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2018 Smithsonian Craft Show

Daily, April 26, 2018 - April 29, 2018
All Day

Smithsonian Craft Show co-chairs Elizabeth Beck and Susan Vallon announced today that 120 artists were chosen to participate in the 36th annual prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show. The 120 exhibitors represent 33 states and 12 different media – basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. The three-person jury that selected the artists from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants were Bruce Helander, independent art critic and writer, curator, artist; Jane Milosch, Director, Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative and curator; and Shoji Satake, Asst. Professor of Ceramics, West Virginia University. 

The Craft Show will once again support young designers by giving a booth to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where students will show and sell their work. 

2018 marks the 52nd anniversary of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee which produces the annual Smithsonian Craft Show. Profits from the Craft Show are distributed directly to the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries, 9 research facilities, 20 libraries, and the National Zoo by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee through an annual competitive grants program. Almost $12 million in grants and endowments has been awarded since 1966.

The prestigious juried show will be held at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC, April 26-April 29, 2018. Preview Night reception and first dibs on shopping will be held on Wednesday, April 25.

A list of the selected artists and images of their work is posted at

Event Location

National Building Museum
401 F St. NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Penn Quarter/Chinatown


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