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CALL FOR ARTISTS - Materials Hard + Soft

Greater Denton Arts Council

The Call for Entries for the 34th annual Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition is open until September 30. This year's juror is Pablo Barrera of the Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. Entries are accepted from around the world with juror’s selections be exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, on our website dentonarts.com, and included in the Materials Hard + Soft catalog.

Juror awards of $250, $500, $750, and $1,000 will be awarded/

Learn more at dentonarts.com/mhscall

This year we have translated the call into Spanish and French taking another step in making this exhibition an international showcase of craft from around the world.

About the Exhibition

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.



El Consejo de las Artes de la Ciudad de Denton (Greater Denton Arts Council) se complace en presentar la 34ª Exposición y Competencia Anual Internacional de Artesanía Contemporánea de Materiales Duros y Suaves. Reconocida como una de las principales exposiciones de artesanías del país, Materiales Duros y Suaves (Materials: Hard + Soft) inició en 1987 y fue originalmente iniciada por el artista local Georgia Leach Gough. La exposición celebra el campo en evolución de la artesanía contemporánea y la notable creatividad e innovación de los artistas que empujan los límites de los medios elegidos. Desde 2017, la exposición se ha expandido para incluir las obras de artistas internacionales. 



Le Greater Denton Arts Council est fier de vous présenter la 34e édition de l'Exposition et du concours annuels de l'artisanat contemporain et international « Materials : Hard + Soft ». Reconnue comme l'une des premières expositions d'artisanat dans le pays, Materials : Hard  + Soft a débuté en 1987 et a été initialement lancée par l'artiste Georgia Leach Gough. L'exposition célèbre l'évolution de l'artisanat contemporain ainsi que la remarquable créativité et l'innovation des artistes qui repoussent les limites dans leur domaine artistique de prédilection. Depuis 2017, l'exposition s'est élargie pour présenter des œuvres d'artistes internationaux. 


About the Juror - Pablo Barrera, Oklahoma Contemporary

Pablo Barrera is Oklahoma Contemporary’s inaugural Curatorial Fellow. He collaborates with local art communities to produce exhibitions and explore innovative strategies to support formal/informal learning of art. He is committed to raising public awareness of Indigenous culture and generating gallery experiences that invite audiences of all backgrounds to engage with art. Pablo has independently curated shows in London, Seoul and New York.

His achievements include being among the first group of curators at NXTHVN Art Space (Connecticut) and serving as an independent researcher at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and as graduate advisor for Yale University Art Gallery’s first student-led Native American Art exhibition. Pablo has written on the artistic representation of cultures that experienced colonization, including a co-authored chapter on traditional Korean architecture (Springer International) and a paper on Native American art production as part of the Columbian Exchange between Colonial Spain and East Asia (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute).

Pablo holds master’s degrees from Yale University (History of Art) and Harvard University (Regional Studies: East Asia) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow (2012) and a Fulbright Scholar (South Korea, 2011).

Pablo was born in Chicago to immigrant parents; his father is a member of the Wixáritari community in Mexico, where Pablo spent his formative years. Pablo is a first-generation high school, college and grad-school graduate and works to amplify the invaluable role Native artistic perspectives contribute toward globalizing the arts.

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