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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: United States
State: Washington
Event Dates: 3/5/20 – 4/11/20
Entry Deadline: January 6, 2020 by Midnight

To make it easier for our jurors and curator, we will be using the Café Call for Entry System, and this prospectus reflects Café’s requirements for information for the entrant.  There is no charge associated with entering. You will have to create a log-in ID and password on Café (if you do not already have one) to save and access your entry.  Helpful hint for Café:  Always upload your images to your personal account on Café first.  After that, you can complete the entry form. 

You can go straight to the entry form by clicking here:

Link will be available when entry process opens November 1, 2019

Images – Minimum:
2, Maximum: 9
Total Media – Minimum: 2, Maximum: 9

Entry Fee (Currents 2020): Free

March 5, 2020 – April 11, 2020
Schack Art Center, Everett, Washington

When Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) was founded 65 years ago, one of its goals was outreach to the rest of the country, and to the world, to raise awareness about the vibrant creativity and superb craftsmanship of craft artists in the Pacific Northwest. NWDC members wanted the recognition they so justly deserved and to engage in new relationships that would stimulate ever greater creativity and opportunity. 

At its heart, the Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition and Symposium provides an opportunity for NWDC members to learn and share with fine craft artists and curators on a national level while introducing their work to a larger audience.  It is an opportunity to celebrate excellence in craft and design, and to compare and contrast current and continuing trends in craft making, while highlighting the artists making it.  The national exhibition, catalog, lectures and workshops promise to attract artists, educators, gallerists and collectors for a weekend in celebration of fine craft in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. 

The Exhibition Overview

Currents 2020 will occupy both floors of the Schack Art Center, allowing exhibition of about 175 works of fine craft.  NWDC members have the opportunity to submit up to three works for jurying.  Submission of two works, created after March 1, 2017, is required for submitting an entry.  For each work, you may submit one overall view and up to two detail or alternative views. NWDC members are guaranteed, as juried members of the organization, to have at least one work selected.

Currents 2020 also will feature works by craft artists from across the country who have been recommended by NWDC members and by the jurors.  Michael Monroe, our curator, will make the final selection of artists and work invited into the exhibition.

The Curator:  Michael Monroe, Director Emeritus of the Bellevue Art Museum.
For over 40 years, Michael Monroe has been a vibrant and influential figure in American craft.  He served as Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Bellevue Art Museum from 2004 to 2010.  Previously he served as Executive Director of the American Craft Council and served in lead curatorial positions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery from 1974 to 1995.  He is an Honorary Member of NWDC.


Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM), Bellevue, Washington.

Bruce Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections, Racine Art Museum (RAM), Racine, Wisconsin; 2012 Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council.


Nov 1, 2019                           Call for Entry Opens
Jan 6, 2020 By Midnight      Deadline to Enter
Jan 31, 2020                          Artist Notification
Feb 24-25, 2020                    Shipping Deadline to Schack Art Center
Feb 24-25, 10-6                      Hand Delivery of Work to Schack Art Center
March 5, 3:30-5pm   Panel Presentation, Inspiration for a New Decade
Moderated by Michael Monroe with Jurors and Stefano Catalani, Exec. Dir., Gage Academy of Art
March 5, 5-8 pm                  Opening Reception
March 6-8                               Weekend Masterclass Workshops (Separate registration)
March 7                                  Bus Tour Excursion to Local Studios and Galleries (Separate registration)
March 9 into April                 NWDC Member taught workshops, lectures, gallery talks and demos (Separate registration)
April 13                                  Return Packing and Shipping from Schack Art Center
April 13, 12-5             Pick Up of Work from Schack Art Center


  • Open to members of NWDC who have paid 2020 membership dues by Jan 6, 2020.  Open to artists invited by the curator and jurors.

  • Work must be original in design and completed within the last 3 years (Created after March 1, 2017).

  • Collaborative works are accepted. Artists submitting collaborative work may also submit individual work as a separate entry; but no artist may submit more than 3 entries total. 

  • Very large installation pieces cannot be entered because of space limitations. (If you have questions about size of a work, email Work that requires site-specific alterations or site-specific pedestals will not be accepted.

  • All wall works must be ready to hang.  Pedestals and pedestals with vitrines are available.  Works suspended from the ceiling will be reviewed for suitability for the gallery.

