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Handwork: Celebrating American Craft 2026, an idea envisioned by a group of dedicated craft professionals and artists, takes its inspiration from a similar project, Year of American Craft 1993, that benefitted millions of artists, makers and appreciators. Much has changed in America since 1993, but the practice of making things by hand endures. The crafts built our nation and they sustain it through challenging times. Nationwide programs will honor American makers, then and now, pointing the way to a robust future for the crafts and the country.

Please join us in honoring the handmade during our Semiquincentennial year. For more information about how to become an official partner of or participant in Handwork 2026, please contact:

Jen Ruppmann


Lead Partners

  • Craft in America
  • Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum


(as of April 16, 2024)

  • American Craft Council
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Craft Emergency Relief Fund
  • James Renwick Alliance for Craft
  • Ornament Magazine
  • Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • PBS: Public Broadcasting Service
  • Smithsonian Women’s Committee (Smithsonian Craft Show)
  • Studio Art Quilt Associates
  • Veterans History Project pending

Participating Organizations

(as of May 21st, 2024)

  • 108 Contemporary (Tulsa, OK)
  • Alfred Ceramic Art Museum (Alfred, NY)
  • American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA)
  • Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN)
  • ArtFields (Lake City, SC)
  • Asheville Art Museum (Asheville, NC)
  • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (Bainbridge Island, WA)
  • Berea College (Berea, KY)
  • Booth Western Art Museum (Cartersville, GA)
  • Brooklyn Metal Works (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Center for Craft (Asheville, NC)
  • Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, SC)
  • Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY)
  • Craft Alliance (St. Louis, MO)
  • Craft Contemporary (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Craft in America Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • CraftNOW Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Decorative Arts Trust (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Dieu Donné (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Ernest G. Welch Gallery at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Florida CraftArt (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA)
  • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME)
  • Hermitage Museum (Norfolk, VA)
  • High Museum (Atlanta, GA)
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (Houston, TX)
  • International Quilt Museum (Lincoln, NE)
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)
  • Lee Gallery (Clemson University) NJ)
  • (Columbia, SC)
  • Lowell’s Boat Shop (Amesbury, MA)
  • Lyndon House Arts Center (Athens, GA)
  • Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont University (Demorest, GA)
  • Mesa Contemporary Art Museum (Mesa, AZ)
  • Mingei Museum (San Diego, CA)
  • Minnesota Museum of American Art (St. Paul, MN)
  • Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC)
  • Museum for Art of Wood (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Museum of Arts & Design (New York, NY)
  • Museum of Craft and Design (San Francisco, CA)
  • Museum of Design (Atlanta, GA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX)
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX)
  • Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, NM)
  • North Bennet Street School (Boston, MA)
  • North House Folk School (Grand Marais, MN)
  • Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (Biloxi, MS)
  • Paul Revere House/Paul Revere Memorial Association (Boston, MA)
  • Penland School of Craft (Bakersville, NC)
  • Peters Valley School of Craft (Sandyston, NJ)
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Pu’uhonua Society (Oahu, HI)
  • Quilts of Valor (USA)
  • Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI)
  • Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)
  • Riverside Art Museum & The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture (Riverside, CA)
  • Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
  • San Diego State University Applied Design (San Diego, CA)
  • San Francisco Airport Museum (San Francisco, CA)
  • Signature Contemporary Craft Gallery (Atlanta, GA)
  • Silver River Center for Chair Caning (Asheville, NC)
  • Society of Arts & Crafts (Gloucester, MA)
  • Southern Highland Craft Guild (Asheville, NC)
  • Textile Center of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Wayne Art Center (Wayne, PA)
  • Wharton Esherick Museum (Malvern, PA)


  • Polly Allen, Arts advocate and fiber artist, non-profit board volunteer: Penland School of Craft, Craft Emergency Relief Fund, National Basketry Organization, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Society of Arts and Crafts, North Country Studio Workshops
  • Kennedy Anderson, Press Secretary for James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader in the US House of Representatives
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  • Stuart Ashman, Gallerist, former Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, former Director of the International Folk Art Market and the Museum of Latin American Art
  • Barry Bergey, Retired NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts
  • Cornelia Carey, Artist Advocate and former Executive Director of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund
  • Teri Greeves, Kiowa bead artist, Co-curator of the Hearts of Our People exhibition
  • Dr. Leslie King Hammond, Artist, curator and art historian, Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Robyn Hollingshead, former Managing Program Director for the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Member of the Craft in America Board
  • Robert Lynch, American arts administrator and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Americans for the Arts, American Craft Council Board Member
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  • Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Curator, quilter, author, art historian and advocate for presenting African American quilts
  • Preston Singletary, Glass Artist, Tlingit
  • Dr. Marilyn Stewart, Emerita Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and Author of the elementary and middle school textbook series, Explorations in Art and Experience Art, Author of the education guides for the Craft in America PBS series

Planning Committee

  • Harriett Green, Art Consultant and American Craft Council Board Member
  • Lois Jecklin, former Executive President of the Visiting Artist Series, a nonprofit organization presenting artists in residence, then owner/director, Jecklin Associates, representing artists and composers worldwide
  • Jean W. McLaughlin, Arts advocate and artist, nonprofit volunteer, former Executive Director of Penland School of Craft
  • Ann Pifer, Executive Director, AdoptAClassroom.org, and Board Chair, Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • Lynn Pollard, Fiber artist, American Craft Council Trustee, Hambidge Board Member
  • Carol Sauvion, Founder and Executive Director, Craft in America, a Peabody Award winning documentary series in its 15th Season on PBS
  • Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Artist, fiber artist and weaver, retired Professor of Spatial Arts, San Jose State University