31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts

On view February 3 - May 5, 2018, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC)


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. In the exhibition’s 31st year we continue to celebrate national and international artists whose creative and innovative works are pushing the boundaries in the ever the evolving field of contemporary craft.

Continued support from the National Endowment for the Arts made it possible to welcome entries from both national and international artists. The competition drew over 1,000 submissions from 27 states and 8 countries around the world. Juror Perry Price of Houston selected 69 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC) including works of glass, paper, ceramic, wood, plastic, metal, fiber, and other non-traditional media.

This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Denton.



Opening Reception for Materials Hard + Soft Annual International Contemporary Craft Exhibition and Squares by Robert Jessup

Friday, February 2, 2018, 6-8 PM, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Join us for a sneak peek of both Squares by Robert Jessup and Materials Hard + Soft along with an artist reception with Juror Perry A. Price, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. Juror Awards will be announced at 7 PM.


Materials Hard and Soft

 Image Credit: Kristina Arnold, Still Invisible, 2016, cast glass, vinyl, ribbons, screws



Each year, thousands of students enjoy interactive tours of the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center with the Arts Center’s friendly docents and staff. K-12 and university student tours are always free.

A minimum of two weeks advance notice is required for all guided tours and is subject to availability. To learn more and to schedule a tour, please contact education@dentonarts.com


Organizations and groups are always welcomed for self-guided tours of galleries and exhibitions. To ensure space and availability, please contact admin@dentonarts.com for groups larger than 20 or more.


For more information on workshops with Materials Hard + Soft artists please visit our website, dentonarts.com.



Shop the artwork in the exhibition online and in the gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Learn more at dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft



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 community. From music, dance, and theater to literature and the visual arts, each year over 550,000 people attend Arts Council events and programs. Learn more at dentonarts.com and come visit us in person at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center located at 400 E. Hickory St. Denton, Texas 7201.

Exhibition and event images are available upon request.

Materials Hard and Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition

Image Credit: Ruby Troup, 3rd Left, 2017, wood

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05 Feb 2018