Event Information


Visual Arts Center of Richmond Craft + Design Show 2017

Richmond, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia (South)

Phone: 804-353-0094 x227
Event Dates: 11/18/17 - 11/20/17
Application Deadline: 5/26/17 Midnight EST
57 day(s) and 8 hour(s) remaining


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee ($45 Application Fee ): $45.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.


Event Summary
"Great quality show, wonderfully produced." — 2013 Exhibitor
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond presents its  Craft + Design Show on Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19, 2017, in beautiful, historic Richmond, Virginia. Skilled artists at the forefront of their field unite for a weekend of compelling and inspiring craft at this intimate, museum-quality show. The Craft + Design Show has gained a long-standing and strong reputation for hosting one of the nation’s finest in contemporary crafts, attracting exhibitors from across the nation. In 2017, we will move to a brand new location and host 100- 115 of America’s finest crafts artists and offer award prizes totaling approximately $8,500.

General Information
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond presents its annual Craft + Design Show 2017 on Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. Considered an intimate, museum-quality show, the Craft + Design Show has gained a long-standing reputation for hosting the finest in contemporary crafts. The show attracts craft and three-dimensional art exhibitors from across the nation. In 2017, we will host over 100 of America’s finest crafts artists. Prizes totaling approximately $8,500 will be awarded and may include Best in Show, Ceramics, Contemporary Design, Design in Precious Metal, Glass, Innovative Materials or Processes, Traditional Craft Materials, Wood or Recycled Materials, and Fiber/Wearable Art, Best New Artist and Best Booth Design.

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 600 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.

Visual Arts Center Craft + Design Show Anticipated Schedule:

Friday, November 17, 2017
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Exhibitors Setup
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Judging
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Patron's Preview

Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Rise + Shine
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Open to the Public
(Artists’ Dinner, free to the exhibitors and families – Visual Arts Center)

Sunday, November 19, 2017
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Open to the Public
5 p.m.– 10 p.m.: Exhibitor take down

Application and Notification
Application Fee: $45
Deadline to Apply: June 3, 2017
Application fees are non-refundable.
No applications will be accepted after June 3, 2017.

Cancellation Policy
If a booth reservation is cancelled prior to October 1, 2017, 50% of the booth fee will be refunded to the artist, less the non-refundable $250 deposit. No refunds will be made if the notice of cancellation is received after that October 1, 2017.

We recommend that images be of professional quality. Members of the jury judge all entries based on technical and artistic excellence and originality. An impartial and professionally qualified jury will be selected by the Visual Arts Center.

Wait List Policy
Artists/applicants will all be ranked such that a waitlist is generated based on the jury scores. Applicants on the wait list will be contacted if spaces become available.

The 2017 Craft + Design Show will be held in Richmond, VA.

All booths are located indoors. Jewelry lock-up, tables, chairs, and lighting poles are available for an additional fee. Please plan on making arrangements and payments prior to the show to secure these rentals. There is ample free parking available for exhibitors in designated lots.

Each artist exhibits work at his or her own risk. The Visual Arts Center and its sponsors are not responsible for any damage, theft, or loss of an artist’s work.

The Craft + Design Show is advertised in print, radio, TV, online, and in social media. Each visitor receives a free show directory. Images submitted with your application will be used for show publicity. (Please follow the ZAPP directions for submitting images and applications.)

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Lizzie Oliver at the Visual Arts Center, 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Phone (804) 353-0094 x227 * FAX (804) 353-8018 * e-mail: lizzieoliver@visarts.org

  1. Exhibitors must wear their badges at all times while in the exhibition hall. Two Exhibitor Assistant badges will be provided per exhibitor free of charge. These are not to be used as guest passes to the show or to Patrons’ Preview. All badges must be returned to the information desk at the end of the show.
  2. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond retains the right to refuse work which varies from the slides juried. An onsite review will be conducted before show hours.
  3. No individual artist may reserve more than one booth space.
  4. 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.
  5. Sales representatives or agents who are not directly involved in production may not participate in the Craft + Design Show. Up to two assistants are permitted.
  6. Exhibitors must arrive and be set up by the times designated.
  7. Exhibitors must contain their display, their work, and their storage boxes* within the dimensions of the booth space rented (*additional storage space in the floor plan is extremely limited, please contact the Event Coordinator with any unusual requirements in advance). No artwork, walls, or other booth additions may extend past the specific boundaries provided. Exhibitors are not permitted to display work on the outer walls of their booths.
  8. Exhibitors' booths must be of sound construction and in no way obstruct or endanger his/her neighbor's booth area or sight lines. By order of the Fire Marshall NO overhead canopies are allowed.
  9. PARKING: During load-in on Friday morning, once unloaded, your vehicle must be immediately moved to the Exhibitor Parking area to allow others to unload. Your load-in card, which identifies you as a participating artist, should be displayed on your dashboard at all times during the show weekend.

Booth Information
Booths are located indoors. All booths are 7-10 feet deep and range in width from 5 feet to 15 feet. Booth fees include 8-foot vertical poles, white-curtained dividers and signage.

Booth fees may range from $800 to $1,200.
***Electrical hook-up is included in all booth rentals. Booth fee also includes pipe and white drape (excluding a front cross bar, which can be rented directly from exposition services prior to or at the show).
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