2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Steven Skinner, NW Indiana

Originally a printmaker and painter, Steven Skinner loves working with his hands, which is why he says clay is the perfect medium for him.  Clay allows Steven to work spontaneously with expressive thought and execution. When it comes to finding artistic inspiration, you can continually see Steven drawn to the Windy City. “The city of Chicago is always providing me …

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 …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Jeff Miller, Chicago, IL

Jeff Miller finds his artistic inspiration in musical expression. As a former musician, he started making furniture in a friend’s basement as a way to pass the time between gigs. However, woodworking and design provided an escape for Jeff like nothing else could. Jeff’s art makes him feel ‘gloriously alive’. He’s been designing and making furniture for 35 years. Jeff …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Nancy Kubale, North Carolina

Nancy Kubale introduces people to her multi-dimensional clay works through a simple sticker that she puts on all of her packaging. That sticker says: “Because it needs to be said. Because my soul, my bones, my being, say ‘Make the work. Make the work that matters. Put an idea into the world.’” Nancy’s clay artistry didn’t develop until after she …

34th Annual American Craft Exposition Raised More Than $550,000 to Support Mental Health Initiatives at NorthShore University HealthSystem

More Than 8,000 People Attended the 3-Day Event at the Chicago Botanic Garden More than 8,000 craft lovers and enthusiasts attended the 34th annual American Craft Exposition (ACE) at the Chicago Botanic Garden, helping to raise more than $550,000 to support mental health initiatives at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), the juried exposition …

Artist Spotlights: Thomas Herman, Michael Mode and Judith Kinghorn

ACE 2018 is this weekend (September 21-23)! Here are three more of this years “must see” craftsmen. Be sure to visit their booths to see their incredible works of art. Thomas Herman Jewelry Since he was a boy, Tom Herman has been an artist. In 1982, he channeled his artistic talents into his new business, Seven Fingers Jewelers, named for his …

Artist Spotlights: Richard Haining, Pavel Novak and Deborah Cross

ACE 2018 is just two weeks away (September 21-23)! If you’re wondering who will be exhibiting at this year’s ACE, look no further! Below we’ve highlighted three more artists that you’ll want to add to your “must see” list. Presented by the Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem, ACE 2018 will support NorthShore’s mental health initiatives, including the creation of a …

Artist Spotlights: Cindy Spolek, Aaron Macsai & Frances Kite and K. Riley

ACE 2018 is nearly here! Curious about who will be exhibiting? Read about some of the artists whose work you can experience at this year’s American Craft Exposition below. Working in a variety of different mediums and styles, these artists represent an array of inspiration and techniques, and showcase the diverse works of art featured at ACE.  Click “Learn More” …

Artist Spotlights: Randi Solin, Michelle LaLonde and Rob Greene

ACE 2018 is less than two months away! Below you’ll find a sampling of some of the wonderful fine craft that you can expect to see at this year’s ACE at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Each of these artists specializes in a different medium, so you can see just how diverse the pieces featured at ACE truly are. Click “Learn …

Q&A with Kathy Leighton and Leslie Sevcik, ACE 2018 Co-Chairs

We recently had the opportunity to chat with this year’s American Craft Exposition Co-Chairs, Kathy Leighton and Leslie Sevcik. See the Q&A below to learn more about this year’s show and their shared passion for ACE! Q: What excites you most about ACE? Kathy: The opportunity to see the latest works of the craftspeople who are in our show, and …