April 1 deadline for Western Design Conference artists

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Each year, more than 100 top functional artists are selected by an expert jury for participation in the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale (WDC) in Jackson Hole. Showcasing the work of artists creating Western-inspired furnishings, home décor, fashion, jewelry and accessories at the highest levels of contemporary craft, this year’s event will take place Sept. 8 – 11, at the Snow King Events Center, and is a signature event of the 32nd annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. The deadline to apply for this year’s Western Design Conference is April 1, with annual prizes totaling more than $19,000 awarded to artists recognized for top work in specific categories. Artist applications are available on the event website at The jury’s selections, limited to 130 artists, will be announced April 11. “It’s always so much fun to see the artist applications coming in with examples of their amazing work,” says WDC Director Allison Merritt. “We’re seeing many new applicants from across the country, as well as outstanding prior artists who hope to return this year.” The Western Design Conference provides a unique opportunity for artists to interact with art enthusiasts and convey a deeper understanding of the influences and process that goes into each one-of-a-kind piece, explains Merritt in a video capturing the excitement of the WDC. In addition to the juried Exhibit + Sale, artists and retail merchants can apply for participation in Retail Row, a secondary non-juried shopping location within the conference. “Space in our Retail Row also is available to reserve now,” says Merritt, who notes that the additional shopping area has grown exponentially in size – and popularity with attendees – over the past few years. *Feature Photo: h/t Western Design Conference / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news