Call for entry: 2013 Niche Awards

handbuilt pottery

2012 NICHE Award winner, Ceramics – John Davis

Entries are being accepted now for the 2013 NICHE Awards, a prestigious juried competition recognizing excellence in fine craft design.

Professional and student artists may apply online at The deadline for entries is September 30, 2012.  Contest categories include ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and jewelry arts.  New categories added this year seek original artist-made holiday ornaments and decorations; objects for the kitchen and for dining; and jewelry made from alternative materials.
Judging of entries is based on three main criteria:
  • technical excellence, both in surface design and form
  • a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
  • market viability (professional entries only)

2012 NICHE Award winner Basketry – C. Smathers
The entry fees are $40 for professional craft artists and $18 for students; up to three artworks may be entered per person. The judging will take place in October. Finalists will be invited to display their work in a NICHE Awards exhibit at the Buyers Market of American Craft, a national wholesale tradeshow of American-made products, February 16-18, 2013, in Philadelphia. Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Buyers Market on February 17, 2013.
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2012 NICHE Award winner Furniture (Cabinetry) Austin Heitzman
The NICHE Awards are sponsored by NICHE magazine, the quarterly trade publication for U.S. and Canadian retailers of fine craft and artist-made products. NICHE is published by The Rosen Group, a Baltimore-based arts marketing, publishing and advocacy firm.
A complete list of last year’s NICHE Awards winners can be found at  Requests for images can be sent to the contest coordinator, Jean Thompson, at or call 800-432-7238, ext. 218. 

Call for entries: 2012 NICHE Awards

The NICHE Awards competition is open to professional craft artists over the age of 21 who reside in America or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craftwork supplied to galleries and/or craft stores. The NICHE Student Awards competition is open to any craft student residing in and attending an American or Canadian undergraduate, graduate or certificate arts program. Submitted work must have been produced or introduced after August 31, 2010 to be eligible. Work previously submitted to the competition will not be accepted. Artists may enter as a student for up to one (1) year after graduation; however, work submitted must have been produced while an artist was still a student. Professionals may only submit work produced within the U.S. or Canada. Work produced in secondary studios within other countries may not be submitted. NICHE magazine reserves the right to merge categories that do not accrue an appropriate number of applications. The only way to enter the 2012 NICHE Awards or 2012 NICHE Student Awards is by completing an application online. Paper applications will not be accepted. One application per artist is allowed. Each application allows for up to three pieces of work to be submitted; no more than two pieces may be submitted in the same category. The competition is judged on a per piece basis, not on an application basis. It is therefore possible to be up to a three-time winner. Artists may enter in either the professional division or student division, not in both. Entries must be submitted by the artist in the artist’s name, not in the name of a company or school. No additional images showing detail will be accepted for jurying. The image photo submitted may be enlarged by the judges to see detail. Each image must be a separate piece of work and show the work in its entirety. Applicants may not enter an individual piece in more than one category. Installation art will not be accepted in any category. The cost to enter is $40 for professional, $20 for current Buyers Market exhibitors and $18 for students. The application fee can be paid by check or money order only. Note the applicants name with the payment. Please mail payments to: NICHE Awards
3000 Chestnut Ave., Ste. 300
Baltimore MD 21211DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30th
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Call for entry – 2011 NICHE Student Awards

Student Entry Deadline: October 16, 2010
Professional Entry Deadline: August 31, 2010

The NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in professional and student divisions.

NICHE magazine is now accepting applications for the 2011 NICHE Awards Student competition. Open to undergraduate or graduate students residing in Canada or the United States.

2011 NICHE Awards Professional Division is open to professional craft artists over the age of 21 residing in Canada or the United States.

READY TO APPLY? For Students
For Professionals Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Philadelphia on February 18, 2011 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, held in conjunction with the Buyers Market of American Craft.

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