Applications for the 2005 NICHE Awards are now available online at www.americancraft.com. A revamped Web page provides updated information about the 2005 NICHE Awards ceremony and special display as well as application and winner notification information. The NICHE Awards, sponsored by NICHE magazine, recognize the outstanding creative achievements of American craft artists who produce work for craft galleries and retail stores. Entry deadline is Sept. 1, 2004. Categories include Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry, Lighting, Clocks, Clothing, Decorative Fiber, Garden Art, Goblets, Judaica, Mixed Media, Narrative, Recycled, and Teapots.
Judging criteria are based on three main distinctions: technical mastery and creativity in surface design and form; market viability; and a distinct quality of unique and original thought. Finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards exhibit at the February Buyers Market of American Craft, Feb. 18-21, 2005, and will be included in the Winter 2005 issue of NICHE magazine. Winners will be announced at the February 2005 Buyers Market and featured in the Spring 2005 issue of NICHE magazine.
Applications for the 2005 NICHE Student Awards also are available online. Deadline for student applications is Sept. 15, 2004.