October 20-22, 2017


The Eastern Shore’s only juried craft show.

Show Details

Key Dates
Application Dates:  January 16, 2017 – May 7, 2017
Application Fee:      $40.00 with 5 portfolio images, or jpegs, and descriptions for jury
Notification Date:    June 2, 2017
Contracts Due:        June 30, 2017

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Show Description
The Academy Art Museum Craft Show is an indoor, juried craft show featuring approximately 65 artists from across the United States. This year will be the 20th Anniversary of the Show.

Founded in 1958 by a group of Maryland’s Eastern Shore residents, The Academy Art Museum has become the cultural hub of the Delmarva Peninsula for art, music, and educational programming. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, a distinction bestowed on fewer than 5% of U.S. museums for their commitment to excellence, accountability, and high professional standards.  The Museum is a certified 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation.  The Annual Craft Show is the second largest fund-raising event in support of the mission of the Museum.  Funds raised from the show support the ongoing programming of the Museum as well as the financing of short-term exhibitions as well as acquisitions to the Museum’s permanent collection.

At the last show, approximately 30 of the 65 exhibitors were new.  The Show’s theme “Blown Away” focused on the art of glassmaking.  Approximately 3,000 people attended over the two-day exhibition plus the opening night Preview Party.  The Show spotlighted the works of three “featured” artists in the glass medium.  On display in the Atrium of the Museum were signature pieces of all the glass artists in the show plus the work of Emilio Santini, the Honorary Chair and Visionary Award Winner.

New for 2017
The medium celebrated and highlighted at the 2017 show is ceramics. The show “Fired Up” will feature an exhibition of the works of renowned ceramics artist Bennett Bean. He is also the 2017 Visionary Artist and Honorary Chair.  A weekend-long live demonstration of Raku fired pottery will be presented in the Museum Courtyard by regional artist Brett Thomas with his mobile Raku unit. In addition, ceramic artists Robert Hessler, 2015 Best of Show winner, and the Academy Art Museums own ceramics instructor, Paul Aspell, will be featured. Several of the juried exhibitors will also focus on ceramic artworks.  This year a new category will be introduced, Emerging Artist.  These are passionate and skillful artists who are now entering their field as professionals.

Visionary Artist & Honorary Chair

Bennett Bean

Featured Artists

Paul Aspell

Robert Hessler

Lynn Latta