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2012 NICHE Awards call for entries


Application information now available at

(BALTIMORE) - NICHE magazine is now accepting applications for the 2012 NICHE Awards competition. Now in its 22nd year, the NICHE Awards annually recognizes achievements by North American craft artists on the professional and student levels. Applications and guidelines can be found online at

Finalists will be listed in the Winter 2011 issue of NICHE and invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards exhibit at the Winter Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia, Feb. 17-20, 2012. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony during the Buyers Market and receive a prominent listing in the Spring 2012 issue of NICHE.

The deadline for professional and student entries is Sept. 30, 2011. The application fee is $40 for professionals and $18 for students.

The NICHE Awards annually celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian craft. Categories include Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry and more.

Judging of entries is based on three main criteria:

  • technical excellence, both in surface design and form
  • a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
  • marketability in a competitive marketplace (professional work only)
  • A complete listing of last year’s NICHE Awards winners can be found at

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