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America's Story Told Through Crafts

The Smithsonian Craft Show is considered one of the most respected craft shows in the U.S., and one of the hardest to get into. It started in 1982 in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. with only 100 artists. It moved to the historic National Building Museum, also in Washington, in 1995, where it has been held ever since. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, says this annual show, "tells America’s story through the art of craft."


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