For most of the 21st century, there has been a movement of artists and artisans who have been exploring and evolving works that in the past would be considered "craft." But craft arts have become a powerhouse in the way we look at contemporary art, from textiles to handmade objects, galleries to museums. Even in Juxtapoz's coverage of the art world, we see the likes of Jessica Campbell's unique rugs at MCA Chicago, Diederick Brackens's textiles at the New Museum or even Ben Venom's explorations of quiltmaking, craft art is of a major focus. 

These evolutions are why we focus attention on the Greater Denton Arts Council's Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country. The exhibition showcases the top national and international artists evolving the field of contemporary craft who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media, are acceptable. The juror for the 33rd annual exhibition is Beth McLaughlin, Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. The juror will select four pieces for juror’s awards with monetary prizes. Materials will be on view from February 7—May 9, 2020 at the Fuller Craft Museum in Denton, Texas.

Deadline for call is September 29, 2019. This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.