Artist Spotlights: Ashley Buchanan and Sebastian Coleman

Ashley Buchanan Jewelry Jewelry artist Ashley Buchanan concentrates her work on hand-pierced, powder coated jewelry that focuses on image, pattern and decoration in order to reference ornamentation and historical jewelry. Her work is unique in that she utilizes a color palette of almost exclusively grays, black, and white, with the occasional pop of yellow. Her goal is to create wearable pieces of …

Artist Spotlights: Pong Gaddi and Lenore Rae Lampi

Pong Gaddi Leather Pong Gaddi began learning the art of leather-working as a child in the Philippines, where grade school children were taught how to make and weave baskets. Since then, his work has evolved into true hand-weaving of individually hand-cut, edge-thinned, and edge-dyed leather strips to create a seamless finish. Though Pong’s work appears very modern, there are still …

Artist Spotlights: David P. Bacharach and Bounkhong Signavong

David P. Bacharach Metal Former dentist and professor of Oral Medicine and Physiology, David P. Bacharach became a full-time metal artist over three decades ago. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and is also the co-author of the book “Craftspeople: In Their Own Words.” He is an ACE veteran, having exhibited at the show since its inception over …

Q&A With Dr. Jason Koh

We recently sat down with Dr. Jason Koh, one of the ACE 2017 funding recipients. Dr. Koh pursues research in stem cells, growth factors, and innovative scaffolds to treat cartilage, bone, and soft tissue injuries at the NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute. Read on to find out more about Dr. Koh’s work and what it means to be an ACE recipient. Q: …

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.” …