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48th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition
Statewide Juried Competi

January 19 – February 23, 2001
Alliance for the Arts / Fort Myers, FL

March 2 – June 10, 2001
DeLand Museum of Art / DeLand, FL

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To showcase fine contemporary craft by artists in the State by Florida. The exhibition will feature both innovations and traditional expressions of craft art, and will serve as a common forum for craft artists of all persuasions and the public. Florida Craftsmen is a statewide, not-for-profit arts service organization established in 1952 to encourage recognition of fine contemporary craftwork through exhibitions, educational opportunities and statewide craft activities. In keeping with this mission, excellence of craftsmanship, concept and design will be the criteria used in the selection of works for the 48th Exhibition.

Artist Eligibility

The 48th Exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age or older who are a member of Florida Craftsmen, Inc. and a current resident of Florida. Non-members become eligible upon payment of Florida Craftsmen dues. If not current, annual membership dues must be received along with the exhibition entry form and are effective for one year from date of receipt.

Work Eligible

A maximum of three entries per artist may be submitted in any fine craft medium, including clay, wood, fiber, metal, glass, paper, jewelry and mixed media. Entries must be original, executed within the last two years, and not previously shown in a Florida Craftsmen exhibition.

Carolyn A. Hecker

Carolyn A. Hecker, Director Emeritus of the Maine Crafts Association, received a BA from Gettysburg College and an MA from American University in Arts Administration. She received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art in 1994 and is currently President of Ronald Hayes Pearson, Inc., a fine jewelry business dedicated to the preservation, production, and exhibition of her late husband’s lifetime of work in contemporary craft. In the 1970s, Carolyn was Education Program Coordinator for the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the Smithsonian Institution and later became Associate Director of Appalachiana craft gallery in Alexandria, VA. That position led her to become Director of Greenwood Gallery in Washington, DC before her move to Deer Isle, Maine, where she currently resides. In 1983, Ms. Hecker founded and became Executive Director of the Maine Crafts Association, providing exhibition, educational programs and professional assistance to Maine’s wealth of craft artists.

Carolyn has served on many boards and committees including the Craft Organization Director’s Association, Vermont Clay Studio, the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. She is a juror for exhibitions across the country, a consultant and a writer. Florida Craftsmen is honored to welcome Carolyn Hecker, a woman who has dedicated her life’s work to the contemporary crafts movement, as the juror for the 48th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition.

Rules of Entry:

1. A non-refundable entry fee of $18 made payable to Florida Craftsmen, Inc. must accompany the application.

2. Florida Craftsmen membership dues must be current at the time of entry. If not already a member, check or money order should be made separately from the entry fee and payable to Florida Craftsmen, Inc. and included with the application.

3. Entries may include up to three artworks. Each artwork may be represented by up to two slides, with the second slide showing a detail shot of the work. Slides must be color, 2x2 inch 35mm format in cardboard or plastic mounts. Each slide must be clearly labeled with the following information:

  • Artist’s name
  • Title of work
  • Date of work
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Slide # corresponding to number on entry form in upper right hand corner of front view, arrow indicating top front of piece.

Slides of work not accepted for exhibition will be returned to artists with their notification form. Slides of work accepted for exhibition will be retained by Florida Craftsmen, Inc. for educational slide presentations, future marketing efforts, and permanent documentation.

4. The juror will make final selections from the slides submitted. Final juror acceptance notices will be mailed on December 8, 2000. Florida Craftsmen and/or the juror has the right to refuse work that representationally differs from the original slide. Awards will be selected while work is at The Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers before the opening of the exhibition.

5. Entries must be postmarked by November 13, 2000. A completed entry form, entry fee, FC dues, slides, notification form, and a self-addressed stamped envelope (55 cents) for return of slides must be included. Photocopies of this form are acceptable.

Mail in one packet to:
Florida Craftsmen, Inc.
501 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

6. Only slides of excellent image quality will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog. A catalog or gallery guide will be mailed to each entrant and to galleries, museums, and teaching institutions throughout the U.S. Artists accepted to exhibit are encouraged to submit high-quality black and white photographs for catalog inclusion.

Various cash and purchase awards totaling approximately $2,000 or more will be made at the discretion of the juror and purchase award sponsors.

Sales will be encouraged. Works marked NFS must state insurance value. The Alliance for the Arts and the DeLand Museum of Art, in cooperation with Florida Craftsmen, will retain a 40% commission on all sales directly related to the exhibition. In the event of being a part of the exhibition at The Alliance, an artist receives a commission to create a new artwork, The Alliance will receive 15% of the amount of the price of this commission.

Liability and Insurance:
Once in the possession of The Alliance for the Arts, all works will be insured for the duration of the exhibition at The Alliance. The DeLand Museum is responsible for insuring works in transit to the museum from The Alliance and while in their possession. Neither The Alliance / DeLand Museum nor Florida Craftsmen are responsible for work in transit to the Alliance for the Arts, or work being returned to artists from the DeLand Museum of Art and ask that artists properly insure work in transit.

Shipping and Hand Delivery:
Artists with accepted works will receive identification tags that must be attached to the work before shipping. Accepted works must be shipped to arrive on Friday, January 12 or Saturday, January 13 ONLY. All shipped entries must be packaged in sturdy reusable containers and sent PREPAID to:

48th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition
c/o Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Shipped work that is not prepaid will not be accepted. Instructions for payment of return shipping will be included with notice of acceptance. Artists are responsible for payment of final return shipping fees from the DeLand Museum of Art.

Hand-delivered works may be delivered to The Alliance for the Arts at the above address on Saturday, January 13 from 10am to 3pm or on Monday, January 15 from 9am to 5pm. The Alliance has no storage facilities and work cannot be insured prior to stated delivery dates.

Submission of an entry to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this brochure. In addition, artist grants the right to sponsoring groups to photograph and/or reproduce slides of exhibited work for publicity and educational purposes. No work can be substituted once accepted for exhibition, nor can a work be removed prior to the end of the exhibition on June 10, 2001 at the DeLand Museum of Art.

48th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition Calendar

November 13, 2000 Postmarked entry deadline for application and slides

December 8 Final juror acceptance notices mailed to artists

Jan. 12-13, 2001 Shipped work arrives at The Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

Jan. 13 & 15 Hand-delivered work arrives at The Alliance for the Arts

(from 10am-3pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Monday)

January 19 48th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition, Opening Reception

Feb. 9-10 Florida Craftsmen Statewide Conference, Fort Myers

Feb. 23 Exhibition closes at Alliance for the Arts

March 2-June 10 Exhibition at DeLand Museum of Art

June 11-15 Shipped work returned to artists



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