Calls For Entry

Calls for entry for exhibitions or other opportunities of possible interest to Furniture Society members.

25th Esherick Competition

The 25th Annual Wharton Esherick Museum
Woodworking Competition and Exhibition

2018 Theme: Stools

Wharton Esherick's three-legged stools are some of his most iconic pieces. In the 1950s, Wharton began forming scraps of wood whose grain was too interesting to burn as firewood, into the seats of stools. No two were exactly the same; he shaped and sculpted each seat to whatever form the wood grain suggested, always keeping comfort in mind.

To celebrate 25 years of the Woodworking Competition, we are revisiting the challenge of the stool. While Wharton may have considered his three-legged stools "bread and butter" pieces, highly affordable at $25 each, each one is a unique work of functional art, and therein lies your challenge for 2018.

There is a $30 entry fee (for up to three pieces). Deadline for entries is July 1, 2018. For complete details see:

2018 American Craft Exposition – 9/21-9/23 2018

CHICAGO (December 5, 2017) – The 34th annual American Craft Exposition (ACE) is now accepting artist applications for its 2018 show. A juried exposition and sale of fine craft, ACE features one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections, and uniquely creative artwork from the country’s finest artisans. Presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), ACE will once again be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL, the weekend of September 21 – 23, 2018, with the Benefit Preview Party being held on Thursday, September 20.

ACE is a nationally recognized and celebrated event presented by a volunteer committee that works year-round to bring both artists and patrons a truly memorable experience. Last year’s show, which also took place at the Chicago Botanic Garden, welcomed more than 8,000 patrons.

Approximately 140 craft artists will be chosen to participate in this year’s ACE to showcase new achievements in ceramics, metal, fiber wearable, glass, furniture, fiber decorative, leather, wood, jewelry, mixed media, paper, and basketry. In addition to featuring unique pieces from award-winning craftspeople, ACE is committed to fostering the next generation of artists. Those who have been practicing their craft for six years or less and who have never exhibited at ACE are encouraged to apply for the Emerging Artist category, which will be juried separately from the other applicants. The deadline for all artists to submit their applications is March 9, 2018.

For more information, please visit or call (224) 364-7270

To submit an artist application, please visit Juried Art Services