The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 36th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. The 36th anniversary will be on display in the Meadows Gallery in Spring 2023. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists. Past jurors include: JoAnn Edwards of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, CA, Perry Price, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Janet McCall retired director of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburg, PA, and Beth C. McLaughlin of the Fuller Craft in Brockton, MA, Pablo Barrera of the Oklahoma Contemporary, and Tanya Aguiñiga of Los Angeles.
For the 36th exhibition, they have changed the juror format to feature a panel of jurors. The Greater Denton Arts Council hopes this change will allow them to diversify the expertise of the juror leading to some of the best of the media submitted to be part of the exhibition. The jurors are media specialists over the materials they are asked to jury. Each juror will select pieces from their area for the exhibition. From those selections, they will select a best in media and a best in the show.
HOW TO ENTER
The entry deadline for the 2023 exhibition is October 14, 2022. Please review the upcoming schedule below for more information on the next steps in the competition. A downloadable 2023 Prospectus is available for entry guidelines and procedures questions. Entries can be submitted online or through the mail.