Monday, December 29, 2008

Surface Design Association

Registration begins: January 5, 2009
Late Registration begins: March 31, 2009


Surface Design Association
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Conference: May 28 to May 31, 2009
Pre-Conference Workshops: May 23 to May 27, 2009
Post-Conference Workshops: June 1 to June 5, 2009


Patterns in our life and in our work often develop and repeat in a regular manner, and then something unexpected happens. Something shifts slightly and the pattern and rhythm become radically new. It is in those moments of unexpected change that great possibility exists. We shift. We transform. We go off the grid aesthetically, conceptually, or environmentally. In this conference we will concentrate on how we can seek those points of departure and together, go off the grid.


For more than 30 years, the Surface Design Association conferences have been amazing meeting places where textile artists from all over the world come together to be inspired by work, ideas and techniques. The wealth of information, creativity and talent on the podium, as well as in the audience, is astounding. During the four days of the conference, we learn from each other. It is our excitement, knowledge and willingness to share that makes each SDA conference a unique experience. Please joinus and become a part of one of the most unforgettable contemporary textile events.


The conference will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, known for its world-famous jazz and barbecue. The nearby Kansas City International Airport makes traveling convenient from all parts of the United States, Canada and overseas.

Most conference activities will take place at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel and the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI). The Marriott is a full-service hotel with professional meeting facilities. KCAI provides a scenic, 12-acre campus with workshop facilities, classrooms and dorms.

The conference will be located in the heart of Kansas City's cultural community, near the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Just a few blocks away is the Country Club Plaza, which is famous for its food, theater, shopping and architecture. Kansas City’s Max bus service provides quick and convenient transportation from the Marriott to the Crossroads Arts District galleries, where long-vacant buildings have been replaced by growing businesses, restaurants, residences and a thriving art scene.

Conference Registration Fees

Conference registration $350
Student registration $160
Vendor conference registration $160
Late registration fee $35 (after March 31, 2009)
Available at the Door Day Pass $165
(Vendor Fair, lectures, concurrent sessions, Friday gallery transportation)

Conference Registration starts Jan. 5, 2009. For Registration Information and Registration Form go to 2009RegistrationInformation

Download the conference registration brochure: OfftheGridRegistrationinformation.pdf

Visit the website for complete conference details including downloadable conference brochures and membership information:

Surface Design Association
P.O. Box 360, Sebastopol, CA, 95473-0360
Phone 707.829.3110 Fax 707.829.3285