Surface Design Association (IL), International Call for Student Entries: Future Tense

Surface Design Association (IL), International Call for Student Entries: Future Tense

Deadline: May 1st, 2019

Surface Design Association invites students to submit work for the third annual SDA Juried Student Exhibition, FUTURE TENSE 2019. The exhibition will be held at the Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL from September 6th – October 11th, 2019 in conjunction with SDA’S biennial conference, Beyond the Surface, and  Innovations in Textiles 2019, St. Louis, MO, October 3-6, 2019.

Goal: FUTURE TENSE 2019 will celebrate the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. FUTURE TENSE 2019 offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today. All SDA member and non-member students working in all media are encouraged to apply.

Jurors: Tamryn McDermott is the Campus Arts Associate for the Campus Arts Initiative at Penn State University and also manages the traveling exhibition, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America which is a collaboration between the National Basketry Organization and the University of Missouri. Tamryn is an artist based in Philadelphia, PA.

Kim Eichler-Messmer is an Associate Professor in Fiber at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught surface design, quilting, and natural dye since 2008. Kim received an MFA in Textiles from the University of Kansas and a BFA in visual art from Iowa State University and was an Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to all student artists. Up to three pieces may be submitted per artist. 2D, 3D, and video works are eligible. Work must have been completed since 2017. If juried into the exhibition, applicant(s) must provide proof of student status, as specified here: enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university at the time of application.

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About: Surface Design Association’s (SDA) mission since 1977 is to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through member-supported benefits including publications, exhibitions, and conferences. SDA provides a platform for the exchange of ideas, methods, and materials. The SDA community is expansive: from makers and artists to academics and enthusiasts. We celebrate their successes and failures as they work toward sustaining traditional techniques or adapting production strategies in radical new ways, such as realizing fiber arts as activism or performance. The shared affinity of our community is a sincere love of textile media and fiber arts.

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