2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Will Wipperfurth, Lake Mills, WI

It was a childhood spent on a Wisconsin dairy farm that Will Wipperfurth credits for his artistic foundation. Watching his father and uncles plan and build their own projects revealed the power of foresight and hard work, and at a neighboring woodworker’s home, Will watched and learned the craft of woodworking. His first pieces were toys and treehouses, and he …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Barry Rhodes, Marshall, NC & Atlanta, GA

Like many potters, Barry Rhodes is inspired by the great pottery work of Japan. However, he has always felt free to pick and choose the most interesting aspects of many cultures and to re-interpret the essence of those cultures in interesting ways within his work. His graphic approach to pottery pays homage to the depth of surface found on hi-fired …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Mary Ellen Sisulak, Ellison Bay, WI

Mary Ellen Sisulak attributes the vast and endless woods for making her the artist she is today.  “There is more to nature than just what we see above the ground,” Mary Ellen states. Her art truly reflects those wise words.  Living among the pristine Wisconsin woods for over forty years, Mary Ellen is still captivated by the many mysteries the …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Pat Kroth, Verona, WI

When spending her time outdoors (as she often does), Pat Kroth never knows when her fiber art inspiration will strike. Hiking, biking, and even snowshoeing gives her a new perspective on the world and her craft. The process of “making”—handling and manipulation of materials—is also an important element of her work, and she works and plays with fiber every day. …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Constance W. Collins, Indianapolis, IN

During her childhood, Constance W. Collins was always attracted to patterns and colors in a different way than her peers. While other children drew a dog or house, she was creating patterns. But Constance didn’t find her colorful, pattern-filled weaving passion until years later.  On a warm fall day at Indiana University, Constance’s curiosity was piqued by a friend’s Intro …

Now Announcing: 35th Annual American Craft Exposition Line Up

150 Fine Craft Artisans to Showcase Works September 20-22 After much anticipation, The American Craft Exposition (ACE) announces the 150 fine craft artists selected to exhibit their work at the annual fall exposition September 20-22 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This year, ACE received more than 400 applications from artists across the country. The names of all 150 invited artists …

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.” …

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 …

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 …