Greater Denton Arts Council

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 30th year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate 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, GDAC is thrilled to partner with the National Endowment for the Arts to expand this national exhibition to now include international artists. The exhibition drew over 1,400 submissions from 21 countries around the world. Juror JoAnn Edwards selected 93 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from Denmark, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.  

This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Denton. Special thanks to Best Western Premier for their continued sponsorship. Materials will be on view February 4 - May 6, 2017 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center; $5 for public, FREE for GDAC members, students and children under 12. Learn more about our current and upcoming exhibitions at dentonarts.com/exhibitions


experience the exhibition: catalog / store / workshops

View the 2017 Materials: Hard + Soft exhibit catalog, hard copies availabe for purchase at the PAAC and in our online store

View the 2017 Materials: Hard + Soft exhibit catalog, hard copies availabe for purchase at the PAAC and in our online store

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

Join us for M:H+S artist workshops with local exhibiting artists throughout the course of the exhibition

Join us for M:H+S artist workshops with local exhibiting artists throughout the course of the exhibition


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.

2017 Juror award winners

2017 juror statement

The process of creating art in any form incites an important sense of place for artists and viewers alike. By extension, creative practice helps build a rich path to well-being and vitality nurturing a fundamental cultural groundwork for humanity.

The compilation of objects and installations for Materials: Hard + Soft, celebrates many mediums, including alternative materials such as duct tape and marshmallows, in addition to all kinds of re-purposed materials. True to the mission of this 30th anniversary exhibit, the work shown reflects contemporary craft to its fullest, honoring creativeness, vision, innovation and new concepts.

It is tremendous that the National Endowment for the Arts partnered with the Greater Denton Arts Council and Patterson-Appleton Arts Center to support an international exhibition platform for artists and makers. It is a fitting occasion to bust through boundaries of any sort, setting a strong example through the foundation of contemporary craft.

 To condense submissions of over 1400 to a number under 100 was a sizeable challenge as there were many excellent, thoughtful pieces. My approach was to narrow the lens to choose outstanding work that could sit comfortably and cohesively together. Several pieces impart a powerful message, others demonstrate a spare, uncomplicated form – some with color and some without, some richly textured – whether a piece of jewelry, a pot, a sculpture, or an installation. Some work commands our attention, such as the ceramic installation of 504 shoes entitled, When Children Die They Do Not Grow commemorating children who died in war, or by storytelling through a quilt, in Genocide and Slavery II. Other work sits beautifully as a stunning object or series, as in Fountain 10, Sharing Plate, A Long Chilly May, Inspiration/Expiration, and Safety pin study 2, Will(ow)ful 2 and 3.

It was a privilege to survey the submissions for Materials: Hard + Soft and to bring together a small selection of the work for exhibition. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of telling this 30th anniversary story through the work of the hand, mind and heart.

JoAnn Edwards | Executive Director, Museum of Craft and Design


Special thanks to Ed Steele Photography for documenting the 2017 Materials: Hard + Soft opening reception and exhibition. 


ARTIST DEADLINES + information

February 3, 2017 | Opening Reception 6 - 8 PM,  Award Ceremony with Juror JoAnn Edwards at 7 PM (Donor Circle Preview 5 - 6 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 exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Denton.
Special thanks to Best Western Premier for their continued sponsorship.