The 24th Annual
Academy Art Museum Craft Show
October 15, 16, 17, 2021
• Application Opens: February 15, 2021 • Application Dates: February 15, 2021 - June 11, 2021 •
Application Fee: $40.00 • Notification Date: June 30, 2021
Advertising and Market Reach:
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.
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 2021.
Please note: If either the Museum or Maryland State Covid-19 regulations requires limitations on in-person events, AAM will follow the model for the 2020 Virtual Craft Show. The Virtual Craft Show captured the spirit and excitement of our real-life Show with Zoom Demonstrations leading up to the weekend of the event, Virtual Family Craft Time, Preview Shopping Event and Auction.
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
- 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
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
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.
How to Apply to Become an Exhibitor:
The Academy Art Museum Craft Show utilizes the online services of Juried Art Services. 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 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 submitted between February 15- June 11, 2021. No submissions after June 11, 2021 will be considered for the October 2021 show without the Show committee’s prior approval.
All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $40.00 payable online by clicking here or by check mailed to Academy Art Museum, Attn: 2021 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.
Note: Please allow 3 - 5 days for your application to be marked paid.
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.
Acceptance To the Show:
All artists will be notified, in writing, of their acceptance into the show by June 30, 2021. 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 on June 30, 2021 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 August 1, 2020. Contracts may be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and payment can be made online (link will be provided) or checks may be mailed with the contract to Academy Art Museum, Attn: 2021 Craft Show, 106 South St., Easton MD 21601. Please include the memo on the check “Craft Show Booth Fee.”
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:
- Fiber – Decorative
- Fiber – Wearable
- Mixed Media
- Musical Instruments
- Emerging Artist
- Local Artist - Eastern Shore
Academy Art Museum Craft Show Prizes:
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.
Application Dates: February 15, 2021 – June 11, 2021
Application Fee: $40.00 with 4-5 portfolio images and descriptions for jury
Notification Date: June 30, 2021
Contracts Due: August 1, 2021 (including the entire booth fee)
Cancellation Date: August 30, 2021 (50% of booth fee refunded)
Show Set Up: Thursday, October 14, 2021 (9 am to 5 pm) & Friday, October 15, 2021 (9 am to 3 pm) All set ups must be completed by 3 pm
Preview Event: Friday, October 15 (5:30 pm to 8:30 pm)
Show Dates: Saturday, October 16 (10 am to 6 pm), Sunday, 17 (10 am to 3 pm)
Break Down: October 17 beginning at 3 pm – note all booths must be set up and in working condition until the close of the Show at 3pm on October 17. All items must be completely removed from booths by 7 pm on October 17.
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 and Local Artist - Eastern Shore: $250 - limited availability of 8x6 foot booths, allocated on a first-come, first-request basis for four to eight emerging artists