American Craft Council

KARE 11 | American Craft Council Show returns to St. Paul

ST PAUL, Minn. — The American Craft Council Show is returning to the St. Paul RiverCentre this weekend.

The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit educational organization that has been shaping the craft movement for decades, serving as a chronicler, convener, and catalyst through its bimonthly magazine, American Craft, annual juried craft shows, thought leadership conferences, awards of excellence, and a research library and archives preserving the rich heritage of American craft.

Jose Ayala, ACC Spokesperson and Trend Expert, visited KARE 11 News at 4 to showcase a sampling of handmade jewelry, fashions, and home accessories, made by Minnesota artists who will be among the 240 exhibitors at the nationally juried American Craft Show, April 5-7 at RiverCentre. 

Among Jose's tips: “Crafters and designers have given us the perfect pieces to keep glam and casual! Mirrored bombers, destroyed denim, endless amounts of stack rings and crossbody handbags are staples for 2019.”

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The American Craft Council (ACC) will be bringing the work of local and national crafters to St. Paul at their annual crafting event. As a national nonprofit, ACC is an educational organization that has been shaping the artisanal craft movement for more than 75 years. Each year, ACC gives artists a platform to show their work at their craft show, along with several opportunities including leadership conferences, awards for excellence, and a research library.

At this year’s ACC craft event, more than 230 artists will be displaying their artwork at the St. Paul RiverCentre. From jewelry and clothing to furniture and home decor, the ACC event will bring together some of the country’s most talented contemporary artists. Since ACC moved from New York City to Minneapolis, the show has drawn in more local artists.

“The Minnesota-based staff has transformed the show from one of 200-plus booths showcasing fantastic art from all over the country to that plus exhibitions by local interior designers, fashion stylists, and other local nonprofits involved in the makers movement,” says ACC public relations consultant Lynn Nelson.

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For lovers of fine contemporary craft, the annual American Craft Council (ACC) show is heaven. With hundreds of artists from around the country on site and ready to answer your questions, it’s a chance to see, learn about and take home something special.

Coming up this weekend, April 7-9, with a preview party on Thursday, April 6, the ACC has a reputation, totally deserved, as a high-end show. First-timers especially will experience sticker shock. But it’s possible to find more affordable items, each impeccably crafted and one of a kind. We bought the perfect peanut-butter spreader at an ACC.

This is the 75th anniversary of the American Craft Council, an organization founded in New York City and based there until 2010, when it moved to Minneapolis and its new HQ in the Grain Belt Brewery complex in northeast. Along with sponsoring craft shows in St. Paul, Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco, it holds an annual conference, publishes a bimonthly magazine, hosts a series of events and maintains a large library and archives, open to the public.

The ACC show is held indoors, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, so it’s never too hot, too cold, buggy, gusty, dusty or pouring rain. (Yes, we’ve been to a few outdoor art fairs.) Typically, 50 artists each year are new to the show, and 60 artists are based in Minnesota. In 2016, 10,000 people attended.

With 225 juried artists, it can be daunting. (For comparison, the Uptown Art Fair is 350+, Edina around 300.) If you have an idea up front of what interests you – jewelry? wearables? furniture? glass? kaleidoscopes? – the website can help you zero in.

These three makers caught our eye because their work is unexpected and also to die for.

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