For its 2016 artist focus, American Craft Week chose to search for exceptional craftspeople under the age of thirty. Nominations were open for talented artists who were under the age of thirty on December 31, 2016. The thirty winners comprise our spotlight exhibit, Rising Stars. Our purpose was to discover great craft and foster the careers of these talented and creative artists.

In the jurying process, The ACW National Committee looked for these characteristics:

  • excellence in design and skill level
  • an impressive body of work
  • a strong commitment to working as a craftsperson
  • work exhibited and/or offered for sale to the public
  • a commitment to community and social values

Please join us in congratulating the winners! Their works are an outstanding testimony to the promising future of handmade American craft.

Please also join us in thanking IndieMe and ACRE for sponsoring the Rising Stars Exhibit, and to Jones Publishing and Handmade Business for highlighting the winners in the October 2016 issue.

Finally, we ask you to join us in encouraging and supporting the young artists in all our communities.

The American Craft Week National Committee:

Meghan Blake-Horst, Madison, WI
PJ Heyman, Boiling Springs, PA
Anne Jenkins, Milford, DE
Heather Lawless, New Haven , CT
Sherry Masters, Asheville, NC
Rani Richardson, Naples, FL
Diane Sulg, Charlotte, NC
Greg Worden, Brattleboro, VT


Exhibit sponsors