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Delaware Art Museum Seeking Submissions for Juried Show

Written on:November 30, 2017
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Delaware Art Museum

Juried craft exhibition submissions opens to the public January 2018

WILMINGTON, DE (November 30, 2017)

Calling all craft artists! The Delaware Art Museum is excited to announce the return of the Juried Craft Exhibition. Artists ages 18 and over who currently reside within 150 miles of the Museum are invited to submit up to three works of contemporary craft created within the last ten years.

“Contemporary craft is arguably one of the most vital modes of artistic production today,” says Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum. “The Museum is situated in an area rich with a vibrant contemporary craft tradition, so it is only fitting that the Museum, with its long history of supporting craft, champions this work with a major regional juried exhibition next fall.”

For over 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft in its temporary exhibitions by artists working locally and throughout the region. Capitalizing on the Museum’s popular annual shows of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and watercolors, the first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was formally established in 1958. Since then, a rich array of woodwork, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, textiles, metalwork, glass, enamel, and leather has been selected by preeminent jurors from museums and universities located throughout the United States. “The Museum has been supporting artists through exhibitions and acquisitions almost since its founding,” explains Winslow.

Paul Sacaridiz, Executive Director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine, has been chosen to serve as the juror for this exhibition. Prior to his appointment there in 2015, Sacaridiz was professor and chair of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An accomplished sculptor and leader in higher education and arts administration, he has been recognized by the National Council of Arts Administrators and the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland. Sacaridiz has served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the Arts/Industry Program at Kohler Company.

The last juried craft show at the Museum was the 26th Contemporary Crafts Exhibition in 1988. In 1989, the juried crafts exhibition was combined with the annual juried exhibition to form the Delaware Art Museum’s biennial exhibition.

Submissions will be accepted beginning January 1, 2018, and must be completed online by March 4, 2018. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Selections for the Juried Craft Exhibition will be announced April 16, 2018, and the exhibition will be on view to the public at the Delaware Art Museum from October 20, 2018, to January 27, 2019.

For more information on eligibility, requirements, and application procedures, please visit delart.org/exhibitions/call-for-artists or email juried@delart.org.

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