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A call for entries will begin on July 1, 2016 for the 2017 Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP). LEAP is a Store feature that recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market. Established in 2007 in honor of SCC Director of Exhibitions Kate Lydon’s 20-years of service, the program showcases one winner and six finalists. The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and have their work featured, marketed, and sold in The Store for one year, beginning January 2017. In addition to the prize-winning artist, each of the six finalists will have their work featured and sold in 2-month intervals throughout 2017.

LEAP is open to exceptionally talented artists who are in the early stages of their careers. “Emerging” artists may have had some professional experience (i.e., exhibitions, sales, publications, etc.) but not yet have established reputations. Artists must work in craft media and are asked to submit 6 images, a resume, a statement, support materials, and a $25 application fee to SCC by September 30, 2016.

The selection review committee for LEAP will include guest juror Brigitte Martin, creator and Editor-in-Chief of crafthaus, Janet McCall, Executive Director at SCC, Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions at SCC, and Megan Crowell, Asst. Director of Retail Operations at SCC.

Download a PDF flyer HERE

and an overview HERE