Call Detail
Beyond the Surface
Entry Deadline: 6/7/19
Application Closed

Entry Fee (SDA Members): $40.00
Entry Fee (SDA Student-Members): $20.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 4
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 4
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Missouri
Event Dates: 9/20/19 - 10/23/19

SDA Annual International Juried Member Exhibition

Members of the Surface Design Association  (SDA) are invited to submit work for Beyond the Surface: Surface Design Association Annual International Juried Members Exhibition, held in partnership with the St Louis Artists’ Guild, St Louis, MO from September 20, 2019 through October 23, 2019. The exhibition will be on view during Innovations in Textiles 2019 and the SDA Biennial Conference, Beyond the Surface. Jurors are Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt. The exhibition includes awards. Entries may be submitted online January 31–June 7, 2019 via CaFE.

GOAL: Creatives continually push the evolution of textiles from their long history of utilitarian use through the use of color, design, processes, and meanings. Works chosen for Beyond the Surface will demonstrate unique, well-developed artistic vision, and innovation. Whether commentary on social issues, meditations on the natural world, humor, storytelling, abstraction, influenced by science, or other areas of focus, this exhibition will include the best of contemporary work by SDA members.

All SDA members working in all media are encouraged to apply.


Jo Stealey is an artist, curator, juror, lecturer, and Professor of Art at the University of Missouri whose work includes sculptural objects, artist books, and installations. Her work has been shown in over 300 national and international exhibitions and is in many private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Jo has been a contributing author for the International Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine, and the National Basketry Organization's Quarterly Review Magazine. She curated the traveling exhibition and scholarly catalog, Rooted, Revived Reinvented: Basketry in America. View Jo’s work at:

Jim Arendt's work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through materials that resonate with work and the people engaged in it. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes in which he was raised, he investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. Jim is an Assistant Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows and has participated in residency programs including The Fields Project, Illinois; Tactility Forum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; and From Waste to Art VI, Baku, Azerbaijan. Jim’s work can be viewed at:

ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY FEES: This exhibition is open to all SDA members. Up to two artworks may be submitted per artist. 2D, 3D, and video works are eligible. Work must have been completed since 2017. Work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible.

Entry fee: $40 SDA members/$20 SDA student-members. (Interested in becoming an SDA member?)

Accepted works must be available for the duration of the exhibition. No substitutions may be made.


1. Name, address (and shipping address if different), telephone, e-mail.
​2. Up to 2 artworks total may be submitted -2D, 3D, or Video.

a. 2D & 3D: Full and detail images - JPEG only; Upload options for image files:
  • File format: JPEG only
  • File dimensions: No smaller than 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side
  • File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
  • ​File size: 5 MB maximum
 b. Video: not to exceed 100 MB per sample.

3. Each image must be titled as follows: “Submission #/ Last name/ Title”
4. A brief artist statement (50-100 words, maximum) 

Wall Mounted Artwork

  • Wall mounted work shall not exceed 98”h x 84”w or weigh more than 40lbs. Diptychs and triptychs are considered single artworks.
  • ​Hanging work should arrive ready to hang with all hanging rods and devices included.

3-Dimensional Artwork

  • Any one piece/art installation must not exceed 84” x 60” x 60”
  • Any one piece/art installation must not exceed 75 lbs.
  • ​Ceiling suspended work: Individual components must not weigh more than 10 lbs.

Additional Information about submissions

  • Artist must provide all equipment (ex. computer, cords, projectors) if there is an electrical component to the work.
  • Please include written instructions and photos for complicated installations.
  • ​The St. Louis Artists’ Guild has the right to reject any work that is unstable, unusually fragile, or does not meet the installation requirements.
ENTRY PROCEDURE: Entries are to be submitted online through CaFÉ. 
Deadline for submission is June 7, 2019.

SHIPPING: Complete shipping instructions will be sent with the acceptance notification letter. Artists are responsible for shipping costs (including insurance while in transit) both to and from the St. Louis Artist’s Guild.  All artwork must arrive at St. Louis Artist’s Guild between August 24 - September 7.  Unsold work will be returned within 30 days of the exhibition close. Artists should submit a FedEx or UPS account number, or prepaid return shipping label for return of their work.

PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDELINES:  Artists are strongly encouraged to submit images that present the artwork to best advantage. Images should give a sense of how the piece “sits” or “hangs.” Detail photographs should show the technical excellence of the work or highlight special areas of interest.  By submitting artwork to the exhibition, artists give permission for work to be photographed for advertising and publicity purposes during the exhibition.

First Place: $500
Second place$300
Third place: $150
Honorable Mention
People’s Choice Award
SDA Award of Excellence: one-year digital membership to SDA

SALES: Price and/or value of an accepted entry may not be changed after it is set. Artwork not for sale should be marked “NFS” and include the value of work for insurance purposes. A 50% gallery commission will be charged for sold work. St Louis Artists’ Guild will handle sales transactions while work is on exhibit and ship work to buyer after the exhibition.  Sold artwork must remain for the duration of the exhibition. Payments to the artist for sold work will be made within 30 days after the exhibition closes. Buyer will pay for shipping of sold artwork.


Jan 31-June 7      Entries submitted through CaFÉ
July 7                    Notification of acceptance
Aug 24-Sept 7      Selected artwork due to St Louis Artists’ Guild
Oct 3                     Opening reception
Oct 23                   Exhibition closes
By Nov 23             Art work is returned

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