Entries are being accepted now for the 2016 NICHE Awards. This prestigious annual competition recognizes excellence in fine crafts.
Students and professional artists alike are invited to apply to the 2016 NICHE Awards, sponsored by NICHE Magazine for Retailers . Entry deadline is August 21, 2015. Contest categories include basketry, ceramics, fashion accessories, fiber, furniture, glass, home furnishing, teapots, jewelry, Judaica, metal, mixed media, paper, polymer clay, recycled and wood.
This annual competition originated in 1989 and is open to American and Canadian artists. A panel of judges selected by the editors of NICHE magazine will choose the winners. This panel includes gallery owners, guild and museum directors, curators, craft industry experts and arts advocates.
The top scoring pieces – 5 in each category – become “NICHE Finalists” and of those five, the entry with the highest score wins the NICHE Award.
The award ceremony will take place at the American Made Show in Washington, DC in January, 2016, where trophies will be presented to all winning artists.