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31st Anniversary Smithsonian Craft Show - Celebrating the Creative Spirit of America - April 25 – 28, 2013

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 32nd annual celebration (April 10-13, 2014) 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.)
  • 123 distinguished craft artists selected in a 2014 Quest for the Best
  • A sale of one-of-a-kind or limited edition works in 12 different media—from furniture and ceramics to glass and wearable art


Preview Night Benefit
Wed., April 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for Preview Night at the Smithsonian Craft Show. Come meet the artists, enjoy first-choice shopping, savor a delicious cocktail buffet and listen to music. Valet parking available.
Craft Show Daily Admission
Thurs.–Sun., April 10–13, 2014
Save $2:00 and avoid long lines by ordering your Smithsonian Craft Show Daily Admission tickets online and in advance. Two-day passes also available.


Preview Night Visionary Dinner
Wed., April 9, 7:45 to 10 p.m.
Experience a special Visionary Dinner honoring the recipients of the Smithsonian Craft Show Visionary Award, Wendell Castle and Albert Paley. Limited seating. Purchase tickets by April 1, 2014.

Location: Commissioners Suite of the National Building Museum
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A Conversation with Wendell Castle and Albert Paley
Thurs., April 10, 6 p.m.
Michael Monroe, past curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery, will lead a discussion with two leading figures of the American contemporary studio craft movement, Wendell Castle and Albert Paley.

Location: National Building Museum Auditorium
Other Details: Admission to the Craft Show included. Wine will be served.
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Lunch with Roxanne Roberts, Life as a Journalist
Sat., April 12, 12 p.m.
Enjoy the company of Roxanne Roberts, a style writer for the Washington Post and co-author of The Reliable Source column.

Location: National Building Museum Commissioner's Suite (2nd floor)
Other Details: Admission to the Craft Show included.
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Online Auction
Auction Live: Mon., April 7 (closes Tues., April 22)
Details coming soon!