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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, Preview Night Award Ceremony and Preview Night Benefit (COMBO Ticket)
Wed., April 20, 2016, 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Join female directors of Smithsonian museums, research, educational, and cultural centers in celebrating the Craft Show and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee’s 50th anniversary at the Honorary Committee Reception in the Commissioner Suite. Then attend the award ceremony and dinner buffet.

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 dinner 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.
Friends Night Out at the Smithsonian Craft Show
Thurs, April 21, 2016, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In this special shopping experience for you and your friends, view 12 Macchia works by Dale Chihuly, meet Craft Show artists, sample signature drinks, and post at the social media booth. Ticket includes April 21 show admission, one cocktail, light snacks, and more.


Smithsonian Craft Show Online Auction
April 17-27, 2016
Exceptional design items contributed by Smithsonian Craft Show artists and Visionary recipients.

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Smithsonian Craft Show Raffle
Win one of three beautiful items donated by 2016 Craft Show artists: Christine Goodman, Ken Loeber & Dona Look, and Mary Jackson.

Tickets are $5 each. Drawing Sunday, April 24. You need not be present to win.

The Great Collectors Lecture Series: Finding Beauty
Lectures are complimentary with admission to the show.

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Photo Credits (From Top to Bottom): Robert Farrell (metal); Colin Pezzano (furniture); Judit Varga (ceramics); Dan Mirer (glass); Toots Zynsky (glass); Christina Goodman (jewelry); and Cliff Lee (ceramics)