NICHE magazine will soon be accepting applications for the 2011 NICHE Awards competition. Apply online at www.NICHEAwards.com starting May 15th.

New this year in the professional division: a basketry category will recognize the talent of basket makers and artists from the United States and Canada.

The NICHE Awards annually celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian craft. Additional categories include Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry and more.

The entry deadline for the professional division is August 31, 2010.

Judging of entries is based on three main criteria:

· technical excellence, both in surface design and form

· a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought

· market viability (professional entries only)

Finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards exhibit at the winter Buyers Market of American Craft, February 18-21, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Winners are announced at a special ceremony held during the winter 2011 Buyers Market and featured in the Spring 2011 issue of NICHE.

There is a student division of the competition, with separate categories and an entry deadline of September 30, 2010. For more details, visit www.NICHEAwards.com.

About NICHE Magazine

NICHE magazine, the quarterly trade publication for U.S. and Canadian fine craft retailers, is published by The Rosen Group, a Baltimore-based arts marketing, publishing and advocacy firm. In addition to NICHE, The Rosen Group publishes AmericanStyle magazine, a consumer arts and lifestyle magazine for collectors of American art and fine craft, and produces the Buyers Market of American Craft, the nation's largest wholesale craft tradeshow.

Visit BasketMakers.com for additional basketry Call-to-Entry opportunities. Remember that you may subscribe to the Call-to-Entry listings or the consolidated BasketMakers Events Calendar in your favorite feed reader or ical enabled calendar program.

Please mention your interest in basketry in your friend request.

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