Emerging Artists Program

Emerging Artists Program

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.

Our in-person 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.

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 

2021 Update

ACC's emerging artists program relies on our in-person shows, which have been canceled for 2021 due to the pandemic. As a result, our emerging artist program has been put on hold. For more information on additional marketplace opportunities, please visit our Current Shows section.

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Questions? Contact program manager Lindsay Noble.