Incorporated in 1897, The Society of Arts and Crafts has been at the forefront of the American craft movement, fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of crafts for over one hundred years. Our highly committed founders developed standards of excellence in design and technical mastery for crafts that inspired the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

The dual mission of The Society of Arts and Crafts is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft. To fulfill our mission, the Society sponsors exhibitions, maintains a retail gallery, hosts twice-annual CraftBoston, the Artist Awards Programs, the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship and educational programming. 

The Society of Arts and Crafts’ Mentor Program, launched in 2005, prepares emerging artists for participation in premier craft shows through their participation in CraftBoston Holiday. Central to the program is a multi-year association with CraftBoston Holiday, a retail craft show produced by Society of Arts and Crafts. A competitive show comprised of over 175 exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is the premier exhibition and sale of contemporary craft in New England, showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood. Presented at the Hynes Convention Center in Bostonʼs Back Bay neighborhood, CraftBoston Holiday is conveniently located in a fashionable, concentrated shopping district perfect for the Holiday season.

Recognized for its innovative approach, the Mentor Program combines the organizationʼs resources with those of CraftBoston. Participants attend a series of training meetings at Society of Arts and Crafts and work with each other, artist mentors, and show management to design a shared, subsidized booth at CraftBoston Holiday. Training topics include: booth design, marketing, pricing and selling of work, legal and insurance issues, show operations, and portfolio development. After completion of their first year, Mentor Program participants are eligible for a subsidized independent 10'x10' booth at CraftBoston Holiday the following year as a second-year participant. Society of Arts and Crafts specifically highlights its Mentor Program participants at CraftBoston and is committed to their continued success.

First-Year Mentor participants will learn how to prepare for a retail craft show by designing and realizing a shared subsidized booth at CraftBoston Holiday. Each participant will be required to pay a fee to participate and attend 2-3 meetings (in person or by conference call) to train with working professionals on marketing, legal, insurance issues, portfolio development, pricing, sales, and booth design.

Eligibility

Priority will be given to artists out of school five years or less, but all are welcome to apply.

# of Participants Selected each year: 3-5

 

MEDIA CATEGORIES

Society of Arts and Crafts invites artists to apply for participation in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood.

Categories not included: calligraphy, painting, photography, lithography, etc., except when incorporated into an otherwise acceptable craft category.


IMPORTANT DATES

The application deadline for the CraftBoston Holiday 2017 Mentor Program is April 7th, 2017.

Selected applicants will be notified April 14th, 2017.

At least three group meetings will be held throughout the early to late fall at The Society of Arts & Crafts. The group will discuss the various facets of craft shows through discussion, images accompanied with informative handouts of tricks of the trade. We would like our first meeting to be held at an agreed-upon time during CraftBoston Spring, which takes place at the Cyclorama in Boston, between April 21st - 23rd, 2017.

CraftBoston Holiday

Set up: December 13 - 14, 2017

Preview Party Opening: December 14, 2017

Public Days: December 15 - 17, 2017

 

RULES FOR PARTICIPATION

CraftBoston features artists who demonstrate excellence in craftsmanship. Before applying, please make sure your work meets the following criteria:

 

• All work must be original and made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools. CraftBoston encourages one-of-a-kind and limited edition work.

• No commercial reproductions of any kind are allowed. This includes embellished commercially made objects and works assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits.

• Artists accepted for participation must be in attendance at their booth during the entire show. No agent, dealers, or representative may attend in place of the artist.

• Collaborating artists are permitted, however, any representation other than a true, hands-on artistic collaboration is not permitted.

• Artists may only show work in categories selected by the jury. All work exhibited must be of the same body, quality, category of work that was juried through digital images.

• Because attending the meetings is required, artists must live/work in New England (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont).

• Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

• Second-Year applicants must show portfolio growth to be considered.

 

BOOTH FEES

First-Year Mentor participants will share a booth (10ʼx15ʼ, 10ʼx20ʼ or 10ʼx30ʼ TBD) and will be charged $275 per person. This price reflects a 70%+ discount off of the regular booth rate and included pipe and drape but does not include lighting, electricity, and booth display.

Second-Year Mentor participants will each have a 10x10ʼ booth and will be charged $525 each. This price reflects a 50%+ discount off of the regular booth rate and includes pipe and drape. Additional booth environment elements such as lighting, electricity, and booth display are the responsibility of the artist.

 

MENTOR PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Claire Sanford: Metalsmith & Society of Arts & Crafts Resource Council Member

Mark Del Guidice: Wood worker & Society of Arts & Crafts Board of Trustees

Paulette Werger: Metalsmith & Society of Crafts Board of Trustees

Lindsay Miś: Metalsmith & CraftBoston Director at Society of Arts & Crafts








The Society of Arts and Crafts welcomes applications for the 2017 Artist Awards.

Every other year, the Society awards $3,000 each to three craft artists living in New England. As a mission-driven non-profit, the Society continues to support craft artists through opportunities such as this and we are honored to continue to award artists. This is a merit based award, yet we do take your cover letter into consideration as this, like all juried awards, are subjective. To be eligible, you must be living in New England.

This year, Ellen Wieske, 2010 Artist Award Winner and Jeweler, and Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, will join Luiza deCamargo, Associate Curator at the Society of Arts and Crafts, to jury the applications.

The Society believes that craftspeople have a knowledge of materials and an expertise of technique. Traditionally, craft has been defined by material -- wood, ceramics, glass, textiles, and metal -- and the techniques used to transform raw material into objects. We acknowledge that contemporary craft often challenges our notions of technique and material, and we honor these new expressions. If you believe your work does not meet this definition yet still falls under the purview of craft, please explain in your cover letter. No paintings, photographs, drawings, or traditional sculpture will be reviewed. Previous winners are ineligible to apply.

To apply, please attach the following:
1. Cover letter: Help us get to know you. 
2. Current resume or cv. Not to exceed two pages.
3. Ten to fifteen images of your work. Up to five detail images may be included.
4. Image description document: include title, materials, dimension, techniques, date. 

Application Deadline: March 31
Award Winners will be announced on May 1

As part of the awards package, the three winners will be featured in the 2017 Artist Awards Exhibition to open June 29, 2017 at the Society of Arts and Crafts. 

Please contact Luiza deCamargo with any questions: exhibitiongallery@societyofcrafts.org / 617-266-1810