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The 40th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show 2022
April 27, 2022 to May 1, 2022
National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW, Washington DC
  Application Opens:
May 15, 2021

Application Dates:
May 15, 2021 - Jul 14, 2021
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Aug 12, 2021

Preview Night Benefit: April 27, 2022  Live Show April 28 - May 1, 2022

Application coming soon. Deadlines and Results dates are not firm.

Photo credit – Ruth McCully


Each April, in Washington DC, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (SWC) welcomes 120 outstanding American craft artists and designers to participate in a five-day exhibition and sale – the renowned Smithsonian Craft+Design Show. Three expert jurors select up to 120 exhibitors from the total group of applicants, based on originality, artistic conception and quality of execution. 


The Show does not charge sales commissions. All proceeds from the Preview Night party, daily show admissions, and other fundraising efforts benefit the education, outreach and research programs of the Smithsonian.

E L I G I B I L I T Y  C R I T E R I A
  • Artists must submit limited-edition objects that have been created and produced in the artists’ own studios.
  • All work submitted to the Show must be created and made in the United States.
  • Previous exhibitors must reapply each year. No one is grandfathered into the show.
  • Computer assisted design and production (CAD/CAM and other industrial techniques such as 3-D printing) may be used in the creative process.

 A P P R O V E D  M E D I A  C A T E G O R I E S

  • Basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, paper, wearable art, wood, and mixed media.
  • Artists should apply in the category that best describes their medium.  For instance, a jewelry artist using metal should apply in the jewelry category.   

N O N - A P P R O V E D  M E D I A  C A T E G O R I E S

  • Work not created and produced in the United States of America.
  • Paintings, prints, graphics, photography, soap, or objects made from commercial kits. 
  • Mass-produced work.
  • Work that incorporates materials and parts acquired from the killing of endangered species (e.g., feathers, tusks) or elephant or mammoth ivory.
  • Arrangements of dried or silk flowers, bonsai, or embellished commercially-made objects (e.g., t-shirts, note cards).


The Smithsonian Women’s Committee reserves the right to:

  • Examine any available documentation to ensure that an artist is in compliance with the terms of our application.
  • Rescind the participation of any artist found to be out of compliance with the application criteria, before or after acceptance.


Photo credit – Ruth McCully

  Application Opens: May 15, 2021



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