36th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show

Fact Sheet

April 26 – 29, 2018

National Building Museum, Washington, DC



The Smithsonian Women’s Committee presents the 36th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, featuring 120 premier American artists chosen from a pool of approximately 1,000 applicants. For the first time, the show will highlight Asian cultural influence on American crafts.  Many of today’s top U.S. artists creating cutting-edge art are reconnecting American modernism to its roots in Asian culture. The show seeks to engage the public through educational and artistic components that complement the theme “Asian Influence/American Design.”



Preview Night:  

Invitation-only reception and first dibs on shopping

Wednesday, April 25, 2018    6:00 pm

Craft Show:

Thursday, April 26 – Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thursday 10:30 am – 8:00 pm

Friday/Saturday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friends Night Out:

Fun, shopping and signature drinks by notable DC mixologists.

Thursday 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


National Building Museum

401 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20001

Metro Red Line – Judiciary Square Station, F Street Exit



$250 Preview Night

$20 Daily Admission, including program

$17 advance online tickets

$25 Friends Night Out*

$30 Two-day pass

*Cash bar and complimentary appetizers with general admission, or a $25 ticket includes a complimentary cocktail.


This nationally recognized event is an opportunity to connect with major craft artists who are leaders in their respective media.  Serious collectors and casual visitors alike will find one-of-a-kind works of art in all price ranges.

The selected works represent 12 media: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood.

Jurors who selected the 2018 artists are: Bruce Helander, independent art critic and writer, curator, artist;  Jane Milosch, Director, Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative and curator;  Shoji Satake, Asst. Professor in Ceramics, West Virginia University.

The Smithsonian Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.  Since 1966, the Committee has awarded nearly $12 million in competitive grants funded from proceeds of our craft shows to the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries, nine research facilities, traveling exhibits and the National Zoo.