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100 American Craftsmen - 2017
Kenan Center Arena
Lockport, New York (Northeast)
Event Dates: 6/2/17 - 6/4/17
Application Deadline: 2/3/17 Midnight EST
The application deadline has passed.
Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (Jury Fee): $40.00
You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.
Since its inception in 1970, 100 American Craftsmen has focused exclusively on fine craft art, supporting both established artisans who have reached the highest level of artistic quality, and nurturing new artisans who combine innovative approaches with traditional crafting techniques.
The event takes place indoors at the Kenan Center Arena located on the 25-acre Kenan Center campus in the heart of historic Lockport, NY. It attracts an average of 3,800 avid craft lovers each year. In 2017, the Kenan Center will celebrate 50 years of providing the community with arts, education and recreation programs. The Center is located a short drive from the Erie Canal, the Niagara Wine Trail, and 20 minutes from Niagara Falls.
2017 IS THE KENAN CENTER'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY! SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS FOR THIS SHOW ARE PLANNED!
100 American Craftsmen is devoted to the exhibition and sale of fine craft art, with an eye on attracting both seasoned artisans producing high quality craft art, and innovative, young artisans creating signature pieces with contemporary style.
100 American Craftsmen is not only one of the Center’s major events of the year, but a recognized regional event that attracts visitors from across New York State, neighboring states, and Southern Ontario, as well as travelers who are visiting Niagara Falls only a short 20 minute drive away. 100 American Craftsmen is known for its high quality of craft artisans, and loyal patrons who appreciate and understand the value of hand-made, original craft art.
EXTRARODINARY EXHIBIT TAKES PLACE DURING THE EVENT! During each 100 American Craftsmen event, there is a fine art exhibit in the Kenan Gallery located in the historic Kenan House. This year in celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we are thrilled to present a one-of-a-kind exhibit: Three Generations of Burchfields: Works from the Schoene Collection.The exhibit will feature works by noted American colorist, Charles Burchfield, his daughters Catherine Burchfield Parker and Martha Burchfield Richter, and grand-daughter Peggy Richter Haug. This rare opportunity to view the works of three generations of Burchfield family artists will be promoted widely prior to 100 American Craftsmen--and admission to the Gallery is free to craft show attendees.
Patrons can enjoy specialty food and wine vendors, an indoor café, and an Herbal Plant Sale on Saturday (outdoors). The Annex Marketplace, an additional 5,800 indoor space adjacent to the main floor, was added in 2015. First-time, emerging, and student artisans share this space along with craft demonstrators. Patrons also get to vote for the People's Chice award recipient and take part in a large-scale, community craft making project.(Artisans for this space are not selected from the 100 American Craftsmen juried artisans. However, artisans who are not invited to show in 100 American Craftsmen due to low scores, but would make a good fit for the Annex Marketplace may receive an invitation to participate. Artisans will not receive information until after notifications of acceptance have been sent out.)
What other artisans have said about the show:
“2015 was my first year participating in the 100 American Craftsmen Annex show at the Kenan Center. I was overwhelmed by the support of the patrons of the show. I would definitely do this show again!” --Melissa Buckley, mixed media artisan
"Thank you for organizing such a wonderful event. It was a privilege to be a part of such an established, well-thought out show that takes such good care of its participating artists. “
—Marisa Krol, jewelry artisan
“I really enjoyed my participation in the show as well as in my sales with craft supporters who really understand handmade real craft made in the USA.”
--Fumihiko Mochizuki, clay artisan
ARTISAN AMENITIES--A SPECIAL RECOGNITION IN 2017!
Artisans are invited to attend a post-show party on Friday evening in the elegant Kenan House with food, beverages, and live music. Awards are presented at this time, except for Best New Artisan which is announced after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. This year in conjunction with the Center's 50th Anniversary, we will recognize artisans who have participated in the show from 10-25+ years. Artisans are also invited to attend a Sunday morning pre-opening continental breakfast/feedback session. We provide exceptional hospitality throughout the weekend including complimentary beverages, lunch delivery (from on-site café), booth sitters, and pizza (pay by the slice) during Friday set-up. On-site professional photography services are also provided—artisans must make arrangements with the photographer for product or booth shots.
Top cash awards are: $850 Master Craftsmen, selected by the attending previous awarded masters; $600 First Place Best of Show and $400 Second Place Best of Show,* selected by this year’s jurors; $300 Best New Artisan, selected by attending artists by ballot; and $275 Best Booth, selected by the show Co-Chairs. An award for Best Emerging Artisan is also presented to an individual who has been practicing & selling their work for 6 years or less. The awardee is exempt for jurying in the next year they apply. We also award an Honorable Mention within each category (some categories are combined when there are a low number of artisans represented in a category). A $100 People's Choice Award, selected by our patrons, is presented to one of the Annex Marketplace artisans. *Best of Show award winners are jury exempt starting from the year they win the award.
100 American Craftsmen offers artisans extensive marketing in the WNY region which includes 12,000+ postcard mailing, broadcast and print advertising, E-mail, and complete social media promotion including a dedicated website (100americancraftsmen.com), Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Standard booth is $210; corner booth is $250. Jury fee, paid with your application submission, is $40. You will be asked on the application if you plan to request a corner booth. This helps us in planning the layout so that we have enough standard and corner booths to accommodate requests. Checking the box yes or no does not commit you at this time to a specific booth type.
