(HOUSTON, TX) November 29, 2021 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) announces its call for artists for the upcoming exhibition, CraftTexas 2022, the eleventh show in a long-running series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary craft. This year, to expand accessibility, HCCC has eliminated the application fee, so all artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials are encouraged to apply!
On view October 1, 2022 – January 7, 2023, the exhibition provides an introduction for the general public to develop an appreciation for the depth and breadth of craft being made in their local communities and across the state. This unique show also provides Texas artists with the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections.
CraftTexas 2022 will be juried by Andres Payan Estrada. Raised between Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, Payan Estrada currently works in Los Angeles, California. As an artist and curator, his practice focuses on issues revolving around contemporary craft and ceramics, including material and object explorations on queer and identity-based politics. Payan Estrada is currently the curator of public engagement at Craft Contemporary and recently served as a special visiting art faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts and as a mentor at Warren Wilson College’s Master of Arts in Craft Studies program. Payan Estrada is also the co-curator and co-founder of Craft Contemporary’s National Clay Biennial, as well as the founding organizer of the annual fundraiser and sale, CLAY LA. He recently curated the exhibition, Total Collapse: Clay in the Contemporary Past (2020), for the Arizona State University Museum and the Rubin Center at the University of Texas at El Paso, along with establishing POTLUCK, a biennial clay and ceramics fundraiser, auction, and free public program series that benefits Craft Contemporary.