General Show Information: Dawn Tiscia, Craft Expo Coordinator 203 453-5947 To Volunteer: Maureen Belden 203 453-5947

Craft Expo

Guilford Art Center regretfully announces the cancellation of the Guilford Craft Expo 2020, originally scheduled for July 17-19, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has become clear that government social distancing guidelines prohibiting large gatherings will likely remain in effect into the summer months. These restrictions greatly affect the planning and execution of this large, outdoor event.

This is an unprecedented decision for unprecedented times, as Craft Expo has been held continuously on the Guilford Green for over 60 years. This is a great disappointment to us at the Guilford Art Center, and we know it is to our artists, patrons, supporters, as well as our community.

We urge the public to continue to support professional craft artists, who rely on events like Craft Expo for their livelihood.

Craft Expo will return to the Guilford Green in July 2021. We look forward to gathering again to celebrate art and our creative community!


Connecticut’s Premier Outdoor
Juried Show of American Craft


180 Artisans on the Guilford Green
Silent Auction • Craft Demos • Emerging Artists Tent • Family Art Tent
Beer and Wine • Food Court • Live Music & more!

Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo will return once again to the scenic and historic Guilford Green, celebrating the arts with its extensive array of handmade crafts by American artists. 

Craft Expo 2021 will bring 180 nationally-recognized craft artists to Guilford, whose exquisite-quality works help rank this event as one of the top craft shows in New England and the country. As a celebration of the arts and a signature happening for the town of Guilford and the Connecticut shoreline, Craft Expo is a must-see summer event.


  • by Catherine Kiernan

Drawing an estimated 7,000 arts enthusiast’s, collectors, buyers, and visitors from across the country, Craft Expo is known for its one-of-a-kind work of the highest quality: Ceramics, Wearable and Non-Wearable Fiber, Metal and Non-Metal Jewelry, Glass, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Wood. Items range from decorative to functional and traditional to contemporary. All work presented at Craft Expo is handcrafted by the artists, all of whom have been accepted in the show by a panel of professional peers, thereby ensuring only the highest quality in workmanship, design and materials. Popular amenities for the Craft Expo visitor include a food court with beer and wine, a family art tent with craft activities for youngsters attending the show, faculty and student craft demos, and the chance to bid on donated craft pieces at the show’s annual silent auction. Proceeds raised through the silent auction and nominal entrance fees benefit the non-profit GUILFORD ART CENTER and its year-round calendar of gallery and school art education programs for students of all ages and skill levels.

• For more, see the Craft Expo 2019 Program


  • Bill Chisholm

Craft Expo is Sponsored in part by Shore Publishing,
with additional media sponsorship provided by WSHU Public Radio.


Craft Expo gallery photos by Judith L. Barbosa, Kyle Clark, Ben Cowper, Kelly Fryer, Shannon Gale, Allison Maltese, Kerry McCarthy and Kathryn Schauer.