Call Detail
Lasting Impression: SDA's 2023 Exhibition in Print

Entry Deadline: 5/17/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (SDA Members): $30.00
Entry Fee (Non-SDA Members): $45.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: New Mexico

Lasting Impression 

SDA’s 2023 International Exhibition in Print


If you‘re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.  - Maya Angelou

Surface Design Journal invites artists to create an original fiber-based work that leaves a lasting impression. How will you use the unique medium of textiles to create an artwork that resonates for years to come? What do you hope to capture about our present for future generations? Will you share your story through the application of color or pattern, a fiber technique historic materials, an emotion evoked by your design—these are just a few things that come to mind.

Each year, SDA’s International Exhibition In Print showcases the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working with fiber and textile-based materials, methods, and techniques. The work of selected artists will be featured in the Fall 2023 issue of Surface Design Journal. The Journal is read by artists, gallery owners, curators, scholars, and enthusiasts nationally and internationally. Entries may be submitted online through May 15, 2023 via CaFÉ. 

Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.

JOURNAL OVERVIEW: Artist Lorna Hamilton Brown will jury this exhibition, selecting work for inclusion in a comprehensive print and digital edition of the Fall 2023 Surface Design Journal. The publication will include full and detailed images as well as artist statements and juror reflections addressing the context of the work in the exhibition and its place within the evolution of broader trends in contemporary textile and fiber-based arts. 

Artists whose work is selected will receive one complimentary print copy of Surface Design Journal


Lorna Hamilton Brown is a UK-based artist working with social practice and community based art. A dedicated educator, researcher, knitwear designer, performer and video maker, her dissertation Myth: Black People Don’t Knit – the importance of art and oral histories for documenting the experiences of black knitters, questions the lack of visibility of black crafters and documents their hidden histories. She is currently a Patron of the Knitting & Crochet Guild and a member of Vogue Knitting’s Diversity Advisory Council

Application Requirements

ENTRY PROCEDURE: Entries are to be submitted online through CaFÉ           

The following information is required for submission: 

1. Name, address, telephone, e-mail.

2. Up to 3 artworks - maximum 2 images per artwork - 1 overall image and 1 detail of each artwork.  Six images total may be submitted per entrant. Jurors request one overall and one detail of each full original artwork. 

3. Images - full and detail - JPEG only; Upload options for image files:

  • File format: JPEG only
  • File dimensions: 1200 pixels or larger on longest side
  • File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
  • File size: 5 MB maximum

NOTE: Uploaded images are scaled by the system and two monitor versions are created: a small 100-pixel thumbnail and a large 700-pixel image. These images are available for preview in your portfolio after uploading.

4. A brief artwork statement (100-150 words maximum, cannot exceed 1000 characters). 

  • Since this is a blind jurying process, please do not include identifying information in the statement such as your name.
  • Please note that the artist statement should address the artist's overall practice.
  • Within each artwork submission, there is a description field which should include additional information about the specific piece of artwork (i.e. method, concept, etc.). Artists are highly encouraged to complete the description field as it provides important context for the juror.

PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDELINES: As this call is for an exhibition in print, the quality of photographic documentation will impact the assessment of your work for inclusion in the Journal. All backgrounds should be neutral or grayscale unless color is part of the work. 

NOTE: Selected artists must provide print quality images of juried work at 300 dpi, 6x8" min, jpg or tiff.

AWARDS: Award honorees will be featured with expanded coverage in the Fall 2023 edition of Surface Design Journal, Lasting Impression:

  • Collaboration and Community
  • Emerging Artist/ Next Generation Award
  • Guest Juror Award
  • Modern Meets Tradition
  • Material Exploration Award
  • Textiles and Technology
  • Textiles in Performance

Eligibility Criteria

ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY FEE: This exhibition is open to all artists, with discounted entry fee offered to SDA members. Artists may enter up to three artworks. 2D and 3D works are eligible, as is documentation of time-based media, performance, or conceptual work. Only photographic documentation of work will be considered. Work must have been completed since January 1, 2021. Work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible. Artists who have been included in prior EIPs are encouraged to apply, but submitted work should show a progression or be from a different body of work

Information about SDA membership is available at the SDA website:

Join today to enter at the SDA member price and  and get 10% off your membership with the code SDAEXHIBITS

  • $30 entry fee for SDA members, up to 3 artworks
  • $45 entry fee for non-members, up to 3 artworks