Exhibition gallery at HCCC

Call for Artists: CraftTexas 2018

Application Now Closed
Application Deadline: 
April 30, 2018

Exhibition Overview
Organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), CraftTexas 2018 is the tenth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary craft.  In the fall of 2018, this encompassing exhibition will feature artists from across the state who work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.

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. Additionally, this unique show provides Texas artists the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections.

Juror Jennifer Scanlan

CraftTexas 2018 will be juried by Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. She has curated a number of exhibitions at that institution, including Melvin Edwards: In Oklahoma, Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me, and ArtNow 2017. From 2013 through 2015, she was a New York-based independent curator focusing on contemporary art and design.  Her exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art; Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York.

Previously, Scanlan was the associate curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. She has lectured internationally and has taught at Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School in London, England, and at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has a BA in art history and Italian from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and a MA in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York.

Exhibition Dates
September 29, 2018 – January 13, 2019 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.  Exhibition reception on Friday, September 28, 5:30 – 8:00 PM.

Artist Eligibility

  • CraftTexas 2018 is open to craft artists currently residing in Texas.
  • The following craft media is accepted: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.
  • Each artist may submit up to three (3) original works completed within the last two (2) years.
  • Work must be available for the duration of the show and may not be withdrawn from the exhibition at any time prior to the closing date of January 6, 2019.
  • Crated work must fit through a 4′ x 8′ door, and actual work may not exceed 200 pounds in weight.
  • Work cannot have been exhibited at HCCC in the past.


  • Three (3) Award of Merit prizes of $1000 each will be selected by the juror.

Online Application Process

  • All applications must be completed and submitted online via the Slideroom system.
  • Applications will be accepted December 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 (Midnight, Central Standard Time).
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Submission Materials

  • Artist statement (maximum of 1000 characters).
  • Artists may enter up to three (3) pieces of work. Artists should submit only one (1) digital image per work, for a total of up to three (3) images. All images must be in high-resolution .jpeg format (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches.) DO NOT submit detail images.
  • Non-refundable entry fee of $36 to be paid by credit card.

Jury Process
Work submitted to CraftTexas 2018 will be juried via the Slideroom system using high-resolution digital images. Images must be accurate representations of the work. Accepted work that differs significantly from the images may be rejected at the discretion of HCCC. No substitutions of accepted work will be allowed.

Accepted Work

  • Notification of acceptance will be on or before June 1, 2018.
  • Accepted work must arrive to HCCC between Monday, September 17, and Friday, September 24, 2018. Please make proper arrangements for delivery or with your shipper to ensure arrival dates.
  • All work will be installed by professional staff and may not be shown at the discretion of HCCC’s curatorial department. Packaging and artworks must be in good condition and able to withstand the strains of transportation. Work must be properly packaged for travel; wooden crates or double-boxed cardboard containers are highly recommended.
  • Artists are responsible for transit and insurance of accepted work to HCCC. COD shipments will not be accepted.
  • HCCC will provide insurance for all works while they are exhibited on site and upon their return to the artist.
  • HCCC reserves the right to photograph and distribute any images of work in the exhibition for educational or publicity purposes, via electronic or print media of any kind.
  • HCCC may use the images submitted for the jury process for publication and publicity. Please ensure submitted images are professionally photographed and are print quality (minimum size of 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches).

About Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC)
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft. HCCC provides exhibition, retail, and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators and the community-at-large.

Address questions regarding application guidelines and submission process to applications@crafthouston.org.