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The 38th Annual American Craft Exposition (ACE) 2022 Announces Call for Artists

Katie Heraty
American Craft Exposition 2022The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore)

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) announces applications for the 2022 American Craft Exposition (ACE) are open now through April 18 with an early bird deadline of April 4. The show is September 30 - October 2 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. ACE will kick off with a Benefit Preview Party on September 29, where guests will get a sneak peek at the museum-quality artwork.

Applicants can visit details or email

As one of the country’s longest running premier fine craft shows, ACE brings together 100 exceptional artisans exhibiting one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections and uniquely creative, museum quality artwork. Eligible media categories include baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, contemporary/semi-precious jewelry (work primarily made from metal, enamel, glass, paper, fiber/fabric/felt, polymers, clay, wood, leather, or recycled materials), fine/precious jewelry (work primarily made from platinum, gold, sterling silver or precious gems), leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

ACE is a highly competitive juried show featuring hand-crafted work and is open to all craftspeople who are residents of and are working in the United States. Work must be produced by the artists or under their personal supervision. Work should be made by hand or with appropriate tools. 

The 38th annual American Craft Exposition will be organized by ACE Co-Chairs Leslie Sevcik and Gayle Stellas and the ACE volunteer committee. Tickets for ACE 2022 will be available in the summer of 2022.

“We look forward to welcoming new and returning craftspeople in-person this year at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden,” says ACE Co-Chair Leslie Sevcik. 

Each year, more than 8,500 guests attend ACE, with proceeds from the event funding programs at NorthShore University HealthSystem. This year’s event will raise money for NorthShore’s SAVE MOMS program. “Up to 75 percent of maternal deaths in Illinois are thought to be potentially preventable. SAVE MOMS, a data driven initiative at NorthShore University HealthSystem, is designed to protect and preserve maternal health before, during, and after delivery,” explains ACE Co-Chair, Gayle Stellas. 

About the Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) supports the hospitals and community of NorthShore not only through their fundraising events, but also through various service projects. Philanthropic donations of time and talent help The Auxiliary serve the community with an annual nursing scholarship, diaper drives for families in need and much more. For more information or to volunteer for any of these projects, contact or call 224.364.7270.  

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