Greater Denton Arts Council


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about the exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 32nd 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 juror Janet McCall, Executive Director of the Contemporary Craft, for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. 

2019 juror

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.


The Deadline for Entries for the 2019 exhibition has passed. Notifications on the juror’s selection will be sent out mid-November.


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 2018 Materials Hard + Soft exhibit catalog

View the 2018 Materials Hard + Soft exhibit catalog

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