February 7- April 4, 2014
This annual competition and exhibition of contemporary crafts was started in 1987 and is now in it's 27th year. Recognized nationally, Materials: Hard & Soft attracts hundreds of entries from every state in the union. Nationally recognized jurors select the show from slides and then award $5000 in prize money. The juror has always selected the winning pieces on-site. A catalog is printed. Many of the artists seen in the Materials exhibitions have been featured in national publications such as American Craft.
Judy Gordon is an arts advocate and collector in Austin, Texas. She is Chair of the Craft Emergency Releif Fund (CERF+) Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Campaign for CERF's Future. In 1985, she co-founded the American Craft Exposition, an annual juried craft show held in Evanston, Illinois. She has served on the American Craft Council Board of Trustees and held several executive committee positions, including Chair of the Show Committee and has served on several juries including CraftNY and ACE. Since moving to Austin in 1999, she has served as Advisor and Chair of Friends of the Art of the Pot, an annual pottery studio tour, on the Board of Advisors of the Austin Museum of Art, and she is a docent emeritas at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas. She has a BSS (Bachelor of Science in Speech) degree from Northwestern University and is a former Creative Dramatics teacher.