  • Work previously exhibited at the Schack Art Center is not eligible.

  • All work should be for sale. Exceptions may be granted by the curator and/or the Schack Art Center. Schack Art Center will handle all sales transactions.  Schack Art Center collects a 40% commission.

  • Accepted artwork that differs significantly from the image in the online submission will be disqualified.

  • Once work is submitted for jurying, it may not be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition until after the Jan 31, 2020 artist notification date.

  • Accepted work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition prior to the closing date.


Artist may submit up to 3 works per application.  A maximum of three images per work (one overall and two details or alternative views) may be uploaded.  NWDC artists must submit a minimum of two works for consideration. .  Helpful hint for Café:  Always upload your images to your personal account on Café first.  After that, you can complete the entry form. 


Before you apply, please prepare your upload ready JPEG files.

File format:  JPEG or JPG only
File dimensions: 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side
File size: 5 MB or less

Please name each jpg file with the title of the work and specify whether it is a full, alternate or detail view.

As soon as your work is selected, you may be immediately asked by NWDC for a high-resolution image for the catalog.  This assures quality reproduction of your image.  Please keep this in mind when photographs of your work are prepared.


Shipped and hand-delivered work should arrive at the Schack Art Center on Monday, Feb 24 or Tuesday Feb 25 between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm.  The Schack prefers to receive work on the 24th. Shipped works should be targeted to arrive on Feb 24 or 25; but will be accepted during the prior week if necessary.

The shipping/delivery address for the Schack Art Center is:

Schack Art Center
2921 Hoyt Avenue
Everett, WA 98201-4086

Main Phone:  425-259-5050

Artists are responsible for all shipping costs. Work must be adequately packaged to ensure safe delivery and return shipment. The work may be shipped via FedEx OR UPS, and A PREPAID RETURN SHIPPING LABEL MUST BE ENCLOSED WITH THE WORK OR THE SCHACK MUST BE PROVIDED WITH THE ARTIST’S SHIPPING ACCOUNT NUMBER. No work, arriving via shipment, will be exhibited that does not include a prepaid return shipping label or return shipping account number.  Please enclose detailed instructions for unpacking and repacking your work. 


Please include detailed installation instructions with your artwork.  All artwork must be ready to be hung or otherwise installed.


  • Schack Art Center provides insurance for the work for its retail value while on the premises after it has been determined that sent work arrived unharmed.

  • Artists are financially responsible for the cost of shipping to the Schack Art Center and for return shipping.  Artists are responsible for all in-transit insurance.

  • Schack Art Center is not responsible for loss or damage of work in transit to or from the Schack Art Center.

  • In the event of damage in transit, the artist is responsible to settle all claims directly with the shipping carrier.


A PREPAID RETURN SHIPPING LABEL MUST BE ENCLOSED WITH THE WORK OR THE SCHACK MUST BE PROVIDED WITH THE ARTIST’S SHIPPING ACCOUNT NUMBER. No work will be exhibited that does not include a prepaid return shipping label or return shipping account details.  Please enclose detailed instructions for unpacking and repacking your work.

Work will be repacked and ready for shipping on Saturday, April 13, 2020.


Hand Pick Up of work will be on Saturday, April 13, 2020 between the hours of 12 and 5. (This is a shorter pick up period because of the Easter holiday.)  If you cannot personally pick up your work, please ask someone to pick it up for you.  The Schack Art Center will not hold or store work left at the gallery.


All work submitted to Currents 2020 must be available for sale. Exceptions may be granted by the curator and/or the Schack Art Center. If a work is accepted, it must remain available for sale and remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.  Schack Art Center will retain a 40% commission of the sale price. (NWDC receives no payment for works sold.) Artists will be paid by the 15th of the month following the month in which the art work sells.


The Artist grants permission to use the images of accepted works, as well as artist statements, for publication and promotional purposes by NWDC and the Schack Art Center.  The images and statements will be used for publicizing Currents 2020 in exhibition announcements, press materials, gallery interpretive displays, advertising, website and social media posts, and other promotional activities.

NWDC and the Schack Art Center shall have the right to publish any such images and statements furnished by the artist with no payment to the artist or to the photographer who produced the image.  Artists must secure publication permission from the photographer, if copyrighted, and provide the same to NWDC and the Schack Art Center.