Call for Artists: Materials Hard + Soft

Greater Denton Arts Council

Denton, TX

NOTE: This event takes place in Denton, Texas and artists are NOT required to travel.


The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the32nd 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. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to
include works by international artists. Approximately 70 works will be selected by the juror
Janet McCall, Executive Director of the Contemporary Craft, for exhibition at the Patterson-
Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.


Our entry deadline for the 2019 exhibition is September 30, 2018. Please review the
upcoming schedule below for more information on the next steps in the competition. A
downloadable 2019 Prospectus is available for entry guidelines and procedures questions.
Entries can be submitted online or through the mail.

The Greater Denton Arts Council will provide Juror Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $750,
$500 and $250. Winners will be determined by the juror and will be announced at the
opening reception of the exhibition on February 1, 2019.

Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any
combination of craft media, are acceptable. Entries must be the complete work of the
submitting artist. Local, national, and international artists are encouraged to apply. Kits or
commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed
within the past two years (2016-2018) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-
Appleton Arts Center.

Each artist is limited to three (3) entries. There is a $40 (USD) non-refundable fee, for up to
three (3) entries. Payments must be submitted online at the time of application.

All work must be ready for installation. Submissions are restricted to a weight limit of no
more than 75 pounds. GDAC reserves the right to exclude any entry that presents complex
installation or assembly problems.

A 30% commission will be retained from all work sold during the exhibition. Works which are
not for sale must be clearly marked as such (NFS).


The exhibition will be publicized regionally, nationally and internationally. GDAC reserves
the right to use photographs or digital images of any accepted work for the purpose of

Artists are responsible for pre-paying all shipping charges to and from the exhibition site
upon selection by the juror. Accepted works must be hand-delivered or shipped according
to the instructions provided in the Artist Contract. Entries will be insured by GDAC while in
its custody. Insurance value for pieces NFS should reflect fair market value. No work may
be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition. Sending an entry to this exhibition shall
imply an agreement on the part of the sender to all conditions above.

September 30, 2018| Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials (by 11:59 PM)
November 16, 2018 | Notification forms sent to all artists
November 30, 2018 | Artist contracts are due
January 3 - 11, 2019 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center
February 1, 2019 | Opening Reception 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Award Ceremony 7:00 PM.
February 2 - May 4, 2019 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
May 7 - 24, 2019 | De-installation and return of artwork

For additional questions about the competition and exhibition, contact the Greater Denton
Arts Council at:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 940-382-2787
Physical and Mailing Address:
400 E. Hickory St.
Denton, TX 76201

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