2023 Smithsonian Craft Show

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2023 Smithsonian Craft Show

The best in American craft returns to Washington. Join us for the Preview Night Party Wed. May 3 or the Show Thur. May 4- Sun. May 7, 2023

By Smithsonian Women's Committee (SWC)

When and where


National Building Museum 401 F Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001

About this event

  • 3 days 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Preview Night Benefit Wednesday, May 3

FRIEND - First Look and Visionary Reception 5:00 - 6:00 PM One ticket to Preview Night and Cocktail Reception to meet the Visionary Award winners, Craft Show Friend listing (program and website) $500 ($180 fair market value)

INDIVIDUAL - Preview Night Party 6:00 - 9:00 PM Meet the artists, shop the show, and enjoy cocktails and a buffet reception $250 ($120 fair market value)

Higher Level Tickets and Donations call the Smithsonian Office at (202) 633-5006

Four-day show and sale Thursday, May 4 - Sunday, May 7. Thursday - Saturday 10:30 - 5:30 PM. Sunday 11:00 - 5:00 PM. Regular Admission $20. Group tickets (10 or more) $15

  • 120 outstanding jury-selected artists from across the United States display their recent work
  • Special exhibit of work by Smithsonian Visionary Award winners Chunghi Choo and Mary Lee hu, internationally renowned metal artists, along with Delphi Award winner Amber Cowan.
  • Special exhibit of work by MFA students from the Institute of American Indian Arts from Santa Fe, NM

Panel Discussion - The Beautifully Crafted Object: Extravagance or Necessity: Thursday, May 4 1:00 - 2:00 PM National Building Museum Auditorium

A lively panel discussion on the impact of beautiful artworks in our everyday lives. Moderated by Jane Milosch, Professor, University of Glasgow, and formerly Chief Curator, Renwick Gallery, SAAM. Featuring 2023 Smithsonian Visionary Award artists Chunghi Choo and Mary Lee Hu along with 2023 Delphi Award artist Amber Cowan

Admission is free for Smithsonian Craft Show ticket holders. Registration required. Please use this website to sign up.

The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operation, capacity, and visitor guidelines as circumstances require. The museum may deny entry or access to any person who fails to follow these guidelines or whose conduct puts Smithsonian staff, visitors, or property at risk.

For more information see: www.SmithsonianCraftShow.org

About the organizer

The Smithsonian Women's Committee is a hardworking group of nearly 200 volunteers who each year produce two renowned signature events—the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show. Our events fund grants to support outreach, research and education programs across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo. Formed in 1966, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee is dedicated to advancing the Smithsonian's mission to increase and diffuse knowledge. Our work has funded more than $12 million in grants and endowments since our founding.

$10 – $500