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. In 2017, we are thrlled to expand the exhibition to 93 individual works from Denmark, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
2017 juror | joann edwards, museum of craft and design
JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director, has overseen the Museum of Craft and Design’s vision and growth since its founding in downtown San Francisco in 2003 to its relocation and acclaimed 2013 grand reopening in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district.
Through the development of highly celebrated and innovative exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum of Craft and Design has grown under Edwards’ leadership into an internationally recognized cultural institution that extends the institutional mission beyond its brick and mortar space. Additionally, through Edwards’ guidance the Museum has joined the Green Museums Accord sponsored by the California Association of Museums to help encourage sustainable practices for museums throughout the state and the nation.
Edwards is a staunch advocate for artists, as well as an expert in the contemporary craft movement and was recently invited to be an international juror for the Dutch Design Awards at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Netherlands. She frequently acts as a panelist at national conferences relating to contemporary studio furniture, as well as a juror/critic for such institutions as the American Craft Council, California College of the Arts, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, Arts Council Santa Cruz and ENGAGE Art Fair. Formerly, Edwards served as a trustee on the Board of Directors for the Furniture Society and Chair of Exhibitions.
Beyond her role in the arts, culture, and design sectors, Edwards has held roles as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Support Network for Battered Women of Santa Clara County from 1998–2002. In 2001, Edwards received the Unsung Hero Award from the Victim Support Network of Santa Clara County.
Prior to founding the Museum of Craft and Design, Edwards co-owned contemporary art galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area for twenty six years.
coming soon | february 2017
ARTIST DEADLINES + EXHIBITION DATES
January 3 - 11, 2017 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center
February 3, 2017 | Opening Reception 6 - 8 PM, Award Ceremony with Juror JoAnn Edwards at 7 PM
February 4 - May 6, 2017 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center's Meadows Gallery
May 8 - 12, 2017 | De-installation and return of artwork
June 1, 2017 | Launch of the 2018 Materials: Hard + Soft call for entries