HMAG Exhibition: “Spirit and Matter”

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Jan Arthur Harrell, Cupcake- Offerings/ Gifts for the MuseJan Arthur Harrell, Cupcake, from the Offerings/ Gifts for the Muse series


We are thrilled that 48 artists from across the state of Texas submitted 98 works of metal art to our Fall exhibition at the Jung Center.  The jury process will begin this week.  Notifications will go out by September 30.  Good luck to all applicants!  And HMAG thanks you for your entries!


SPIRIT AND MATTER  is an exhibition of jewelry and metalwork presented by the Houston Metal Arts Guild.  The exhibition is open to all metal artists over the age of 18 and residing in Texas.  This year’s juror is Andy Cooperman.  The exhibition will be held in the Main Art Gallery of the Jung Center, located at 5200 Montrose, in the heart of the Houston Museum District.


This exhibition celebrates the diverse field of metalworking and jewelry.  We know that spirit is embodied in every object, and we want to honor that.  Spirit and Matter investigates the connections between the human spirit and material objects.  Whether your work is wearable, utilitarian, or sculptural, your contribution to the long and wide-ranging history of metalworking enriches the collective experience.  Does the physical process of manipulating materials engage your self-awareness?  Does the finished product form relationships between you and the viewer, or a larger community?  The Houston Metal Arts Guild invites you to share how your expressions in metalworking create deeper meaning in everyday life.



Metalsmith, educator and writer Andy Cooperman works from his Seattle studio where he builds jewelry and objects for exhibitions and private clients.  His work is held in private and public collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Central College in Pella, Iowa, and the Tacoma Art Museum  His  writing has appeared in blogs, magazines and books, including Humor in Craft, Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III) and The Penland Book of Jewelry.



Application deadline: Entries must be received by AUGUST 31, 2016

Notification via email: SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Accepted entries due:  OCTOBER 14, 2016

Exhibition dates: NOVEMBER 2- NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Opening reception: NOVEMBER 5, 2016, 6-9 pm

Artwork returned to artist: on or before DECEMBER 31, 2016



There is a $40 entry fee for non-members, $25 for HMAG members.



All entries must be original designs completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in the state of Texas.  Submitted entries must contain some metalworking but are open to a full range of processes and materials.  Found objects and materials are welcome, but the acceptable entries must contain some original metalworked component.

Artists will provide a brief statement explaining how their entries address the theme of Spirit and Matter.  A maximum of THREE entries per artist is permitted.



HMAG will award $1000 at the discretion of the juror:

An award of $250 will be given for Best Use of Materials.

An award of $250 will be given for Most Original Piece.

An award of $500 will be given for Best in Show.


See the full Prospectus:

HMAG Jung Center Prospectus


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  1. Dottie Wood says:

    I wish I was in a position to work on a piece or pieces for this show because I feel my Champleve enamel jewelry comes from a raw spirit within me. I sign off on my work with “Passion without boundaries, Let the Spirit speak” . My Spirit speaks through my Champleve in particular. Looking forward to seeing this show.
    Dottie Wood