Kirsten Bassion Ceramic Cups Beth Gaertner Glass Jewelry

The SAC Mentor Program

The SAC Mentor Program, launched in 2005, offers assistance and training for emerging artists in marketing, legal and insurance issues, portfolio development, pricing, selling, and booth design. Central to the program is a multi-year association with Craftboston. Recognized for its innovative approach, the Mentor Program combines SAC’s resources with those of Craftboston. Artists selected to participate in this program will be provided information and training from professionals in the field, and subsidized booths at Craftboston Spring.

“SAC is always looking for new and creative ways to build on its mission of supporting craft artists and educating and promoting public appreciation of contemporary craft,” said Beth Ann Gerstein, Executive Director, The Society of Arts and Crafts. The SAC Mentor Program builds on the Spring show’s solid educational programs, which include an educational lecture series, tours for guests who are blind and visually impaired and other special interest groups, a craft bookseller, and informational booths promoting non-profit craft organizations.

The 2014 SAC Mentor Program will prepare participants for Craftboston Holiday, December 5-7. Check back in May 2014 for more information.

The 2013 SAC Mentor Application Process

Craftboston Spring 2013 will feature 200 exhibitors. Artists interested in the SAC Mentor Program must fill out the application and submit 10 digital images, a resume, and live in New England (MA, RI, CT, ME, NH and VT). See application for additional requirements. Craftboston features artists who show an excellence in craft.

Before applying, please make sure you and your work meet the following criteria:
•  Artists in the Mentor Program must not be out of a degree program for more than 5 years.
•  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.
•  Artists accepted for participation must be in attendance at their booth during the entire show. No agent, dealer, 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,
   and category of work that was juried through images.

The Society of Arts and Crafts invites artists to apply for participation in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed medi, paper, and wood. Categories not included: calligraphy, painting, photography, lithography, etc., except when incorporated into an otherwise acceptable craft category.

For additional information about the SAC Mentor Program please email Lindsay Mis at

The SAC Mentor Program application deadlines

Stage/ Year 1: Applications will be reviewed as they are received through December 31, 2012
Stage/ Year 2: October 31, 2012
Stage/ Year 3: October 31, 2012

Click here to download the 2013 Mentor Program Application.

Top Left Image: Kirsten Bassion, Ceramics Cups, 2010 Mentor Participant
Top Right Image: Beth Gaertner, Handbown Glass Necklace, 2010 Mentor Participant