The Show


Mark your calendars for the 35th annual Smithsonian Craft Show; the most prestigious juried show of fine American crafts in the country. On display and for sale will be works from 120 artists representing all facets of contemporary design and craft– basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood. Serious collectors and casual visitors alike will find one-of-a-kind works of art in all price ranges. Admission includes special events on the theme of “Looking Back and Moving Forward” featuring nationally known experts in the field of fine craft and design.



Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, April 30, 2017

Thursday 10:30 am – 8:00 pm

Friday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Preview Night – April 26, 2017 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Attend the Honorary Chair reception and Visionary Award ceremony while meeting artists and shopping. Enjoy cocktails and a buffet.

Friends Night Out – Thursday, April 27, 2017   5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fun, shopping and signature drinks created by some of the most notable mixologists in DC.



National Building Museum

401 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20001

Metro Red Line – Judiciary Square Station, F Street Exit


Honorary Chair:

Lloyd Herman, founding director of the Renwick Gallery, will be the show’s Honorary Chair. He is a leader in the growth of craft as fine art as well as the inspiration for the Smithsonian Craft Show.

Visionary Artist:

Faith Ringgold, world-renowned fiber artist, will receive the 2017 Visionary Award. The Award is presented to artists who are leaders in sculptural arts and design, who have works in major museums, and who have demonstrated distinction, creativity, artistry, and, of course, vision in their respective medium.

She is a master of many media, including sculpture and books.  Faith is best known for her narrative quilts.  Her story quilts embody the development of craft into fine art. Her first book, Tar Beach, was based on a quilt with the same title. Written for children of all ages, this book has won over 30 awards including the coveted Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King award.  She has been an art educator both in public schools and in higher education; her work weaves compelling, powerful narratives of American life as seen through the lens of the African American female experience.

Previous Visionary Artists include Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, Toots Zynsky, and Dale Chihuly.


Carolyn Benesh, co-editor and co-publisher of Ornament magazine since its inception in 1974

Melissa Post, independent arts professional, curator, and director

Rebecca Stevens, consulting curator for contemporary textiles at GWU Museum and Textile Museum


Produced by The Smithsonian Women’s Committee

Cissel Gott Collins, President

Ethelmary Maddox and Kathy Sommerkamp, Chairs 2017 Smithsonian Craft Show


The Smithsonian Craft Show, produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, supports yearly grants to the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries, nine research facilities, traveling exhibits and the National Zoo.  Over $11.5 million in grants and endowments have been awarded since 1966.