Call Detail
Tennessee Craft: A Statewide Member Exhibition
Entry Deadline: 5/15/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Tennessee
Event Dates: 9/1/23 - 10/26/23

Tennessee Craft seeks entries for ‘Tennessee Craft: A Statewide Member Exhibition,’ to highlight and promote the excellence and high standards of Tennessee Craft member artists and to provide public visibility and recognition for the quality and diversity of craft found in Tennessee. The exhibition is open to original works of craft created by artists 18 years of age or older, who are current residents of Tennessee, including students. All applicants must be 2023 members of Tennessee Craft to be considered for jury.

Up to 75 pieces of artwork will be selected for this craft exhibition, hosted by the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Dates for the public exhibition are September 01 through October 23, 2023. A reception will be held Thursday, September 14 from 5 to 7 pm CDT.


Application Requirements

Artists may submit up to five (5) craft pieces for exhibit consideration. Each piece should be represented by one image; no detail views or images depicting the same piece from multiple angles.

A single non-refundable fee of $25, payable by check, credit or debit card, must be included at the time of application at CaFE’.

All entry forms must be electronically submitted no later than midnight May 15, 2023. Printed applications and/or mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Eligibility Criteria


The application is open to craft artists 18 years or older, who are current residents of Tennessee, including students. Applicants must be 2023 members of Tennessee Craft. Work must be original, not previously exhibited at a Tennessee Craft exhibition, and within generally accepted craft media. Notwithstanding the eligibility criteria stated herein, no person shall be excluded from entry on the grounds of race, ethnicity, age, ability, sexuality, gender identity, religion, citizenship, socioeconomic status, geographic origin, language, or appearance.

Original artwork only may be submitted. Any commercially-made embellishments must be subordinate to the handcrafted work. Finished pieces must show a manipulation of the materials and originality in design to be eligible. For upcycled/recycled artwork, including jewelry, the finished pieces must show a manipulation of the materials and originality in design beyond the purchased or found components to be eligible. In addition, computer-assisted works are not allowed unless the generated components are subordinate to the finished artwork. Artwork produced with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial methods are ineligible.

Eligible craft include: basketry, books/paper, clay, drawing, fiber/textile, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, wood and other.

  • Basketry: Functional and sculptural works where the material used is woven or plaited.
  • Books/Paper: Functional and sculptural work created primarily from paper.
  • Clay: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay. All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. Molds, if used, must be made by the artist and subordinate to the overall finished work.
  • Drawing: Work created in which the main body is made by using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of ink.
  • Fiber/Textiles: Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, wearable items, etc. where the primary material is fiber are to be entered in this category.
  • Furniture: Work where the primary intention is furniture, including lamps. All media are included.
  • Glass: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass. No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Jewelry: Work made from precious or semi-precious materials as well as other materials such as glass, ceramic, paper, fiber, wood, leather, polymer clay, etc. Any commercially-made embellishments must be subordinate to the handcrafted work. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
  • Leather: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material used is leather.
  • Metal: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is metal, and includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed. In addition, CAD- or CNC-assisted works are not allowed unless the generated components are subordinate to the finished artwork.
  • Mixed Media: Work that is three-dimensional and the primary intention of the work is the union of two or more media. Note: Jewelry is not considered mixed media.
  • Painting: Original 2-D works created with acrylics, oils, watercolor/gouache or other type paints.
  • Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original negative or digital image processing, and which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. All prints must be signed and numbered, regardless of size or mounting substrate. Photographs taken by digital means and works consisting of photographs that have been manipulated using a computer are allowed; however, work that has been significantly manipulated into the final artwork may be considered Digital Art and may not be allowed.
  • Printmaking: Printed works from which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition, may be entered in this category.
  • Wood: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood. Original works must be hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
  • Other: Work made from components which fall outside of media categories previously listed. Examples might include musical instruments, brooms, kaleidoscopes and the like. Note: Packaged foods, living botanicals, candles, soaps and other non-craft items are ineligible and should not apply under this category or any other category.

The 2023 Tennessee Craft Exhibition will be juried by an independent craft art expert. The juror will select works for the exhibition from the submitted entries.