Basketry, Ceramics, Decorative Glass, Decorative Metal, Jewelry (Precious/Metal; Glass; Other), Fiber-Wearable, Fiber-Non-Wearable, Leather, Mixed Media, Paper, Wood. The Kenan Center sometimes re-assigns a submission to a different category if it's determined that the work fits better into an alternate category. PLEASE ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER ARTIST UNLESS YOU INTEND TO CARRY JEWELRY IN YOUR BOOTH AND IT IS NOT YOUR PRIMARY MEDIA. SEE PARAGRAPH BELOW.
Four jurors view the submissions at separate locations and score each submission on a scale of 1-4. Jurors are selected for their knowledge and experience in the craft art field and have included artisans, gallery owners, curators, and faculty from university studio art programs. We use their cumulative score to determine Artisan acceptance.
Regarding jewelry: Due to the high volume of jewelry Artisans who apply, the Kenan Center limits the number of all jewelry exhibitors to 1/3 of the accepted Artisans. If you intend to show jewelry in your booth, and it is not your primary category, you must submit a second application with 4 separate images. See the Rules & Regulations Section.
Jurying Images. You must submit 4 different product images that accurately represent your current work, and which will be represented in your booth. Do not send different angles of the same piece. A booth image is required to submit your application. If you do not have a booth image, please select another product image or include a tabletop arrangement of your work, but explain in the description section for that photo why you do not have a booth image.
If you are accepted by your jurying score, you will receive an email notification around the week of February 27. Booth fees this year can be paid through Zapp and are due by March 10. You will also receive a letter by postal mail with a registration form and booth layout which must be returned by March 31. Booths are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, however previously awarded Master Craftsmen who plan on attending are guaranteed their booth choice. Artisans who are selected as Alternates will also be notified. You must let us know if you wish to remain on the Alternate list.
Full booth refunds will be made if you notify the Kenan Center in writing that you are cancelling by March 31. AFTER THAT DATE, NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED. JURY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
January 20 Midnight EST: Deadline for applications
Week of February 6 : Jurying
Week of February 27: Notification of status
Deadline to pay for booth: March 10
Deadline for booth selection and refund of booth fee if paid: March 31
SET-UP & OTHER:
June 1, 5-9 p.m. & June 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Registration and set-up
June 2, 9-11 p.m.: Artisans party
June 4, 9:30 a.m.: Artisans breakfast
Only original craft art, made by hand, or with the appropriate tools, by the artisan who is submitting the application, is eligible. If your work is based primarily on recycled, repurposed or salvaged materials, please contact us about being considered for the Annex Market.
Work must comply with the defined categories in this application and with the standards statement of the American Craft Enterprises, Inc. as a guide: "Whether produced in quantity or as an individual piece, the idea work reflects excellence. The work should be well conceived, expertly executed without technical faults, and should show an identity of design.”
If your primary medium is anything other than jewelry, you may not sell jewelry of any kind in your booth. To show jewelry in your booth you MUST SUBMIT JEWELRY AS A SEPARATE APPLICATION. Please be sure to answer YES to the question if you need to apply twice when filling out your artisan information. You will be emailed a coupon code that exempts you from paying a second jury fee at check-out. As with your original application, you must submit 4 images of your jewelry; you may submit the same booth shot. Artisans whose jewelry is not accepted into the show may not carry jewelry in their booths. No exceptions. DO NOT SUBMIT A SECOND APPLICATION UNLESS YOU PLAN TO SHOW JEWELRY IN YOUR BOOTH.
The artisan whose work is represented in the slides must be present at the show. No exceptions
Kenan Center reserves the right to determine the eligibility of all work submitted for jurying as well as the right to ask an artisan to leave the show, without expectation of refund of any fees, if it is determined any of the above requirements have not been met. Signing the application form is an agreement that you, the artisan, are meeting all of the eligibility requirements stated above. If it is determined that you have misrepresented the origin of your work, you will be excluded from future consideration
Absolutely no buy and sell items, imports, or work that is commercially manufactured will be accepted. Commercial manufacturing is defined as any process by which the artisan consigns the majority of the artisan’s designs to assistants or contracted workers to produce/construct rather than hand-crafting each piece him or herself. Work we do not accept: floral arrangements, edible items, any work on manufactured apparel including tee shirts, items that consist entirely of manufactured parts and are only assembled by the artisan, items created from kits, folk art.
Past acceptance is not a guarantee of acceptance to future shows. As with all juries, each one is different, and how you are scored by one jury may differ from how you are scored by the next. Within a category such as jewelry, where there are a high number of submissions, some artisans may not be accepted simply because we must limit the number of exhibitors. The decision of the jurors is final.
All booths are 10’ x 10’. Standard booths are $210; corner booths are $250. Two Artisans may share one booth—if you plan to do so, please note this in your application form. Both Artisans must be accepted by jury score. A higher fee applies for two Artisans sharing a booth (you will be notified in your acceptance letter of the fee). Electricity provided free of charge. Tents, pipe and drape, and custom walls are permitted; all booths must have backs. Artisans are responsible for chairs, tables and booth lighting. No signage offering discounts, sales, 2 for 1 or other deals are permitted in booths.
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