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ONLINE ARTIST DIRECTORY

Artists have the opportunity to participate in online pop-up marketplace events happening in November of 2023 and April 2024. Our ecommerce platform has reached over 160,000 visitors and generated over $784,000 in revenue for participating artists since the launch in fall 2020.

Directory artists:

✅  Are promoted to ACC’s targeted craft audience of more than 60,000 email subscribers and 100,000 social media followers
✅  Can participate in online pop-up marketplaces at no additional cost
✅  Receive a free subscription to American Craft magazine
✅  Gain access to artist-centered insurance programs
✅  Can take part in professional development through Craft Lab Workshop Series at no additional cost

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 THE 2024 AMERICAN CRAFT MADE / BALTIMORE MARKETPLACE

American Craft Made is a series of marketplace events open to artists from across the country who are creating work that reflects the diversity of contemporary craft.

ACC’s flagship Baltimore marketplace attracts a loyal audience of over 10,000 craft collectors and customers. Now in its 47th year, the marketplace is an immersive and interactive experience that sets the stage for guests to take their love of craft to the next level. The event is held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the heart of the inner harbor.

Applications for Baltimore 2024 have closed. We hope to see you there!

American Craft Made / Baltimore Marketplace 2024

Where: Baltimore Convention Center
When: March 15–17, 2024
Size: 350 exhibitors
Move-In Dates: March 13–14, 2024
Average Attendance: 10,000+
Application Open: June 12, 2023
Application Deadline: August 9, 2023
Acceptance Notification: September 2023

I enjoyed the ease and richness of visiting with the artists, the high quality of work, and the good balance of media. A truly uncommon, deep, and delightful event. Thank you.

American Craft Made Marketplace Guest

Randall Darwall Grant

ACC presents the Randall Darwall Fiber Grant, in honor of a beloved and long-time ACC show artist and exhibitor. The grant was created to support and encourage early-career fiber artists in their first time as an ACC Marketplace participant.

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What's new for 2024?

  • Fresh space. Featuring stunning skylights and fountains, this year we will be housed on a new side of the building, with an entrance from the beautiful Charles Street lobby cornering Charles and Pratt streets across from the Hyatt. This location will allow attendees to walk right in from street level and allow artists to sneak in moments of sunshine in between sales. The beautiful lobby and our updated floor plan will help make this a memorable event.

  • New dates. Our March 15–17 date range ensures the weekend is free of major citywide conflicts, ensuring ample availability of hotels, restaurants, and—most importantly—the attention of Baltimore! (Our typical February dates include a citywide high school basketball tournament at the Convention Center.)

  • Greater move-in flexibility. Artists will be able to unload their vehicles without a forced labor fee.

  • Workshops and info sessions. Our Zoom virtual workshops and info sessions are perfect for both those new to exhibiting and those who have been exhibiting for years.

  • Membership. All exhibitors receive a free 1-year membership to ACC with access to insurance plans designed for artists, travel discounts, a subscription to American Craft magazine, and more ($48 value).

  • Enhanced visitor experience. Baltimore 2024 includes an upgraded floor plan, adding cozy lounges, and an improved traffic flow for engagement.

  • Creative promotion. Our marketing team is back to pre-pandemic strength, and is uniquely suited to produce a promotional strategy that matches the integrity of the work our craft artists produce.

  • More guest passes. We have increased the free exhibitor guest passes to 20.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of work is eligible?

Handmade craft that reflects excellence and the unique vision of its maker or community and falls within the mediums below.

Artists working in the following mediums are eligible to apply and participate:

  • Basketry
  • Ceramics
  • Clothing
  • Clothing—Accessories
  • Fiber and Textiles—Non-Wearable
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Lighting
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Paper
  • Wood

• Small-studio production work made under the direct supervision of the applicant. Direct supervision requires that the artist oversees production work as it occurs and provides constant direction, feedback, and assistance.
• Artists whose work is handmade in the United States or Canada .
• ACC reserves the right to require authentication of the production process at any time by requesting documentary evidence.

ACC Does NOT Accept
• Manufactured work that is not produced by the applicant or under the direct supervision of the applicant.
• 2D work such as paintings, photographs, prints, graphics (including etchings and web- or sheet-fed offset printed matter).
• Apothecary or Food products.
• Work that incorporates unsustainable and/or endangered materials. Also illegal products made from endangered species.
• Embellished commercially-made objects (e.g., tee shirts, note cards, etc.), and works assembled from commercially available kits.

Learn more about eligibility and application requirements here.

Requirements for participation
  • Exhibitors must meet eligibility requirements and present work consistent with the type and quality represented in the application submission.
  • All booths must have 8 foot tall “walls” that cover the interior of the entire booth. Exhibitors must either rent pipe and drape or hard walls from the general contractor or, alternatively, provide their own 8 foot “wall” structures. If the artist does not meet this requirement, drape will be provided at the artist’s expense.
  • Exhibitors must be present for the duration of the show. Exhibitors’ employees or sales representatives may not substitute for the exhibitor.
  • Exhibitors must have a valid state sales tax permit from each state in which they are participating. Exhibitors are responsible for collecting and reporting sales tax where applicable.

Learn more about eligibility and application requirements here.

How to apply for the American Craft Made / Baltimore Marketplace

Applicants will submit an application through Zapplication including five images, a short bio, and some additional information about your practice. Images must be jpg, tiff, or png high resolution (72 ppi–300 ppi) and representative of the body of work you plan to exhibit. Ideally, images will be square format for social media promotion of at least 1400 pixels on the longest side. Maximum file size is 5 MB. For more details on image requirements and uploading your files, please visit this Zapplication page. Images, bio, and Q&A within the application may be used by the ACC Marketing Department to promote you, your work, and/or American Craft Made.

If you would like to apply for multiple media you will be required to submit an application for each medium. We will limit the number of applications to 3 per artist. If you submit an application with work that includes more than one media category we will ask that you resubmit. All jewelry images must all be submitted under jewelry. For example, if you create glass vessels and glass jewelry, you must submit them with separate applications and images as they will be scored by separate juries.

Learn more about eligibility and application requirements here.

Is ACC planning for future shows in other regions?

ACC is in the final stages of an important strategic planning process.   As we work through our planning, we are assessing all aspects of ACC programming, including American Craft Made marketplaces. What we know today is that we look forward to producing our Flagship Baltimore show in March of 2024. The factors leading to our decision to cancel American Craft Made / St. Paul 2023 are front and center in the minds of a caring team of staff, trustees, consultants, and other advisors committed to listening, learning, and enacting the changes that are needed to advance ACC’s mission and vision. Throughout our strategic planning discussions, we have returned to the valuable role that public events play in fostering the livelihoods of craft artists and “makers,” and cultivating a large, diverse audience for their work. We look forward to sharing the outcomes of our planning process and how ACC will build upon the past 80 years of championing craft. 

Questions about the application process or the American Craft Made / Baltimore Marketplace?
Please contact the American Craft Council marketplace team at [email protected] for assistance.

ACC Exhibitor

Photo credit Max Franz. 

ACC Exhibitor

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ACC exhibitor

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ACC exhibitor

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ACC exhibitor

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ACC exhibitor interacting with a customer

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ACC exhibitor

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ACC customer trying on a hat.

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ACC furniture exhibitor

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ACC Pavilion Partner stitching a quilt

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American Craft Made shopping bags

Photo credit Max Franz.

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