Sunday, January 20, 2013

“Always Something…” Surface Design Association, Illinois Exhibit 2013

Deadline: July 29, 2013 Midnight CST (EMAIL)

“Always Something…”
Surface Design Association, Illinois Exhibit 2013

The Vogt Visual Arts Center
Tinley Park, IL
September 3 - 26, 2013

All current United States Midwest Surface Design Association (SDA) Members are invited to enter into the Surface Design Association, Illinois Exhibit 2013 “Always Something…”, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

To become a member of SDA and participate in this exhibit, go to the SDA website:

Exhibit Concept: The intention of this exhibit is to illustrate reactions when things don’t go our way. A journey stalled by a red light, construction that blocks our path; a bridge goes up and halts our progress. One thing leads to another… Perhaps these moments allow for us to notice something unexpected, a mother and child holding hands, a sunlit tree reveals magic, we hear the sweet music of a songbird. Life is motion, each unexpected change allows for an opportunity to see our world anew and alter our perspective.

Managing Curators: Darcy Berg, Patty Bergh, Marianne Biagi, Joy Lavrencik, Jeanette Thompson

Design Rules

  1. Artwork must be works of Fiber and/or Surface Design or use Fiber and/or Surface Design techniques. Art Quilts shall conform to the SAQA definition of an art quilt.
  2. Piece shall exemplify innovation in Fiber and Surface Design techniques as well as excellence in composition and skill.
  3. Feel free to interpret this theme widely. Abstract and conceptual works are welcome.
  4. No glitter. Use of glitter will cause your entry to be eliminated from the exhibit.
  5. All parts of a piece must be permanently attached.
  6. All pieces that can be hung on a wall, a ceiling, placed on a pedestal, or in a case shall be accepted.
  7. All pieces must be original to the artist. Kits shall not be accepted.

Guidelines & Instructions (truncated)

  • Submit up to three (3) entries of high quality contemporary work in any medium for exhibit with separate Entry Forms and images for each piece.
  • There are no size or shape requirements.
  • A label for your art work must be securely attached to the bottom back right corner.
  • If a piece is required to hang, it shall arrive prepared for hanging. Include a sleeve with a rod, bar, or slat, or other hanging hardware. Pieces that arrive that are not prepared for hanging shall be eliminated from the exhibit.
  • Instructions for hanging or placing complex items are invited.
  • Any pieces deemed offensive, or of not high quality, shall be eliminated from the exhibit.
  • The Vogt Visual Arts Center requires a 30% commission of each sale.

Acceptance Fee

If your piece is accepted into the exhibit, you are required to submit a one-time Acceptance Fee of $5.00 US for up to three entries. (One to three entries = One to three Entry forms + One to three digital overall images + One to three digital detail images + One check for $5.00.)

View Call for Artists:

Download Prospectus/Entry Form:

Please read the Prospectus, Entry Form and Check List carefully. If you have any questions, email Jeanette Thompson at

Event Location:

The Vogt Visual Arts Center
Tinley Park-Park District
8125 West 171st Street
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477-2363