W H A T :
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee presents the 36th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, featuring 120 premier American artists chosen from a pool of approximately 1,000 applicants. For the first time, the show will highlight Asian cultural influence on American crafts. Many of today’s top U.S. artists creating cutting-edge art are reconnecting American modernism to its roots in Asian culture. The show seeks to engage the public through educational and artistic components that complement the theme “Asian Influence/American Design.”
Thursday, April 26 – Sunday, April 29, 2018
Thursday 10:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday/Saturday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friends Night Out:
Fun, shopping and signature drinks by notable DC mixologists.
Thursday 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
W H E R E :
National Building Museum
Metro Red Line – Judiciary Square Station
T I C K E T S :
Daily admission – includes program $20
Friends Night Out* $25*
Advance online tickets $17
Two-day pass $30
* Cash bar and complimentary appetizers with general admission, or a $25 ticket includes a complimentary cocktail.
B A C K G R O U N D :
This nationally recognized event is an opportunity to connect with major craft artists who are leaders in their respective media. Serious collectors and casual visitors alike will find one-of-a-kind works of art in all price ranges.
The selected works represent 12 media: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood.
Jurors who selected the 2018 artists are: Bruce Helander, independent art critic and writer, curator, artist; Jane Milosch, Director, Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative and curator; Shoji Satake, Asst. Professor in Ceramics, West Virginia University.
The Smithsonian Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. Since 1966, the Committee has awarded nearly $12 million in competitive grants funded from proceeds of our craft shows to the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries, nine research facilities, traveling exhibits and the National Zoo.