Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of The Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild. We are a non-profit, juried organization located in Kernersville, North Carolina. We welcome new members whose creative handiwork demonstrates stimulating visual appeal, good design and fine craftsmanship. Each year the Guild conducts two jury sessions for prospective members, typically one in the spring and one in the fall. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Guild, please read our bylaws before completing and submitting the jury application linked below. Once we receive your application and fee, we will contact you with specific information.
TO QUALIFY FOR MEMBERSHIP Each applicant must reside in North Carolina and be at least 18 years old. The applicant must submit a jury application form and (non-refundable) application fee to have his/her items juried for potential acceptance by the jury process outlined herein. Items must be an original design and made within the last two years.
Before acceptance as a member of the Guild, each prospective member's work must go through a jurying process. Each prospective member is required to submit a minimum of three (3) representative pieces in each selected main category and sub-category as listed in the Category and Definitions Document. If the artisan wishes to be approved for exhibiting all work within a category, the prospective member must provide enough different examples of his/her work within each sub-category to demonstrate a mastery of all techniques involved.
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 the art or craft were significantly altered from the original materials used and demonstrate that skill or expertise in that particular art/craft category has been applied. Work is judged by a Jury Committee comprised of seasoned guild members. The panel awards points based on appearance, workmanship, assembly, technique, materials used and quality.
WHAT IS JURYING? Jurying (screening) is a process of evaluating an applicant’s handcrafted work. If items presented for jurying meet the guild’s standards, the applicant is offered membership. Each applicant should bring his/her best work as the jurying is based on what is shown, not what the committee thinks they may see from the applicant in the future. Attention to detail is essential. The items to be juried should be presented professionally and free of technical flaws. The items should show that the skills and techniques you used are beyond a basic skill set. Once accepted, the applicant has 15 days to apply for membership. If membership is kept current (applicable dues paid on time annually), the applicant will not have to re-submit work or pictures in order to participate in Guild events in the main and subcategories for which they have been accepted. If the deadline for payment of dues is missed, the member must re-jury into the Guild.
PROHIBITED WORK Items produced from commercial kits, commercial patterns, molds and forms; items that infringe on copyright laws; objects and designs that are intended to be overtly obscene or offensive; work that contains hazardous materials; and/or items that could potentially be used as weapons.
We accept 10 applicants per jury session. This is determined by postmarked date of when your application was received. The non-member jury application will be available for download here on our website prior to each jury event.
We will notify you by email with date, time, and location of jurying once the location has been secured.
If membership is offered and you accept, you may participate in the upcoming Spring Folly and/or the Home Grown Arts Fest of the year you join. There is a one-year waiting period before new applicants may participate in the Christmas Store.
There are other requirements that have to be met in order to participate in guild sponsored events. This information can be found in the bylaws.
PLEASE READ THROUGH THE BYLAWS BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR JURY APPLICATION.
JURY FEES & CATEGORY AMOUNTS: 1. Jury Fee is $10 per main category. 2. You may jury up to two main categories and have a total of three subcategories under each of the main categories.
Our next jury session will take place in the spring of 2024. In the meantime, we invite you to please read through the Bylaws and Jury Categories and Definitions. We will post the jury application once we have a date.