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.

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.


The 2017 call for entries has now closed. See see our Deadlines and Exhibition Dates below for more information.

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 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, 2016 | Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials (by 11:59 PM)

November 18, 2016 | Notification forms sent 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 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