Artisans Center of Virginia

  Jury Standards

The Artisans Center of Virginia maintains a stringent, high standard for determining juried distinctions for media within Virginia’s artisan industry.

When applying to become a Virginia Juried Artisan, list each primary category with the applicable sub-category per the list below and calculate your total jury fee based on the total number of media designations to be judged in ($65 fee per media).



  • Fiber
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Vines
  • Wood

Ceramic (Ceramic pieces made from commercial molds are not accepted. If a mold is used, the mold must be designed by the artisan.)

  • Functional
  • Sculptural


  • Clothing
  • Pillows & Blankets
  • Quilts (Pre-printed commercial quilt tops are not accepted)
  • Rugs
  • Wall Hangings or Installations
  • Accessories (not to include jewelry)


  • Stained Glass
  • Fused Glass
  • Non-wearable Lampwork
  • Blown Glass
  • Etched Glass

Jewelry (Exclusively plastic, purchased beads and/or chain assemblages that do not include handcrafted pieces from the following categories are not accepted.)

  • Original Bead Work/Weaving
  • Ceramic
  • Enamel
  • Fiber
  • Glass- Lampwork, Fused, Stained Glass
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Precious/ Semi-Precious Stone
  • Precious Metal Clay
  • Polymer Clay
  • Wood


  • Wearable
  • Non-Wearable/ Functional


  • Enamels (Not specific to jewelry…see above category)
  • Functional (Not specific to jewelry…see above category)
  • Furniture
  • Sculptural

Mixed Media

  • Books
  • Brooms/Brushes
  • Candles
  • Dolls & Puppets (Components such as heads, hands and/or feet must be created by the artisan)
  • Furniture
  • Kaleidescopes
  • Masks
  • Musical Instruments (non-wood)
  • Paper
  • Pysanky
  • Toys/ Puzzles
  • Other (determined by ACV Standards Committee per application)

Original Print

  • Designed, created, printed and pulled by the artist.
    The artist must be the creator of the printing matrix (ex: carved block, etched plate, drawn stone, etc.) and the printer of the image (the artist must have a hand in the pulling of the impression). Each impression must be signed and numbered. No offset lithography, giclee or other reproductive ink jet or laser printed images. No photographs.


  • Functional
  • Sculptural


  • Functional Accessories
  • Furniture
  • Hand-Carved
  • Instruments
  • Sculptural
  • Turned


Paintings, prints, photographs, graphics (including etchings and web- or sheet-fed offset printed, digitally created or manipulated works from copyrighted sources), works that incorporate materials acquired from the killing of endangered species, elephant ivory (fossilized ivory is the exception), dried or silk flower arrangements, bonsai, embellished commercially-made objects (e.g., tee shirts, note cards, etc.), and works assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits or any items that infringe upon a copyright, trademark or patent. (Documentation may be required).


Greencraft: Use of sustainable green or recycled materials and eco-friendly techniques

Architectural: Handcrafted components for one-of-a-kind or historical recreations for home/office installation. Ex: stained glass window, carved crown molding, distinctive cabintry, iron wall racks, etc.

Designs: Patterns and Forms for Architectural, Industrial, Interior, Fashion, Graphic adaptations of the work’s footprint as it may be used in crossover industries—not to be confused with 3-d nature of the work itself.

Heritage: Historic and/or cultural recreations utilizing passed down techniques and historically authentic materials.

Upcycled: Reconstructed or significantly altered vintage items


Juried Virgina Artisans featured on the ACV website, who in addition to their distinctive hand-crafted items also feature works that are intended for the wholesale market must meet all of the following guidelines:

  • The wholesale item’s original design, concept or adaptation must be made by the applicant.
  • Production techniques used in the making of the wholesale item are required to be executed by the applicant or under the applicant’s direct supervision.
  • The aesthetic and/or artistic value of the wholesale items must be based substantially on its handcrafted component.
  • Misrepresentation of materials is prohibited.
  • Labeling: If there is a difference between the wholesale item’s perceived and actual medium, it must be so labeled.
  • If more than 20% of the wholesale item’s medium is different from the artisan’s juried media designation, an application must be made to the Standards Committee jury for an additional medium designation.


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