Saturday, June 27, 2015

Smithsonian Craft Show 2016

Two Deadlines: {ONLINE}

September 20, 2015
September 27, 2015 [Late]

Smithsonian Craft Show 2016
Smithsonian Women’s Committee

National Building Museum
Washington DC
April 20-24, 2016

The annual Smithsonian Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts and design. 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 on the basis of the originality, artistic conception, 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, and research programs.

The Show does not charge sales commissions. However, accepted artists are encouraged to donate an item for the Craft Show’s on-line auction, raffle, or other fund-raising initiatives, proceeds of which benefit the Smithsonian.

ELIGIBILITY: (truncated)

All work submitted to the Smithsonian Craft Show must be created and made in the United States.

The Smithsonian Craft Show is looking for 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.

Re-purposed materials, including found objects, are being used as art material to make some craft pieces. This is a desirable practice, and artists who incorporate re-purposed materials are encouraged to specify this in their statements.

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


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.

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.


Joyce Lovelace, Contributing Editor, American Craft Magazine

Carol Sauvion, Owner Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Creator, Executive Producer and Director of Craft in America

Anna Walker, Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Craft The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Each applicant must submit an application, a non-refundable fee, and five (5) electronic images for consideration by the jury. The images must be fully representative of the work you will sell at the Craft Show.

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 images to each category for which you wish to be considered. If only one application is accepted, you may only exhibit work in that medium. You may not enter the same piece of work in more than one category.

FEES: $50

A late fee of additional $25 must be included for applications received after September 20, 2015. Late entries will not be accepted after September 27, 2015.

DOWNLOAD: Prospectus

: Apply online at

Address all correspondence and inquiries to:

Smithsonian Craft Show
MRC 037 PO Box 37012
SIB Room T472
Washington, DC 20013-7012


Web site:

The Smithsonian Craft Show complies with the American Disabilities Act to enable all craft artists to participate fully in the Craft Show.