Mission + History

In 1994, when Executive Director Nancy Campbell and Board Member Frank McPherson envisioned hosting a contemporary craft exhibition, they may have underestimated their impact on the world of craft making today. From its humble beginning as an opportunity for local artists to show and sell their work, CraftForms has evolved into an internationally-recognized exhibition that draws talent from all over the globe.

Lauded for its ability to attract top artists and industry experts to serve as jurors, CraftForms showcases the best of modern craft in a region where craft is king! Each year CraftForms, which is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft, provides a venue for local, regional and nationally-recognized craft artists to share their creative endeavors with the Wayne Art Center community. While the first CraftForms presented 35 works from regional artists, CraftForms today features over 80 works from nation wide and international artists.

CraftForms status as a fine craft exhibition grows each year in large part due to the expertise of the acclaimed jurors. Past jurors have included: Ronald T. Labaco, Maria Docter Curator, Museum of Arts and Design; Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections, Racine Art Museum; David R. McFadden, Chief Curator Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design; Elisabeth Agro, Nancy M. McNeil Curator of American modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Jane C. Milosch, Senior Program Officer for Art in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture (OUSHAC), Smithsonian Institution.