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Call for Artists: Materials Hard + Soft 2023

Greater Denton Arts Council

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 36th 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. The 36th anniversary will be on display in the Meadows Gallery in Spring 2023. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists. 


For our 36th exhibition, we have changed the juror format to feature a panel of jurors. We hope this change will allow us to diversify the expertise of the juror leading to some of the best of the media submitted to be part of the exhibition. Our jurors are media specialists over the materials they are asked to jury. Each juror will select pieces from their area for the exhibition. From those selections, they will select a best in media and a best in the show.

Kathy Brown – Fibers
Harlan Butt – Metals
Brooks Oliver – Clay
Talor Roderick – Glass
Sam Slovak – Wood
James Thurman – Mixed/Other

Entry Fee: $30 for members/$35 for non-members

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 three years (2020-2022) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM on October 14, 2022.
Exhibition will run February 3 – May 6, 2023.
There are scholarships available for first-time applicants to cover the entry fee, the deadline to apply is October 1, 2022.
There will be cash prizes for the competition.

Details about the scholarships & the entry process can be found on our website:

English: https://dentonarts.com/mhscall2023
Español: https://dentonarts.com/materials-hard-soft-call-en-espanol
Francais: https://dentonarts.com/materials-hard-soft-call-in-francais


Questions can be emailed to [email protected]


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  • $30-$35

400 East Hickory Street · Denton, TX 76201