Event Information

Visual Arts Center of Richmond's Craft + Design Show 2018

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

Phone: 804-353-4457
Event Dates: 11/16/18 - 11/18/18
Application Deadline: 5/29/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee ($45 Application Fee ): $45.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will host its 54th annual contemporary craft show, Craft + Design, on November 16-18, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. 

Craft + Design is a museum-quality show with a reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary crafts. In 2017, Craft + Design had a weekend attendance of approximately 8,000 with 120 exhibitor artists. Artists are invited to apply in the following categories: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, paper,  and wood.  In 2017, awards were 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. The 2017 Elisabeth Scott Bocock Best in Show Award went to glass artist Robin Kittleson.
Craft + Design is the signature event of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, a community arts center in the heart of the Richmond, Virginia'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 800 visual and creative arts classes and touches the lives of more than 33,000 people through its classes, community outreach programs, camps, workshops and special events.

General Information
Craft + Design 2018 will be held for the second year at Main Street Station’s newly renovated train shed.  This 100,000-square-foot space, built in 1901 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places,  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 are able to debark and walk directly into Craft + Design.
Anticipated Schedule
Friday, November 16, 2018

6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Exhibitor Set-up

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Patron's Preview Party

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Open to the Public
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Artists’ Dinner at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond
Free to exhibitors, their families and housing hosts

Sunday, November 18, 2018

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Open to the Public

6 p.m.– 10 p.m.
Exhibitor Take-down
Application and Notification
Applications are due May 27, 2018. 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 July 1st. 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, 2018, 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, 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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 2018 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
All booths are located indoors in one large room at Main Street Station.

Three booth sizes are available: 7' x 10', 10' x 10' and 14' x 10'’. All booths are 10' deep and 8' high. Booths cost between $975 and $1,225.
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. 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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