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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …