Call Detail
Small Works: SDA 2019 Member Show
Entry Deadline: 8/19/19
Application Closed

Entry Fee (SDA Members): $30.00
Entry Fee (SDA Student-Members): $15.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 1
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 1
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Missouri
Event Dates: 10/1/19 - 12/15/19

small works: SDA 2019 Member Exhibition
October 1– December 15, 2019
Arcade Building Contemporary Art Projects
Gateway Campus, Webster University
St. Louis, MO

Members of the Surface Design Association (SDA) are invited to submit work for small works, which will be be shown at the Arcade Building Contemporary Art Projects at Webster University. The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the SDA biennial conference, Beyond the Surface, October 3 - 6, 2019. Entries may be submitted online through August 19 via CaFÉ.


This is an open, non-juried call for exhibition with the goal of showcasing innovative textile works by SDA members that fit within the 10” x 10” format. The exhibition includes awards.


This exhibition is open to all SDA members and student members. Information about SDA membership is available at the SDA website.

One entry may be submitted per member. Entries must be original work completed after July 2017. All textile/fiber-based work that fits within the 10” x 10” format that is mounted on a stretched canvas or similar surface will be considered. All submitted works meeting the guidelines will be accepted. Entries that do not meet the stated requirements will not be considered. Work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible.

Fees: $30 entry fee for SDA members; $15 entry fee for SDA student members.


Submitted artwork must:

  • Measure 10 inches square as the finished outside dimensions.
  • Be mounted on a stretched canvas or similar substrate, measuring 10 inches by 10 inches.
  • Be prepared for hanging with eye-hooks and wire across the back.
  • Include a label affixed to the back with the name of the artist, contact information, and the title of the piece visible.
By entering this call for entry, the artist agrees that the work is available to be photographed individually or in exhibition installation shots for advertising, catalog, online exhibition, and/or publicity during the entire run of the exhibition.  Work received after September 9, 2019, is too delicate to handle, or does not meet the size and/or mounting requirements will not be included in the exhibition. Entries that differ substantially from the submission in appearance and/or craftsmanship may be excluded. Work must remain on display for the entire run of the exhibition.

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.  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 if applicable.


Registration must be completed online through CaFÉ.


  1. Name, address (and shipping address if different), telephone, e-mail.

  2. One image may be submitted per member.

  3. Image - full - JPEG only.

  4. Upload options for image file:

  • File format: JPEG only

  • File dimensions: a minimum of 1200 pixels on the longest side

  • File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)

  • File size: 5 MB maximum

  1. Image must be titled as follows: “Submission #/ Last name/ Title”

  2. Information about the piece: title of the piece, materials and techniques used, sale price, and insurance value.


Online submission must be completed by August 19, 2019 (extended deadline)

NOTE: Non-members will need to join before submitting an entry. Join SDA at:

Submission steps:

  1. Register at
  2. Login and upload an image of the piece you are submitting for the Members’ Show to the page called "My Portfolio." For help with preparing your images, go to the CaFÉ website ( and select the Media Prep tab
  3. Apply to the call titled: Small Works: SDA 2019 Member Show
  4. Select the image for this event and complete all required information
  5. Save Application. Make corrections, if needed
  6. Proceed to Checkout
  7. Submit payment for confirmation
  8. Print a copy of the registration confirmation. This will be required in the shipment


Artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from small works (including insurance during transit). Works must be shipped via UPS, USPS, or FedEx in a sturdy, reusable box. Work should be able to fit conveniently in a USPS medium size Flat Rate Priority Mail box.  Include a prepaid return shipping label, or personal UPS, USPS or FedEx account information. Include the printed copy of the Online Registration Confirmation and a photograph of the work for inventory purposes.  Work must be shipped to arrive by September 9, 2019. Work received after September 9, 2019 will not be included in the exhibition. Additional shipping details will be included in the registration confirmation.

Shipping Address:
SDA Small Works
Francesca Passanise

Webster University- Gateway Campus
812 Olive Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63101

Phone: 314.246.2643

Shipping Checklist:

  • One 10 x10” mounted artwork, labeled with name of the artist, contact information, title, and price (USD). If work is not for sale, please mark as “NFS.”
  • Registration receipt
  • Photograph of the artwork
  • ​Return shipping label and payment or account information


Joy Stocksdale Best in Show        $300
Second Place                                 $200
Third Place                                     $100

Award winners will be announced at the conference and will be listed on the SDA website and digital publications.

February 28, 2019 - August 31, 2019 
Call for Entry open through CaFÉ
September 9, 2019                             Artwork due at Arcade Contemporary Art Projects
October 1, 2019                                  Exhibition opens
December 15, 2019                            Exhibition closes 

Questions about Members’ Show submissions? Contact:

Technical questions about the online submissions process? Contact CaFÉ at

Surface Design Association, a 501c3 non-profit textile arts organization founded in 1977, is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through member-supported benefits including publications, exhibitions and conferences. Visit us at

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