Call For Entries

Submit your entry for Craft Forms 2017 here!

Entry deadline ($45 fee) is Friday, September 15, 2017. Extended deadline ($65 fee) is Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Thank you for your interest in applying to Craft Forms 2017. The exhibition will run from  December 8, 2017 to January 27, 2018.

The 23rd international juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their functional and sculptural creative endeavors.

Juror – Nora Atkinson, The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome Nora Atkinson, The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum, as the juror for the Craft Forms 2017 exhibition.

Atkinson was previously the curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington (2006-2014) where her curatorial work focused on art, craft and design. Presently at the Smithsonian, Atkinson was part of the team responsible for the recent renovation of the Renwick Gallery, the museum’s branch for contemporary craft and decorative art. She was the curatorial lead for the 2016 reinstallation of the contemporary craft permanent collection galleries and for the exhibition “Visions and Revisions: The 2016 Renwick Invitational.”

She is the author of Craft for a Modern World: The Renwick Gallery Collection (2015) and a co-author of the exhibition catalog accompanying “Visions and Revisions” (2016). Her research interests include contemporary craft and design and the role of the handmade in modern culture. Atkins’s current projects include a site-specific installation by Rick Araluce; the exhibition “Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,“ opening October 20, 2017; and a major exhibition about the Burning Man Festival that is scheduled to open in 2018. She earned a bachelor’s degree (2002) and a master’s degree (2006) from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Atkinson will judge the work based on its technique, design, concept, originality and craftsmanship. It is important to send professional high quality images.



  1. Open to all professional artists working in clay, fiber, quilt, glass, metal, jewelry, wood, 3D printing, and/or mixed media crafts.
  1. Work submitted must be innovative and original in design. Work derivative of other artists or work created in a workshop with the aid of an instructor is not acceptable.
  1. Works submitted must have been completed after January 1, 2015. If the work was accepted into a previous Craft Forms exhibitions, this work CANNOT be re-submitted for this or future Craft Forms.
  1. Collaborative work is accepted. Please include all artists’ names on the on-line application.
  1.  Please contact WAC if the artist has an excessively large and/or complex installation. If the work requires carpentry and/or painting to the gallery walls or a specially built pedestal/armature or installation request, these additional expenses will be paid by the artist.
  1. No accepted work may be picked up before the closing of the exhibition.
  1. Art work must be available for sale during the length of the exhibition.
  1. If artwork is sold during the jurying acceptance process, the Wayne Art Center will retain 40% of the retail price.
  1. Work damaged in shipping or hand delivery may not be presented based on extent of deterioration. Artist will be contacted immediately by WAC if damage is recorded.
  1. Withdrawal of accepted work by the artist prior to the exhibition will result in exclusion from exhibiting at WAC for the following year (2018).
  1. All artwork submitted online to Craft Forms must be available for the entire duration of the jurying process and show. If the piece is accepted to both Craft Forms and a simultaneously running show, the piece must only be exhibited in Craft Forms. Please double check submission dates of all shows in order not to have overlapping dates.
  1. Wayne Art Center reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet the requirements. Shipped work that differs from work accepted from digital submission will be disqualified. All accepted work must have proper identification.


Our efforts to cultivate organizations that acknowledge artists in various disciplines are ongoing. We are very pleased to announce $8,000+ in prize awards this year. The juror, Nora Atkinson, will select the award winners on December 1, 2017.

Once an artist is accepted into Craft Forms, additional group and/or solo exhibition opportunities may come available at the Wayne Art Center.

An abbreviated catalog of artwork will document the juried exhibition and two copies will be supplied to accepted artists.


Calendar of Events

September 15, midnight EST
Digital Entry Deadline ($45 Fee)

September 19, midnight EST
Digital Entry Extended Deadline ($65 Fee)

October 2
Notification of Accepted and Declined Work

November 15-18
(Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Hand Delivery of Work

November 13-18
Delivery of Shipped Work

December 8 (Friday 6:00 – 10:00 pm)
Craft Forms 2017 Preview Party

December 9 (Saturday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Juror’s Lecture and Meet the Artists

December 8, 2017 – January 27, 2018
(Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed on Sundays)
Exhibition Dates

January 29 – February 3, 2018
(Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed on Sundays)
Hand Pick-up of Craft Forms 2017 Artwork

January 29 – February 10, 2018
Packing & Shipment of Artwork from Wayne Art Center

View the detailed calendar of events.

Entry and Exhibition Fees

The entry fee is $45 for up to two artworks. (Extended deadline is available from September 15th – 19th the fee will be $65.) An overall image and up to 2 optional detail images of at least 300 dpi resolution may be submitted per piece. Two pieces total are accepted per one artist application.

Artists are permitted to apply with a second application. The artist should use the same name and contact  information. The second application also consists up to 2 artwork entries, with 3 images per piece. Another application fee of $45 or late fee of $65 would apply.

No slide entries or drop off of artwork will be accepted.

Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal, will be accepted for entry fee payment. United States applicants may pay by personal check. Mail check to the WAC mailing address. The application will not be finalized until the entry fee has been paid.

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