Why Woodturning is Turning Heads: A Q&A with ACE Artist Mark Waninger

As the folks from the Chicago Botanic Garden know, nature itself can be an art form. For this year’s American Craft Exposition (ACE), many artists are using the elements of nature in their own work. Perhaps none better than first-time ACE artist Mark Waninger, whose woodturning has turned many heads. Waninger uses native Indiana hardwood trees, which Indiana woodworkers have …

A Q&A with ACE Artist Kat Cole

Jewelry artist Kat Cole took the American Craft Exposition (ACE) by storm last year, winning the prestigious Show Directors’ Award. Cole exhibited as an Emerging Artist – A category which is open to those artists who have been practicing their craft for six years or less and have never previously exhibited at ACE. Needless to say, she blew the Show Directors’ …

Jurying for ACE 2016 is Complete!

We are excited to announce the completion of jurying for the 32nd Annual American Craft Exposition (ACE)! As always, the decision process was difficult with another talented pool of artists submitting applications. This year’s jurors selected a group of 144 artists from a large pool of talented and worthy applicants. Of those artists, six rising stars were juried in under …

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, …

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 …

The Top 10 Reasons to Apply to ACE 2015!

If you’ve been thinking about applying to the American Craft Exposition (ACE), now is the time to do so! Not only is the show among the most popular in the country, welcoming thousands through its doors each and every year, but 2015 marks a new chapter for ACE as it is being held on a new date and at a …

New Date and New Location for 2015 ACE

We’ve got some very exciting news to share! Not only will ACE have a new location in 2015, but the show will be moving to a new weekend – Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th. Please be sure to save the date and help us celebrate the 31st Anniversary of the American Craft Exposition in its new home, the …