A Visitors' Choice Award with cash prize will be presented at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Jurying will be conducted solely from images submitted through

Artists will handle all sales and set retail prices. The Customs House Museum will not be directly involved in financial transactions between artists and buyers.

Artwork available for purchase should be labeled “For Sale” when shipped/delivered to the Museum, with the retail price clearly marked (if different than the insurance value). Prospective buyers will be given an artist’s contact information and instructed to contact the artist directly.

Sold artwork must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. Artists should arrange either for the buyer to pick up the work after the exhibition is over or for artwork to be shipped to the buyer (if artist will not be picking up).

Work must be ready to hang or display. The artist must furnish any special hanging or display devices, including a mount if it is necessary for display, or, if it is meant to hang, including hanging equipment (e.g. a measured slat with pre-attached Velcro).

Hanging pieces without hanging equipment (E.g., cleats/Velcro and corresponding slat/hanging rings, etc.) will not be displayed, or if there is available space, and at the Museum’s discretion, they may be laid flat. Artists should note any special handling or care of artwork on a separate sheet of paper, included in the shipping container with artwork.

Each artist is responsible for the cost of transporting artwork to and from the Museum as well as insurance while in transit to and from the Museum. Artwork may be shipped or hand-delivered. If shipped, all artwork must include an artist-provided return shipping label included in the shipped artwork at the time the work is received by the Museum. Note: FedEx is the shipping company of choice. All work must be packed in strong reusable containers.

Neither Tennessee Craft nor the Customs House Museum will be responsible for breakage due to incorrect packing or inadequate containers. Artists will be notified immediately regarding work which arrives in damaged condition. Damaged work, or work that is damaged in transit, will not be exhibited and will be returned to the artist using the artist-provided shipping label. Alternatively, the artist may pick up the damaged work from the Museum in person.

If shipping, artists are responsible for checking with the shipper regarding insurance and correct packing procedures. All artwork shipped must include a return shipping label provided by the artist at the time the artwork is delivered to the Museum for the exhibit. Additionally, please make certain that the package will NOT arrive at the Museum on the weekend when there is no certified registrar staff on duty to receive it and take it to secure storage.

Ship to:
Attn.: Terri Jordan
Customs House Museum
200 South Second Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

All work to be exhibited, whether hand-delivered or shipped to the Museum, must be received between Tuesday, July 18 and Friday, July 28, 2023 (in-person on Mondays, only if arranged in advance). Please note that the Museum is closed on Mondays.

Artists wishing to hand-deliver their artwork to the Museum may do so by making an appointment to drop off during normal business hours, which are as follows:
Monday – closed to public / but delivery possible, if arranged in advance
Tuesday to Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm, CDT
Sunday – 1 to 5 pm, CDT

To make a reservation or for any specific hand-delivery instructions, contact Curator of Exhibits Terri Jordan at 931-648-5780, x38 or

Transportation, shipping, and related expenses to and from the Museum are the sole responsibility of the artist. The Customs House Museum will use the same shipping/delivery method used by the artist for return of artwork, unless artwork has been sold and the artist makes other arrangements with the buyer. Unsold artwork will be returned using shipping label(s) provided by the artist or may be picked up in person.

If picking up artwork, artists must make a reservation for pick-up between Tuesday, October 24 and Friday, November 3, 2023. Please contact Museum staff for a specific day and pick-up time. Please note that the Museum is closed on Mondays.

Final Note: If invited to exhibit, detailed artwork delivery-related information will be provided to each invited artist.

The Customs House Museum will fully insure the exhibit entries against physical loss or damage for the insurance value indicated. The work cannot be insured if no value is indicated. Coverage is from the time of receipt at the Museum until it is shipped out again after the exhibition. The policy contains the usual exclusions for loss or damage that occurs by any event beyond the control of Museum. During return shipment, the insurance regulations of your selected method of return will be in effect. The artist must provide any additional insurance if needed.

May 15: Deadline for receipt of entries
June 19: Notification of selection
July 18 – 28: Receipt of selected work at the Customs House Museum
September 01 to October 23: Exhibition open to public
September 14: Public reception, 5 to 7 pm CDT
October 24 – November 3: Work returned to artist using artist-provided shipping labels or may be picked up in person