Surface Design Association (NM), International Call for Entries, Family Matters: 2018 SDA Annual International Exhibition in Print

Surface Design Association (NM), International Call for Entries, Family Matters: 2018 SDA Annual International Exhibition in Print

Deadline: August 24th, 2018

Each year, the SDA International Exhibition In Print showcases the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working with or inspired by fiber art and/or textile-based materials, methods, and techniques. The work of selected artists are featured in the winter 2018 issue of the Surface Design Journal. The Surface Design Journal is read by artists, gallery owners, curators, scholars, and enthusiasts nationally and internationally.

This year’s theme, Family Matters, invites artists to submit work that engages the idea of ‘family’. How does the notion of family emerge in an artist’s work? For many of us, family is not just who we are born connected to by relation, but who we choose to build a connection with as a ‘family’ of our own design. Materially or conceptually, it may arise in the form of inherited objects or rituals, by incorporating a family heirloom or depicting the occasion of a family event or typical evening dinner. It can also be technique-based, incorporating skills that have been passed down through generations. Explorations of domesticity and the construct of ‘home’ also suggest Family Matters.

Goal: Artists and makers are encouraged to submit work of any size or format that demonstrates the use of fibers or textile-based media, including nontraditional materials and techniques. Surface Design Journal welcomes work that embraces traditional 2D and 3D forms, while also seeking work that challenges and expands the contemporary definitions of textile/fiber-based art and design: digital art (design/animation), time-based arts (sound/video), performance art, conceptual art, land art, installation art, book arts, paper, basketry, textile design, wearables, fashion design, interior design, product design, and craft-as-social-practice.

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to all artists, with discounted entry fee offered to members of Surface Design Association (SDA). Artists may enter up to three pieces/images. 2D and 3D works are eligible, as is documentation of time-based media, performance, or conceptual work. As the call is for an exhibition in print, only photographic documentation of work will be accepted for consideration. Work must have been completed since January 1, 2015. Work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible. SDA encourages established, emerging, international and student artists to participate. Entry fee.

Jurors:  Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est.2009), and has curated art shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. Danielle creates her own artwork as well – mixed media collages which combine found images, paint, and as much humor as she can pack into each title.

For the past thirteen years, independent curator, Elizabeth Kozlowski, has held a senior position in numerous non-profit arts organizations across the South and the West. Combining her passion for textiles and contemporary scholarship, Kozlowski has joined the Surface Design Association as Editor for the quarterly publication, Surface Design Journal. Her current project Craft as Social Practice, aims to create real time social change within the state of Florida. Members of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective form a timely exhibition that demonstrates the power of community and contemporary craft practice.

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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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