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35th Annual Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

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 35th 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 15 countries around the world and 43 states. Juror Tanya Aguiñiga selected 85 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from 25 states and 4 countries including Canada, Finland, Mexico, and the United Kingdom  in varying media including metal, glass, wood, plastic, ceramic, fiber, 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 35th annual Materials will be on view May 27 - August 27 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Art will be on display in both the Meadows and Gough Gallery. Exhibition will also be viewable online at

Reception & Awards: May 27, 2022
6 PM - 8 PM

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