Deadline: March 31, 2017 – Society of Arts + Crafts Artist Awards

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The Society of Arts and Crafts welcomes applications for the 2017 Artist Awards.

Every other year, the Society awards $3,000 each to three craft artists living in New England. As a mission-driven non-profit, the Society continues to support craft artists through opportunities such as this and we are honored to continue to award artists. This is a merit based award, yet we do take your cover letter into consideration as this, like all juried awards, are subjective. To be eligible, you must be living in New England.

This year, Ellen Wieske, 2010 Artist Award Winner and Jeweler, and Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, will join Luiza deCamargo, Associate Curator at the Society of Arts and Crafts, to jury the applications.

The Society believes that craftspeople have a knowledge of materials and an expertise of technique. Traditionally, craft has been defined by material — wood, ceramics, glass, textiles, and metal — and the techniques used to transform raw material into objects. We acknowledge that contemporary craft often challenges our notions of technique and material, and we honor these new expressions. If you believe your work does not meet this definition yet still falls under the purview of craft, please explain in your cover letter. No paintings, photographs, drawings, or traditional sculpture will be reviewed. Previous winners are ineligible to apply.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Deadline: Aug. 18, 2014 – 2015 NICHE Awards – Call For Entries

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

Fee: $18 to $40
Deadline: August 18, 2014

Deadline: Nov. 22 – Juried Exhibition Opportunity – WOOD | Cambridge, MA

Call For Art!
Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, USA

Theme: WOOD
Exhibition Dates: December 2013
Guest juror: Katherine French

The traditional fifth anniversary gift is WOOD, and to kickoff the celebration of Gallery 263’s fifth anniversary year, we ask you show us your wood! Made of WOOD. Made with WOOD. Made on WOOD. Made about WOOD. We are talking wood in the literal sense here. Please show us your WOOD.

Open to all residents of the United States. Submitted work must be created within the last 5 years and complete.

Online submissions only. Please see How To Apply for direct link to the application form. Artists may submit up to 6 works. Work in all media is encouraged.
2D (painting, drawing, photography, etc.) : May not exceed 60” in width, 108” in height (40 lbs. max).
3D (sculpture, installation) : MUST be self-supportive or mountable; may not exceed 108″H x 30″W x 30″D. Installations must be simple to assemble or installed by artist.
Time Media (video, audio) : No length restrictions. To submit, provide link(s) to stream or send DVD with files to Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. Note: All A/V equipment must be provided by the artist. Please see FAQ for restrictions.

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22. No late submissions accepted.

Entrants will be notified of their status by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 27, 2013.

Payment of $25 for 1-3, $40 for 4-6. Payment must be received by the November 22 submission deadline.

How To Apply? Click Here.

For questions, please see FAQ. For other questions, please email NO PHONE CALLS, EMAILS ONLY.

Guest juror, Katherine French

Katherine French is currently the Executive Director of the Danforth Museum of Art, in Framingham, MA where she has curated numerous exhibitions focused on historical and contemporary expressionism. In 2007 she received an award for curatorial excellence from the New England chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, and was named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the 2010 Boston Art Awards. She was also recognized as a 2010 Distinguished Alumna by Boston University, and named one of Ten to Watch in 2011 by the Worcester Business Journal. Under her direction, the Danforth Museum of Art has been named an Outstanding Cultural Organization by the Massachusetts Arts Education Collaborative.

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Deadline: Sept. 12 – Call for Entry – CraftBoston Spring 2014 and Holiday 2014

CRAFTBOSTON Spring 2014 & CRAFTBOSTON Holiday 2014
Application deadline: September 12th, 2013
Application Fee: $40 to apply to one or both of the 2014 shows

April 4-6. 2014
Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St, Boston, MA

December 5-7, 2014
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston St., Boston, MA

The Society of Arts and Crafts is pleased to announce that applications for Craftboston Spring 2014 and Craftboston Holiday 2014 are now being accepted.

Presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts, Craftboston Spring and Holiday are New England’s premiere juried exhibitions and sales of contemporary craft. They are mission-driven events that serve to support excellence in crafts by encouraging the creation, collection, and conservation of the work of craft artists, and by educating and promoting public appreciation of fine craftsmanship. Located at the Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts, Craftboston Spring includes 90 artists. Craftboston Holiday is comprised of over 200 artists and is held at the Hynes Convention Center.

A qualified panel of three jurors is assembled each year to select artists making superlative work in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. There is one application and one deadline to apply to either 2014 show. The deadline for applications is September 12th, 2013.

For more information and to apply, please visit or