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CraftArt 2004 Set for October 30-31, 2004

Widely respected as Florida Craftsmen's premier showcase for the finest contemporary crafts and design in ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, metal, jewelry, paper and mixed media, CraftArt returns with much fanfare for a 7th year in the historic Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg, a city recently honored as one of America's Most Livable Cities and a Top 25 U.S. Cultural Destination. Featuring Mediterranean Revival style architecture, an arched roof and 15,500 sq. ft. of red oak floors, the Coliseum also highlights adjacent alcoves serving as artist demonstration areas and a balcony offering patrons a birds-eye view of the fair while enjoying a coffee and dessert bar. Formerly an outdoor festival, the CraftArt Fair 2004 has been reconfigured to accommodate 70 artists indoors and 40 artists outdoors in a complementary setting. Parking is free and convenient for both artists and visiting patrons.

Downloadable application is available here. Print, fill out, and mail to address shown below.

Our Philosophy is to promote and support the quality and diversity of fine craft art being produced by top contemporary craft artists nationwide; to connect professional artists, community patrons, collectors and students through a weekend of artistic celebration and craft arts education; and to encourage the purchase of art to benefit the livelihood of craft artists. Limited exclusively to 110 artists, the CraftArt Fair 2004 encourages excellence in craftsmanship, design and originality as the criteria used in the selection of artists and their work.

The mission of Florida Craftsmen, a 52- yr.old statewide non-profit organization, is to broaden public awareness,understanding and appreciation of fine craft art and to encourage professionalism and high aesthetic standards among artists. These goals are achieved through exhibitions, educational programs, a retail sales gallery and the CraftArt Fair -- the organizations' major event of the year -- raising important funds through ticket sales and sponsorships to support our comprehensive programs for artists and a growing arts community.

Marketing & Arts Education is key to increasing attendance, public perception and continued patronage of the fair in a new location. Over forty thousand dollars will be spent for advertising to promote the CraftArt Fair 2004 through print, broadcast and innovative media such as billboards, movie houses, electronic networks and support from tourism bureaus and the City of St. Petersburg. CraftArt has cultivated a loyal, knowledgeable, sophisticated customer base. Visitors will be asked to donate a $5 weekend admission, and participating artists will each be provided 25 VIP Free guest passes to encourage increased attendance and visits from former patrons. Members of Florida Craftsmen, sponsors, and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge. One highlight of the fair is ongoing artist demonstrations which educate the public about a variety of craft techniques, ideas and craft makers. Participating artists are encouraged to demonstrate their craft on site, and will receive an honorarium for providing this service.


The CraftArt Fair 2004 will be limited exclusively to 110 juried fine craft artists. Fine craft art is defined as work which utilizes either the materials and/or processes associated with fine craft art. Paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking and/or commercially made works are not eligible. By signing this application, the exhibitor assures that he or she has direct, hands-on involvement in the creation and execution of all works to be exhibited; works are original, handmade by the artist and created within the last three years. No kits, molds, or embellishments are permitted. Artists/makers must be present with their work the weekend of the Fair. No artist representatives or substitutes are permitted. The CraftArt Fair 2004 Committee reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules of eligibility.

$20,000 in Awards

Ten (10) $1,000 Awards of Excellence selected by the juror will be awarded on the merit of the artists' body of work regardless of media, and approximately $10,000 in pledged Patron Purchase Awards will be distributed during the Fair. Final decisions concerning cash awards are at the sole discretion of the juror.

Booth Size & Fair Fees

There is a $20 non-refundable slide jury fee (deposited upon receipt), in addition to SPECIFIC booth fees listed below (deposited upon acceptance no later than July 20, 2004). Specify booth interest on application form; booth requests will be determined for accepted artists based in order of the date the application was received. Indoor booth fees include pipe and drape (required), and outdoor booths set up in parking lot adjoining the Coliseum require artists' own outdoor booth set-up. Electricity for indoor booths is optional but recommended; electricity for outdoor booths is unavailable. Electrical need request forms will be sent with acceptance package. (Current Florida Craftsmen members may deduct $20 from booth fee below on application form).

Booths Size Fee
(54) INDOOR 10x10 booth $385
(12) INDOOR 10x10 corner booth $420
(4) INDOOR 6x10 booth $320 (smaller booth size suggested for jewelers)
(40) OUTDOOR 10x10 booth $255

Rules of Entry

1. DEADLINES & FEES: Each applicant must submit 4 slides for consideration (3 of work, one of booth); a non-refundable slide jury fee of $20; booth fee with noted booth request, a self-addressed stamped envelope; and application form. Final entry deadline must be postmarked by July 1, 2004 for notification of acceptance mailed no later than July 20th, 2004. There will be a limited waiting list. The booth fee must accompany the application package with a separate check and will be deposited no later than July 20, 2004 if accepted. The booth fee check will be returned to artists not selected to participate. After jury notification, a booth fee refund of $100 for cancellations made before August 15th will be accepted. No booth fee refunds for cancellation after August 15th will be issued under any circumstances in an effort to guarantee a fair of the highest quality. Please make all money orders or checks payable to Florida Craftsmen, Inc. There will be a $30 charge for any returned check. Only work in the medium(s) accepted will be considered. If entering in more than one craft medium, applicant must submit separate application, fees, and slides.

