About The Exhibition

Now in its 39th year, Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s annual juried members’ exhibition, “The Best of…,” features established and emerging artists working in all fine craft media. Regarded as a significant exhibition of fine craft, “The Best of 2022” showcases contemporary functional, sculptural and decorative approaches to works in clay, fiber, wood, glass, metal, jewelry or mixed media. Nearly $8000 in juror-selected artist awards is presented by ODC each year.

How to Enter

Registration is now open. The last day to register is February 14, 2022, until midnight CST. Follow this link to apply. 

Eligibility

  • Open to artists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Membership will be required upon acceptance. Click here to renew your membership or to become a new member.
  • 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: $30; undergraduate students, $20.
  • Open to all fine craft media, including clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal and mixed media. 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 through October 2022. 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 100 lbs. in weight.
  • ODC will bar from exhibition works that have been altered from the entry.
  • Artist is responsible for shipping or dropping off work April 2–8, 2022. Artist is responsible for picking up work at ODC in October 2022 or arranging for work to be shipped. Return shipping charges will be the artist’s responsibility.

Juror

Ohio Designer Craftsmen Director Emeritus Betty Talbott has played a leadership role with the organization for over 40 years. She has curated or overseen over 100 exhibitions for the Ohio Craft Museum, including “From the Woods: Works by Dorothy Gill Barnes” and “Shared Vision: Passions of the Human Spirit,” a showcase of works created in Ohio studios serving artists with developmental differences.

She continues to play a role in the regional and national fine craft field, serving as a grant and symposium panelist, lecturer, and curator of numerous exhibitions for other arts organizations, including the Huntington Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, The Ohio State University and the Zanesville Museum of Art. As a cultural envoy for the United States State Department, she traveled to Macedonia to assist artists with marketing and product development, and to Chile to curate an exhibition of work by contemporary Chilean artists for the Riffe Gallery, Columbus.

An accomplished ceramics artist, Talbott’s own work has been featured in numerous periodicals and is part of the collections of The Ohio State University Purdue University, the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Ohio Craft Museum.

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 2022” (and its traveling segment) shall be considered as having been sold as a result of its exposure during the show, and the 40% commission must 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 cannot 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 marketing and grant proposals.

Awards

Nearly $8000 in awards are presented, including:
$1000 Challenge Award for Excellence
$1000 Watkins Printing Poster Award and Yassenoff Family Award for Excellence
$1000 Director Emeritus Betty Talbott Award for Excellence
$1000 Artist Scholarship Award

Plus other awards for excellence in specific mediums

The following awards require additional steps to apply:

$1000 Artist Scholarship Award

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

$500 Brooke Hannan Artist Scholarship Award

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

$250 ODC Board of Trustees 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 knagorski@ohiocraft.orgE-mails must be received by the February 14, 2022, entry deadline.

Notification

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

Calendar

Entry deadline: February 14, 2022
Jury results and award notifications e-mailed to artists: early March 2022
Accepted work due: April 2–8, 2022
Opening and awards ceremony at the Ohio Craft Museum: Sunday, May 8, 2022
Exhibition dates:
Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH: May 8–June 26, 2022
Kent State University, Kent, OH: August through September 2022
Work available for pick-up: October 2022 at the Ohio Craft Museum

Fees

Entry fee: $30; undergraduate students, $20. You have the option to pay via this site, or to pay with check or cash at the Ohio Craft Museum. If you’d like to pay with check or cash, email odc@ohiocraft.org or call 614-486-4402.

Membership to Ohio Designer Craftsmen will be required upon acceptance. An individual membership is $35 annually; senior membership is $25; student membership is $20.  Click here to renew your membership or to become a new member.

How to Enter

Registration is now open. The last day to register is February 14, 2022, until midnight CST. Follow this link to apply. 

 

Questions?

Need more information? Call 614-486-4402 or email us.