Monday, December 29, 2008

Surface Design Association POINTS OF DEPARTURE

Deadline: March 1, 2009 (ONLINE)

Surface Design Association

Off the Grid Conference
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
May 29, 2009 to June 30, 2009

As part of the Surface Design Association’s 15th International Conference, students are invited to submit work for competition and exhibition to showcase the unconventional use of fiber. This exhibition will showcase innovative, unique work created by students who make a conscious leap into their own Points of Departure. Work using any textile technique or material will be considered: surface design, weaving, quilting, knitting, stitching, 3-dimensional work, papermaking, etc.


This international juried exhibition is intended to showcase student work. Undergraduates or graduates who are enrolled in an art or design program during the 2008–09 school year are eligible to participate. Each entry must be original work completed after February 2007 and be constructed, printed, dyed or otherwise embellished using any textile technique or process.

Students may submit work without being a member of the Surface Design Association, but will be required to join if their piece is selected for the exhibition.

If you are not currently a member of the Surface Design Association you can become a member by joining on the website:


$15 submission fee for up to 3 entries


Jurying for entry will be done on line from submitted images. Please submit professional quality photos (see submission instructions for file size and specifications).


The juror will present awards for:

First Place $700
Second Place $400
Third Place $300
SDA Award of Excellence

Awards will be determined from examination of actual pieces. Award winners will be announced at the conference.

Download the prospectus: SDAstudentShowProspectus09.pdf

The mission of the Surface Design Association is to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of textiles in the art and design communities, as well as in the general public.

We inspire creativity, encourage innovation and further the rich tradition of the textile arts through publications, exhibitions, conferences and educational opportunities.

Visit the website for complete details: