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Call for Artists | Materials: Hard + Soft

The 35th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. 

Event Types: Artist Opportunities , Calls For Artists

May 27, 2022 11:06 AMAug 27, 2022 5:00 PM

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  • $35.00 — Entry Submission Fee

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Greater Denton Arts Council


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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 a printed catalog and online exhibition.

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 Sides, She is represented by the Volume Gallery in Chicago. Learn more about Aguiñiga at

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

Details about the scholarships & the entry process can be found at

Questions can be emailed to [email protected]

Submission Deadline: Feb 13, 2022 11:59 PM

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Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center is truly the arts engine of Denton. Built in 1929 and located between Denton’s Downtown Square and emerging innovation district, this historic building was originally the city’s steam power plant. Renovated in the 1980s, the Arts Center now offers two large galleries, art studio, dance rehearsal hall, and sculpture garden. The centerpiece of the venue is Festival Hall, a 5000 square foot event and exhibition space with soaring ceilings and original industrial hardware. Each year, the Council presents over 20 exhibitions and welcomes over 15,000 students. In addition, the Center serves as an event and meeting space for the Council’s 40 non-profit member organizations.