call for entry: The Earring show

The Craft Council of British Columbia presents The Earring Show, an exciting juried exhibition and sales opportunity for contemporary, designer-makers producing wearable art in a whole host of mediums. The exhibit showcases examples of earrings in every shape, size, material and concept, made by artists across North America. Furthermore, The Earring Show also provides a space where the public can engage with art jewellery for the first time, or to add to their collection!

The Earring Show is held as a one-night fundraiser at the CCBC Shop & Gallery in Vancouver, where our guests can purchase any of the specially-selected earrings. All funds raised from the event go towards CCBC, its programs, and to help promote contemporary crafts in BC and Canada. With a growing number and variety of pairs of earrings, The Earring Show is approaching its 6th iteration in 2019!

Applicant information – The Earring Show 2019

  • Application deadline: March 8, 2019
  • Delivery deadline: April 5, 2019
  • Event: May 5, 2019

Present Tense Craft Conference

October 10 – 12, 2019
Loews Hotel, Philadelphia

As craft organizations are evolving, artists are innovating, and the definition of craft is expanding, the need for conversation about craft’s meaning, impact, sustainability, and relevance is more important than ever. That’s what we’ll explore at “Present Tense: 2019,” three-day gathering about craft’s evolving roles and relevance in today’s world.

We’ll hear from an exciting lineup of speakers from diverse professions who will tackle timely questions and ideas. How do other fields borrow and incorporate the tenets of craft, and what can we learn from them in return? How does craft inspire and create communities? How do handcrafted objects and acts of making shape our identity, connect us, and influence how we see the world?

We’ll experience Philadelphia, an educational and creative hub for craft and a case study for the way in which creative practices influence a whole community. You’ll encounter that first-hand on tours of local artist studios, museum collections, and more.

And we’ll come away with a shared experience, new connections, big ideas, and a path forward. Sounds like a conference you don’t want to miss, right?

Early-bird registration opens on January 22, 2019. Stay tuned for more details!

Rates: Members $335 / non-members $350 / students $200
Hint: Now’s a great time to become an ACC member and save!

Find out more HERE

call for entry: Lydon Emerging Artist Program

The 2019 LEAP application deadline: December 31, 2018.

LEAP Application submission link
LEAP Overview | LEAP Poster | LEAP Information Sheet

The LEAP Award was established in 2007 in honor of Contemporary Craft Director of Exhibitions Kate Lydon’s 20-years of service. The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market. The yearlong retail program features, markets and sells the work of one winner, who also receives a $1,000 prize, and 4 finalists.

LEAP is open to exceptionally talented graduate students and/or emerging artists who are beginning to receive recognition for their work, but are not currently represented by well-established galleries. Artists must work in craft media: ceramics, wood, metal/jewelry, glass, found materials, mixed media, fiber or a combination of these materials.

For more information, please contact Susan Hillman/Jim Ebbert at

call for applications: 2019 Transformation Fellow

Deadline November 28, 2018                                                                                     

The Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applications for a Transformation Fellow for a term from February 19 to April 6, 2019.

During the course of their term here, the Transformation Fellow will support diversity, equity, and inclusion as a critic and mentor within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs and engage with communities at UNLV and in Las Vegas at large.

While there are no formal teaching requirements for the Transformation Fellow, this is a “working” residency program. In addition to the primary objective of furthering one’s creative or critical practice during their time in Las Vegas, Fellows will be asked to fulfill at least 6 hours/week in service work with, and on behalf of, the Department of Art. In addition to conducting studio visits with students, attending Spring semester Graphic Design and Media programming, BFA and MFA Thesis and Midway exhibitions, and participating in discussions and group critiques of student work, the Fellow’s plan should include a community engagement component. This may involve the following types of activities which relate to the Transformation Fellow’s own creative practice, skills, and interests:

  • hosting a short series of salons or pop-up exhibitions to address key topics of relevance to artists, designers, and the Las Vegas community;

  • presenting a public lecture;

  • activating a collaboration between Department of Art students and the local community or a local non-profit organization.

The fellow will have 24-hour access to a studio space. An 8,000 USD honorarium, and a 2,000 USD housing/travel stipend will be provided. The Department of Art will serve as a resource and help facilitate introductions to students and the local community. There will be a separate budget for engagements.

The Transformation Fellow will be an artist, scholar, designer, educator, curator, or community arts leader who has at least one solo exhibition, publication, or significant public or collaborative project of note. This position is open to those who have a terminal degree or comparable experience and those who have followed traditional and nontraditional paths.

UNLV is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. UNLV employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a public degree-granting institution of approximately 30,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff. UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus near the Las Vegas Strip. It is ranked #1 for diversity by US News & World Report, and designated by the federal government as a Hispanic Serving Institution. About 70% of the students are students of color. Many are the first in their families to attend College. UNLV offers one of the most affordable University educations in the US.

The Department of Art is reviewing and revising its curriculum and programming to create a model for professional development in all areas of the arts, design, and art history, to teach the diversity of culture and identity in the US and its democratic values, and to prepare graduates for success in competitive and evolving communities through access to cutting-edge fabrication equipment, new critical and creative contexts, and opportunities for exhibition, discussion, and critique linked with various progressive and interdisciplinary partners in Las Vegas and beyond.

To apply:

Please submit by November 28, 2018, as a single PDF to with “Transformation Fellow” in the subject line:

  1. a cover letter;

  2. a project proposal for your time at UNLV that defines transformation and addresses how you will involve students, faculty, staff, and diverse members of various communities in your undertaking;

  3. A bio and CV with contact information for 2 references;

  4. A portfolio, as applicable, with 5-10 pages of work. Please embed images within pdf and link to vimeo for video. We will review up to 10 minutes of video submissions.

Email questions to Wendy Kveck at

Successful applicants will be notified December 10, 2018.


save the date and register now for New Clay Conference!

Full details are found on their site, but basically it’s going to be a three-day long conference with demos by Naomi Clement, Jason Burnett and Carole Epp, alongside panel discussions, artists talks, exhibitions and social events!

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and at their website for more details and updates leading up to the event.

Also there is a call for you to get involved with a conference studio tour and exhibitions:

Conference Tour

“One of the goals to the New Clay Conference is to strengthen our clay community and highlight all of the great clay going on already.

We are inviting local studios, galleries and artists to get involved by adding yourselves to our tour.  Leading up to and during the weekend we are encouraging our participants to tour all of the great clay in Ottawa.  We are partnering with a variety of galleries and studios that are going to host exhibitions in cooperation with the New Clay Conference.  If you have a studio or gallery in Ottawa and surrounding area and there are ceramic artists involved we want to hear from you.  You do not need to host a special exhibition, if you already have something in your gallery let us know and we can share that here.  No gallery space but you have a studio that is open to the public? Let us know that too.  We really want to create the ultimate list of studios and galleries in Ottawa that are opening their doors to visitors during the New Clay Conference.  Saturday and Sunday we are going to keep our participants pretty busy so we hope that your study/galleries are open leading up to the weekend as well.”

Please email us:

Studio/Gallery name



What is going on that weekend: Do you already have scheduled exhibition we can promote? Would you like to do something special for The New Clay Conference? Perhaps this would be a great opportunity to do that ceramics show you have been thinking about for years.

Don’t have a studio or gallery but have a great idea for a themed or group exhibition? Please get in touch with us, we would love to help you find a venue to make your exhibition happen.

Don’t have an idea for an exhibition but have a space you would like to offer up for the weekend? Please contact us and we will match you up with some great art!  Does not need to be a conventional gallery space, coffee shops, restaurants, retail stores and more can make the perfect exhibition space.

Full details about participating here.