The James Renwick Alliance
The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national nonprofit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education, and public appreciation of craft art.
The JRA was founded in 1982 and fulfills its mission through public programs, publications, recognition of craft artists, and financial support, including contributions to the of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Since its founding, the JRA has donated more than $3 million to the Renwick Gallery, and it has supported the purchase of more than 175 works for the Renwick Gallery collection.
The JRA also supports public programs in craft, including its annual Distinguished Artists Series, which brings craft artists to Washington, DC, for workshops and lectures.
For more information on the JRA, including a calendar of events and how to join, go to our website at or visit us on