Carol Shinn, Open Door, 2001, machine stitched canvas, 19 x 16 in. Photo: Randall Shinn

Florida Craftsmen Regional Conference

The State of Craft 2003

Celebrating the State of Craft, Florida Craftsmen's Regional Conference, has been organized as a 50th Birthday Weekend coinciding with the 50th Anniversary Statewide Competitive Exhibition opening at the DeLand Museum of Art on Friday evening, March 21, 2003.

The conference celebrates Florida Craftsmen’s achievements as a statewide organization over the last fifty years and focuses on common areas of exploration across contemporary craft media – color, surface, design and texture.

Florida Craftsmen continues its long tradition of artistic and educational exchange by gathering some of the foremost contemporary craft artists working in the United States for this regional conference. Collaboration among visual artists, collectors, students, scholars and the public fosters a creative legacy for the production, collection and study of fine craft objects made by hand.

Along with a lively exchange of ideas, the conference will share valuable technical information. Join us in furthering the awareness, understanding and appreciation of fine craft art on this momentous occasion!

Related Exhibitions and Events

Deland Museum of Art

50th Florida Craftsmen Statewide Exhibition
Juried by Robert Ebendorf
Opening Reception: Friday, March 21st from 5 to 7 pm
Awards Ceremony at 6:45 pm

Elsa Freund: The DeLand Collection
Opening Reception: Friday, March 21st from 5 to 7 pm

Stetson University Art Galleries

Master Artists Invitational
Featuring work by conference visiting artists
Opening Reception: Friday, March 21st from 6 to 8 pm

Downtown Gallery Stroll

Visit 6 to 7 galleries and enjoy a terrific dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Thursday evening, March 20th from 6 to 9 pm

Short Road Trips All Weekend

Self-guided, anytime during the conference:

  • The Pioneer Settlement, Barberville
  • Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach
  • Harris House & Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach
  • Cassadega
  • DeLeon Springs State Park

March 20-23, 2003

Florida Craftsmen's Regional Conference, Celebrating the State of Craft, coincides with the 50th Birthday Weekend and the opening of the 50th Anniversary Statewide Competitive Exhibition at DeLand Museum of Art.

Conference registration form. Registration deadline is March 12, 2003.

Exhibition Brochure (.pdf file, 256K)

Exhibition Calendar

February 1

Final juror acceptance and declined notices mailed to artists

March 6-12

Shipped work arrives at the DeLand Museum of Art

March 7-12

Hand-delivered work arrives at the DeLand Museum of Art

March 21

The Florida Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Exhibition Opens.
Public Opening Receiption from 5 to 7 pm, Awards Ceremony at 7 pm

March 20-23

Florida Craftsmen Regional Conference, Deland, Florida

May 8

50th Anniversary Exhibition closes

June 2003-August 2004

Exhibition travels throughout Florida