Greater Denton Arts Council

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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

2017 Materials: Hard + Soft Juror, JoAnn Edwards; Photo © Scott Kline

2017 Materials: Hard + Soft Juror, JoAnn Edwards; Photo © Scott Kline

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

New in 2017, shop the artwork in the exhibition online and in the gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

New in 2017, shop the artwork in the exhibition online and in the gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

2017 Materials: Hard + Soft catalogs will be available to view online and hard copies availabe for purchase at the PAAC

2017 Materials: Hard + Soft catalogs will be available to view online and hard copies availabe for purchase at the PAAC

Join us at the opening reception on February 3 from 6-8 PM as artist awards are announced live by juror JoAnn Edwards

Join us at the opening reception on February 3 from 6-8 PM as artist awards are announced live by juror JoAnn Edwards


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


past materials: Hard + soft 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

 
 
Materials: Hard + Soft is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Denton

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Denton