American Craft Week searching for 30 Rising Stars under 30

American Craft Week searching for 30 Rising Stars under 30

American Craft Week is searching for 30 exceptional craftspeople under the age of 30. We are looking for young artists who are making excellent craft, and exhibiting, selling, and developing a noteworthy body of work. While our winners may be students or have diverse occupations, we expect their craft to be a major focus in their lives.

American Craft Week will honor the winners on a special Rising Star website which will be online from mid-August 2016 until January 2017 when it will be archived. A photograph of each winner will be accompanied by his/her artist statement, several examples of their work, and contact information so interested media and buyers can reach them. Additionally, the exhibit will be featured in the October 2016 issue of Handmade Business, which will debut in mid-August, and in the online ezine, American Roads & Global Highways, which will cover the story in the October-December quarterly issue.

American Craft Week will publicize the winners with professional media releases to their hometown newspapers and through social media. Each winner will be presented a handsome certificate suitable for framing. We encourage them to use the winning designation, a 2016 Rising Star, as a great resume addition!

All nominations must be submitted by May 15, 2016. Self-nominations are allowed. Nominations must be made on the official Rising Star Nomination Form. It will remain on the ACW website,, until May 15. There is no application fee, but applications must be accompanied by three, high quality, electronic images of the nominee’s craft. Winners will be selected by the National American Craft Week¬†Committee and announced in mid-August.

Via: American Craft Week