The Greater Denton Arts Council presents the 28th Annual Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition.
February 6 – April 2, 2015
February 6, 2015 Opening Reception 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Awards announced at 6:45 p.m.
This exhibition, which has run continuously since 1987, was the idea of local artist, Georgia Leach Gough. The name, Materials: Hard & Soft, refers to the entire range of fine craft. This competition and ensuing exhibition still draws the attention of fans of contemporary craft across the country. In 2006, the Texas Commission on the Arts designated this show as a “must see” exhibition in Texas. It is one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country.
The juror this year is Ana M. Lopez, a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including a major commission for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia. Ana organized the 2007 international biennial exhibition of the Enamelist Society, chaired the 2010 Education Dialogue for the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ annual conference and served as a Beta Site Testing Faculty for the craft textbook Makers: A History of American Studio Craft. She holds a MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. Ana is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she teaches The History of Crafts.
This year, we received entries from 222 artists from all over the country, with a total of 592 pieces. Our juror chose 70 pieces for the exhibition.
As usual, the work submitted stretches the typical definition of craft. Typically, craft is defined as having a functional purpose to separate it from fine art. While there may be a reference to a purpose, these artists have stretched the boundaries of the craft definition. The skill of the artist in manipulating their chosen material is readily apparent. This opportunity to see first-hand the mastery of technique and manipulation of material draws viewers from many parts of the country.
The quality of work, as well as the duration of this exhibition, promotes Denton’s extraordinary artistic community. Drawing exhibitors and visitors nationally advances the perception that for two months Denton showcases the best craft in the country. The excellent work continues to stretch the boundaries of artistic expression. The member’s ppening reception is Friday, February 6, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, recognition of awards at 6:45 pm.
To obtain additional information about the exhibit either visit the GDAC’s website, www.dentonarts.com, or call 940-382-2787. The Meadows Gallery is open Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.