The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 35th 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 35th anniversary exhibition is expanded to two galleries both the Meadows Gallery and the Gough Gallery. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists. Our 2022 juror is Tanya Aguiñiga, a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico.
2022 ENTRY GUIDELINES
HOW TO ENTER
Our entry deadline for the 2022 exhibition is February 12, 2022. Please review the upcoming schedule below for more information on the next steps in the competition. A downloadable 2022 Prospectus is available for entry guidelines and procedures questions. Entries can be submitted online or through the mail.
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 in late May 2022.
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 (2019-2022) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.
NUMBER OF ENTRIES + ENTRY FEE
Each artist is limited to three (3) entries. There is a $30 (USD) non-refundable fee for GDAC artist members and $35 (USD) non-refundable fee for non-members. Payments must be submitted online at the time of application. There are a limited number of scholarships available for first time exhibition applicants, to apply for a scholarship use this application before January 12, 2022.
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.
DELIVERY + RETURN OF WORK
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.
DEADLINES AND EXHIBITION DATES*
January 12, 2022 | Scholarship applications due
February 12, 2022 | Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials (by 11:59 PM)
March 19, 2022 | Notification forms sent to all artists
April 15, 2022 | Artist contracts are due
May 1 – May 21, 2022 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center
May 27, 2022 | Opening Reception 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Award Ceremony 7:00 PM.
May 27 – August 27, 2022 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
August 27 – September 17, 2022 | De-installation and return of artwork
*Exact exhibition dates & opening date subject to change. Final dates will be sent with the contracts.
For additional questions about the competition and exhibition, contact the Greater Denton Arts Council at:
Email: [email protected]