job posting: Center for Craft

Applications due July 1, 2019


The Center for Craft is looking for a full-time Craft Research and Innovation Manager to develop and support the Center’s national field building programs, which seek to increase the value and relevance of craft to society through awarding grants and fellowships, convening thought leaders, documenting and disseminating research, and creating leadership initiatives in the field.

The Craft Research and Innovation Manager will oversee the Center’s ambitious annual grant and fellowship program, including the management of data, counseling of applicants, coordination of the selection processes, and evaluation of grant impacts. They will organize and produce an annual convening of grant recipients to ensure their continued professional development, and provide key project support for the Center’s other national convenings including an annual Craft Think Tank and conference. The successful candidate will plan and develop dissemination strategies for the Center’s national field building programs, including overseeing the Craft Research Collection housed in the Center’s downtown Asheville gallery.

The Craft Research Manager is responsible for maintaining financial and administrative grant records with accuracy and timeliness as well as expenditures within budget. They will provide key support in grant writing and reporting for field building projects.

This position is full-time and exempt with occasional evenings/weekends and reports to the Assistant Director and Curator. The position will supervise contractual support and/or interns. Starting salary is $42,000 with full benefits to include Medical/Dental, Life Insurance, LTD and STD, and 401K as well as 3 weeks paid leave and recognized federal holidays.


The ideal candidate will have an MA in Art History, Design History, Decorative Arts, Material Culture, American Studies, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  A working knowledge of the American craft field is highly preferred. The following skills, qualities and experiences are also a priority:

  • Organized, self-motivated planner that may work independently;
  • Solid understanding of grant-making processes and reporting requirements;
  • Strong communication, customer service, and interpersonal skills with the intent to develop and maintain positive relationships;
  • Proven expertise in written communication, including texts developed for both general and specialist/scholarly audiences (social media, blogs, articles, reports, etc.)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in systems used to track, evaluate, and monitor grants and projects;
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail; and
  • Advanced computer knowledge to include Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Suite.



  • Manage grants and fellowship programs, including call for applications/nominations, developing the online application and review process (Slideroom), counseling applicants to ensure deadlines and requirements are met, preparing for the selection committee process, processing grant payments, and evaluating program outcomes.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with grant recipients and key external program partners; create content and storytelling related to grantees for marketing and social media; maintain grant archive on the Center’s website; oversee and plan annual Fellows Connect;
  • Increase the impact of the Center’s field building program by creating and implementing documentation and dissemination strategies for craft research, including overseeing the Center’s Craft Research Collection and organizing craft research related exhibits and events; keeping grant and project archive up to date; ensuring database contacts are current and relevant; evaluating grant database and content systems for effectiveness and updates.
  • Project planning and support for national field building programs, including the Craft Think Tank and national conferences; manage and track project timelines and budgets;  work with speakers, partners and other program constituents to develop content, asses and coordinate set-up needs, and meet marketing deadlines; conduct post-event evaluation and reports.
  • Support the organization’s grant-writing activities, including researching, preparing, and tracking grant proposals and reports; monitor grant prospects with a master schedule including deadlines for renewals and reports, archive previous grants; Collaborate with Development Director on the drafting of grant proposals and reports; Manage the grant application process by drafting and editing proposals and reports with input from the Development Director, solicit and/or draft letters of support and other documents .

The Center for Craft is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. The Center encourages applications from traditionally under-represented minority populations. Submitting an application does not constitute a promise or guarantee of employment.


This position will be regularly scheduled to work Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Occasional nights and weekend hours are required.


All application materials are due by July 1, 2019. Please send the completed employment application, cover letter, C.V., and 2 writing samples (up to 500 words each) to Marilyn Zapf at

Offer of employment is contingent on successfully passing a background check.


Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft (formerly The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design) is the leading organization in the United States identifying and convening craft makers, curators, and researchers, and matching them with resources, tools, and networks to advance their careers. Over the years, the Center has become a vital community resource, serving thousands of visitors annually. As a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft, the Center administers more than $300,000 in grants to those working in the craft field. Follow the Center at, and on Facebook and Instagram.

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movie day: Mary Borgstrom

Mary grew up on a small farm and raised her two children… it wasn’t until after her kids were grown she found her passion for art. Little did Mary know it would come to define her… A life lesson to not judge a book by its cover, and to follow your dreams no matter what age.

3 calls for entry from the AB Craft Council

Deadline for entry: March 11, 2019

Exhibition Dates:
Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery – Edmonton: June 15 – August 3, 2019
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary: August 31 – November 2, 2019

The ACC is pleased to announce the revival of Coming Up Next; our national exhibition of emerging Fine Craft. Coming Up Next celebrates the creativity, innovation, and skill, of emerging artists entering the field of contemporary Craft in Canada.

