One of the country’s premier fine craft shows, the American Craft Exposition, presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem, brings together 164 superior artisans exhibiting one-of-a-kind, museum quality work.

This important art event is also a major fundraiser supporting critical breast and ovarian cancer research and care at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Artists support ACE's funding goal by participating in the voluntary Craft for a Cure program and donating a percentage of a designated sale.

A highly competitive juried show, ACE features hand-crafted work in 12 media—baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

The Auxiliary of NorthShore invites you to join us at the 30th American Craft Exposition. Enjoy the beauty and creativity, talk with the artists who live by their craft and support promising medical research with your admission donation.

Your admission ticket serves as a three-day pass to the Exposition.

Be among the first to appreciate the artistry and attend the Benefit Preview Party.

If you are interested in joining The Auxiliary or learning more about volunteer opportunities click here ( or call 224-364-7270.

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Benefit Preview Party

Special Events

Learn More About ACE

August 21, 2014

August 22-24, 2014


Friday  10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

The Henry Crown Sports Pavilion Northwestern University

2311 N. Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Lincoln St. at the Lakefront, East of Sheridan Road


Shuttles will run to and from the Davis Street L and Metra stop to the Show


The Collectors' Hour and Benefit Preview Party on Thursday, August 21, 2014 provide patrons the opportunity to see and purchase unique works of art before the Exposition is open to the public. An elegant party with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and festive atmosphere, the Benefit evening also offers guests a more intimate setting to talk with artists and learn about their work.

Learn more about the Collectors' Hour and Benefit Preview Party 

Purchase tickets to the Collectors' Hour and Benefit Preview Party

Craft in Action Stage

Friday, August 22
Wood Demonstrations

11:00 a.m.  Peter Petrochko
1:00 p.m.    Mike Shuler
3:00 p.m.    Michael Mode

Sunday, August 24
Ceramic Demonstrations

12:00 p.m.   Antoinette Badenhorst
1:00 p.m.    Michael Schwegmann
2:00 p.m.    Sandra & Winthrop Byers

ACE Wearables Fashion Show

Saturday, August 23
1:00 p.m. 
Foodstuffs Cafe

Living With Craft

Visit our new electronic "Living with Craft" display featuring home accessories from ACE artists and furniture from Sawbridge Studios.