call for entry: Materials Hard + Soft

about the exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 34th 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. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists.

2021 JUROR – Pablo Barrera, oklahoma contemporary


Our entry deadline for the 2021 exhibition is September 30, 2020. Please review the upcoming schedule below for more information on the next steps in the competition.  A downloadable 2021 Prospectus is available for entry guidelines and procedures questions. Entries can be submitted online or through the mail.

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 and will be announced at the opening reception of the exhibition on February 5, 2021.

Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media, are acceptable. Entries must be the complete work of the submitting artist. Works can be a collaboration piece, all collaborators must be listed in the space provided on the entry form. Local, national, and international artists are encouraged to apply. Kits or commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2018-2020) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

Each artist is limited to three (3) entries. There is a $30 (USD) non-refundable fee, for up to three (3) entries. Payments must be submitted online at the time of application.

All work must be ready for installation. Submissions are restricted to a weight limit of no more than 75 pounds. GDAC reserves the right to exclude any entry that presents complex installation or assembly problems.

A 30% commission will be retained from all work sold during the exhibition. Works which are not for sale must be clearly marked as such (NFS).

The exhibition will be publicized regionally, nationally and internationally. GDAC reserves the right to use photographs or digital images of any accepted work for the purpose of publicity.

Artists are responsible for pre-paying all shipping charges to and from the exhibition site upon selection by the juror. Accepted works must be hand-delivered or shipped according to the instructions provided in the Artist Contract. Entries will be insured by GDAC while in its custody. Insurance value for pieces NFS should reflect fair market value. No work may be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition. Sending an entry to this exhibition shall imply an agreement on the part of the sender to all conditions above.


September 30, 2020 | Deadline for acceptance of online entry materials (by 11:59 PM)

November 14, 2020| Notification forms sent to all artists

December 6, 2020 | Artist contracts are due

January 4 – 16, 2021 | Shipped and hand-delivered artwork due at the Arts Center

February 5, 2021 | Opening Reception 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Award Ceremony 7:00 PM.

February 5 – May 8, 2021 | Exhibition on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

May 9 – 29, 2021 | De-installation and return of artwork

For additional questions about the competition and exhibition, contact

Full Details HERE.

call for artists: 2021 Cheongju International Craft Competition

Starting in 1999 and producing 1,700 award-winning works from 47 countries,
we are presenting the competition guidelines for <2021 Cheongju International Craft Competition>, a representative event of the Cheongju Craft Biennale 🙂
The total prize for this competition is KRW146,000,000.
– Competition 1: Craft Competition
– Competition 2: Craft City Lab Competition
In both competition, you can apply for any age and nationality, and winners will receive awards, including a certificate and a plaque.
The application period is
from May 1st to 31st, 2022.
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Call for Proposals: SOLO ARTIST EXHIBITION @ The Clay Center of New Orleans







February 26 – March 27, 2021
Juried by CCNO Committee
Entries due September 15, 2020

The Clay Center of New Orleans seeks proposals for a solo artist exhibition to be on display February 26 – March 27, 2021 in the Clay Center’s gallery space in the heart of New Orleans.

This call is open to proposals for all forms of contemporary ceramic artwork, including functional studio pottery, sculptures and sculptural vessels, and installation work. Mixed media proposals are acceptable but clay must the primary material.

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open call for artists: EXPERTS IN CRAFT

Deadline for entries: 08/19/2020

Craft is everywhere. From the blanket your grandma knitted to the vase you put flowers in, these functional art forms fill our environment from every direction!

For this Open Call, we want the crafting experts of the industry to submit their best work!

Rules & Guidelines

  • Submit up to 4 works to this Open Call
  • You can only apply ONCE to this Open Call
Please read the Image Upload Guidelines before submitting. Work that does not adhere to these Guidelines may be disqualified.
IMPORTANT! You must be an Artrepreneur member to apply for this open call. If you are not currently a member, you will be directed to join after hitting the Apply button. Joining is free!

This Open Call will select five grand prize winners and four honorable mentions within the following categories:

  • Fibers
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Metalwork
  • Pottery
  • Textiles
  • Woodworking
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  • Submissions must be created by the applicant.
  • Submissions can have been created at any time in your creative career.
  • We are looking for makers that excel at their medium.
  • Each image should only exhibit one work.
  • Additional views of one 3D work must use multiple image function. See guidelines for more info.
  • Image quality is a factor in the judging process.
  • Not adhering to these rules will result in disqualification.

IMPORTANT: YOU RETAIN THE COPYRIGHT in your submitted works and ONLY provide us with the right to show your work on Artrepreneur and promote your work on social media. For more details, see the Policies Section in our Help Center.

Awards & Prizes

Each winner will receive:

  • $300 via PayPal.

Each Winner and Honorable Mentions will receive:

  • Promotion through our social media channels.
  • An “Open Call Winner” Badge on the winning artwork
  • A listing on our Open Call Winners page

Dates & Deadlines

Deadline for entries: 08/19/2020
  • Winners and Honorable Mentions will be notified the week of August 24, 2020.
  • Works will be posted on selected social media platforms in August 2020.
  • Prizes will be distributed by September 2020.


This open call is curated by Matt Rota and Elizabeth Winnel.

Matt Rota has spent the past 15 years working with clients in print and online including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Penguin Books, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Smithsonian, Variety, Buzzfeed, and many others. His illustrations focus primarily on global politics, criminal justice, social inequality, immigration, and poverty. Over the past ten years, he has taught illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and The School of Visual Arts. Matt has written two books on drawing, Pencil Arts Workshop, and The Art of Ballpoint. Matt also has an extensive fine arts career, exhibiting his drawings in galleries internationally and serving on the board of directors at the New York Artists Equity Association.

Elizabeth Winnel instigates conversations about the use of body and ‘selfie’ imagery within cultural spaces and social media. Decontextualized imagery serves as a stand-in for larger meaning. Her approach invites viewer engagement but leaves room for the insertion of individualized perspective. Her works are not about specific stories or people, rather they function as prompts for discourse about figuration, body language, communication and culture.

Full call for entry HERE

call for entries: Clay: A Southern Census







“Clay: A Southern Census”
January 8 – 30, 2021
Juried by Ariel Bowman
Entries due July 30, 2020

The Clay Center of New Orleans seeks applicants for “Clay: A Southern Census,” our annual juried exhibition devoted to ceramic work by artists residing in the states that make up the U.S. Census Bureau’s “South Region,” which includes AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV.

Open to ceramic vessels, sculptures and wall-mounted works, this exhibition will be on display January 8 – 30, 2021 in the Clay Center’s gallery space in the heart of New Orleans.

About the Juror
Ariel Bowman was raised in Dallas, Texas where her parents are both artists. Growing up, she spent a lot of time outside with animals. The undeveloped woodlands that surrounded her childhood home inspired her to create art that focused on the natural world.

As a sculptor, Ariel works in clay using a variety of mixed media techniques. Of her work, Ariel says, “I make sculptures of prehistoric animals that represent the wonder to be found in natural history. I am intrigued by animals that evolved with distinct features, such as unfamiliar tusks, strange elongated limbs, and unusual proportions. I use clay to bring these extinct creatures back to life, sculpting folds of flesh and filling their bellies with air.”
Ariel earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in 2018. She has studied abroad at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary, and was awarded the Regina K. Brown NCECA undergraduate and graduate fellowships. Ariel has been an artist in residence at the Armory Art Center and her work has been collected by the Belger Arts Center, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

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Download prospectus (PDF)