Frequently Asked Questions by Applying Artists

Calling all artists – Applications for ACE 2015 are open! Have some questions about this year’s ACE and/or the application process? Read below and see if we have the answer to your question! How do I apply? How long will applications be open? And when will I find out if I’ve been accepted? Artists can apply online through Juried Art …

Deadline to Apply to ACE Is Tomorrow!

Calling all artists! Still need to apply for the 30th annual American Craft Exposition? The regular application deadline is tomorrow, February 28. There will be an additional $25 late application fee for applications submitted from March 1 through March 14, 2014. ACE will be held at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on Northwestern University’s campus in Evanston, Illinois. The jury …

Interview with Sue Levin, Co-Chair of ACE 2012

Q1: The American Craft Exposition is a great show that features hand-crafted, made-in-America crafts. What do you consider your favorite medium and why? I love art and was an art history minor as an undergraduate. At ACE we focus on art that is original, one-of-a-kind, not mass produced and of the quality that we see in ACE year after year. …

A Brief History of Crafts

Although commodities have been present in our communities for a number of years, it seems that more Americans, both old and young alike, are moving away from purchasing massed-produced items and are seeking out one-of-a-kind, made-in-America crafts that are no longer commodities, but pieces of art. Truth of the matter is that we don’t need to make or buy crafts …

ACE Chair on Bring it Home Chicago

This month, our very own 2011 ACE co-chair Marge Gambow filmed a segment for Bring it Home Chicago, a WGN Sunday show which ACE will be featured on in the weeks to come (stay tuned for more details)! I had the pleasure of chatting with Marge about her experience and am excited to share what she had to say about this …

ACE in the News

I hope everyone tuned to PBS to watch Messages – It was certainly a really awesome broadcast! ACE 2011 is nearing and the press is certainly psyched. Be sure to read about us in the Evanston Review and Make it Better Magazine.  Also, If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our fantastic  ACE Video. We are thrilled for …

Summer is here!

Warm weather has finally made its way to Chicago, and we all know what that means: Summer art season has arrived! Moving forward to the next phase of ACE preparations, I can promise you an exciting lineup of special events at ACE 2011. Stay tuned for updates! Next up, the 2011 ACE artists will be announced! In case you missed …

Finding Inspiration in Art

Last week, I was a guest artist at Glenview elementary school. I taught some 60 children, aged k-5, acrylic painting and worked with them on self-portraits and landscape scenes. Next to my lovely table of students sat a group of senior citizens folding plastic bags, cutting and preparing the edges , making “plarn” (plastic yarn), and crocheting the plarn into …

Have you met an artist whose story is just as remarkable as their art?

As we all know, the American Craft Magazine, a non-profit educational organization that is “the leading voice for craft in America” (American Craft Magazine, 2011), just celebrated its 70th anniversary.  And while the magazine has helped introduce those who I like to call craft rock-stars, an article published this May inspired me to talk about artists we might not have …

What Every Woman Should Know About Ovarian Cancer

The American Craft Exposition truly believes in each of the causes it sponsors. It is for these reasons that  we would like to share with you some information about ovarian cancer and the research that is being funded through ACE 2011. —— Think you don’t have to worry about ovarian cancer until after menopause? Think again.  Even though the majority …