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 32nd year, the exhibition shows the top national and 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.
This year’s call for artists drew over 1,100 submissions from 12 countries around the world. Juror Janet McCall selected 70 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from 28 states and 4 countries including Germany, Canada, and Taiwan in varying media including metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, fiber, glass, and mixed media.
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. The 32nd annual Materials will be on view February 1 - May 4, 2019 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.
2019 juror | janet mccall, scC
JANET L. MCCALL has been Executive Director of Contemporary Craft (CC) in Pittsburgh since 1995. Founded in 1971, the organization includes a gallery featuring work by national and international artists, hands-on workshop studios, a retail store, and a downtown satellite gallery, and reaches approximately 145,000 visitors annually. McCall has curated or served as a juror for numerous craft exhibitions and has a passion for building community through art through social justice themed exhibitions at Contemporary Craft such as Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out, and Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, and Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.
McCall received her BA in English and Art History from Bowling Green State University, and her MA in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for both the University of Pittsburgh’s History of Art & Architecture Department and the Master of Arts Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School. In her free time, McCall enjoys making books and keeping illustrated dream journals, and now has 45 chronological volumes completed over more than two decades
2018 Juror Award Winners
past materials: Hard + soft exhibitions
top of page: detail of Tutti Frutti by Wendy Gamon 2019 Materials Hard + Soft selection