A Chicago Conference, Shows, and A Virtual Celebration

by Kate Nixon


Explore the Arts and Crafts history of Chicago, shop an Arts and Crafts show in the midwest or on the west coast, and participate in an interactive virtual Stickley celebration and connect with others through Zoom: the next two weekends will hold something for collectors everywhere. Attend one of the few remaining in-person events of the year and meet supporters of the Gustav Stickley legacy online during a virtual gala and cocktail hour, where you’ll join in the camaraderie of the community this fall season. It’s a full schedule this weekend and next weekend — read more about how you can get involved below.


Community, Creativity, Complexity: Social Change & Cultural Transformation in Chicago

The 23rd Annual Arts and Crafts Conference
Located in Chicago, Illinois environs and hosted by the non-profit Initiatives in Art & Culture
September 23rd – 26th

Click here to register for tickets.

The annual Arts and Crafts Conference returns to the Windy City to explore one of the country’s major hubs of the movement. Hosted by Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC), exploring such historic buildings as the Glessner House, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, and the Emil Bach House, the exploration of Chicago’s history will serve to enhance the understanding of the movement according to IAC President Lisa Koenigsburg. “These expressions of creativity and community -– residential (dwelling and neighborhood), spiritual, social (education and exploration), structural (professional pursuit and exchange)—resulted in social change and cultural transformation,” says Koenigsburg. “We consider a spectrum of styles, while keeping in mind that the Movement (1870s – 1930s) is defined by its ethos, principles, and ideals. We focus on the centrality of women’s contributions; the Movement’s role as a lever for social change (as at Hull-House), the vital connection of Boston and Chicago; and the criticality of “community” to such developments.”

Day passes for the conference are now available in addition to special student rates. To register for the annual conference, click here.

“Marking its 23rd year, IAC’s Arts & Crafts Conference annually brings together as a community those who share passion, commitment, and interest in the Arts & Crafts movement.” – Lisa Koenigsburg, IAC President


Early 20th Century Design Auction

September 23rd at 10:00 AM Eastern, hosted by Rago Arts and Auction Center

An expansive selection of American art pottery will be offered, including Ohr pottery from the Estate of Martin and Estelle Shack and exceptional vases by Overbeck Pottery and Adelaide Robineau. From ceramics to metalwork, this impressive session features many highlights by leading makers such as Tiffany Studios, Gustav Stickley, Grueby and more. Forty pieces by George Ohr, rare pottery by the Overbeck sisters, Grueby Faience, Fulper Pottery, Rookwood pottery, rare porcelain by Adelaide Robineau, and more.

See our preview HERE.


21st Annual Twin Cities Arts & Crafts 20th Century Design Show & Sale

September 25th – 26th

Fine Arts Building
Minn. State Fairgrounds
St. Paul, Minn.

St. Paul, Minnesota has been the home for the Annual Twin Cities Arts & Crafts 2th Century Design Show & Sale – and come September 25th, the show returns to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for the in-person show and sale. Saturday’s show will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday’s show will run from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Admission to the shows is $7.00.

To see a list of exhibitors and to contact the organizers, click the link below:



AcStickley Arts and Crafts Auction

September 25th, online and in-person

California Historical Design
1901 Broadway
Alameda, CA 94501

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Gus Bostrom and AC Stickley.com will conduct an Arts and Crafts Auction on Saturday, September 25th starting at 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. Featuring Arts & Crafts Furniture by Gustav Stickley, L&JG Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Charles Stickley, Limbert, Roycroft, Lifetime, Lakeside, JM Young, Mathews Furniture Shop, Bernard Maybeck, Karpen, Harden, Michigan Chair Co, McHugh furniture, this auction features works by popular furniture firms of the Arts and Crafts era.

In-person previews are available Friday and Saturday before the auction (10am – 5pm Friday and 10am – 11am on Saturday). Bidding is available in person, through the phone (both 20% buyer’s premium), through auctions.acstickley.com (website: https://auctions.acstickley.com/) with a 23% buyer’s premium, and through the online bidding platforms LiveAuctioneers, Bidsquare, and Invaluable.

Liveauctioneers.com: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/217284_acstickley-arts-and-crafts-auction/

BidSquare: https://www.bidsquare.com/auctions/california-historical-design—ac-stickley/acstickley-arts-crafts-auction-7494

Invaluable.com: https://www.invaluable.com/catalog/g582s4nmts


The Cocktail Hour
Free to the public with RSVP
4:00 PM Eastern Via Zoom
To RSVP, click here: https://www.stickleymuseum.org/gala-pre-party/

The Annual Craftsman Gala
Ticketed event
6:30 PM Eastern Via Zoom
​To purchase tickets or to inquire about becoming an advertiser or a sponsor, https://www.stickleymuseum.org/support/gala/

Come experience a new virtual exhibit and enjoy a cocktail with other supporters of the museum in this free virtual hour with The Stickley Museum. Held on the same day as the annual Craftsman Gala, the Craftsman Cocktail Hour, at 4:00 pm EDT, will double as the opening for the museum’s new virtual exhibition, Circa 1917: Rediscovering Craftsman Farms, curated by Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation. Updates on The Stickley Museum will be shared, setting the stage for the Gala at 6:30 p.m. Afterwards, The Stickley Museum will offer their flagship annual fundraiser Craftsman Gala, their largest annual fundraiser of the year – and supporters can participate from the comfort of their own homes. The annual Gala will include both a silent auction and an auction where you have to be present to bid. Auction items will be previewed during the event by Board President Barbara Weiskittel and Advisory Council member Catherine Mathis, who are back by popular demand. The Gala will also include music from the Aubrey Anne Trio, additional surprises and all of the fun and camaraderie that is at the heart of this annual event. The proceeds of the Gala will go to help pay for the museum’s daily operations.

  • Silent and Gala Auctions (preview with Board President Barbara Weiskittel and Advisory Council member Catherine Mathis)
  • Annual Reverse Auction with special guest auctioneer John Walcher, Vice-President and Senior Specialist, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers. 
  • Music from museum favorite the Aubrey Anne Trio and surprises, specials, fun, and the camaraderie that is at the heart of every Craftsman Gala!​
  • Drink a cocktail with other museum supporters
  • Debut of the museum’s new virtual exhibition Circa 1917: Rediscovering Craftsman Farms, curated by Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation, examining Gustav Stickley’s “Garden of Eden,” from its largest to smallest details. https://www.stickleymuseum.org/circa-1917-rediscovering-craftsman-farms/
  • Live Q&A with attendees
  • A Preview of what’s new in the museum’s collections to custom, new items in the Craftsman Shop.​


See more events on our updated event calendar by clicking HERE.