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 + Crafts and the Greater Boston Arts & Business Council are proud to present to recipients of the Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship the opportunity to exhibit their work in a shared booth at CraftBoston Holiday 2019. As a continuation of the professional development provided by CEF, this shared booth opportunity will include guidance from CraftBoston staff on preparing for a craft show. Over the course of three months, participants will meet to discuss the special considerations required by craft shows and to design a shared booth, culminating with participation in CraftBoston Holiday 2019. 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 by the Society of Arts + Crafts 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.  

 

MEDIA CATEGORIES

Society of Arts + 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 2019 CEF Booth is July 22, 2019.

Selected applicants will be notified July 29, 2019.

A minimum of two mandatory meetings, over the phone and in person, will take place between August and November.

CraftBoston Holiday (the show in which you are applying to present your booth) 

Set up: December 11 - 12, 2019

Preview Party Opening: December 12, 2019

Public Days: December 13 - 15, 2019

 

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.

• Participants must be current or past participants of the Boston Arts & Business Council's Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship.

 

BOOTH SETUP

Booth size will be assigned at the discretion of program directors, but will range from a 10'x20' to a 10'x30'. Contents of booth must remain within the booth boundary to maintain accessible walkways and fire lanes as required per the venue. No modifications will be made to the building structure: this includes permanent or temporary modifications such as nails, screws, tacks, glue, tape, etc.

John D. Mineck Foundation

The John D. Mineck Foundation was created in 2007 to award charitable and educational gifts, which reflect John Mineck’s interests and values. John’s skills as a fine furniture maker were a result of passion, dedication and the guidance of a well-known furniture artist. Without that guidance, John would not have realized his capabilities.

In an effort to support the art that John loved and the people who make it, the Foundation has created a fellowship to encourage and support a young-in-career furniture artist with the financial assistance to help him/her succeed in his/her journey. The fellowship has been designed to help support a talented furniture artist looking to fulfill an apprenticeship, develop his/her own skills, and/or make the transition to independence.

The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship of $25,000 is awarded annually to one artist and is administered by The Society of Arts and Crafts.

The 2019 Fellow will join a prestigious cohort alongside Will Tracey (2009), Libby Schrum (2010), Bart Niswonger (2011), Nick Hollibaugh (2012), Vivian Beer (2013), Kimberly Winkle (2014), Sarah Marriage (2015), Annie Evelyn (2016), Jack Mauch (2017), and Tom Shields (2018).


Criteria & Guidelines

The fellowship will focus on furniture makers whose work is contemporary and functional, and artists who live and work in Northeast United States. Traditional and sculptural furniture makers as well as candidates from other regions in the United States may be considered.

The following criteria will be considered in evaluating applications:

  • Quality of the artwork, strength of vision, and a portfolio that evidences growth beyond school or university work
  • Artwork and résumé demonstrating perseverance and commitment to artistic career
  • The strength and feasibility of the fellowship proposal
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Artist collaborations will be considered
  • Currently enrolled, full-time students are not eligible


Fellowship Fund Uses

Examples of expenses that would be allowable include:

  • Opportunities for advanced study or apprenticeship with a significant mentor
  • Attending professional development classes or workshops
  • Equipment or supplies related to artwork
  • Upgrade or rental of studio space
  • Marketing and website development
  • Travel related to artwork (conferences, expos, exhibitions, shows, etc)
  • The portion of federal income taxes directly related to the fellowship income

Examples of expenses that would NOT be allowable include: 

  • Purchase of real estate, rent (non studio), mortgage payments
  • Tuition or classes related to a degree
  • Paying off education loans or past debt


Fellowship Recipient 

Fellow will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the following terms:

  • Fellow is required to provide a mid-term and final report to the Society during the award period, which describes progress made on the plan, any changes to the plan and the impact on artistic development. The reports may take the form of a conversation, email or a letter.
  • Fellow must file a financial report to the Society at the end of the award period that outlines how funds were used.
  • Fellow is encouraged to attend the John D. Mineck golf tournament and award presentation on Thursday, October 5 in Massachusetts to share their experiences and the impact the fellowship has made or will make on their career.
  • Fellow is requested to acknowledge funding by the John D. Mineck Foundation in any promotional materials, shows, events, or publications that result from award activities and notify the Society of publicity that results from the award.
  • Fellow is required to make themselves available to the press to promote the award. This may include studio visits, photo shoots, interviews and events.     


Additional Information

  • Grants are subject to state and federal income tax. The portion of federal income tax related to the income resulting from receiving the Artist Fellowship is an allowable expense in the application budget. Please contact the IRS or your tax preparer for further information.         
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Application Deadline

August 12, 2019.

The 2019 John D. Mineck Fellow will be in early September, 2019. Submissions will be juried by the Society with the help of Annie Evelyn.
 

Please click on the submit button below to begin your application.

The Society of Arts and Crafts