Smithsonian Craft Show returns with a 4-day, in- person show at the National Building Museum

The 40th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, themed “Future Focus: A look at new directions”, will take place April 20–24 at the National Building Museum. Held in person for the first time since 2019, the show features the sale of works of recognized artisans who are shaping the future of fine American craft.

A panel of expert jurors has selected 120 artists representing all facets of contemporary craft and design, including basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art/clothing, and wood. The works will be for sale; serious collectors and casual shoppers will find one-of-a-kind pieces at a wide range of prices.

Show tickets are $20 for general admission available Thursday, April 21, through Saturday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An evening benefit preview will be held on Wednesday, April 20, that includes the opportunity to meet the artists and shop the show while enjoying cocktails and a deluxe buffet. Tickets for the preview start at $250.

Ranked as one of the top fine contemporary craft and design shows in the country, the Smithsonian Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and supports yearly grants to the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research facilities, 21 libraries, traveling exhibitions, and the National Zoo.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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