Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition

Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition


Call Type Competition
Call Eligibility International
Entry Dates 7/1/20, 12:00 AM - 9/30/20, 11:59 PM 18 Days Left
Entry Fee? Yes (30)
Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition

400 E. Hickory St.
Denton 76201 United States



The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 34th 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.

2021 JUROR - Pablo Barrera, Oklahoma Contemporary
Pablo Barrera is Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center’s inaugural Curatorial Fellow. He is committed to creating strategies for formal and informal art education, especially raising awareness of Indigenous visual culture. Barrera was selected among NXTHVN Art Space's first cohort and served as graduate advisor for Yale University Art Gallery’s first student-led Native American Art exhibition. He has written on global art impacted by colonialism, including a co-authored chapter on traditional Korean architecture design (Springer International) and a paper on Indigenous art produced for exchange between Colonial Spain and Japan (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution). Barrera holds MAs from Yale University (History of Art) and Harvard University (Regional Studies: East Asia), a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (History of Art, minor in Anthropology), is a 2012 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, and a 2011 Fulbright Scholar (South Korea).

Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives and outdoor installations, we create opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. Oklahoma Contemporary will soon open a new center on a 4.6-acre campus in downtown Oklahoma City. Our multiple galleries, studios, performance spaces, café and outdoor spaces ensure that there will always be something new to see and experience. Oklahoma Contemporary is your arts center. Exhibitions are always free. You are always welcome here.
Our entry deadline for the 2021 exhibition is September 30, 2020. Please review the upcoming schedule below for more information on the next steps in the competition. A downloadable 2021 Prospectus is available for entry guidelines and procedures questions. Entries can be submitted online or through the mail.

Online form can be translated into French and Spanish
Entry Form:

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 5, 2021.

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. Works can be a collaboration piece, all collaborators must be listed in the space provided on the entry form. 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 (2018-2020) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

Each artist is limited to three (3) entries. There is a $30 (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, 2020 | Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials (by 11:59 PM)
November 14, 2020| Notification forms sent to all artists
December 6, 2020 | Artist contracts are due
January 4 - 16, 2021 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center
February 5, 2021 | Opening Reception 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Award Ceremony 7:00 PM.
February 5 - May 8, 2021 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
May 9 - 29, 2021 | De-installation and return of artwork

For additional questions about the competition and exhibition, contact

Posted on: 7/28/20, 8:28 PM