Event Information

Piedmont Craftsmen Fair 2019

Benton Convention Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina (South)

Phone: 336-725-1516
Event Dates: 11/22/19 - 11/24/19
Application Deadline: 4/4/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 8 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Thank you for your interest in Piedmont Craftsmen and welcome to the annual jury process. When you apply to Piedmont Craftsmen, you are applying to more than a beautiful annual show. You are applying for lifetime exhibiting membership in one of the country's finest craft guilds. Since its founding in 1964, Piedmont Craftsmen has evolved into one of the nation’s most highly respected craft guilds, with close to 400 members. Our underlying  philosophy is that our exhibiting members are by definition innovators, whether that is expressed in their use of materials, techniques, and processes, or through the creative voice.
We present an annual Fair that is considered one of the finest in the southeastern United States. Total sales by 100+ exhibiting craftsmen are estimated at nearly $400,000. Piedmont Craftsmen’s Gallery and Shop anchor the Arts District in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. The gallery attracts roughly 15,000 visitors each year, and grosses nearly $230,000 in sales of fine craft.  We strongly encourage you to visit www.piedmontcraftsmen.org for more information about Piedmont Craftsmen.
Piedmont Craftsmen holds a two-part jury process each year for craftsmen interested in becoming Exhibiting Members. This is Part 1, the Image Jury. Applicants must live and work in one of the 50 states in the United States of America. Deadline: The application, images and other required materials must be submitted electronically by midnight, Wednesday, April 4, 2019.

General Information
Application deadline is midnight April 4 2019.
Each year Piedmont Craftsmen’s Standards Committee identifies a select number of exciting new talents to add to our distinguished family of American craft artists. If you are accepted as a new member you will join a group of nearly 400 fine craft professionals from throughout the United States who are recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence in technique and design.
As lifetime members of Piedmont Craftsmen, craft artists enjoy opportunities to exhibit and sell through the prestigious annual Fair and year-round gallery and shop, access to prominent collectors, the sustenance of an extended family of collecters and supporters, as well as camaraderie with other high caliber professional colleagues.
Perhaps you have a place in this vital, creative organization. We invite you to take a few minutes to learn about the career enhancing benefits of Piedmont Craftsmen and to participate in the jurying process.
The Piedmont Craftsmen Standards Committee searches for new exhibiting members whose body of work, whether contemporary or traditional, one of a kind or production shows EXCELLENCE and CREATIVITY in concept, design, and technique.
Piedmont Craftsmen accepts applications for craft work in the following media: clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, photography, printmaking, and wood.  Piedmont Craftsmen does NOT accept 2-D drawings, or oil, acrylic or watercolor paintings on canvas, paper, or wood. Piedmont Craftsmen doen not accept buy-sell. All work must be designed and produced by the jurying artist, or in a studio under the applying artist's direct supervision. If you have any questions about the eligibility of your work, please contact us directly at members@piedmontcraftsmen.org.
Applicants must live and work in one of the 50 of the United States of America.
Our two-tiered jury format is designed to thoroughly review an applicant’s body of work and professional presentation before extending an invitation to become a lifetime member of Piedmont Craftsmen.
The annual selection of Piedmont Craftsmen’s new exhibiting members is made by the Standards Committee. This committee is composed of eleven (11) exhibiting members working in differing media*, up to two (2) knowledgeable craft professionals or arts administrators, and one (1) knowledgeable Piedmont Craftsmen supporting member. The chair of the Standards Committee is selected from the preceding year’s jury. The Chair and Piedmont Craftsmen’s Executive Director are nonvoting members.
* Based on: (2) Fiber: on loom and off loom, (2) Wood: furniture and non-furniture, (2) Clay: functional and sculptural, (2) Meta/Jewelry, (1) Glass, (2) Varies each year - paper, leather, mixed media, print, or photography
The selection process occurs in two phases: an IMAGE JURY and an OBJECT JURY
To apply for exhibiting membership, applicants must submit:
  1. Completed Jury Application
  2. Eight (8) images representing applicant’s best work produced during the last two years. Images may include detail shots or alternative views, however, a minimum of six (6) different works must be represented.
  3. Artist statement (in the description of materials and techniques field)
  4. Application fee of $25
Submissions must be submitted by the deadline.
One reason for rejection in this first phase of the jury is image quality. Helpful hints in photographing your work:
  • Keep the background plain.
  • Avoid group shots.
  • One object per frame is recommended.
  • Consistency in the body of work presented is crucial.
  • If you have two distinct bodies of work in the same medium, you may wish to make two applications, one for each body of work. 
The results of the Image Jury will be emailed and mailed to applicants in late April, after the Standards Committee has made its decisions. Due to the volume of applicants, scores and comments cannot be reported.
Applicants who score above the median cutoff in the Image Jury, will be invited to participate in the object jury, held during Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair, which occurs annually the weekend before Thanksgiving. In 2019, the Fair will be held November 22 - 24.
An invitation to participate in the object jury does not constitute acceptance for exhibiting membership.
Each applicant invited to the object jury must choose one of the following options:
  1. Individual Booth Fee of approximately $650 (additional $75 for corner). Booth size is 10’ x 10’ (single artist). Fee includes object jury fee, pipe, drape, and electricity. 10’ x 15’ and 10’ x 20’ booths are also available.
  2. Participation in a Group Exhibit Booth: Fee of $175 plus a 10% commission on Fair sales. Applicant must submit three (3) to five (5) objects, available for sale. Artists presenting large scale work who feel the body of their work can be represented by fewer objects may submit a minimum of three (3) actual works.
The results of the Object Jury will be mailed to applicants within two (2) weeks following Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair.
Images of work by newly accepted exhibiting members will be retained by Piedmont Craftsmen for use in promotion and publicity.
Piedmont Craftsmen promotes the work of member craft artists by:
  1. Providing a high exposure retail outlet for Exhibiting Member artists in the heart of Winston-Salem's Arts District
  2. Creating an artist page on Piedmont Craftsmen's website with an artist statement, images and a link to the artist's website
  3. Referrals by Piedmont Craftsmen to public and private arts organizations, museums, galleries, and shops across the country for exhibition and sales opportunities.
  4. Exposure to new and developing markets including designers, corporate collections, national magazines and gallery owners.
  5. Inclusion in Piedmont Craftsmen exhibitions, publications and public relations for the Fair, shop, exhibitions & special events.
A benefit for exhibiting members includes a 10% discount on all purchases at Piedmont Craftsmen’s gallery and shop in Winston-Salem, NC.
Exhibiting members are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities to maintain their membership good standing:
  1. Pay annual dues in January, currently $75. 
  2. Exhibit in New Members Show
  3. Demonstrate ownership in the organization by participating annually in any or all of the following:
    • Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair
    • Consigning work to the gallery and shop
    • Any exhibition
    • Serving on the Board of Trustees or Standards Committee, or volunteering for any of Piedmont Craftsmen’s educational activities
  4. Keep individual information files current with:
    • Updated resume
    • Artist’s statement
    • Images of work
    • Images of the “artist at work”

