Morning Glory 2017  August 12-13 

Artist applications for 2017 are now closed

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On the Grounds of the Marcus Center and Red Arrow Park

The Midwest's Premier Fine Craft Fair

The 42nd Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair was another successful show for artists, the public, and downtown Milwaukee.  The fair featured 127 fine craft artists exhibiting  ceramics, glass, leather, wood, photography, jewelry, fiber, enamel, handmade paper, metal, and mixed media. The venue as always, included many amenities for artists: Friday afternoon/evening set-up, reduced parking for exhibitors in a covered lot, an on-site caterer/food service, overnight booth security, and an indoor hospitality area. The home stay program for visiting artists grew this year and was very well received, with local artists and patrons offering a place to stay during the fair.  Over $3,000 in artists’ awards  each named for one of the outstanding members and former members who helped WDCC reach its 100th birthday this year, were presented, including cash and gift certificates. Now it's time to start planning for next year. We have our calendars marked, perhaps you should as well.

The beginnings of the Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair go back 40 years, when Margaret Rahill, the former Curator of the Charles Allis Art Museum, and Leslie Brockel, a former board member of the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council, came up with an idea for an art fair on the grounds of the museum. The name “Morning Glory” was chosen because the traditional plantings of morning glory vines would be in full bloom in mid-August in the Allis garden areas where the fair was originally staged.

 The Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair was held at the Charles Allis Art Museum from 1975 to 2001.



Click on the Morning Glory Logo to go directly to the dedicated fair page. 

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  • 24 Apr 2017 6:42 PM | Bob Dickey (Administrator)
    The jury has completed its work and invitations have been sent out. A reminder, the deadline for acceptance confirmation is May 5th. 
  • 20 Dec 2016 7:47 PM | Bob Dickey (Administrator)

    Applications are not being taken via ZAPP.  Monitor the show website for more information as the year progresses. 

  • 29 Mar 2016 4:52 PM | Bob Dickey (Administrator)

    The jury process has been completed. Target date for email notification to artists is April 13th. Thanks to all who applied. We look forward to another outstanding show.

  • 18 Dec 2015 10:40 AM | Bob Dickey (Administrator)

    The prospectus is posted and applications are now open for the 2016 Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair.  Applications are handled through ZAPP and you can link directly to the show and apply here. We are looking forward to a successful show as we present the finest in Fine Craft Artistry from Wisconsin and around the country. Looking to see you there!  Whether artist or visitory, as our planning continues and more information becomes available, you may want follow the progress on our Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair website.

  • 12 Aug 2015 4:28 PM | Bob Dickey (Administrator)

    A full list of winners is now available. The judges tell us that the quality of the work they saw was outstanding. That made their task a challenging one. Awards were announced Saturday evening after a great show day, and in anticipation of another. Thanks to all the fine craft artists from around the country who joined us for the 41st Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair!

  • 04 Aug 2015 10:57 AM | Bob Dickey (Administrator)

    Marcus Center Grounds -  Booths 1 thru 98

    Red Arrow Park - Booths 99 thru 133 

  • 03 Aug 2015 10:01 AM | Bob Dickey (Administrator)

    New at this year's Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair - WDCC is sponsoring a presentation of fine craft created by UWM students and alumni. Featured artists were selected through a jurying process and will have some outstanding work on display. Be sure to stop by their booth. You can check out the participating artists in the full Morning Glory artists listing as well as see examples of their work on their site.

  • 28 Jul 2015 6:57 PM | Bob Dickey (Administrator)

    Check out this video if you are wondering if you should attend the Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair August 8th and 9th.  Joe and Karen talk about why the go every year, and show you some of the great art they have acquired.

  • 26 Jul 2015 10:22 AM | Bob Dickey (Administrator)

    As always, we have an outstanding list of nationally know fine craft artists lined up for the show. Check out the complete list here: 


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WDCC uses Zapplication for artists applying to our shows. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair.  Click on the logo to link to their site and apply.

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