Smithsonian Craft Show
Bringing together the most outstanding and inventive minds and makers of American crafts to celebrate CREATING JOY.
Preview Night Benefit: May 1, 2024
Show Dates: May 2 -5, 2024
The Smithsonian Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts and design held annually in Washington DC. Three jurors, who are experts in the field and newly selected each year, choose 120 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 based on the originality, artistic conception, beauty, and quality of their work. The show is produced by the Smithsonian Women's Committee. Proceeds from the Show fund grants that benefit the Smithsonian's education, outreach, conservation, and research programs.
The Craft Show does not charge sales commissions. However, accepted artists are encouraged to donate an item for the Show’s Online Auction or other fund-raising initiatives, the proceeds of which benefit the Smithsonian.
APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES:
Electronic applications are due by September 30, 2023.
The fee for applying is $50. NOTICE: The application fee is non-refundable and due at the time you fill out the online application and accept its terms and conditions.
Late Application Oct 2-8, 2023. $75.
DATES OF SHOW:
Preview Night Benefit: May 1, 2024
Show days: May 2-5, 2024
National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red Line)
The Smithsonian Craft Show is committed to presenting the most thoughtful, original, and skilled American craft and design objects. The Craft Show is looking for artists who produce 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. All work submitted to the Smithsonian Craft Show must be created and made in the United States.
The Smithsonian Craft Show encourages artists to continue to grow and stretch the limits of their media. The exploration of new and innovative technology has historically been a part of craft practice. New technologies such as computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) are increasingly prevalent in the designing and 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.
The use of repurposed materials, including found objects and sustainable practices, should be included in the Artist’s Statement, if applicable.
Only U.S. residents who make their work in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
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 the mixed media category when it is combined with one of the Show's established media.
The following categories are not included in the Smithsonian Craft Show: Objects mass produced using 3D printing technology, paintings, prints, graphics, photography, mass-produced work, soap, or objects made from commercial kits. In addition, works that incorporate materials and parts acquired from the killing of endangered species (e.g., feathers, tusks) or elephant or mammoth ivory do not qualify. Nor do arrangements of dried or silk flowers, bonsai, or embellished commercially made objects (e.g., t-shirts, note cards, etc.).
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee 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.
The Smithsonian Women's Committee recognizes outstanding work exhibited at the Craft Show by presenting a number of awards. The awards include Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of distinction, Excellence within select categories (such as jewelry, glass, ceramics, etc.), as well as several Exhibitors' Choice Awards. Cash awards range from $500 to $1500. "Honoring the Future Sustainability Award" of $1,000 will be offered. The purpose of this award is to educate the public about climate change and to inspire and model sustainable responses to this problem.
Each applicant must submit an application, the non-refundable fee, and five (5) electronic images for consideration by the jury and a (1) booth image. The images must be fully representative of the work you will sell at the Craft Show.
Minimum image resolution should be 300 dpi and 1000-4000 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 for each category for which you wish to be considered. If only one application is accepted, you may only exhibit work in that medium.
The 120 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 Smithsonian Craft Show website will post a 2024 Exhibitors’ Directory. The site will include the 5 images submitted by each artist, with titles and dimensions. Information and images will be taken directly from the Juried Art Services website.
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.
2023 Craft Show booth fees ranged from $1,280 to $1,980, depending on size and location of the booth.
Craft artists who work together and apply as one entity pay only one booth fee. All other artists must pay the full booth fee even if they choose to share a booth with another craft artist. Exhibitors must supply their own booth structures. The Smithsonian Craft Show will supply electrical outlets.
The Smithsonian 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 Smithsonian Women's Committee, the Smithsonian, and the Smithsonian Craft Show will 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:
Smithsonian Craft Show
MRC 527 PO Box 37012
600 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Web site: www.smithsoniancraftshow.org
The Smithsonian 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 information regarding the use or application of environmentally friendly materials and techniques in your work if applicable.
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 September 30, 2023; 2) verify that your payment has been received (if you find your payment has not been received, please call the Smithsonian Women’s Committee Office at: 888-832-9554); and 3) find the results of the jurying process.
Results of the jurying process will be emailed to each applicant no later than the first week of December 2023.
Thank you for applying to the Smithsonian Craft Show.