Q&A With ACE 2017 Co-Chairs Melissa David and Laura Koh

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with this year’s American Craft Exposition Co-Chairs, Melissa David and Laura Koh, to learn what makes ACE such a unique and popular show. Below are thoughts from each of our outstanding co-chairs!  Q: What excites you most about ACE? Laura: As one of the top craft shows in the nation, we are fortunate …

Jurying is Complete for ACE 2017

ACE is excited to announce that the jury selection for the 33rd annual exposition is now complete! This is always a difficult decision for our jury, as they must choose from an extremely talented group of applicants. This year, 145 artists and craftsmen have been selected to display their work at ACE, including four in the Emerging Artists category. We …

Preparation for ACE 2017 Kicks Off to a Great Start

This past month, The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) proudly began the planning process for ACE 2017 with an exciting and productive meeting at the Chicago Botanic Garden. ACE Co-Chairs Melissa David and Laura Koh were both in attendance, as well as over thirty ACE committee members. The group gathered to discuss plans for the 33rd annual event which …

Three Tips for ACEing this Year’s Artist Application

Applications for the American Craft Exposition (ACE) 2017 are now open, so be sure to make the most of your submission by considering the following three tips:   Utilize High-Quality Photographs As part of the application, artists are required to submit five images of their work to be considered by the jury. When choosing your photographs, please ensure that they …

A Personalized Approach: Why ACE is Raising Funds for Pharmacogenomics Research

The American Craft Exposition (ACE) has undoubtedly made a name for itself within the North Shore community and beyond over the last 32 years. In addition to being one of the top fine craft shows in the country, ACE has made significant fundraising contributions to NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore). This year, funds raised at ACE will support innovative pharmacogenomics research at the NorthShore Center for …

Fine Filigree: A Conversation with ACE Veteran Tom Herman

Long-time American Craft Exposition (ACE) artist Tom Herman of Seven Fingers Jewelry, based in New York, will return to the Chicago Botanic Garden this September to display his ornate and classic pieces of jewelry. Herman’s work has been described as having “the ethereal sensibility of Lalique, the durable elegance of Tiffany, and the detail-intense craftsmanship of Van Cleef and Arpels.” …

Nature Presents: Wood Art

Each year the American Craft Exposition (ACE) is proud to work with many cultural centers, organizations and lovers of craft who support our Show. One of those meaningful relationships is the partnership between ACE and the Collectors of Wood Art (CWA) who work to develop and honor wood art at its finest while also supporting the achievements of the artists …

Why Woodturning is Turning Heads: A Q&A with ACE Artist Mark Waninger

As the folks from the Chicago Botanic Garden know, nature itself can be an art form. For this year’s American Craft Exposition (ACE), many artists are using the elements of nature in their own work. Perhaps none better than first-time ACE artist Mark Waninger, whose woodturning has turned many heads. Waninger uses native Indiana hardwood trees, which Indiana woodworkers have …

A Note from our Co-Chairs: What you can look forward to at ACE 2016

With the 2016 American Craft Exposition (ACE) only one month away, preparations are in full-swing to make this year’s Show the best yet! Our dedicated team of volunteers is working around the clock to bring an incredibly talented group of over 140 artists to one of the most magnificent venues the Midwest has to offer – the Chicago Botanic Garden. Our …

Bonsai Beauty: A Q&A with ACE Artist Duo Patti & Dave Hegland

Inspiration could be found all around us at last year’s American Craft Exposition (ACE) thanks to not only our talented artists, but the incredibly beautiful background the Chicago Botanic Garden provided. A living museum dedicated to the beauty found in nature, the Garden is home to world-class plant displays, including a specialty collection of close to 200 priceless bonsai trees. …