The 38th Annual American Craft Exposition
September 29, 2022 to October 2, 2022
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL 60022
Application Dates
Dec 1 '21 to Apr 4 '22
Application Fee
Late Application Dates
Apr 5 - Apr 18, 2022
Additional Late Fee
Notification Date
May 6, 2022


The 38th Annual
American Craft Exposition (ACE)


The 38th Annual American Craft Exposition (ACE), a juried exhibition and sale presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), will be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL. The jury will accept approximately 100 craft artists.

Preview Party:  September 29, 2022
Show:  September 30 – October 2, 2022

Proceeds from ACE will support “SAVE MOMS,” as well as other NorthShore programs and projects funded by The Auxiliary. “SAVE MOMS” is an innovative program which aims to use advanced solutions to protect and preserve maternal health at NorthShore.

Deadline for Applications
Deadline for Applications: April 4, 2022
Deadline for Late Applications: April 18, 2022

Applications and Fees
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Applicants must use the electronic application system to submit their information and five (5) digital images. A nonrefundable fee of $50 for applying electronically is payable online by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or VISA from December 1, 2021 through April 4, 2022. The fee will increase to $75 for applications submitted April 5 through April 18, 2022.   

Emerging Artists
To encourage the participation of craftsmen who are beginning their careers, an Emerging Artist category is available. This option is open only to those who have been practicing their craft for six years or less and who have never exhibited at ACE. If you choose to apply as an emerging artist, you must do so exclusively. The application procedure and fees are the same as for other applicants. However, those who check the emerging artist category will be juried separately from the other applicants. Those who are accepted will share a booth space with other emerging artists, thereby reducing their booth expenses.

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The American Craft Exposition is open to all artists who are residents of and working in the United States. Work must be produced in the U.S. by the craftsmen or under their personal supervision. Work should be made by hand or with appropriate tools. Eligible media categories include baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, fine/precious jewelry, contemporary/semi-precious jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

Categories not accepted: fine arts such as painting, photography, lithography, etc., except when incorporated into an otherwise acceptable craft category; dried flower arrangements; pressed flowers; seed and pod decorations; cut bottles and embellished objects such as painted boxes, weather boards, shells, buttons, decorated furniture and handmade reproductions. Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are also not acceptable.

Media Categories
The function of the work rather than the material should determine the media.

BASKETS: Functional and sculptural work; material used is woven or plaited.
ERAMICS: Functional and sculptural work; primary material is clay.
FIBER DECORATIVE: Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, etc.; primary material is fiber.
IBER WEARABLE: Work that is primarily intended to be worn. FURNITURE: Work that has the primary function of furniture. All materials are included.
GLASS: Functional and sculptural work; primary material is glass.
FINE/PRECIOUS JEWELRY: Work which has the primary function as jewelry; material used is platinum, gold, sterling silver, precious gems.
CONTEMPORARY/SEMI-PRECIOUS JEWELRY: Work which has the primary function as jewelry; material used is metal, enamel, glass, paper, fiber/fabric/felt, polymers, clay, wood, leather, recycled materials.
LEATHER: Functional, wearable and sculptural work; primary material is leather.
METAL: Functional and sculptural work; primary material is metal.
MIXED MEDIA: Work which is the union of two or more media.
PAPER: Functional and sculptural work; primary material is handmade paper.
WOOD: Functional and sculptural work; primary material is wood.

A craftsman who wishes to apply in different media categories must submit applications in each category. If only one application is accepted, only work in that category may be exhibited. More than one application in the same media category is not acceptable. We reserve the right to place a craftsman in another media category. An artist may bring up to 10% of items from a different category; however, the different items must be done in the same media (i.e., an artist who has juried in under the wood category may bring wood jewelry). An image of this work must have been included in the artist’s application.

2021 Application & Fee Carry-Over for 2022: All artists who applied to ACE 2021 will have their applications carried over to ACE 2022 without having to re-apply or pay any additional fees. These artists will be automatically juried for ACE 2022. If you applied to ACE 2021 and do not want to be juried for ACE 2022, please remove your application from consideration.


Acceptance Information
Notification of the jury's decision will be by e-mail directly following the jurying. Contractual information will be emailed to all artists who have been accepted or waitlisted.If, for the safety of our artists, guests and volunteers, an in-person ACE show is prohibited due to COVID-19 or other restrictions beyond the control of ACE or its venue, contractual information for a virtual ACE show will be emailed to all artists who have been accepted or waitlisted.

Exhibition Information
The Chicago Botanic Garden offers exhibitors a magnificent setting with both indoor and outdoor booth space options.  Booth fees range from $1,250 - $2,525.  Each Emerging Artist’s Gallery fee is $600.  If, for the safety of our artists, guests and volunteers, an in-person ACE show is prohibited due to COVID-19 or other restrictions beyond the control of ACE or its venue, accepted artists will be notified of any fee to be included in a virtual ACE show.

No commission is taken on sales. The net proceeds from ACE admission tickets and other revenue sources are donated to research and/or healthcare services at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Cash awards are made for outstanding work in the following categories: Best New Artist; Show Directors’ Award; Artistic Expression Award; Founders’ Award; and Best of Show.

Security will be provided, but each craftsman exhibits all work at his or her own risk and should carry appropriate insurance. The American Craft Exposition Committee, The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem, NorthShore University HealthSystem and the Chicago Botanic Garden are not responsible for damage, theft or loss of an individual’s work. An overnight lock-up will be available to jewelers for a fee.

Show Dates and Hours
Wednesday, September 28, Move-In/Set-Up         7:00 a.m. -  7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 29, Set-Up                          7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 29, Judging                       12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 29, Benefit Preview Party    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 30 - Show                              10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 - Show                                10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 2 - Show                                   10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 2, Load Out                                5:00 p.m. - Midnight CST

All artists must be out of the facility by midnight on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

All remaining and unclaimed items left after midnight shall become the property of ACE.

Contact Information

Office Phone: (224) 364-7270  

Office Fax: (224) 364-7245

Written correspondence should be addressed to:

American Craft Exposition

c/o The Auxiliary of NorthShore

1033 University Place, Suite 450

Evanston, IL  60201

Show Director Chair
Sandy Miller

2021 Show Co-Chairs

Leslie Sevcik

Gayle Stellas