Nation’s Top Wearable Artists Selected for Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show

July 11, 2019
News Release
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The Smithsonian Women’s Committee has announced that 68 acclaimed designers have been selected to exhibit and sell at the 2019 Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5 at the National Building Museum. This year’s theme, “Wear Your Art,” features artists who sell the highest-quality American-made wearable art, including handmade clothing, jewelry and accessories for women, men and children. The show and sale will include cutting-edge creations of established and emerging artists, including DC Makers, who will exhibit handmade and locally sourced items, all to benefit the Smithsonian.

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided at the Opening Night Benefit and Preview Party Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall. Party patrons will have the opportunity to meet the artists and purchase unique and exquisite creations. An organic fashion show of wearable art, artist demonstrations, a selfie booth, a ticket drawing and live music will be among the evening’s entertainment. Tickets are available at smithsoniancraft2wear.org and are $75 each, including a return ticket to the show either Friday or Saturday.

The Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show and Sale continues Friday, Oct. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The National Building Museum is located at 401 F St. N.W., in Washington, D.C. (directly across from the Metro Red Line Judiciary Square Station, F Street exit).

Information about participating artists is available at www.smithsoniancraft2wear.org/show-exhibitors.

Daily admission tickets cost $13 online or $15 at the door. Information and advance tickets are available at www.smithsoniancraft2wear.org. Group rates are available; for groups of 10 or more, email austrpr@si.edu.

Smithsonian Craft2Wear is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. The event is co-chaired by Smithsonian Women’s Committee members Sharon Block, Fran Hamberger and Susan Labovich.

The proceeds from the Women’s Committee’s two annual signature events—the Smithsonian Craft Show in April and the Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show in October—fund grants to support outreach, research and education programs across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo. Formed in 1968, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee has funded more than $12 million in grants and endowments.

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