A call for entries will begin on July 1, 2016 for the 2017 Lydon
Emerging Artist Program (LEAP). LEAP is a Store feature that recognizes
exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides
opportunities for early career artists to bring their artwork to the
consumer market. Established in 2007 in honor of SCC Director of
Exhibitions Kate Lydon’s 20-years of service, the program showcases one
winner and six finalists. The winner
will receive a $1000 cash prize and have their work featured, marketed,
and sold in The Store for one year, beginning January 2017. In addition
to the prize-winning artist, each of the six finalists will have their
work featured and sold in 2-month intervals throughout 2017. 

LEAP is open to exceptionally talented artists who are in the early
stages of their careers. “Emerging” artists may have had some
professional experience (i.e., exhibitions, sales, publications, etc.)
but not yet have established reputations. Artists must work in craft
media and are asked to submit 6 images, a resume, a statement, support
materials, and a $25 application fee to SCC by September 30, 2016.

The selection review committee for LEAP will include guest juror
Brigitte Martin, creator and Editor-in-Chief of crafthaus, Janet McCall,
Executive Director at SCC, Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions at SCC,
and Megan Crowell, Asst. Director of Retail Operations at SCC.