CALL TO ARTISTS–Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft

January 21, 2013

This call is for our gallery exhibition space at HandMade in America. Take a look! It’s going to be an exciting show…


HandMade in America’s Exhibition
“Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft”
March 8-May 31

HandMade in America is pleased to announce a call for entry for the upcoming exhibition Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft. Pieces should incorporate innovative ideas which help push the boundaries of the medium, and will be judged on technical proficiency, creative use of the medium, and contemporary relevance. This exhibition is open to craft artists living in the 25 counties of Western North Carolina as defined on our website,
Craft is defined as made from clay, glass, fiber, metal, wood, recycled/reused materials, and natural products.

The juror for this exhibition is Kathryn Gremley, Director of the Penland Gallery & Visitors Center. Since 1996, Kathryn has curated and installed over 70 invitational exhibitions and 144 instructor exhibits at the Penland Gallery. Off-sight projects include Penland: Mind, Hand, Materials at SOFA Chicago 2004, Iron: A New Vocabulary, an exhibition of contemporary iron which traveled in the south in 2004-05, Identity: Narrative Explorations by Four Penland Artists, at the Milton Rhodes Center in Winston-Salem in 2010, and curatorial assistance for 0-60: The Experience of Time Through Contemporary Craft at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Penland School in 2013.

Entry Deadline* February 15
Notification of accepted pieces February 21
Delivery to HIA of accepted work February 24-28, 9:30 am-4 pm
Opening Reception March 8, 5:30-8 pm
Selected work pick-up: June 3-5, 9:30 am-4 pm

*This is NOT a postmark deadline. Entries must be received by February 15, 5 pm EST. Submissions can be done via mail or email.

Mail: If you are sending in your entry form by regular mail, please send your CD, entry form, and entry fee to: HandMade in America, Attn: Exhibitions, 125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 101, Asheville, NC 28801.

E-MAIL: Photos (JPEGS only) and entry form to mailto:exhibitions@handmadeinamerica.orgwith subject line: ‘ATTN: Groundbreaking’. If you are mailing the entry fee in check form to the above address, please include a copy of your entry form. Otherwise, please pay via Paypal on our website,

PLEASE NOTE: ALL ENTRIES MUST BE DIGITAL. No photographs or slides will be accepted.

Artists may submit up to three pieces in JPEG format on a standard sized CD or by email to Makers may submit up to two JPEGS (one full shot and one detail) per piece. If more than one image is submitted they MUST all be on one CD. All JPEGs must be named with the artist’s last name followed by 01, 02, 02b, etc. All CDs/images must be readable by PC and MAC platforms. Images must be 300 dpi and no more than 5 MB. Images should be oriented correctly. DO NOT submit PowerPoint presentations, automated slide presentations or work on DVD. All CDs must be labeled with the artist’s name and the exhibition entry form must be filled in and submitted with your CD or email. An entry form must also accompany all entries.

>Non-members: one $15 entry fee per artist (includes up to three pieces)
>Basic members ($25 Level): one $10 fee per artist (includes up to three pieces)
>Artist members ($45 Level): FREE*

*To join as a member, or increase your membership, please visit and choose the ‘JOIN US’ tab

The show is open to two and three dimensional works of craft. Work must be original and completed in the last 2 years. No copies, mechanical reproductions, molds or kit work will be accepted. All work cannot exceed 72″ in any dimension (including frame). 2D work cannot weigh more than 75 lbs. HandMade in America reserves the right to exclude work due to size or special requirements. All two-dimensional work must be dry, wired and ready to hang. No clip frames or alligator hangers. Pieces must be hand delivered to the gallery or mailed with return postage pre-paid in returnable container.

Accepted artists may submit a copy of their resume and/or artist statement by the delivery deadline (Feb. 24-28) to mailto:exhibitions@handmadeinamerica.orgor deliver with your work.

NOTIFICATION: Accepted pieces will be posted on and sent through an email notification by the end of the day on February 22, 2013.
Accepted work must remain through the entire exhibit. Works not picked up by their respective deadlines (June 5) will be charged a $5 per day fee for storage.

SHIPPING ARTWORK: Please include return postage or shipping fees and sturdy, reusable packing materials clearly labeled with your name and telephone number. Framed works requiring glass must use plexiglass. Do not use styrofoam packing peanuts. Shipments of artwork will be accepted no later than February 28, 5 pm. Hand delivered work will be accepted February 24-28, 9:30 am – 4 pm.

SALES: HandMade will retain a commission of 25% on all work sold during the exhibit. If a work is not for sale please indicate with NFS value in appropriate space on loan agreement.

ELIGIBILITY: Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft is open to all craft artists living in the 25 counties of western North Carolina defined on our website. A maximum of 3 works per artist may be submitted. All works must be original and completed in within 2 years of the entry date (Feb 15). Craft is defined as made from clay, glass, fiber, metal, wood, recycled materials, and/or natural products.

All pieces will be handled with the best care possible, but HandMade is not responsible for any damage. HandMade does carry a fine arts insurance policy, but is not responsible for damage caused by normal wear and tear, gradual deterioration, vermin, inherent vice, insurrection, confiscation by public authority, risks or contraband or other illegal transportation of trade. By entering into this show, the artist agrees to abide by all rules and regulations as set by exhibition guidelines.

QUESTIONS? Email Ryan-Ashley Anderson at

To download submission form, please click HERE


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