Greater Denton Arts Council


about the exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 31st 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. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. 

2018 juror

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 Materials: Hard + Soft Juror, Perry A. Price

2018 Materials: Hard + Soft Juror, Perry A. Price


The call for artists for our 2019 exhibition will open this summer. Our entry deadline for the 2019 exhibition is September 30, 2018. Please review the upcoming schedule below for more information on the next steps in the compeition.  A downloadable 2018 Prospectus is available for entry guidelines and procedures questions.

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 1, 2019.

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. Local, national, and international artists are encouraged to apply. Kits or commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2016-2018) 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, 2018 | Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials (by 11:59 PM)

November 16, 2018 | Notification forms sent to all artists

November 30, 2018 | Artist contracts are due

January 3 - 11, 2019 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center

February 1, 2019 | Opening Reception 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Award Ceremony 7:00 PM.

February 2 - May 4, 2019 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

May 7 - 24, 2019 | De-installation and return of artwork

For additional questions about the competition and exhibition, contact 

past materials: Hard + soft exhibitions

  View the 2017 Materials: Hard + Soft exhibit catalog

View the 2017 Materials: Hard + Soft exhibit catalog

  View the 2016   Materials: Hard + Soft exhibit catalog

View the 2016 Materials: Hard + Soft exhibit catalog

  View the works featured in the 2015 exhibition

View the works featured in the 2015 exhibition

2017 juror award winners


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