2014 Mentee Laura Jaklitsch 2014 Mentee Shannon Wallack 2014 Mentee Aaron Leaman

          Laura Jaklitsch        Shannon Wallack                      Aaron Leaman

The deadline for applications to the 2015 SAC Mentor Program is June 15, 2015.

Apply Here: 2015 SAC Mentor Program Application

The SAC Mentor Program

The Society of Arts and Crafts’ Mentor Program prepares emerging artists for participation in premiere craft shows via CraftBoston Holiday. CraftBoston Holiday is a competitive retail show comprised of over 175 exhibitors selling fine craft within twelve media categories at the Hynes Convention Center. Central to the Mentor Program is a multi-year association with CraftBoston Holiday.

Three to four artists will be selected to participate in the Mentor Program. Participants attend a series of training meetings at SAC and work with each other, artist mentors, and show management to design a shared, subsided booth at CraftBoston Holiday. Training topics include: booth design, marketing, pricing and selling of work, legal and insurance issues, and portfolio development.

After completion of their first year, Mentor Program participants are eligible to apply for a subsidized independent 10x10 booth at CraftBoston Holiday the following year as a second-year participant.

Application Information:

Accepted Media:
• Baskets
• Ceramics
• Decorative Fiber
• Wearable Fiber
• Furniture
• Glass
• Jewelry
• Metal
• Paper
• Leather
• Mixed Media
• Wood

First-Year Mentee:
Eligibility: Emerging artists of all ages are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to those artists who have been out of school for five or less years.
# of Participants: Three to five.
Objective: First-year mentees learn how to prepare for a retail craft show by designing and implementing a shared, subsidized booth at CraftBoston Holiday. Each participant will be required to pay $275 to participate and attend 2-3 meeting to train with show management and professionals in the field.

Second-Year Mentee:
Eligibility: Participants from the first-year program.
# of Participants: Three to five.
Objective: Second-year mentees are provided an independent subsidized 10x10 booth. Each participant will be required to pay $525 to participate. Participants are required to attend 1-2 meetings at SAC to assist first-year mentees. Second-year mentees must demonstrate growth and refinement from the first-year program.

About CraftBoston Holiday:
CraftBoston Holiday features over 175 artists selling limited edition work in eleven media categories. Additionally, CraftBoston features work by emerging artists from leading schools and universities, an educational lecture series, tours for special interest groups, and informational booths promoting non-profit craft organizations.

Presented at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s affluent Back Bay neighborhood, CraftBoston is conveniently located in a fashionable, concentrated shopping district. This easily accessible mecca for Holiday shopping draws large crowds that include tourists, a loyal local population, and shoppers from the suburbs of the greater Boston area. The combined effects of the holiday season, this art savvy neighborhood location, and highly concentrated marketing efforts ensures a strong audience of buyers at CraftBoston Holiday.

Set Up: December 9 & 10
Opening Night: December 10, 6-9pm
Public Days: December 11-13

Application Instructions:
• 10 high-resolution color images representing your current work. The images must accurately represent the body of work to be exhibited at CraftBoston. Artists are strongly advised to submit images of professional quality.
• Annotation information for each image including: title, materials/process, dimensions, and retail price.
• Resum้

Rules for Particiaption:
CraftBoston features artists who demonstrate excellence in craftsmanship. Before applying, please make sure your work meets the following criteria:
• All work must be original and made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools. CraftBoston encourages one-of-a-kind and limited edition work.
• No commercial reproductions of any kind are allowed. This includes embellished commercially made objects and works assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits.
• Artists accepted for participation must be in attendance at their booth during the entire show. No agent, dealers, or representative may attend in place of the artist.
• Collaborating artists are permitted, however, any representation other than a true, hands-on artistic collaboration is not permitted.
• Artists may only show work in categories selected by the jury. All work exhibited must be of the same body, quality, category of work that was juried through digital images.
• Artists must live/work in New England (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont).
• Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Questions about the mentor program can be directed to show@CraftBoston.org

Top Left Image: Lauren Jaklitsch, 2014 Mentor Participant
Top Center Image: Shannon Wallack, 2014 Mentor Participant
Top Right Image: Aaron Leaman, 2014 Mentor Participant