2. SLIDES & JURY: Slide quality is very important. The 4 slides must be representative of the work the artist plans to exhibit/sell at the Fair, representing the works for sale in an artists' booth proportionately. Once at the Fair, work will be committee reviewed, and those not corresponding in nature to the original slide entries may be asked to remove their entire exhibit without refund. Slides must be standard 35mm, 2x2î plastic or cardboard mount, clearly numbered and labeled with artists' name, medium, arrow indicating TOP of work. The fourth slide MUST be of the entire booth display, or application will be disqualified. Slides will be projected on 4 side- by-side projectors simultaneously, shown in the order in which they are received. The Pre-screening Committee consists of three arts professionals including one previous award-winning CraftArt artist. Decisions of the screening committee are final. Slides of the highest quality may be chosen for various publicity pieces; slides of artists selected to exhibit will automatically be held for publicity purposes.

3. MEMBERSHIP: Current Florida Craftsmen members receive a reduced booth fee rate. Non-members are encouraged to become FC members by submitting an annual dues check of $35 payable to Florida Craftsmen. Membership benefits include quarterly newsletter, invitations to exhibitions, workshops, conferences, opportunities to exhibit and more.

4. SALES: All works exhibited at the CraftArt Fair 2004 should be for sale. No commission will be taken on sales. Sales will be encouraged, and approx. $10,000 will be pledged in Patron Purchase Awards.

5. YOUR BOOTH: A card bearing artist's name, booth number and residence will be provided and must be prominently displayed in each booth. Booth spaces may not be shared. Allocation of spaces will be at the discretion of the CraftArt Fair 2004 Committee, and are assigned in order of application postmark date. If the type of space an artist has requested has been filled (such as the small 6x10 booth or a corner booth), you will be advised. Each artist must provide appropriate and substantial display fit for indoor or outdoor exhibition. Additional spaces (a double space) may be secured for $150 each, space permitting. Specific times for unloading and reloading will be assigned to accepted artists. Set-up will begin in the afternoon on Friday, October 29th. Artists are encouraged to bring dollies or devices for transporting work into the facility. Security will be provided, however, each artist exhibits all work and booth materials at his/her own risk and should carry appropriate insurance. Florida Craftsmen, Inc., the City of St. Petersburg, The Coliseum or any fair sponsor will not be held responsible for damage, theft, or loss of an individual's work or booth.

6. COMMITMENT TO SHOW / SALES TAX: A signed application is a commitment to show and remain for the entire event. No dealers, agents or representatives will be permitted. To be eligible for any award, the artist must exhibit both days during all show hours. Artists are responsible for collecting Florida State Sales Tax (7%) and remitting same to the Fla. Dept. of Revenue.


  • A completed application form
  • 3 slides representative of work to be exhibited
  • 1 slide of entire booth display
  • $20 check/money order for slide jury fee payable to Florida Craftsmen, Inc.
  • Booth fee check/money order for specified indoor or outdoor booth request payable to Florida Craftsmen (note booth fee reduction if you are an FC member).
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope with 60¢ postage
  • (optional) $35 annual artist membership for Florida Craftsmen


Photocopies of this form are acceptable.

Mail in one packet to:

Florida Craftsmen, Inc.
501 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

INQUIRIES may be directed to Florida Craftsmen, Inc. at (727) 821-7391.


Ann Shaw Lancaster

Ann Lancaster is founder and Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. Prior to this position she worked as Operations Manager for the Houston Center for Photography. Ms. Lancaster received her BA in Fine Art from Rice University in Texas and received additional training in the field of fiber arts. Professionally, her years as a retail gallery director and an arts administrator have advanced her knowledge and passion for all forms of fine craft media, and have earned her the respect of her peers and the crafts community on a local, regional and national level. Nationally, Ms. Lancaster serves on the Board of the American Craft Council in New York City and the Craft Organization Development Association.

Respected for her aesthetic eye and rapport with artists nationwide, Ann has curated and juried numerous exhibitions and fairs throughout the country. The CraftArt Fair 2004 Committee and sponsors welcome Ann Shaw Lancaster's artistic vision, dedication to contemporary craft and craft artists, and her involvement as the distinguished juror for this year's event.

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