Festivals, Shows, Museums and Conferences for the Fall Season: A Fall Preview

by Kate Nixon


The return of annual favorite traditions and brand new opportunities are coming in the fall months of a transitional year marked by both hope and concern.

On the heels of the announcement that the doors of the Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement will finally open to the general public, news of events, both in-person and virtual, for the fall season continues to bring hope to collectors and enthusiasts of the movement. From exhibits and online discussions to walking tours and outside festivals, this fall season brings opportunity to learn, shop, and interact for collectors of all ages and experience levels.


The Wassail from the Ladies’ Luncheon Room Ingram Street Tea Rooms, 1900 par Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbera. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style

Currently showing through September 12th, 2021

Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN

Showing 166 remarkable works of art and design, the exhibition will show many of these works for the first time in North America. The many characteristics of the Glasgow Style, sleek curves mixed with taut lines and stylized natural forms, will be on full display here in this tribute to the unique style that became such a favorite and Mackintosh’s native Glasgow. Revealing Mackintosh’s circle of collaborators, the Glasgow School of Art’s support of women artists during a period of social change, and showing a wide spectrum of iconic works such as posters, high-backed chairs, textile design, watercolor art, metalwork and more, the show provides works from the best of the Glasgow Museum’s civic collections, along with works from The Hunterian, the University of Glasgow, The Glasgow School of Art, and many important works from various collections. In addition, the Frist Museum will also offer a free discussion session over Zoom on September 9th, focusing on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style.

Click here to visit the Frist Art Museum’s website

September 9th, 2021, 1:30 PM Central time – A Zoom tour of the Frist art Museum and a discussion on Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers.

Register here to the online tour and conversation on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style through Zoom.


July 28, 2021—February 21, 2022

Walter B. Stephen Pottery: Cameo to Crystalline

An Exhibit Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, Currently on view

Walter B. Stephen Pottery exhibit site – Ashevilleart.org

The Asheville Art Museum hosts a new exhibit of artist Walter B. Stephen’s collection of art pottery, revealing the history of Western North Carolina as a central locale for pottery production and craftsmanship in the early 20th century, notably Stephen’s own pottery from his final pottery studio Pisgah Forest. This exhibition features art pottery and vessels from Stephen’s collection he produced himself in Asheville.




September 7th, 2021

The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement Opens to the General Public

Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement
355 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

As the first museum in the world dedicated to the movement, the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM) will highlight more than 800 works and notable examples of fine and decorative art from the Arts and Crafts Movement, the historic artisan and craftsmanship-based turn of the century movement of design rejecting the mass production of goods during the industrial era, sweeping the country from 1890 and 1930.

Located in St. Petersburg’s waterfront arts district, the museum will features architectural elements such as a grand atrium, skylights, and a dramatic spiral staircase, made of plaster, wood, metal, and stone finishes. The museum includes more than 40,000-square-feet of gallery space, as well as an outdoor garden with tiles of the era and fountains. In addition to galleries, MAACM has an education studio, graphic studio, retail store, research library, theater, event space, café, and destination restaurant.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.museumaacm.org/



Thursday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26

23rd Annual Conference on the Arts & Crafts Movement: Chicago and Environs

Various locations in Chicago, IL

Through talks, site visits, and collections tours, IAC explores Chicago as a hub of the movement and home to artists and designers who contributed residential structures and expressions of community. Highlighting streetscapes, landscapes and interior programs will help to show the evolution of Chicago’s architecture, design, and culture from the 1870s-1930s. Tours include the Fine Arts Building (also known as the Studebaker Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Louis Sullivan-designed Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, the Emil Bach house, an exclusive look at the Arthur Heurtley house, and more.

You can register for the conference by clicking the link below.

Click here to register for the Arts and Crafts Conference in Chicago



September 25th – 26th

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

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:



October 2nd and 3rd from 10am – 5pm EST

Roycroft Campus Fall Festival

at the Roycroft Campus, East Aurora, NY

hosted by the Roycroft Campus Corporation

Click here to see more information on the Fall Festival on the Roycroft Campus Corporation website

The Fall celebratory annual festival will return to the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, New York. The festival features a diverse group of local and regional artists, antique dealers, many of whom specialize in the works of the Arts and Crafts movement. Guests can also sample local food, visit with animals from Thistle Creek Alpacas and Wild Spirit Education, and view and interact with artist demonstrations. Live music will also accompany the fresh taste of popped kettle corn, apple cider, hot dogs and food trucks, all surrounded by pumpkins, corn stalks and fall decor at the Roycroft Campus.



The Craftsman Cocktail Hour (virtual and FREE with RSVP)
Saturday, October 2nd
4:00 PM Eastern via Zoom

The Craftsman Gala (virtual)
Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
6:30 PM Eastern via Zoom
Hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Featuring auctions, an update from the Stickley Museum and a surprise or two, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms will hold their annual fundraiser – the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year – online through Zoom: net proceeds will support the museum’s daily operations.

In addition to the virtual Gala, a virtual pre-Gala celebration will be offered free of charge to the general public. Returning with a new cocktail, the Craftsman Cocktail hour gives the opportunity for supporters to enjoy a cocktail in addition to the opening of a new virtual exhibition, Circa 1917: Rediscovering Craftsman Farms. The Craftsman Cocktail Hour is free to the general public with RSVP, please see the form below to reserve your spot.

The Gala is a ticketed event; tickets will be available soon. For Sponsorship, Ticket, and Ad Levels and Amenities, please visit The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms website by clicking here. Those interested in the Cocktail hour can RSVP by clicking the link below.

RSVP for The Craftsman Cocktail Hour



The Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge. Photo courtesy of Carl Finkbeiner.

November 6–7, 2021

The Arts and Crafts Movement from John Ruskin to William Lightfoot Price
Hosted by the Rose Valley Museum and the Decorative Arts Trust

To help celebrate the legacies of William Lightfoot Price, John Ruskin, and the public dedication of the William Lightfoot Price historical marker near Price’s Thunderbird Lodge, the Rose Valley Museum and the Decorative Arts Trust will hold a two-day Arts and Crafts Conference in early November.

The program begins on Saturday, November 6 at 11:00 am with the public dedication of the William Lightfoot Price Historical Marker. Afterwards, conference attendees are invited to the Hedgerow Theatre to hear lectures by speakers from across the country; presenters will explore new research and the legacies of John Ruskin, Frank Furness, and William Lightfoot Price. Tours of the Thunderbird Lodge (home of the Rose Valley Museum) and nearby historic architecture will also be given on Saturday. Lectures about influential artist and textile designer William Morris, innovative craftsman C. R. Ashbee, the three Ardens in Delaware, and John Ruskin’s European travels will be included on Sunday as well as a panel discussion of the current Arts and Crafts Movement.

Registration is $80 per day or $125 for two days for Rose Valley Museum and Decorative Arts Trust members. For non-members, registration is $100 per day or $150 for two days.  Registration will open in mid-September at rosevalleymuseum.org or by calling 484.444.2961. For more information, email [email protected].