about the exhibition
The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 31st annual Materials: Hard + Soft National 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. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.
PERRY A. PRICE is Executive Director of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. His interest in the craft, design, and material culture was developed early by his late aunt – herself both a potter and a German auto racing mechanic.
Price received a BA in the History of Art from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, State University of New York Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association. Prior to joining the HCCC, he served as director of education for the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was responsible for developing and presenting programming and outreach providing thought leadership and cultivating critical thinking on the field of contemporary craft. He previously served as curator of exhibitions and collections for Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he developed and oversaw all aspects of the New England craft museum’s exhibitions and collections initiatives.
He is a scholar of contemporary studio craft, material culture, decorative arts, and design and is a frequent contributor to publications and periodicals including American Craft and the Mohawk Maker Quarterly.
2018 ENTRY GUIDELINES
HOW TO ENTER
Entry for the 2018 Exhibition is now CLOSED. Notifications to artists will be distributed by November 17, please refer to the timeline at the base of this page for more information. A downloadable 2018 Prospectus is also available for submission information. Check back next summer for entry in the 2019 exhibition.
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 2, 2018.
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 (2015-2017) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.
NUMBER OF ENTRIES + ENTRY FEE
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.
DELIVERY + RETURN OF WORK
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.
DEADLINES AND EXHIBITION DATES
September 29, 2017 | Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials (by 11:59 PM)
November 17, 2017 | Notification forms sent to all artists
December 1, 2017 | Artist contracts are due
January 3 - 10, 2018 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center
February 2, 2018 | Opening Reception 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Award Ceremony 7:00 PM.
February 3 - May 5, 2018 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
May 7 - 11, 2018 | De-installation and return of artwork