Monday, December 29, 2008

Surface Design Association

Deadline: March 1, 2009 (POSTMARK)

Surface Design Association

Off the Grid Conference
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
May 29, 2009 to August 15, 2009

As part of the Surface Design Association’s International Conference Off the Grid, members are invited to submit work measuring 18"h x 18"w for an installation showcasing innovative use of textiles. Work using any textile technique or material will be considered: surface design, weaving, quilting, knitting, stitching, non-traditional materials, etc. The SDA Members' Exhibition is an open call where all submitted work is presented in the show and is then judged on-site for awards.


The exhibition is open to all Surface Design Association members 18 years of age or older. Each entry must be original work completed after June 2007 and constructed, printed, dyed or otherwise embellished using any textile technique or process.

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

Entry Requirements

Registration information is completed online and the piece is sent in with a print out of the information. There is a $25 submission fee to be paid online with registration information.

Exhibition Requirements

Participants are invited to submit ONE piece measuring 18"h x 18"w. Send in the actual piece. Do not send slides.
All entries will be displayed in the exhibition. Pieces will be installed indoors on structures specifically designed to hang this size of textile.

Submitted entries should meet the following criteria:

All measurements are in inches.
 Measure 18"h x 18"w as the finished outside dimensions.
 Labeled with an ID-tag stating the name of the artist and the title of the piece. Attach label with safety pin.
 Have a 1.5" casing across the top back. The casing should be placed .5" down from the top of the piece and .5" in from each of the edges. The casing should be left open to allow for a wooden slat for hanging. The gallery will supply the wooden slat.


$2000 in cash awards and one Surface Design Association Award of Excellence will be given. The judges retain discretion for determining the number of awards. The judges will present awards based on visual interest, craftsmanship, and innovation.

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

Download the prospectus: SDAMemberShowProspectus09.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.

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