Excellence and innovation

This year’s Smithsonian Craft Show, FUTURE FOCUS, celebrates recognized mastery and new directions in craft and design.

Come greet 120 jury-selected artists, working in a range of media and price points. You’ll see the latest work of returning favorites and outstanding newcomers, and enjoy new approaches to materials, execution and sustainable design. Expect to be surprised and inspired.

Mark Del Guidice
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee

We’re a hardworking group of nearly 200 volunteers who each year produce the renowned Smithsonian Craft Show and its sister show of wearable art, Craft2Wear. The Committee uses proceeds from these shows to support education, research, conservation, acquisition and exhibitions throughout the Smithsonian.

Tripti Yoganathan
Award-winning artists

Master wood artists David Ellsworth and Michael Hurwitz will receive the prestigious Smithsonian Visionary Award on Preview Night. Also being honored are ceramicists Steven Young Lee and Roberto Lugo, winners of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee Delphi Award recognizing outstanding mid-career artists.

The show will feature a special display of the artists’ work and opportunities to learn more at the Preview Night Reception and at a panel discussion Thurs. April 21 at 1:00 pm.

Namu Cho
Show proceeds fund projects like these – and more

This short overview video was produced a few years ago to give a summary of how Women’s Committee grants support conservation, species preservation, childrens’ theatre programming and more.