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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the annual Materials: Hard & Soft National 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. Now in its 29th year, 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.

Drawing hundreds of applications from across the United States annually, each year approximately 70 works are selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts. Of those selected, Juror Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 will be selected.

THIS YEAR’S JUROR

Elizabeth Kozlowski is the curator of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and has over 12 years of curatorial and gallery experience with a specialty in contemporary ceramics. Prior to joining HCCC, Kozlowski served as the Windgate Curatorial Fellow at Arizona State University Art Museum. During her time at ASU, she co-curated a national traveling exhibition, Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft. In 2010, she organized two major exhibitions for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference. She has also acted as Assistant Preparator for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and as the Gallery Director for Florida Craftsmen, Inc. Kozlowski has a Masters with Honors in museum studies through the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University and a BFA in studio art-ceramics from Florida Atlantic University.

AWARDS

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, on site, after the accepted works are received at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts.

HOW TO ENTER

To be considered for the 2016 exhibition, entries must be received by September 4, 2015. An online submission form is available HERE. If you would prefer to submit entries via mail, please contact [email protected] for instructions.

NUMBER OF ENTRIES

Each artist is limited to three (3) entries.

ENTRY FEE

There is a $40 non-refundable fee, for up to three (3) entries. Payments must be submitted online at the time of application.