E  A N  E X H I B I T O R :

All prospective artists must complete an online, electronic application along with the required artist’s statement and images from their current portfolio.  Only applications submitted through will be considered for submission with the exception of special circumstances at the committee’s discretion. 

Application Period – open applications may be submitted between February 15-May 22, 2020.  No submissions after May 22, 2020 will be considered for the October 2020 show without the Show committee’s prior approval.

All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $40.00 payable online at or by check mailed to Academy Art Museum, Attn: 2020 Craft Show, 106 South St., Easton, MD 21601. Please include “Craft Show Application" in the memo section. Payments are due at the time of submission.

Along with the Exhibitor Application, a total of five (5) hi-res 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.

A C C E P T A N C E  T O  T H E  S H O W :

All artists will be notified, in writing, of their acceptance into the show by June 17, 2020.  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.  Waitlisted artists will also be notified of their status by June 17, 2020 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, which will be sent to you by the Show Committee.  The contract, including the payment of the applicable booth fee, must be remitted to the Show Committee by July 15, 2020. Contracts may be sent by email to: and payment can be made on line (link will be provided) or checks may be mailed with the contract to Academy Art Museum, Attn: 2020 Craft Show, 106 South St., Easton MD 21601. Please include the memo on the check “Craft Show Booth Fee.”

E L I G I B I L I T Y :

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 craftwork 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

A C A D E M Y  A R T  M U S E U M  C R A F T  S H O W  P R I Z E S :

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

People’s Choice Award – Craft Show patrons receive a ballot upon entering the show.  Votes are tallied and the award is presented on the last day of the show.

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.


Academy Art Museum Craft Show Event Prospectus – Key Information

K E Y  D A T E S :

  • Application Dates: February 15, 2020 – May 22, 2020
  • Application Fee: $40.00 with 4-5 portfolio images and descriptions for jury
  • Notification Date: June 17, 2020
  • Contracts Due: July 15, 2020 (including the entire booth fee)
  • Cancellation Date: August 12, 2020 (50% of booth fee refunded)
  • Show Set Up: October 15, 2020 (10 am to 5 pm)
  • October 16 (beginning 9am to 12pm) – All set ups must be completed by 12pm
  • Preview Event: October 16 (2pm to 8pm)
  • Show Dates: October 17 (10am to 5pm), 18 (10am to 3pm)
  • Break Down: October 18 beginning at 3pm – note all booths must be set up and in working condition until the close of the Show at 3pm on October 18.  All items must be completely removed from booths by 7pm on October 18.

B O O T H  I N F O R M A T I O N :

  • Booth Size: 10 x 10 ft or 8 x 8 ft (Limited availability)
  • Booth Description: Open on one side. Pipes, cream-colored drapes, and electricity is included
  • Booth Fee: $600 - 10 x 10 ft, one open side; $500 - 8 x 8 ft, one side open (Limited availability)
  • Other Booth Availability: $750 - 10 x 10 ft booths, with two open sides (Limited availability)
  • Emerging Artists: $250 - limited availability of 8x6 foot booths, allocated on a first-come, first-request basis for four to eight emerging artists