8th Annual Juried Exhibition: Transformative Craft

Transformative Craft

8th Annual Juried Exhibition


Susquehanna Art Museum’s 8th annual juried exhibition invites artists to submit transformative works that highlight the considerable attention to detail, process-based skill, and inventiveness that exemplify contemporary craft.

Artistic craft practices of all varieties share the skillful ability to transform material. Contemporary craft artists combine meticulous workmanship with traditional materials to create masterful objects that transcend hierarchical categorization.

Artworks selected for Transformative Craft will highlight the unique possibilities of transforming traditional craft materials into contemporary works of art. Work in all media is welcome for consideration, and selections will be made based on the applicability to the theme as well as the group of pieces that work best as a whole. Submissions are limited to works with a maximum dimension of 72”.


  • SAM is pleased to welcome 2023 juror Kate Dockery, Exhibition Manager, Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh
  • About the Juror: Kate Dockery (she/her) is a curator and metalsmith based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Starting her career as a production jeweler with a background in fabrication, Dockery now coordinates three gallery spaces as the Exhibition Manager at Contemporary Craft. She has played a critical role in developing the future artistic direction of the organization through curation and public programming. During her time at Contemporary Craft, she has worked on exhibitions including Humaira Abid’s Searching for Home, Transformation 11: Contemporary Works in Glass, and Jessica Calderwood’s Everything but the Kitchen Sink. Dockery’s main areas of interest and research include Victorian mourning jewelry, craft’s contributions to the trompe-l’œil tradition, and the intersection of illustration and ceramic surface treatments. She earned her BFA with a focus in Metals and Jewelry and a minor in Art History from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2016, where she laid the groundwork for a student-run exhibition space that is currently operating today.



  • Juror’s Choice Prize – $400
  • Viewer’s Choice Prize – $250 (visitors can vote for this prize through Friday, October 13, 2023)



  • The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2023. No late submissions will be reviewed.
  • Selected work should be delivered to Susquehanna Art Museum during pre-arranged times between June 1 – 22, 2023. Shipped work must arrive by June 22, 2023. 



  • FREE for current Susquehanna Art Museum members – up to three pieces.
  • Visit SusquehannaArtMuseum.org/Membership  to become a member and waive submission fees.
  • Fee for non-members – $15 per artwork, up to three pieces.



  • Submissions are open to artists working in all media. Work must be original. Selections will be made based on the applicability to the theme as well as the group of pieces that work best as a whole.
    • Submissions are limited to works with a maximum dimension of 72”.
  • Artists are responsible for shipping or delivering accepted work to Susquehanna Art Museum. The museum will coordinate return shipping.
  • Uploaded images should be named as follows: LastName,FirstName_TitleOfPiece.jpg (or other standard image file format). Images should be high resolution (300 DPI).
  • All work must be prepared to exhibit in a manner consistent with their medium. Two-dimensional work should have a standard hanging method.
  • By entering the jurying process, the artist agrees to have their work available for the duration of the exhibition and to deliver the original artwork during the agreed-upon dates. The artist grants the organizers permission to photograph works for publicity, educational, and reference purposes.

All submissions should be completed using the form below. Please contact Director of Exhibitions Lauren Nye at [email protected] with any questions.

Plan Your Visit

Exhibition Details

Date: June 29 – October 15, 2023

Venue: Lobby Gallery and DeSoto Family Vault

Submission Process


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