EXHIBITION: Members of the Surface Design Association are invited to submit work for the 2nd International Juried Members’ exhibition, Transgressing Traditions: Contemporary Textiles by the Surface Design Association. The exhibition will be held at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, June 3–August 21, 2016 and includes artwork awards. Entries may be submitted online January 1 – March 4, 2016.
GOAL: The goal of the exhibition is to showcase national and international contemporary fiber art that expands upon traditional media and meaning. Makers are encouraged to submit work that pushes the boundaries and/or traditions of textile/fiber media, as perceived by the individual artist. Any textile technique or material is acceptable, including the use of nontraditional materials and time arts, such as video and sound. Works must have been completed on or after January 1, 2014. SDA encourages emerging, mid-career, and established artists to apply.
Dorie Millerson (
Dorie Millerson is a Toronto-based artist and educator. She holds an MFA in textiles from NSCAD University and her award-winning artwork is exhibited internationally. Articles about her work have appeared in Fiberarts and Surface Design Journal and her writing about craft practice has been published in Studio, Surfacing Journal, MAGazine and the book Crafting New Traditions: Canadian Innovators and Influences. She is an Assistant Professor in Fibre and Chair of the Material Art & Design Program atOCAD University.
Karen Hampton (
Karen Hampton has shown her woven and stitched narrative artwork nationally since 1994 and has been teaching college since 2000. As an artist of color, she has made a life long commitment to creating artwork that responds to the lives of her ancestors. Working in cloth — whether digitally printed, hand woven or aged linens — pieces are imbued with the hopes and visions of African American lives, telling their stories from a maternal perspective. Articles about her work have appeared in the Surface Design Journal and International Review of African American Art.
Donna Lamb (
Donna Lamb is the Executive Director and Curator at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY where she has championed textiles and fiber arts since 2000. She has curated many fine art exhibits in which textiles have been included such as the recent Material Remix, featuring Susie Brandt. She has organized solo exhibits for internationally recognized fiber artists including Nancy Crow, Jane Dunnewold, Elin Noble and John McQueen. She oversees the Art Center’s annual international juried quilt exhibition Quilts=Art=Quilts, the annual Quilting by the Lake conference, and ongoing surface design and fiber art workshops at the Art Center.
1. Include one overall image and one detail for each entry. Images must be in JPEG format and 1920 pixels on the longest side; 4 MG maximum file size.
2. Provide a retail price for each work, or if not for sale, insurance value.
3. Provide a brief statement (200 characters maximum) focused on the relationship between the work and the specific exhibition theme of “transgressing traditions”.
ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY FEES: This exhibition is open to all members of Surface Design Association (SDA). You may enter three pieces. 2D and 3D works are eligible. Work must have been completed since January 1, 2014. Work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible.
$40 entry fee for up to 3 works
$20 entry fee for students
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PRESENTATION OF WORK: All accepted entries must be received ready to install. Any hanging rods, armatures or other special installation equipment or instructions must be provided by artist. Works CANNOT be hung from the ceiling. All work must remain on display until the conclusion of the exhibit on August 21, 2016.
SHIPPING: Complete shipping instructions will be sent with the acceptance notification to the hanging exhibit. Artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from Schweinfurth (including insurance during transit) through either providing a pre-paid shipping label, Fed Ex or UPS account number, or credit card information for return shipping. It might be helpful to indicate this up front, but include specific shipping instructions with the acceptance letters for those included in the exhibit. All artwork must arrive at Schweinfurth no later than May 16, 2016. Works will be returned in their original packaging no later than September 12, 2016. Artworks must be shipped in sturdy, reusable containers with appropriate packing material. Shipping address:Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Attn: SDA; 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021
SALES: Please note that price and/or value of an accepted entry may not be changed after it is set. There is a 40% commission on works for sale. Work should be marked “NFS” if it is not available for purchase. Include value of work for insurance purposes. Schweinfurth will handle sales transactions while work is on exhibit and ship work to buyer when show is over. All sold objects must remain with the exhibition for the duration of the exhibition and will not be forwarded to the purchaser until the end of the show. Payments to the artist for all sold pieces will be made at the close of the exhibition. Shipment of all sold objects will be paid by the purchaser.
INSURANCE: Schweinfurth is responsible for insuring work in its possession for the purpose of display, sales, material handling, etc. All artists accepted into the hanging exhibition will be sent an exhibition contract in which a value of the work is established. All artists are responsible for providing their own insurance while the work is in transit.
PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDELINES: Artists are strongly encouraged to submit images for this call for entry that present your work to best advantage. Your photographs should give a sense of how your piece “sits” or “hangs.” Detail photographs are important to show the technical excellence of the work; they can highlight special areas that might not be obvious in the full shot of the work. Works accepted in the exhibition must be available to be photographed individually or in exhibition installation shots for advertising and publicity during the entire run of the exhibition.
Best in show: $1000
Second place: $400
Third place: $300
Honorable mention: $100
SDA Award of Excellence: one-year membership to SDA
January 1 – March 4: Entries submitted online
April 8: Notification of acceptance
May 16: Selected artwork due to Schweinfurth
Friday, June 3: Opening reception, juror remarks and award announcements, 5 – 8 p.m.
August 21: Exhibition closes
September 2: All work shipped back to artists
Payment. You will be asked to pay your entry fee when you complete your application.
Registration is now open. The last day to register is March 4, 2016 until midnight CST.
If you have any questions, please contact SDA Administrator at [email protected]. If you have technical questions about the on-line system, please contact Lisa Ellis at [email protected] or call 707-829-3110.
Surface Design Association, a non-profit textile arts organization since 1977, is dedicated to raising the level of excellence in surface design – the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fibers, textiles and new materials – by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through digital and print publications, exhibitions, conferences and educational opportunities. Members include artists, designers, educators, students, curators, gallery owners and textile enthusiasts from around the world. New members are invited to join us at For questions, contact [email protected] or call 707-829-3110.
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