NICHE magazine is now accepting applications for the 2015 NICHE Awards, a prestigious juried competition recognizing excellence in fine craft design. Professional and student artists may apply online.
Contest categories include ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood and jewelry arts. Recently added new categories seek original artist-made holiday ornaments and decorations; objects for the kitchen and for dining; and jewelry made from alternative materials.
The NICHE Professional Awards are open to professional craft artists over the age of 21 who reside in the U.S. or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craftwork supplied to galleries and/or craft shops.
The NICHE Student Awards are open to any craft student residing in the U.S. or Canada and attending an undergraduate, graduate or certificate arts program.
Judging of entries is based on three main criteria:
* Technical excellence, both in surface design and form
* Distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
* Market viability (professional entries only)
Finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards finalist gallery at the American Made Show, January 16-19, 2015, in Washington DC. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony held during the American Made Show and featured in the Spring 2015 issue of NICHE magazine.
Application and entry fee information, rules and guidelines are now available at http://budurl.com/nw83
Fee: $18 to $40
Deadline: August 18, 2014