Call for Entries for the 2023 Creative Crafts Council 34th Biennial Exhibition

By Editorial Team on January 4, 2023

Deadline: Sun, 05 February 2023

Hollow Form Vase with Leaves by Patrick O’Brien


Deadline: Sunday, February 5, 2023


About the Creative Crafts Council (CCC): The Creative Crafts Council is an umbrella organization of twelve fine craft guilds in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia that has sponsored a juried biennial exhibition since 1954. Since 1988, the CCC Biennial has been at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland.

The Creative Crafts Council 34th​ Biennial Exhibition will present some of the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region’s top work in ceramics, enamel, fiber, glass, metal, mixed media, wood, book arts, and more at The Mansion at Strathmore from May 9, 2023 until July 29, 2023.

Applications must be submitted online by midnight (EST) on Sunday February 5, 2023. To submit an entry for the Exhibition, please visit

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About the Jurors

A panel of three experts jury the show every two years. To accommodate the wide range of media, judges with different specialties are invited each year. This year, the panel includes:

  • Jaimianne Jacobin is the Executive Director of the James Renwick Alliance for Craft, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering American Craft. Formerly, she was the Executive Officer for the Creative Crafts Council, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Arts Council, and owner of The Gray Gallery.
  • Lynda Smith-Bugge is a wood artist who reconstructs nature into evocative abstract sculptures that have been exhibited locally and internationally in the Arts-in-Embassy program; her commissions are in private residences, senior facilities, and hospitals. As Project Coordinator at the Zenith Community Arts Foundation, she directs a Mobile Woodshop program preparing young unemployed DC residents for jobs in the building trades.
  • April Wood is a metalsmith, sculptor, and jeweler based in Baltimore, MD. She is a co-founder of the community arts education space the Baltimore Jewelry Center and has taught extensively at craft schools and universities around the country.

Eligibility and Rules: 

  • All artists living, working and/or attending college in Virginia, Maryland, or DC or who are members of sponsoring guilds may apply.
  • All work must be for sale.
  • The artist created and authorizes the work to be submitted for the CCC 2023 Exhibition.
  • Artists may submit as many as 4 pieces total; the media of the 4 pieces may vary.
  • All work must have been produced after January 1, 2019.
  • Artworks must not have been previously exhibited at a CCC exhibition.
  • Submission is to be accompanied by at least one image, but no more than two views of each entry.
  • The images should be a high-quality JPEG, maximum size five megabytes, at least 1800 pixels on the shorter side. Further instructions for the photographs are described in the application.
  • Upon submission, all images may be used in social media and for promotional or educational purposes by the CCC and member guilds.
  • All accepted entries must be completely ready for display, including any necessary hardware, wires, and/or stands. The Mansion at Strathmore uses a typical picture rail hanging system.
  • The CCC and the Mansion at Strathmore reserve the right to refuse to present any work which, upon arrival, differs markedly from the image submitted or does not, for any reason, meet the standards of the exhibition.
  • After acceptance, no substitutions are permitted.
  • All accepted pieces will remain on display in the Mansion at Strathmore for the duration of the show, even if sold.
  • The Mansion at Strathmore will insure all works while in its possession. All work must be for sale. Prices on entry form are final. The Mansion at Strathmore charges 40% commission on all works sold during the exhibition. Be sure to include the commission fee in the retail sales price. Insurance will be provided for the wholesale value.


Wednesday, December 21, 2022:  Application opens
Sunday, February 5, 2023:  Deadline for application
Monday, March 10, 2023: Notification sent to artists
Wednesday, April 26 – Saturday, April 29, 2023*:  Delivery of accepted work by appointment
Tuesday, May 9, 2023:  Exhibition opens to the public
Thursday, May 11, 2023*: Opening reception 7-9pm (May be virtual), awards presentation 7:30pm
Saturday, July 29, 2023*:  Exhibition closes
Monday July 31 – Tuesday, August 1, 2023*:  Pick up unsold artwork by appointment

 * Dates may change due to Strathmore Mansion scheduling

Entry Fees

  • All entry fees are non-refundable
  • $35 for members of sponsoring guilds
  • $50 non-members

Jurying process and awards

  • Jurors accept pieces into the Exhibition by category and ensure balance and diversity across the Exhibition. The categories are jewelry (all media categories) and non-jewelry entries by media categories of book arts, ceramics, enamel, fiber, glass, metal, mixed media, and wood.
  • All pieces exhibited are eligible for awards
  • Jurors make awards at their discretion
  • CCC awards will be $300 for Best in Show. Awards of $200 for first place and $100 for second place are given for non-jewelry objects in each media category and for jewelry. Honorable Mention Awards, if given, have no monetary value
  • CCC member guilds also offer awards of excellence generally in the amount of $100
  • All awardees receive a letter from the CCC recognizing their award