Greater Denton Arts Council

Materials: Hard + Soft

Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 31st year, the exhibition shows the top national and international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media.

The 2018 exhibition drew over 1,000 submissions from 8 countries around the world. Juror Perry A. Price selected 70 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from 27 states in varying media including metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, fiber, glass, and mixed 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. Special thanks to Best Western Premier for their continued sponsorship. Materials will be on view February 3 – May 5, 2018 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

For more information on exhibiting artist guidelines and how to apply for the 2019 exhibition, please visit our Call/Guidelines page.

PERRY A. PRICE is Executive Director of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. His interest in the craft, design, and material culture was developed early by his late aunt – herself both a potter and a German auto racing mechanic.

Price received a BA in the History of Art from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, State University of New York Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association. Prior to joining the HCCC, he served as director of education for the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was responsible for developing and presenting programming and outreach providing thought leadership and cultivating critical thinking on the field of contemporary craft. He previously served as curator of exhibitions and collections for Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he developed and oversaw all aspects of the New England craft museum’s exhibitions and collections initiatives.

He is a scholar of contemporary studio craft, material culture, decorative arts, and design and is a frequent contributor to publications and periodicals including American Craft and the Mohawk Maker Quarterly.

Artist Workshop with Chris Cunningham: Ceramic Face Wall Hangings
Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 10 AM – 1 PM
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
$35 Public; $30 Member | Ages 12 & Up

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Materials: Hard + Soft artist Chris Cunningham will lead participants in making figurative head wall hangings using terra cotta clay. Each piece will be personalized with facial expressions and accessories as crazy, comedic, or realistic as the artist’s mind permits! Once crafted, participants will decorate their faces with low fire color slips. These pocket-sized creations animate any space and make an adorable, custom gift for your friends and family.