Emerging Artists Program

Emerging Artists Program

Applications for the 2020 season are now closed


Do you make incredibly well-crafted wearables, jewelry, home goods, or lifestyle items? Are you committed to sharing your story as a maker and influencing the craft marketplace? Does your work reflect the diversity of the contemporary craft marketplace?

As a national organization with an ambitious vision to galvanize diverse craft communities to advance craft as a catalyst for contemporary American life, the American Craft Council produces four major juried marketplace events for the 2020 season. ACC encourages makers at all stages in their career who qualify to apply for the American Craft Shows and join our show artist community.

Hip Pop, ACC's emerging artists program, is a juried showcase of top emerging talent that provides a pathway for early-career artists into our established, competitive craft shows. With lower-cost shared booths, extensive exhibitor support, and show award opportunities, this program gives emerging artists an unparalleled opportunity to grow their clientele and careers. Artists may enroll in the program for up to three years. Hip Pop booths are part of all our 2020 shows.

Attendance and sales American Craft Shows collectively reach nearly 50,000 craft enthusiasts and collectors in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco. Our attendees are a well-educated and design-savvy audience that appreciates and invests in craft. Annual artists’ sales total more than $15 million. Learn more about the American Craft Shows.

I would definitely recommend being a part of Hip Pop. If you're new to this kind of show especially, it's a really great way to get a feel for how these work and for you to see if you want to continue doing it at this level, or more local, or focus on wholesale. It's just a great way to test that out and learn a ton in a really short amount of time. ~Celina Kane, Hat Make

Why participate?

  • A reasonable point of entry to an established marketplace that attracts nearly 50,000 collectors and craft enthusiasts
  • Access to a well-educated audience that appreciates the value of craft
  • Engagement with established makers and a supportive community of fellow emerging artists
  • A high level of exhibitor support, including a dedicated program manager plus marketing and public relations support
  • Media coverage with help from public relations firms and media buyers
  • Promotion in advertising, social media, special show-preview sections of American Craft magazine, and on-site 

How to apply

A complete application consists of an application form and five images showing representative examples of the artist’s body of work. There is no fee to apply for Hip Pop. Please read the full 2020 prospectus for detailed information on eligibility, the application process, booth specs and layout, and show policies.

Grant Opportunity

Are you a fiber artist who hasn’t participated in our American Craft Shows before? Each year we offer financial support to two new fiber artists through our Randall Darwall Fiber Grant, created in honor of a longtime ACC show artist.

Deadlines, Fees, and Jury Notification Dates

Hip Pop 2020 dates, deadline, and fees




Questions? Contact program manager Lindsay Noble.