The exhibition will be curated to feature a cross section of Craft disciplines and is open to submissions from artists whose path to Craft may have began through apprenticeships, mentorships with elders, those who are self taught or who received a formal post secondary Craft education. If you are within the first five years of your career in Fine Craft, or the last year of studies in a Fine Craft discipline you are eligible to enter.

This national call is free to enter, with an online submission of up to 5 images of work available for the exhibition dates. Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fibre, glass, metal, wood, or any combination of craft media, and completed within the past two years will be considered.

This exhibition will launch at the Alberta Craft Council Discovery Gallery in Edmonton (June 15 – August 3, 2019) as part of Edmonton’s Works Art and Design Festival. It will also travel to our Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary (August 31 – November 2, 2019).

Submission Content:

  • current CV with contact information
  • artist biography
  • image list: title, year created, retail price, dimensions, materials, and techniques
  • work submitted must be available for sale and available for the duration of the exhibitions
  • 3 – 5 images of work (high quality digital images, measuring at least 1000 pixels in width or height)

Artists pay shipping to the ACC, ACC pays return shipping on unsold items.

*work must be created in Canada


Please contact Joanne Hamel, Exhibition Lead


Phone: 780-488-6611 ext. 234

Submit your proposal here.


Deadline for Proposals:  April 5, 2019
Exhibition Dates:
September 28 – November 9, 2019

Curators in Contemporary Craft, is a new program to allow members to develop their curatorial skills as part of our ongoing efforts to create professional development opportunities for Craft artists and engaging exhibitions for our audiences.  Expand your career in a supportive environment with access to mentorship from professional curators and organizers in the Fine Craft field.

Are you sitting on an exhibition idea that you would like to bring to fruition but are unsure of the steps to take?

This is your chance to develop those skills needed to curate an exhibition with the support and experience of the Alberta Craft Council Exhibitions team.  From start to finish, the ACC team will be there to guide you through the process; from honing your theme and concept, coordinating artists, developing press releases and promotional material, gaining skills in laying out and installing an exhibition, to writing an article for the Alberta Craft Magazine.

  • We are looking a current ACC Member with minimal curatorial experience
  • Curating a small group exhibition of 5 – 8 artists
  • Curator can be included as an artist
  • We require the successful applicant to be willing and able to put in the time needed
  • Curator will be paid a $500 honorarium

Submission Content: 

  • Submit a one-page written concept and/or theme of your exhibition
  • Current CV and biography


Please contact Jessica Telford, Exhibition Lead


Phone: 780-488-6611 ext. 234

Submit your proposal here.


Deadline for Entry: June 1, 2019

The Alberta Craft Council is calling for exhibition proposals for the 2020 line-up at the Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery.  It is going to be an exciting year, as we begin programming for the ACC’s 40th Anniversary, and Craft Year 2020 the nation-wide celebration of craft organized by the Canadian Crafts Federation and Provincial Craft Councils.

The Exhibition Team is looking for fully-developed exhibitions and themes that highlight mastery in craftsmanship, feature new work, push the boundaries of craft, and/or celebrate the achievements of our members.  Our public exhibition galleries are dedicated to showcasing work by emerging, mid-career, and established craft artists. The proposals can be for individual or group shows.

The Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery strives to present innovative and dynamic exhibitions that challenge perceptions and inspire the public to discover the best in contemporary Fine Craft.  This 436 sq. foot gallery is located on the main level of the ACC’s Edmonton location and features 7 exhibitions per year, several of which travel to our Calgary Gallery.  Each exhibition is accompanied by an article in the Alberta Craft Magazine, invitations, online promotion, and an opportunity for an artist talk or interactive demonstration plus reception.

Submission Content:

  • a one-page written concept and/or theme of your exhibition that includes preferred time of year and the number of pieces expected
  • current ACC Membership
  • up-to-date CV with contact information
  • artist biography
  • 3 – 5 high quality digital images, measuring at least 1000 pixels in width or height of work to be presented in the exhibition.
  • image list: title, year created, dimensions, materials, and techniques
  • CARFAC fees will be paid to artists, approx. $848 Per ACC Discovery Gallery Solo Exhibition. Work can still be available for sale at the current 60% consignment to artists.

*work must be created in Canada


Please contact Joanne Hamel, Exhibition Lead
Phone: 780-488-6611 ext. 234

Submit your proposal here.

Visit their website HERE.