Submissions Are Open For The 32nd Annual "Materials: Hard + Soft" Contemporary Craft Competition
The Greater Denton Arts Council is hosting their 32nd 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 Denton-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. Approximately 70 works will be selected by the juror Janet McCall, Executive Director of the Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. You can submit your work here until September 30th. Read on below for details and see some of the past submissions! (Sponsored)
2019 ENTRY GUIDELINES
HOW TO ENTER
The 2019 exhibition entry deadline is September 30, 2018. Check out the upcoming schedule below for more information on the next steps in the competition. A downloadable 2019 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 1, 2019.
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 two years (2016-2018) 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 $40 (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 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
September 30, 2018 | Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials (by 11:59 PM)
November 16, 2018 | Notification forms sent to all artists
November 30, 2018 | Artist contracts are due
January 3 - 11, 2019 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center
February 1, 2019 | Opening Reception 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Award Ceremony 7:00 PM.
February 2 - May 4, 2019 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
May 7 - 24, 2019 | De-installation and return of artwork