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2011 Directory Application

Applications for the 2011 Directory of Traditional American Crafts are now available. You can download a copy in pdf format by clicking on the menu item at left, 2011 Application.

Now in our 26th year, we are proud to continue this competition, which showcases the very best in pre-Civil War heritage crafts. Help us in our goal to foster and preserve the arts and skills of our ancestors.

The deadline for applications will be January 15th, 2011. Your application must be postmarked by January 15th or your entry will not be accepted.

Remember, this is a juried competition of works currently offered for purchase, it is not an art show. Not everyone who enters will be selected by the jurors, nor will everyone selected for the Directory be asked to submit pieces for photography.

The Directory will appear in the July-August issue of Early American Life and will reach our entire circulation (which numbers about 100,000). That means the work of those participants that our jury selects will be seen by 250,000 readers, based on our readership survey.

Those who qualify for the Directory will also receive promotional materials including a certificate that may be displayed in a booth or shop for two years, hang tags that can be affixed to items to be sold, artwork for a logo indicating selection for the Directory that can be used in advertisements during the year, and a listing on the EarlyAmericanLife. com website.

Early American Life will not pre-release any selected artist list to our partner organizations until after the individual artist has been notified of their acceptance. (Pre-release may be required for timing purposes such as museum newsletters, show invitations etc. , after selection, but before newsstand date. )

We have made as few changes as possible in the Directory competition. We simply ask you to declare whether the work is of your hands alone or a

workshop and whether you want the jurors to see your work as original or as an exact copy of something from the period. We believe that both are legitimate expressions of traditional crafts.

Our Museum jurors have requested that we require that all entries in the reproduction category be hallmarked by the maker to avoid confusion with antiques. As a sixth image or separate sample, please include a scan, photo, or rendering of your hallmark with your entry or explain why it is an exception to the requirement. The jurors will receive confirmation of these hallmarks but will not see an actual image.

Please enter in only one category with each application. Enter in the category you are showing in your images, not EVERY type of item you might

make. The judges will be commending your work in the category they see, not in all categories you work in. Feel free to enter in several categories, each with its own application, fee and images. You will be listed in the Directory in each category for which you have entered an application and the judges deem your work to be superior.

Posted by Alexandra Dreka on Nov 22nd