Greater Denton Arts Council

about the exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 30th 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. In this anniversary year, we are thrilled to be partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts to expand this national exhibition to now include international artists. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.

To submit your work for consideration in the 2017 exhibition, please review the guidelines below and follow the link to the online submission form. 

2017 call for entries

The 2017 online submission form with full application details is now available, Submit Your Work or follow the link at the base of this page. To be considered for the exhibition, entries must be received by September 30, 2016. If you must submit entries via physical mail, please download the 2017 Prospectus and follow the listed instructions. Inquiries may be directed to or (940) 382-2787.

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 3, 2016.

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. Kits or commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2014-2016) 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 publicity.

Artists are responsible for pre-paying all shipping charges to and from the exhibition site. Accepted works must be hand-delivered or shipped according to the instructions provided in the Artist Contract upon selection. 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, 2016 | Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials 

November 18, 2016 | Notification forms are mailed to all artists

December 2, 2016 | Artist contracts are due

January 3 - 11, 2017 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center

February 3, 2017 | Opening Reception 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Award Ceremony 6:45 p.m.

February 4 - May 6, 2017 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

May 8 - 12, 2017 | De-installation and return of artwork 

past arts open call exhibitions

View the 2016 exhibition catalog

View the 2016 exhibition catalog

View the 2016 exhibition at the PAAC and selected works

View the 2016 exhibition at the PAAC and selected works

View selected works from the 2015 exhibition

View selected works from the 2015 exhibition