From the 1st to the 31st: a Q&A with ACE Jewelry Artist Gabriel Ofiesh

You might say Gabriel Ofiesh stumbled upon jewelry-making as a career. While studying in Colorado one summer during college, he learned the basics of his craft and his skill and artistry has been growing and evolving ever since. What began as the pursuit of an interest has blossomed into a 30+ year career handcrafting one-of-kind pieces of jewelry that delight …

Beauty from Devastation – A piece by ACE Artist Pat Kroth

When a series of destructive tornadoes hit Verona, Wisconsin, in June of 2014, the town was hit hard. A local school, barns, homes and trees suffered severe damage – but from this devastation inspiration grew for contemporary fiber artist and Verona resident Pat Kroth. Kroth draws her creative energy from nature, as well as the people, places and experiences she encounters. Following …

Dr. Rodriguez, a Rare Gem in Gynecology Care

Much like the incredible, one-of-a-kind pieces of art available each year at the American Craft Exposition (ACE), Gustavo Rodriguez, MD is a rare gem. A passionate medical professional, Dr. Rodriguez is well known for building rapport with his patients and providing them with the highest quality compassionate care. But, Dr. Rodriguez is also rare because of his specialty–gynecological oncology. In …

On a Visual Quest through Quilts: Q&A with ACE Artist Ann Brauer

Ann Brauer’s work combines traditional quilting methods with a modern eye towards color and the definition of a quilt. Her work explores space and time; it pushes viewers to reconcile their knowledge of how fabric feels beneath their fingers with the visually rich vistas created in each piece. All of Ann’s quilts are made with commercial cotton, pieced by hand, …

Stunning scenery at the Chicago Botanic Garden

10 Facts about the Chicago Botanic Garden

ACE’s new home at the Chicago Botanic Garden is sure to delight artists and visitors alike. We thought we would take a few minutes to introduce our readership to some fun facts about the Garden: The Chicago Botanic Garden opened in 1972 as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world’s great living museums, …

Lichenstein and Layering–A Q&A with ACE Artist Jennifer Merchant

Jennifer Merchant is an artist who lives and works in Minneapolis. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Jennifer is making a name for herself with her beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of layered acrylic jewelry that are crafted using a process she developed herself. She has earned numerous recognitions for her work, including ACE’s Best New Artist Award …

Jurying for 2015 American Craft Exposition is Complete!

We are excited to announce that jurying is complete and the artists for the 31st American Craft Exposition have been selected! The decision process was difficult again this year, with another talented pool of artists submitting applications. This year’s jurors selected a group of 150 artists from a pool of nearly 500 very talented applicants. In addition to these artists, …

ACE Co-Chairs Travel to Baltimore for The American Craft Council Show

American Craft Exposition co-chairs Liz Dauten and Debbie Kerr recently returned from a visit to Baltimore to attend one of the American Craft Council’s four yearly shows. An organization that shares a similar mission to ACE, the American Craft Council promotes the understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. While in Baltimore, the news of ACE’s new home at the …

ACE Committee Members Get their Kicks at Annual Kick Off Party!

Last month, more than 40 ACE committee members gathered at the Chicago Botanic Garden to kick off the 31st season of the American Craft Exposition and discuss plans for the year. ACE Co-Chairs Debbie Kerr and Liz Dauten welcomed local ACE jewelry artist Christy Klug to share with the group her presentation, From Art to Intimacy. Christy discussed her deeply …

Getting to know the Chicago Botanic Garden

This year, the American Craft Exposition is excited to be hosting its 31st annual Show at the world-renowned Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. One of the most visited gardens in the world, the exquisite 385 acres, 9 islands and 26 display gardens will set a stunning background for our beautiful show this fall! Here are some of the many …