CALL FOR ART & CRAFT
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: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media. Exhibition is open to national & international artists. The 35th anniversary exhibition expands two galleries, both the Meadows Gallery and the Gough Gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in downtown Denton, Texas. Artwork will be included in an in-person exhibition, online exhibition, and catalog in Summer 2022.
2022 Juror is Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978) a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. Aguiñiga is the founder of Art Made Between Opposite Side. She is represented by the Volume Gallery in Chicago. Learn more about Aguiñiga at tanyaaguiniga.com.
Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 13.
Exhibition will run May 27-August 27, 2022.
Entry fee is $30 for GDAC members and $35 for non-members. There are scholarships available for first-time applicants to cover the entry fee. Information is available on the call website. Deadline for scholarship applications is January 12, 2022.
There will be cash prizes for the competition.
1st Prize: $1,000
2nd Prize: $750
3rd Prize: $500
4th Prize: $250
2022 ENTRY GUIDELINES
HOW TO ENTER
Our entry deadline for the 2022 exhibition is February 13, 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.
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.