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Visual Arts Center of Richmond's Craft + Design Show 2017

Location:
Main Street Station, 1500 E. Main Street
Richmond, Virginia (South)

Phone: 804-353-0094 x227
Event Dates: 11/17/17 - 11/19/17
Application Deadline: 5/26/17 Midnight EST

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REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee ($45 Application Fee ): $45.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond hosts its 53rd annual contemporary craft show, Craft + Design, on November 17-19, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. The show, which always takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, kicks off Richmond’s holiday shopping season and brings out a crowd of over 3,000 art collectors and connoisseurs.
 
Craft + Design is a museum-quality show that has garnered national accolades and a reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary crafts. Awards are presented in ceramics, contemporary design, fiber, glass, innovative use of traditional craft materials, precious metals, and wood and recycled materials. Organizers also honor artists with the New Artist Award and the Best Booth Design Award. Last year’s Elisabeth Scott Bocock Best in Show Award went to glass artist Sean Donlon.
 
Craft + Design is the signature event of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, a community arts center in the heart of the city’s historic Fan District. For more than five decades, VisArts has helped adults and children explore their creativity and make great art. Each year, VisArts offers more than 700 visual and creative arts classes and touches the lives of more than 32,000 people through its classes, community outreach programs, camps, workshops and special events.

General Information
Location
 
This year, the show is moving to a new venue. Main Street Station’s newly renovated train shed is a 100,000-square-foot space, built in 1901 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, that has been renovated as part of a $90 million effort to restore Main Street Station. Glass walls offer visitors panoramic views of Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom and downtown.
 
The venue, which sits squarely in the middle of the Shockoe Design District, is highly visible from Richmond’s I-95 corridor and accessible via train. Amtrak passengers from Washington, D.C. and beyond will be able to debark and walk directly into Craft + Design.
 
Anticipated Schedule
 
Friday, November 17, 2017

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Exhibitors Set-up

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Judging

5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Patron's Preview Party

Saturday, November 18, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Rise + Shine Breakfast

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Open to the Public
 
6 – 8 p.m.
Artists’ Dinner at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond
Free to exhibitors, their families and housing hosts

Sunday, November 19, 2017

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Open to the Public

5 p.m.– 10 p.m.
Exhibitor Take-down
 
Exhibitors will be assigned a load-in time and must be on site at that time, ready to go. All booths must be completely set-up by 3 p.m. on Friday.
 
Application and Notification
 
Applications are due May 26, 2017. The application fee is $45 and is non-refundable.
 
Artists who wish to apply in multiple media must submit multiple applications. No individual artist may reserve more than one booth at the event.
 
The Craft + Design jury meets in June, and artists can expect to receive notification by late July. Exhibitor contracts and booth reservation deposits of $250 are due by July 31. Final payment is due by September 1.
 
Waitlist Policy
 
Applicants will be rank ordered such that a waitlist is generated based on jury scores. Applicants on the waitlist will be contacted if space becomes available.
 
Cancellation Policy
 
Notices of cancellation must be made in writing to the event manager. If a booth reservation is cancelled prior to October 1, 2017, 50 percent of the booth fee will be refunded to the artist. No refunds will be made if the notice of cancellation is received after October 1, 2017.
 
Jury
 
The Craft + Design jury consists of art professionals, artists and collectors and turns over each year. Members of the jury judge all entries on technical and artistic skill, as well as originality. To improve applicants’ chances of being selected, organizers highly recommend artists submit images that are of professional quality.
 
Security
 
Artists exhibit work at their own risk. The venue provides overnight security but neither the venue, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, nor the event’s sponsors are responsible for damage, theft or loss of artists’ work.
 
Parking
 
There is ample free parking available for exhibitors in designated lots. During load-in on Friday morning, exhibitors may park in the designated loading zone, but they are expected to move their cars promptly so that others may unload. Exhibitors should display their parking pass on their car’s dashboard at all times throughout the weekend.
 
Publicity
 
Craft + Design is heavily promoted across a wide range of communications platforms. Highlights include outdoor advertising, a public radio partnership, extensive social media campaigns, print advertising and special promotions with corporate partners and luxury brands.
 
Organizers traditionally select one image to use as the cover image on the event’s marketing materials. Other images are used to promote the show in a variety of different ways. Craft + Design’s marketing materials traditionally include a black background, so artists who wish to have their work considered for the cover spot would be well advised to submit at least one piece that looks great against a black background.
 
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond retains the right to use all images submitted with your application to promote the show—both in 2017 and in future years, as needed.

Exhibitors and their Designees

All work exhibited at the show must be designed and created by hand (or with the use of appropriate tools) by the artist accompanying it to the show.

Sales representatives or agents who are not directly involved in production may not participate in Craft + Design.
Up to two exhibitor assistants are permitted. Each exhibitor receives two exhibitor assistant badges free of charge. All other assistants must purchase tickets to the event. Exhibitor assistant badges are not to be used as guest passes to the show. Please return all badges to the information desk at the conclusion of the event.

Exhibitors and exhibitor assistants must wear their badges at all times while in the exhibition hall.
 

Booth Information
Booths
 
As a result of moving from the Science Museum of Virginia to Main Street Station, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond anticipates growing Craft + Design from 60 exhibitors to 120 exhibitors in 2017.
 
All booths are located indoors. At Craft + Design’s previous location, booths were located in three different rooms. Organizers are pleased to announce that the Main Street Station floor plan allows for all booths to be in the same large room.
 
Three booth sizes are available: 10’ x 7’, 10’ x 10’ and 10’ x 14’. All booths are 10’ deep and 8’ high. Booths cost between $800 and $1,300.
 
An electrical hook-up is included in the booth fee, as is pipe and white drape. No front crossbars are included, however, they may be rented directly from exposition services at the show. No overhead canopies are allowed, by order of the Fire Marshall. Flooring is polished concrete.
 
All exhibitors will be provided with additional storage, one level down from the main hall. Please contact the event manager with any unusual storage requirements in advance.
 
Exhibitors must contain their display, work and storage boxes to the interior of their booths. Exhibitors are not permitted to display work on the outer walls of their booths. No artwork, walls, or other booth additions may extend past the specific boundaries provided. Booths must be of sound construction.
 
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond offers select sponsors the opportunity to endorse the artist of their choice. If an artist is selected for this honor, a sign that indicates the endorsement will be placed in the artist’s booth during the event. It’s customary for the artist to offer the sponsor a 20 percent discount on the purchase of one item, but the event manager will confirm this arrangement with the artist prior to making any commitments.
 
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