Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, the Show is postponed to October 21-25, 2020.

The Smithsonian Craft Show is a four day show and sale of the finest in American Crafts and Design, held at the beautiful National Building Museum in Washington DC. 

119 artists have been carefully selected by a panel of jurors who look for unrivaled quality and creativity.  Every year, approximately one third of our exhibitors are new to our show. You will see well-known artists who are masters of their craft, as well as lesser-known emerging talent.  Come and discover them all! Artists at the show work in all facets of contemporary craft and design – Basketry, Ceramics, Decorative Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper, Wearables, and Wood.  Serious collectors and casual visitors will find one-of-a kind works of art in all price ranges. 

  • For daytime shopping, join us Thursday, October 22, through Sunday, October 25.
  • For after-hours fun, join us for Craft + Cocktails on Thursday, October 22, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  This special evening includes signature cocktails from celebrity mixologists, music, snacks, entertainment, and all-day general admission!  Buy your tickets now before they sell out!
  • For entertainment and enlightenment, attend “Wit and Wisdom in the Work of Patti Warashina”, Thursday, October 22 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  In lively conversation with Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Patti reveals how her life experience and sense of humor inform her art.
  • For an exclusive evening of shopping without the crowds – while enjoying a sumptuous buffet with wine and cocktails – join us for our Preview Night Benefit on Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
  • For the most exclusive event, and the opportunity to mingle with our 2020 Visionary Artist Award recipient, Patti Warashina, and our show VIPs (jurors, curators, movers & shakers), choose the Preview Night Benefit with Visionary Artist Reception ticket option on Wednesday, October 21.  This option allows you into an exclusive and intimate reception before the Preview Night Benefit. Tickets are limited, so buy yours now!

Ticketing:

GENERAL ADMISSION

Includes commemorative program

Door Price — $20 

Online by October 19 — $17 

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GROUP SALES –

Advance Purchase Only — $15 each
Groups of 10 or more

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Craft + Cocktails

Thursday, October 22 $35

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Craft Cocktails, anyone? Bring your friends and come anytime on Thursday to shop and stay for after-hours fun with creative cocktails by celebrity mixologists, music, snacks, entertainment, and more shopping!

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“Wit and Wisdom in the Work of Patti Warashina”

Thursday, October 22 $45

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will engage with Patti to reveal how her life experience and sense of humor inform her art.

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PREVIEW NIGHT BENEFIT

Wednesday, October 21$250

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Shop early, meet the artists without the crowds, and enjoy a sumptuous buffet with wine and cocktails. 

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Preview Night Benefit with Visionary Reception

Wednesday, October 21$500

Add the Visionary Reception (5:00 – 6:30 pm) to mingle with the honoree, award winners, VIPs and witness the awards ceremony.  Hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served.

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Date and Time:

Wed., October 21, 6:30 pm – Sun., October 25, 5:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, October 21, 2020  

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm  – Visionary Artist Reception

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  – Preview Night Benefit

THURSDAY, October 22, 2020 

10:30 am – 5:00 pm – General Admission

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Craft + Cocktails

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – “Wit and Wisdom in the Work of Patti Warashina”

FRIDAY, October 23, 2020 

10:30 am – 5:30 pm – General Admission

SATURDAY, October 24, 2020 

10:30 am – 5:30 pm – General Admission

SUNDAY, October 25, 2020 

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – General Admission


Location:

National Building Museum 

401 F Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

Metro Red Line – Judiciary Square Station, F Street Exit


Visionary Artist Award 2020:  Patti Warashina, recipient of this year’s Smithsonian Visionary Award, is honored for her work in ceramic sculptures. University of Washington Professor Emerita, Warashina at age 79 continues to craft smart, funny, and sometimes heartrending figurative sculptures with masterful proficiency, exploring such themes as the absurdity and foibles of human nature, feminism, and other timely political and social topics.  Institutions holding her work include the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Museum of Art and Design, New York, National Museum of Modern Art, Japan and the Los Angeles County Art Museum.  Selected Warashina works will be on display during the show.  

The Smithsonian Visionary Award is presented annually by the Secretary of the Smithsonian to artists who have reached the pinnacle of sculptural arts and design, who have works in major museums, and who have demonstrated distinction, creativity, artistry, and vision in their respective medium.  Previous Visionary Artists include Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, Toots Zynsky, Dale Chihuly, Faith Ringgold, and Joyce J. Scott.

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