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 …

Shop for a Cause – The 2015 ACE Online Auction is Open

Calling all craft lovers! This month, add some meaning to your typical online shopping routine with a visit to the American Craft Exposition’s (ACE) online auction! Internet shoppers and philanthropists alike will delight in this unique shopping experience which will directly benefit ovarian cancer research at NorthShore University HealthSystem. For those unable to attend ACE, as well as those attendees …

Enjoy ACE 2015 Special Events

The special events schedule for ACE 2015 is all set! Patrons will not want to miss the one-of-a-kind offerings we have planned for this year’s Show – all of which provide an in-depth look into the craft displayed at ACE and the talented artists behind these works of art. Events take place throughout the entire weekend, making each day of …

A Wedding, a Garden and Thread

After years of participation, popular fiber decorative artist Natalia Margulis is still amazed by the American Craft Exposition’s (ACE) capability to continually help her build relationships with lifelong collectors. Of those relationships, one collector she met ten years ago at ACE still attends to add to her embroidered picture collection each year. In August of 2012, this particular collector approached …