The Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild is a non-profit, juried Guild. Each year we conduct jury sessions in March and August for prospective members. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Guild, please complete and submit the jury application listed below. Once we receive your application and fee, we will contact you with specific information.
The following is an overview of the Jury Process for prospective members.
The Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild welcomes new members whose creative handiwork demonstrates stimulating visual appeal, good design and fine craftsmanship. Items submitted for jury are required to be handcrafted by the applicant. The end state of all items submitted for jury consideration must show that the materials used in the creation of an art or craft were significantly altered from the original materials used and demonstrate that skill or expertise in that particular art or craft category has been applied.
Before acceptance as a member of the Guild, each person’s work must go through a jurying process. The artisan will submit a minimum of three (3) representative pieces in each selected media category and sub-category for examination by a committee of fellow artisans who are seasoned Guild members. If the artisan wishes to be approved for exhibiting/selling all work within a category, the artisan must provide enough different examples of work within each sub-category to demonstrate a mastery of all techniques involved.
TO QUALIFY FOR MEMBERSHIP Applicant must reside in North Carolina and be at least 18 years old. Applicant must be accepted by the jury process herein outlined along with the application form and applicable fee (which is non-refundable). Items submitted for jurying must be handmade by the artisan who is submitting the application. Items must be of original design and produced within the past two years. No work from a kit will be acceptable.
WHAT IS JURYING? Jurying (screening) is a process of evaluating handcrafted work to gain entrance into the Guild. The applicant should bring their best work as the jurying is based on what is shown, not what the committee thinks they may see from the applicant. Once accepted, the applicant has 30 days to apply for membership. If membership is kept current (applicable dues paid on time annually), you will not have to re-submit work or pictures to participate in Guild events. If you miss the deadline for payment of dues, you must re-jury into the Guild.
JURYING Work is judged by a jury committee from the Guild Membership. The panel awards points based on appearance/workmanship/assembly/technique/materials/quality. After the judging takes place, the committee must ratify each applicant accepted before the invitation for membership is given.
PROHIBITED WORK Work produced from commercial kits, commercial patterns, molds, and forms. Work that infringes on copyright laws. Work that is copied from another artist or Guild member. Objects and designs that are intended to be overtly obscene or offensive. Work that contains hazardous materials.
SUMMARY OF FEES & DUES $10 - The jury application fee for a new member candidate with a maximum of three (3) categories. Each category is $10. For example, if you choose to jury in Jewelry and Fiber, the fee would be $20.00.
$5 - The jury application fee for each category for members in good standing.
$12 - The fee for a Guild Name Tag (mandatory).
$40 - Annual Dues - Regular Individual Membership
$50 - Annual Dues- Regular Family Membership
$30 - Annual Dues - Senior Individual Membership
$35 - Annual Dues - Senior Family Membership
$5 - Annual Dues - Individual Associate Membership (does not create crafts)
Note: The next Jury Session for prospective members will be held on February 25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Kernersville Library. Keep crafting and join us then! Click on Non-Member Jury Application below to reserve your spot.