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Smithsonian Craft Show


Widely regarded as the country's most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American craft, the Smithsonian Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women's Committee to support its Grants Fund. Grants are awarded to address the Smithsonian's Four Grand Challenges: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, Valuing World Cultures, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, and Understanding the American Experience.

Join us for the 34th annual celebration (April 21-24, 2016) and enjoy:

  • A dazzling exhibition of creativity, innovation, and technical mastery at the elegant and historic National Building Museum (401 F St NW, Washington, D.C.)
  • 121 distinguished craft artists
  • A sale of one-of-a-kind or limited edition works in 12 different media—from furniture and ceramics to glass and wearable art




Craft Show Preview Night Honorary Committee Reception, Award Ceremony and Preview Night Benefit (COMBO Ticket)
Wed., April 20, 2016, 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Includes champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Join female directors of Smithsonian museums and offices in celebrating the Craft Show and the Smithsonian Women's Committee's 50th anniversary. The initial reception will be held in the elegant Commissioners Suite of the National Building Museum. Afterward, enjoy the remaining Preview Night activities from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Craft Show Preview Night Award Ceremony and Preview Night Benefit
Wed., April 20, 2016, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Come meet the artists, enjoy first-choice shopping, savor a delicious cocktail buffet, and place your auction bids. This ticket DOES NOT include the Honorary Committee Reception.
Craft Show Daily Admission
Thurs.–Sun., April 21–24, 2016
Save money and avoid long lines by ordering your Smithsonian Craft Show Daily Admission tickets online and in advance (includes access to the Great Collectors Series lectures scheduled daily). Two-day passes also available.
Friend's Night Out in the Chihuly Macchia Forest
Thurs, April 21, 2016, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In this special shopping experience for you and your friends, view 12 exclusive Dale Chihuly pieces from his "Macchia Forest" collection, meet Craft Show artists, judge a DC mixologist competition, post at the social media booth, and nibble on some snacks. Ticket includes April 21 craft show admission and one cocktail.






































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