Booth Information
RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT  – Booth space contracts will be mailed out in late April.  All reservations and payments will be handled by Piedmont Craftsmen's administrative offices.  Piedmont Craftsmen asks that you respond no later than Jume 30, as booth space is limted, and is sold on a first come first served basis. Half of the total booth fee is due with contract, balances are due by October 1 2019.  The Benton Convention Center is fully carpeted. A standard Single Booth is 10’ wide by 10’ deep and includes 8’ gray colored curtains, power consisting of a power line adequate for handling 500 watts, and two Exhibitor Assistant passes.  Corner booths and additional power are available for additional fees.   Front crossbar, black drape, and furnishings will be made available through our exhibition services provider separate and apart from the booth space contract. You may charge your payment to Piedmont Craftsmen on MasterCard, VISA, Discover or AMEX, or pay by check. 
BOOTH REQUIREMENTS – All booth set ups and electrical connections must meet basic safety standards and are subject to approval by the Winston-Salem Fire Marshall and/or the chief engineer of the Benton Convention Center.  Any booths that are deemed by convention center management to be drawing power in excess of specifications will be supplied with extra power upon payment by the exhibitor.  No booth should extend beyond the contracted dimensions and no furniture, crafts, etc. are allowed in the aisles.  No tape, pins, nails or other modification may be affixed to the rented curtains.  
SALES TAX - Exhibitors must register with the NC Department of Revenue and obtain a sales tax identification number. Your Piedmont Craftsmens Fair contract will not be processed without a sales tax identification number and Exhibitors are responsible for collecting and paying the required 6.75% sales tax.  Call the NC Department of Revenue at 1-877-252-3052, or check the NC Department of Revenue website at http://www.dornc.com/faq/sales.html#registration for sales tax information.  PCI is required to provide the NCDOR with a list of our exhibitors.  They may come to the Fair to register anyone who has not done so in advance.   
BOOTH LOCATION – – Jury Applicant booths will be placed in groups throughout the Fair, and will be assigned at the discretion of Piedmont Craftsmen staff.  Every attempt will be made to place Applicants in locations that will present their work favorably.  Corner booths will be assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis as possible. 
PROCEDURES– Jury applicants must have booths completed by 1:30 pm, Friday, November 16 and agree to comply with the Fair Schedule and Procedures for setup, Preview, public hours, strike, parking etc. as outlined in the Exhibitor Update, which will be sent in mid-OCTOBER.  Proper, reasonable and safe marketing procedures which contribute to the overall quality of the Fair, as well as to the protection of the consumer, should be followed. Exhibitors are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner.  Smooth operation of the Fair is made possible by many volunteers.  Any Fair exhibitor who abuses the privileges of volunteer relief could forfeit the right to such services throughout the remainder of the Fair.  No agent or proxy exhibitors allowed.
CANCELLATION– You must notify PCI of cancellation in writing.  A refund of monies paid (less $100 processing fee) will be made only on cancellations received in writing on or before OCTOBER 1, 2019.  No booth fee refunds will be issued on cancellations received after that date.  PCI, its agents, employees and officers shall not be liable for failure to perform or fulfill its contractual obligation provided such failure is due to any cause or causes beyond its control, including, but not limited to acts of God, fire, flood, war, public disaster, strikes or labor difficulty, governmental enactment, regulation or ordered, or any other cause beyond its control, except that deposits will be refunded less an administration fee.
Event Site Map: View Site Map