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Materials Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

Published August 19, 2020

Greater Denton Arts Council presents the 34th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 in Denton, Texas as a celebration of the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media including: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media.

This year’s juror is Pablo Barrera of the Oklahoma Contemporary. Barrera will select pieces for exhibition at the Greater Denton Arts Council in Denton, Texas from February 5-May 8, 2021. All selected works will also be included in our online exhibition and store and a printed catalog.

Juror’s award prizes of $250, $500, $750, and $1,000 will be handed out.
There is a $30 entry fee that covers up to 3 entries.
Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2020.

Call in English:
Llamada de artista en español:
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Questions can be emailed to Jenny Bates at



Our entry deadline for the 2021 exhibition is September 30, 2020. Please review the upcoming schedule below for more information on the next steps in the competition. A downloadable 2021 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 February 5, 2021.

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. Works can be a collaboration piece, all collaborators must be listed in the space provided on the entry form. 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 two years (2018-2020) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.


Each artist is limited to three (3) entries. There is a $30 (USD) non-refundable fee, for up to three (3) entries. Payments must be submitted online at the time of application.

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 that 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.

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.

September 30, 2020 | Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials (by 11:59 PM)
November 14, 2020| Notification forms sent to all artists
December 6, 2020 | Artist contracts are due
January 4 – 16, 2021 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center
February 5, 2021 | Opening Reception 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Award Ceremony 7:00 PM.
February 5 – May 8, 2021 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
May 9 – 29, 2021 | De-installation and return of artwork
For additional questions about the competition and exhibition, contact


For more information contact Jennifer Bates at