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34th Annual Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition

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Event History

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. Now in its 34th year the exhibition continues to showcase the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. In 2016 the exhibition opened to international artists with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Each year approximately 70 works from the hundreds submitted are selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

What Makes this event different?

Materials Hard + Soft has been an evolving exhibitions along with the field of contemporary craft. In recognition of the growing international craft movement, we have translated our calls into Spanish & French. We work to create an exhibition that is not just about the beauty of the piece, but about innovation of media and techniques along with the artist's use of their creations as a platform for discussions on issues and topics important to them.

Copyright Policy

Artists retain copyrights to pieces.

Image Usage Rights

GDAC reserves the right to use photographs or digital images of any accepted work for the purpose of publicity. Images will be used for an online store, catalog, hard copy catalog, and advertisement of 2021 exhibition.

The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2020 Call for Entries for the 34th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the United States, this exhibition is open to local, national, and international artists. Approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by juror Pablo Barrera, Curatorial Fellow of the Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. Of the works selected, Juror Awards in amounts of $1000, $750, $500, and $250 will be awarded.

Online submissions and prospectus available on our website 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE | September 30, 2020

2021 EXHIBITION | February 5 – May 8, 2021 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.

Inquires may be directed to the Arts Council at (940) 382-2787 or


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