Artisans Center of Virginia


Artisans Center of Virginia


The Artisans Center of Virginia, the official state organization representing VA’s artisan community, assists artists, agri-artisans & businesses across the Commonwealth, developing innovative solutions to improve economic outcomes for Virginia’s artisans & their communities.

Inventive collaborations happen when artists come together, sharing techniques & skills, exhibiting work & sharing their love of the arts which play a critical role in creating healthy & vibrant communities.

Over 4,000 craft artisans reside and practice in the Commonwealth of VA. The Artisans Center of Virginia is dedicated to ensuring artisan craft businesses are a valued mainstay to the economic vitality of VA communities.


VIRGINIA'S "ARTISAN TRAIL NETWORK"- connecting visitors to artist studios, galleries, retailers & agri-artisans across the state, highlighting the artisan story, giving visitors an enriching experience, while linking to points of interest, restaurants, & accommodation locations.

ACV JURIED VA ARTISAN & MASTER ARTISAN MEMBERS- official state jury for craft artisans, representing the highest quality hand-crafted work.

ACV STUDIO SCHOOL- WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT- providing business & entrepreneurial training needed to operate, market & sell products & services. ex: “Invoking Your Art as Business” seminars.

RETAIL AFFILIATES- elevating commercial & non-profit enterprises representing VA artisans.

STATEWIDE ARTISAN CONFERENCE- reaching hundreds of VA artisans, artists and agri-artisan businesses looking to network and who utilize a diverse range of materials, business technologies and marketing materials. Offering a wide range of topics; from sales & marketing and the latest trends in communication to productive new display techniques. “CONNECTING THE DOTS” March 16-18, 2015, Charlottesville VA.

EXHIBITIONS- showcasing ACV Juried VA Artisans.

STATEWIDE ARTISAN REGISTRY- listing of VA artisan businesses.

STATEWIDE ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY- 2015, documenting the economic impact of the Artisan Industry in VA.

AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK- October 2-11, 2015, nationwide celebration of American craft & design. ACV membership offers free participation.

THE VIRGINIA OYSTER TRAIL- developing a unified visitor-directed experiential trail focused on the VA Oyster. Anticipated launch date: November 2015.

Location: Virginia
Members: 21
Latest Activity: Oct 1, 2015

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It's Official! October is Virginia ARTISAN Month.

Started by Sarah EK Muse Oct 1, 2015. 0 Replies

October is Virginia Artisan Month all across the Commonwealth! RICHMOND -- Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed that October is Virginia Artisan Month, a time to showcase the culture of the Virginia artisan, which inspires appreciative audiences for its unique work and distinctive way of life.Virginia currently hosts 27 community-connected and developing artisan trails representing 39…Continue

Tags: craft, week, press, announcement, american

American Craft Week in Virginia

Started by Sarah EK Muse Sep 22, 2015. 0 Replies


Innovation at the Crossroads

Started by Sarah EK Muse Sep 21, 2015. 0 Replies


Tags: exhibition


Started by Sarah EK Muse Sep 21, 2015. 0 Replies

“INVOKING ART AS BUSINESS” an ACV Entrepreneur Workshoppresented by the Women's Business Center at ODU Business Gateway​  Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at The Slover Library, Norfolk, VA 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Diane Sulg, president of CRAFT (Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow) and founder/co-chair of American Craft Week.To Register:…Continue

Tags: art, as, business, small, entrepreneur

"CONNECTING THE DOTS" - Statewide Artisan Conference

Started by Sarah EK Muse Jan 1, 2015. 0 Replies

Virginia Statewide Artisan ConferenceMARCH 16-18, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel, Charlottesville VANot your everyday event...from pre-conference immersions to invigorating topics, interactive activities and celebratory honors... come prepared to be engaged as you connect the dots around your Virginia artisan endeavors! CLICK HERE to register online…Continue

Tags: guilds, artisan, groups, peer, explore

Bedford Artisan Trail- Great News Article

Started by Sarah EK Muse Nov 14, 2014. 0 Replies

This is a great article about the Bedford Artisan Trail- which officially Launched in October.Bedford Artisan Trail: Handcrafted and homegrownAlex Rohr | Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:45 pmChris Lynch uses and mallet and a spike to shape the head of a steel dragon he created September 17th. Lynch is the owner and operator of Old Moneta Ironworks, a traditional blacksmith shop located in Moneta. (Max Oden/The News & Advance)BEDFORD — Jonathan Falls sits in front of a power hammer…Continue

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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Intensive 4-day virtual residency + workshop + public presentation for multimedia and interdisciplinary artists, jewellery and fashion designers who want to learn about jewellery art, story telling, mythology, performanceIntensive 4-day virtual…"
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online Christmas Edition:   21-22 November 2020   Apply NOW for GNCCFonline at Christmas. Deadline midnight 4th October 2020."


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