About the exhibition

“The Best of…” is Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s annual, juried, members-only exhibition. Now in its 36th year, the exhibition is regarded as one of Ohio’s best shows, and features established and emerging ODC member artists working in all craft media. As a significant exhibition of fine craft, “The Best of 2019” showcases functional, sculptural or decorative contemporary approaches to works in clay, fiber, wood, glass, enamel, leather, metal, jewelry or other media. ODC presents more than $6500 each year in juror-selected artist awards.

How to Enter

Registration is now open. The last day to register is February 14, 2019 until midnight CST. Follow this link to preview the entry form.

Follow this link to apply. 

Eligibility

  • Open to ODC members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Click on the link to renew your membership or to become a new member: CLICK HERE
  • Submitted work must be original and handcrafted, must have been created within the last three years, and must not have been exhibited in any previous ODC/OCM exhibition.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entry fee: $25.
  • Open to all fine craft media, including clay, fiber, glass, enamel, wood, metal, leather. Photographs must contain a fine-craft element.
  • Artists may enter up to three works. (A set, such as a pair of earrings, constitutes one work.)
  • Work must be available April 2019 through January 2020. Please reserve the work you enter to ensure availability.
  • Museum access limits the size of art in boxes or crates to 82″ in height, 31″ in width. Works may not exceed 9 feet or 150 lbs. in weight.
  • ODC will bar from exhibition works that have been altered from the entry.
  • Return shipping charges will be sent to the artist.

Commission

ODC’s commission for work sold is 40%. Price your work to reflect our commission. Any piece sold within 30 days of the close of “The Best of 2018” (and its traveling segment) shall be considered as having been sold as a result of its exposure during the show, and the 40% commission will be remitted.

Insurance

Work is insured by ODC during exhibition and in transit to other venues. Insurance values should not exceed 60% of the retail price. Work not for sale (NFS) must list a value for insurance. The museum can not insure any work for an amount in excess of its fair market value, and reserves the right to limit the amount of insurance coverage on a particular piece. In the event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to provide documentation concerning the value of the work and extent of the claim.

Digital Image Requirements

  • One overall and one detail image are required for each artwork. Images should be sized to 7 inches on the longest side with 300 dpi.
  • ODC reserves the right to photograph accepted work or to use submitted digital images of accepted work for the purposes of publicity, education, documentation, promotion and future grant proposals.

Juror

Stefanie Kirkland is the director of exhibitions and artists-in-residence programs at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design in St. Louis, Missouri. A painter and fiber artist, she has curated and installed numerous exhibitions at the gallery, and acts as liaison between the artists and Craft Alliance. Her own work has been shown nationally and is included in a number of private collections.

$1000 Artist Scholarship Award

If your work is accepted into the exhibition, you are eligible to be considered for the $1000 Artist Scholarship Award, which must be used by the artist to attend a workshop in his or her field. If you would like to be considered for this scholarship after acceptance, please e-mail  btalbott@ohiocraft.org with your responses to the following: Workshop description, including title and artist, price, dates, location; and how will this workshop enhance your current work or take it in a new direction? Please do not e-mail responses until after acceptance.

Emerging Craftsman Award

To be considered for this award, artists must be 30 years of age or younger. To apply, e-mail résumé and proof of age (scanned photo ID with birthdate) to levans@ohiocraft.orgE-mails must be received by the February 14, 2019 deadline.

$500 Brooke Hannan Artist Scholarship Award

To be considered for this award, artists must be 30 years of age or younger. The $500 scholarship award must be used to enhance the artist’s career; i.e., to purchase equipment or materials, to attend a class or workshop, etc. If you would like to be considered for this scholarship after acceptance, please e-mail levans@ohiocraft.org with a brief statement about your intended use of the award. Please do not e-mail responses until after acceptance.

Notification

Notifications will be sent via e-mail. Be sure to enter a valid e-mail address.

Calendar

Entry deadline: February 14, 2019
Jury results and award notifications e-mailed to artists: early March 2019
Accepted work due: April 2–8th, 2019
Opening and awards ceremony at the Ohio Craft Museum: Sunday May 5, 2019
Exhibition dates:
Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH: May 5 – August 11, 2019
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH : September through December 2019
Third Venue TBA

Fees

Entry fee: $25. You may pay your fee either before or after you submit your application.

How to Enter

Registration is now open. The last day to register is February 14, 2019 until midnight CST. Follow this link to preview the entry form.

Follow this link to apply.