Mission + History

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Established in 1995, Craft Forms is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to share their creative endeavors.  Craft Forms is internationally recognized as one of the premiere contemporary craft exhibitions.  The finest works of ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, glass, mixed medium and 3D printing are featured, supporting the Center’s mission of expanding the public’s awareness of fine contemporary crafts, and significantly benefiting all educational and outreach programs for children and adults.

One of the most highly esteemed museum-quality craft exhibitions in the United States, Craft Forms consistently draws upward of 5,000 visitors during its two month exhibition. More than 250 guests, including art collectors, supporters of the Wayne Art Center, and artists, annually celebrate Craft Forms and its companion show at the Opening Gala. The exhibitions and special events continue to attract local, regional, nation and international visitors throughout the duration of the show.

Craft Forms’ status as a fine craft exhibition grows each year in large part due to the expertise of the acclaimed jurors. Past jurors have included: Ronald T. Labaco, Maria Docter Curator, Museum of Arts and Design; Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections, Racine Art Museum; David R. McFadden, Chief Curator Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design; Elisabeth Agro, Nancy M. McNeil Curator of American modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Jane C. Milosch, Senior Program Officer for Art in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture (OUSHAC), Smithsonian Institution.