We would love to have you join our community of professional Louisiana artists. The preservation of our culture and success of our artwork comes from the strength of our ties to each other. The Louisiana Crafts Guild wants to help you be prosperous and have opportunities to grow your business and grow as an artist.

Applications are open from January 1 through November 1 of each year.

As a juried organization of professional artists, our application process has 2 steps.

Step 1: Submit your email application for review which includes photos of your work and a little about yourself. Applications will be reviewed within a month of receipt. You will receive feedback from professional artists on your application no matter the outcome of the review. No payment is required.

To submit you can send an email to suzanne@louisianacrafts.org containing the following:

Full Name
Address, City, State, Zip Code
Preferred Email address
Phone number
Cell phone number
Facebook address
Instagram address
Website address
Media (choose one: clay, fiber, metal, wood, mixed media, Louisiana-themed 2D artwork)
Artist Statement (Just tell us a little about your life as an artist!)
4 images of recent work

Step 2: With a successful review of your photos in your initial application, you will move on to a jury review of your physical work. Professional artists knowledgeable in your media will explore your artwork in person at The Guild’s galleries in Lafayette or New Orleans. These juries will be convened when there are 5 or more applicants. The fee for this jury is $35 and requires 3 pieces of recent work that represents your body of artwork. You will be able to deliver these pieces to either gallery that is convenient for you.

If you have questions about the process or need accommodations of any sort, please contact us at suzanne@louisianacrafts.org. We are here to help!


All members benefit from the following for resources with our $120 annual membership fee.


Founded originally for fine craft artists working in 3D crafts, The Louisiana Crafts Guild now accepts 2D artists with Louisiana cultural relevance in their works’ themes. We recognize the  guidelines set by the Division of the Arts Crafts Marketing Program and require that our artists create original works of high quality and refined creative expression. Learn more about our Standards for work.

Ritual & Festive Crafts
Voodoo dolls, Mardi Gras mask, etc. 

Native American Crafts
Palmetto weaving, moss dolls, woodcarvings, etc. 

Domestic Crafts
Quilting, weaving, soap making, broom making, etc. 

Folk Instruments
Fiddle making, triangle (tee fer), wash boards (frottoirs) etc. 

Rural Occupational Crafts
Blacksmithing, rope making, boat building, etc. 

Thrown or hand built forms. If a mold is used it must have been designed by the artist. No mass-produced ware. 

Spinning, weaving, weaving baskets, cane bottom chairs, pine needle baskets and hand-woven cottons, etc. 

Flat “cold” and “hot” glass processes (stained glass, blown glass, laminated glass, etc.) 

Enameling, casting, granulation, repousse, engraving, metal spinning, inlay, cutlery, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian ironwork, etc. 

Furniture, carving, sculpting, etc. (If a clock is made, the mechanism can be purchased, but not the housing – must be hand made.) 

Mixed Media
Drawing and painting are allowed if part of an original piece of art in 3D. Example: Decorative gourds. Other examples of mixed media would be collages, decoupage on an original 3D item, and architectural salvage, altered or assembled in an aesthetic creative manner. Beading: if commercial beads are used they must be used in a creative manner and not just strung with the use of commercial clasps . Fabric dyeing – silk and batiking are eligible. Block printing is eligible only if the original block is submitted for review with the printed pieces.

Original watercolors, oils, and acrylics and works on paper that represent and evoke the urban and rural cultures and traditions of Louisiana.

Color and Black & White photography that represent and evoke the urban and rural cultures and traditions of Louisiana. Prints must be limited edition (up to 100) and signed and numbered.

For questions about how to apply and the next application deadline, please contact Gene Meneray at gene@louisianacrafts.org or call 504-330-5523.