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May 2-4, 2014 
Princeton, New Jersey
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton St
25 Artists
Preview Night Donor Party May 2, (attendance by exhibiting artists is required)
Deadline: December 10

The third annual Morven in May: A Celebration of Art, Craft and Garden is a juried exhibition and sale of fine, contemporary American craft.  Until 2014, the show was by invitation-only.  Three jurors who are experts in the field will choose 25 artists from a pool of applicants.  They will select a waiting list from remaining applicants.

The show is produced by Morven Museum & Garden, situated in the heart of a thriving downtown and adjacent to Princeton University.  Morven's goal is to present a boutique-style show of professional craft artists whose work is designed and executed at the highest possible level.  
The show has attracted thousands of visitors in its first two years, thus each accepted artist is assured generous attention from a sophisticated audience.
Proceeds from the show fund the museum's exhibitions, education programs, and historic gardens.  Elsewhere on the lush grounds, the museum will run a long-standing, annual heirloom plant sale now in its 11th year.

Morven in May takes place under an engineered 100'x80' tent on the Great Lawn of the museum.

  • James Steward, Director, Princeton University Art Museum
  • David Rago, Founding Partner, Rago Arts
  •  Veronica Roberts, curator of modern and contemporary art, Blanton Museum of Art (U. of Texas, Austin) 

Application Deadlines and Fees:  

December 1, 2013 via Juried Art Services  

The non-refundable fee for applying is $35

A late fee of additional $20 must be included for applications received after Dec. 1

Late entries will not be accepted after Dec. 10, 2013.



Only U.S. residents who make their work in the U.S. are eligible to compete.   

Acceptable media categories:  Basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood. 

Artists should apply in the category which best describes his/her medium.  (For instance, a jewelry artist using metal should not apply in the metal category.)

Morven Museum & Garden reserves the right to exmine applicants' web pages and any available documentation to determine that an artist is in compliance with the terms of our application.  


Booth Fees:

  • 10'x10': $795
  • 10'x15': $995
  • Exhibitors may bring their own 8' high booth or rent pipe and drape for a fee.
  • Flooring is a well manicured lawn, however,

     port-o-path flooring is available for a fee.



Morven Museum & Garden provides 24-hour security, however, you will exhibit all workat your own risk and should carry appropriate insurance.  An overnight lock-up inside the museum is available to jewelers for a $75 fee. Morven Museum & Garden will not be held responsible for damage, theft, or loss of your work or that of any other craft artist. 




Address all correspondence and inquiries to:

Barbara Webb, Director of Development

Morven Museum & Garden

55 Stockton Street

Princeton, New Jersey


(609)924-8144 Ext: 101

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Comment by geri a. wegner on November 25, 2013 at 12:26pm

I lived there 30 years ago.  It was gorgeous then and I bet it is even more gorgeous now!

Comment by Nolly Gelsinger on November 25, 2013 at 12:25pm

I know what you're saying about the fee, but you only have to pay it if you get in.  I'm considering applying just to stretch myself ... my flower pieces might find a market at a show like this.  Scratching up the fee will take some doing, however.

Comment by Connie Mettler on November 25, 2013 at 10:48am

It really sounds like a wonderful gallery-like event in a pretty upscale area, a wonderful place to showcase one of a kind pieces.

Comment by Christina L. Towell on November 25, 2013 at 9:03am

This sounds great but way out of my league, who can afford the booth fee?  No wonder they call us starving'd have to go without food to pay for your booth, at least I would.  I'll bet it's a wonderful show though...anyone ever do this one?

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