For as long as there have been pegged joints and matte green glazes, there have been educational seminars designed for Arts and Crafts collectors. Early Arts and Crafts societies in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and New York gathered to hear speakers reveal the evils of the Industrial Revolution and applaud the virtues of the simple life, one lived among handcrafted furnishings which William Morris described as those “you know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.”
Following in that tradition, the National Arts and Crafts Conference was founded in 1988 as a three-day educational event for Arts and Crafts collectors. It was built on a foundation of seminars presented by researchers, authors, craftsmen, and scholars. After the success of our February 2020 virtual Arts and Crafts Conference & Shows taken place during “Arts and Crafts Month,” we look forward to returning in February 2022 to the Heritage Ballroom at the Grove Park Inn, where we continue to bring you the best in new research of the people, the works, and the era we love to study.
At this time, it is too early to assign seminar topics and presenters. However we intend on updating this website often with the most up-to-date information and we’ll have an extensive announcement plan to get to as many people as possible.
**We will update this page regarding future plans for online offerings for the 2022 National Arts and Crafts Conference.