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’ …

Jurying for ACE 2016 is Complete!

We are excited to announce the completion of jurying for the 32nd Annual American Craft Exposition (ACE)! As always, the decision process was difficult with another talented pool of artists submitting applications. This year’s jurors selected a group of 144 artists from a large pool of talented and worthy applicants. Of those artists, six rising stars were juried in under …

Final Call for Artists

If you’ve been thinking about applying to the 2016 American Craft Exposition (ACE), now is the time to do so! The deadline for all artists to submit their applications is Friday, March 11. Tell your friends, family and community of artists that the time to apply is now! ACE is among the most popular fine craft shows in the country, …

ACE Committee Members Kick off Planning for this Year’s Show!

Last month, more than 40 ACE committee members gathered at the Chicago Botanic Garden to kick off the 32nd annual American Craft Exposition and discuss plans for the year. ACE Co-Chairs Debbie Kerr and Dana Turban welcomed local and long-time ACE jewelry artist Aaron Macsai as well as Dr. Mark Dunnenberger, Senior Clinical Specialist of Pharmacogenomics at NorthShore University HealthSystem …

Thank you for Supporting ACE!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in or attended the 31st annual American Craft Exposition (ACE). We are excited to report that at this year’s Show, in our new location at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden, attendance records were broken and many of our artists experienced record sales. Over 8,500 supporters attended ACE throughout …

The Top 9 Things to Know about Ovarian and other Gynecologic Cancers

The American Craft Exposition (ACE) has a long tradition of supporting women’s health issues. This year’s show, being held September 25-27, will once again support ovarian cancer prevention research at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore).  As the leading cause of death among women that develop cancers of the gynecologic tract, ovarian cancer has been the focus of many research studies. Much of the research …

Nature is Art—a Q & A with Chicago Botanic Garden’s Harriet Resnick

This year marks the beginning of a wonderful partnership between the American Craft Exposition (ACE) and the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Garden—which opened more than 40 years ago in its current location— is a living museum dedicated to the beauty found in nature. Designed by world-class architects, the Garden and its facilities are sure to provide a stunning backdrop to …