The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 36th 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 36th anniversary will be on display in the Meadows Gallery in Spring 2023. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists. Past jurors include JoAnn Edwards of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, CA, Perry Price, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Janet McCall retired director of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburg, PA, and Beth C. McLaughlin of the Fuller Craft in Brockton, MA, Pablo Barrera of the Oklahoma Contemporary, and Tanya Aguiñiga of Los Angeles.

2023 JURORS include Kathy Brown—Fibers, Harlan Butt – Metals, Brooks Oliver – Clay, Talor Roderick – Glass, Sam Slovak – Wood, James Thurman – Mixed/Other, Shannon Driscoll – Paper 

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 (2020-2022) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

The deadline for entry is 11:59 PM on October 14, 2022.
Entry Fee: $35 for non-members of GDAC/$30 for GDAC members
The exhibition will run from February 3 – May 6, 2023, in Denton, Texas at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

There will be cash prizes for the competition in the amounts of $1,000 for best in show and $300 for best in art media. 

Details about the scholarships & the entry process can be found on the Denton Arts website:

The Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) is a local arts organization that aims to foster creativity, advocacy, and collaboration through the visual and performing arts. The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC) is our home where we celebrate the arts, inspire innovation, and engage the community. From music, dance, and theater to literature and the visual arts, each year over 100,000 people attend Arts Council events and programs. Learn more at and come visit us in person at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center located at 400 E. Hickory St. Denton, Texas 7201.