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Apply to CraftBoston Online Shows

The Society of Arts + Crafts invites craft artists to participate in exciting online retail opportunities in the form of themed shows. Each CraftBoston show, lasting 6-8 weeks, will allow our artist community to work with us throughout the year, and will give artists an opportunity to present their work — and viewers to experience their work — in a context that highlights the breadth of approaches to a single concept.

Why CraftBoston Online?

CraftBoston Online shows are visited by craft lovers from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. For more than 20 years, CraftBoston shows have featured some of the country’s foremost craft artists alongside talented emerging artists, establishing a national reputation for quality and innovation. As an exhibiting artist, you will have the opportunity to create a personalized Artist Profile and feature up to 10 of your artworks in our online shop. Our marketing and PR teams help to spotlight each artist who participates. And, since our show is fully virtual, there’s no need to travel or ship work to a gallery in advance.

Artwork (L): Nathalie Miebach, Barbara Francis, Bobbi Brown-Mayo, Milton Mizell, (R): Sherit Levin, Sara Thompson, Yuri Kinoshita, Emilie Pritchard.

2022 Shows

CraftBoston: Pins + Needles

March 4 - April 17, 2022

Ready to make a fashion statement? Jewelry and fiber artists are invited to submit head-turning brooches, pins, shawls, scarves, hats, and other wearables.

Apply by Jan. 7, 2022

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Application Fee:

Pins + Needles: $15 for processing and jurying

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form (see below) submitted by the deadline (midnight ET).
  • Application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable, nontransferable, and is due with the application.
  • Images of up to ten (10) artworks to be included in the show. Images should be JPG or PNG files and at least 300 dpi. Artists who have previously participated in an online show with the Society may submit images that are representative of their work rather than images of specific artworks.
  • Image description document: a single PDF detailing additional information on each artwork included in the application. This document should include: title, image file name, medium, dimensions, photo credit (if applicable), retail price, and a brief description of the artwork (optional).

Applicant Notification:

Applicants will be notified of their status no later than the date specified below:

Pins + Needles: Feb. 4, 2022

Consignment: The Society will issue a consignment contract for the specified show. Items will be sold with a 60% artists / 40% Society split on the retail price. Artwork must be available for sale during the entire consigned period. The Society reserves the right to offer small promotional discounts on occasion but the artist will receive their full commission on the original retail price.

Possession: All consigned artwork will remain in the physical possession of the artist until it is sold and shipped. 

Shipment and Cost: In most cases, the Society recommends offering free shipping on artwork as we have learned that this can encourage and incentivize sales. However, we recognize that shipping needs vary widely based on the size, price, and weight of the artwork, along with the geography of the buyer and seller. To offer more flexibility to participating artists in handling shipping costs, we have expanded our shipping options to include:

  • Free shipping, paid by the artist
  • $10 shipping, paid by the buyer
  • $25 shipping, paid by the buyer
  • Custom shipping, paid by the buyer*
    *Buyers will be directed to contact the artist prior to purchase, who will be responsible for billing and collecting shipping costs separately.

Shipping costs are set individually for each item by the artist. The Society will collect shipping costs at the time of purchase and reimburse the artist for shipping costs by check combined with the consignment payment. The Society will not collect payment or participate in custom shipping arrangements; these arrangements constitute a separate agreement between the artist and the buyer.

Participation Requirements for Accepted Artists:

  • Please note that we are only able to work with US-based artists at this time
  • Signed Consignment Agreement
  • Up to ten (10) artworks held for consignment per applied period. Minimum retail price: $75.00 per item.
  • Photos and descriptions of consigned artwork uploaded to the Society’s website.
  • Up to five (5) additional images displayed on the artist profile. They function as additional visual enticement, encouraging viewers to visit an artist’s website for additional purchases.
  • Link to your website or online store.
  • An artist headshot, or a photo of you working in your studio.
  • Optional: a short (3-5 minute) video about you, your art, or your process so that buyers can connect with the person behind the art, URL format.

Participants in all CraftBoston Online events will receive:

  • A designated online Artist Profile on the Society’s website for the duration of the event, including room for up to 10 consigned artworks.
  • Ability to link their Artist Profile to a personal website or other marketplace for added sales opportunities.
  • Marketing support. We highlight our CraftBoston shows through email, social media, our website, newsletters, and promotional graphics. In addition, each artist will receive:
    • An artwork available for sale featured in at least one email to 11,000 craft lovers
    • Outreach by a professional PR firm to the artist’s local news outlet(s)
    • Promotional graphics provided by the Society for the artist to share with their audience
  • Opportunity to offer educational programming during the show

Additional Paid Marketing Opportunities:

Participating in a CraftBoston Online show is a great way to connect with an eager audience of craft lovers. Make your work stand out by taking advantage of our additional paid marketing opportunities:

  • Artist Feature – Home Page: spend one week as the Featured Artist on our home page, with your photo and links to your Artist Profile and website easily accessible. $45 per week, limit two weeks per artist.
  • Artist Feature – Email: using materials from your Artist Profile, we will craft a brief feature on you for one of our weekly emails. $30, limit one per artist.
  • Additional Artwork Feature – Email: artworks shown in our weekly emails receive more attention and are more likely to be purchased! Select an additional artwork for inclusion in one of our weekly emails. $45 per artwork, limit one per artist.

Marketing Add-Ons will be available for the Society’s 2022 online shows on a first come, first serve basis.

Please use the application form linked below. Only complete applications will be considered for CraftBoston Online shows. Please email the CraftBoston team at [email protected] with any questions.

Click here to apply

Thank you to our partners and sponsors:

Fidelity Investments
Mass Cultural Council
HYM Investment Group
Urban Glass
Metalwerx
American Craft Council
Snow Farm
Maine Crafts Association
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Lexington Arts & Crafts Society