Western Design Conference’s New and Improved Website Launches
September Jackson Hole event celebrating Western style and craft expands reach
Jackson Hole, Wyo. – March 26, 2015 – The Western Design Conference (WDC), the only event of its kind, celebrating the best of Western designers and trends, just got better. The popular conference takes place in Jackson, Wyo., Sept. 10 – 13, 2015, and in preparation for the 23rd annual festivities, the event’s website was recently redesigned, making the online experience for fans and artists easier and more enjoyable. The recently re-launched website illuminates the creations of Western Design Conference artists by featuring large images of their work, biographies of the participating artisans – selected by a jury of experts each year – and a variety of social and direct media links to keep the public connected throughout the year.
With the new website, the public can stay current on the latest design trends in Western furniture, fashion and lifestyle accessories, as well as purchase advance tickets to the four-day Exhibit + Sale and Opening Preview Party. Artists who hope to participate in the juried show can connect with the Western Design Conference via the new website’s easy – and environmentally friendly – online application process; the deadline for artist entries is April 1. The conference is set to open at the Snow King Sports & Events Center in Jackson on Sept. 10 with its gala party – including the exciting annual runway fashion show of cowboy couture – then continues Sept. 11 –13, with the annual Exhibit + Sale, a three-day event showcasing museum-quality functional art by more than 130 Western-inspired artists. The reserved VIP seats to the Sept. 10 Opening Preview Party and fashion show tend to sell out, so advance purchase of tickets at westerndesignconference.com is recommended.
“Each September during the Western Design Conference you’ll see the original creative works that inspire the latest trends,” says WDC Executive Director Allison Merritt about the top artisans’ work on display and for sale. “The website redesign was part of our determination to create a platform to continue that engagement all year long. Together, the print and online Sourcebook and WesternDesignConference.com website align the public with this stunning one-of-a-kind functional art 365 days a year.”
About the Western Design Conference:
The 23rd annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale is a four-day, multimillion-dollar event that brings together craftspeople, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with an interest in the West, sponsored by Mountain Living magazine. The Western Design Conference was founded 23 years ago in Cody, Wyo., as a way to promote contemporary artists working in historical American craft methods. The show moved to Jackson in 2007 when it was purchased by Powder Mountain Press, LLC and the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Allison Merritt, who purchased the WDC in 2014 after seven years acting as event manager, continues the strong commitment to Western arts in Wyoming while expanding the reach of the show. From documented American craft to home design to couture fashion, the show encompasses all aspects of the best of Western design. Additional information on the WDC, including schedules and tickets, is available at www.westerndesignconference.com and on Facebook and Twitter @WesternDesign.