Jackson Hole Western Design Conference Purchased by Allison Merritt, Who Plans Expansion with Home and Interior Design

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A popular Jackson Hole event, the Western Design Conference is held annually in September during the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Jackson, Wyo., resident Allison Merritt, longtime WDC events manager, has purchased the event with plans for expansion in 2014.

Allison Merritt is new owner of the Western Design Conference, held annually in Jackson Hole in September.

'From documented American craft to home design to fashion, we are expanding the show to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design,' says Merritt.

After acting as the Events Manager of the Western Design Conference (WDC) for seven years, Jackson, Wyo., resident Allison Merritt has purchased the event, held annually in Jackson Hole, Wyo., during the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. The Western Design Conference, a juried show that offers more than $16K in prize money and showcases preeminent American artists working in Western genre crafts, has been one of the most important and well-attended events of the September arts festival. Merritt plans to expand the 2014 WDC show and sale, scheduled for September 4-7, 2014, to include a home and interior design feature as well as a larger fashion shopping experience.

“With its usual impressive work from top artisans plus the new features, the 22nd Annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale promises to deliver a terrific impact to Jackson Hole and its continuing growth on the national arts scene,” says new WDC owner Merritt.

“My vision is to build on the history of the show while creating an event that brings together every facet of design in the West, and to appeal to markets ranging from young, new customers to established collectors,” says Merritt. “From documented American craft to home design to fashion, we are expanding the show to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design.”

In addition to the fine artisan craft showcased during the three-day Exhibit + Sale, scheduled for September 5 – 7, 2014, under Merritt’s new ownership, the 22nd installment of the Western Design Conference will feature a Designer Show House, incorporating juried artisan pieces and custom interior design in a home environment; Retail Row, a secondary location where sought-after retailers will exhibit the most recent fashion trends; and an Opening Night Preview Party on September 4.

The Western Design Conference was founded 22 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. The purchase by Allison Merritt continues the strong commitment to Western arts in Wyoming while also expanding the reach of the show.

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The 22nd Annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale is a one-of-a-kind showcase for museum quality functional art. The nation’s finest Western-influenced designers and artists from across the country apply to be a part of over 115 exhibitions on display. More than $16,000 in cash will be awarded to handcrafted works in leather, metal, accents, woodworking, jewelry and fashion. The 2014 WDC, one of the signature events of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, will be held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming from September 4 - 7, 2014. For additional information, WDC tickets, and a complete schedule of events for September 2014, visit http://www.westerndesignconference.com.

Allison Merritt, WDC Executive Director, allison(at)westerndesignconference(dot)com, 307-690-9719. Darla Worden, Worden PR, darla(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 307-734-5335.

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