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 upcoming American Craft Exposition (ACE) has surely made a name for itself within the North Shore community and beyond over the last 32 years. The Show, which brings together over 140 of the country’s leading craftspeople to our community, has made significant fundraising contributions to NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) – our area’s largest health system. This year, The Auxiliary …

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 classical 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. …

Meet our 2016 ACE Artists

As the American Craft Exposition (ACE) returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden for the second year, we are delighted to be welcoming over 140 of the country’s leading craftspeople, including six emerging artists, to showcase their one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections and uniquely creative artwork. The 2015 Show broke record attendance numbers, confirming that ACE continues to be the premier destination for art and …

A Q&A with ACE Artist Kat Cole

Jewelry artist Kat Cole took the American Craft Exposition (ACE) by storm last year, winning the prestigious Show Directors’ Award. Cole exhibited as an Emerging Artist – A category which is open to those artists who have been practicing their craft for six years or less and have never previously exhibited at ACE. Needless to say, she blew the Show Directors’ …