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M&G Makers Market

During BJU’s Homecoming events every October, the Museum & Gallery hosts a curated market of handmade art, crafts, foods, and designs created by BJU grads, current and former faculty/staff, and current and former students. The Makers come from around the country and feature a variety of items including handmade cards, artisan chocolate, functional pottery, watercolor paintings, specialty cupcakes, handcrafted jewelry, clever fiber art, high-end writing instruments, soy candles, gourmet popcorn and more!

This all-day event is hosted in and around the Welcome Center on the Saturday of Homecoming (October 12, 2024), and it is open to the public to enjoy.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Maker, please consider the following process and timeline:

Application

All artists (and craftsmen, artisans, illustrators, designers, jewelers, bakers, etc.) interested in participating must submit an application and images online between Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day) through midnight on Sunday, June 9.

  • Remember, since this is during Homecoming on the campus of Bob Jones University, applicants are limited to current/former faculty and staff, BJU graduates, and current/former BJU students.
  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $25. All fees go toward the costs of the Market.
  • Market applications are only received during the 2-week time period stated.
  • For application helps, please reference these resources: FAQs and Before You Apply

Selection

Following the closure of the application process on Sunday, June 9, a jury of BJU grads will review all submissions and choose which artists will participate in the Market in the following categories: 2D Fine Art, 3D Fine Art, To Wear, Paper Goods, Fiber Art, and Everything Else.

  • Once the jury makes its choices based on quality, price point, and variety, M&G will contact the chosen Makers to accept their admission and pay their booth fee to participate.
  • Space for the Market is limited; therefore the number of total Makers is limited between 35-42 total.

Announcement

M&G will announce the participating Makers on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, on our website, and via email in August. Saturday, October 12, 2024 will be M&G’s 8th annual Makers Market.

 

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Before You Apply…

Please read the following information carefully.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants: 

To be considered for participation in M&G’s annual Makers Market, you must apply. Since M&G’s Makers Market is an event linked with BJU’s Homecoming, M&G has chosen to limit applicants to those artists that are BJU graduates, current and former BJU students, current BJU faculty/staff, and retired or former BJU faculty/staff.  If you fit one or more of these categories, please apply!

Entries: 

You may only enter items that you have made or designed.  By submitting your application and photos, you guarantee that the work presented is your original creation. We reserve the right to dismiss any exhibitor if they have misrepresented themselves or their merchandise, for any reason we deem appropriate. If you’re not sure that your work is eligible, please reference the FAQs.

We limit exhibitors by category to ensure a variety of goods at M&G’s Makers Market. In some cases your work could be accepted by the jury, but your category filled. In this case, your name will be added to the waiting list, and you will be notified in the event that space opens within your category.

There are 35-42 exhibitor positions available, contingent on space.

Application Period:

Market application registration opens at 8AM on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day), and the submission period ends on Sunday, June 9 at midnight (EST).

JURYING

Work will be judged on its originality, quality, distinctiveness, and innovation. The jury, which consists of BJU graduates, may accept or decline some or all the work represented by the photos accompanying an application. All submissions are presented anonymously to the jury to avoid unfair bias.

MARKET INFO

M&G’s Makers Market will be held indoors on both the main and second floors of the Welcome Center as well as outside in the student center and in the Den on the BJU campus in Greenville, SC on Saturday, October 12, 2024 from 10AM-5PM.  Admission is free, and anyone is invited to attend!

FEES

Payment of the application fee will be made by credit or debit card through M&G’s website. All fees underwrite the costs of Makers Market.

Application Fee: A non-refundable $25 application fee is due with your submission.

Exhibition Fee: The exhibition fee is not collected until applicants are chosen. Once participants have been selected by the jury of graduates, M&G will email instructions for paying this fee.

Other: If you don’t operate a full-time retail business, you must obtain a special retail license for $20 from the South Carolina Department of Revenue for selling at craft shows. Locate the information about artists and crafters here under, “How to Get a Retail License.”

BOOTHS

M&G provides only one booth size (8 ft. table) for an exhibition fee of $65 and student exhibition fee of $45.  To qualify for the student rate, you must have a current undergraduate or graduate classification at Bob Jones University. Exhibition fees are only paid after the artist application has been accepted and chosen by the jury. Sharing booths is not permitted. Each exhibitor must apply and have his/her work juried individually.

M&G’s Makers Market is a family-friendly event. Participants will be asked to remove any goods not in keeping with this atmosphere.

Each individual is fully responsible for his/her booth, display, and merchandise. M&G cannot be held liable for any loss, damage, or personal injury that may occur at the event.

M&G provides: an 8 ft. table, 2 chairs per space, black floor-length tablecloth, wi-fi, and public restrooms.

By applying, you agree to M&G’s Makers Market rules outlined above.

ENTRY CATEGORIES

The following categories are available for exhibitor application.  Please apply for the type in which your creative work belongs:

  • 2D Fine Art: prints and originals
  • 3D Fine Art: ceramic, glass, wood, metal
  • Fiber Art: felted, knitted, crocheted, woven, stitched
  • To Wear: jewelry, clothing, purses, hair accessories, belts
  • Paper Goods: stationery, handmade books, paper crafts
  • Everything Else: toys, home & garden, artisan foods, supplies

As you apply, you will be required to upload 4 images and a brief description of your work. Photography is the primary way for the jury to determine the quality of your work for participation.  Use images that impress, but keep the colors true, the products in focus, and the photo well-lit.  Images can show detail, the brand style of your product, and multiple products at once. Please do not send images that have your name, your logo, or brand name pictured.

SAMPLE IMAGES