Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Smithsonian Craft Show

Four Deadlines: (POSTMARK) & (RECEIVE)

Via mail: September 13, 2009 (POSTMARK)
Via mail LATE: September 20, 2009 (POSTMARK)

Via online: September 27, 2009 (RECEIVE)
Via online LATE: October 11, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Smithsonian Craft Show
Smithsonian Women's Committee
National Building Museum
Washington, DC
April 22-25, 2010

The annual Smithsonian Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts. 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 or given preference. Craft artists are selected on the basis of the originality, artistic conception, and quality of their work. The show is produced by the Smithsonian Women's Committee to benefit the Smithsonian Institution's education, outreach, and research programs. The Show does not charge sales commissions.

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 and is committed to presenting the most thoughtful, original, and skilled American craft objects. While the Smithsonian Craft Show is primarily looking for one-ofa-kind objects and limited production work that has been conceived and perfected by the artist's own hands and created in the artist’s studio, we accept the use of CAD/CAM and other industrial techniques and subcontracting in conjunction with hand processes. The committee and jury rely on the honor of the applicants to submit work in which these processes are simply tools, and have not become the driving force in the creative process.

Only U.S. residents who make their work in the U.S. are eligible to compete.

Acceptable media categories: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood.

In recognition of outstanding work, the Smithsonian Women's Committee presents cash awards for Excellence, Merit, and Honorable Mention, as well as Exhibitors' Choice Awards.

If you enter in more than one medium, you must submit separate applications fees, and slides to each category for which you wish to be considered. If only one application is accepted, you may only exhibit work in that medium. An image of the same piece of work will not be accepted in more than one category.


Electronic applications: By September 27, 2009.

The non-refundable fee for applying electronically is $50, payable online by credit card.
A late fee of $125 must be included for electronic applications received after September 27, 2009. Late electronic entries will not be accepted after October 11, 2009.

Mailed applications: mailed applications must be postmarked on or before September 13, 2009.

The non-refundable fee for applying by mail is $75 ($50 application fee + $25 to cover cost of scanning and entering data into electronic jury program) payable by check to the Smithsonian Craft Show.

A late fee of $125 must be included for mailed applications postmarked between September 14, and September 20, 2009. Mailed applications postmarked after September 20, 2009, will be returned unopened.

Download mail in application: SCSApplicationForm2010 [pdf]
View online application tutorial: juriedartservices.com/help
Apply online: juriedartservices.com/Smithsonian Application

Address all correspondence and inquiries to:
Smithsonian Craft Show
PO Box 37012
SI, Room 436, MRC 037
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-5006 or 888-832-9554
E-mail: austrpr@si.edu
Web site: www.smithsoniancraftshow.org