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Future Tense 2020
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Entry Deadline: 4/30/20
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Entry Fee (Non-SDA Members): $20.00
Entry Fee (SDA Members): $15.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 6
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Tennessee
Event Dates: 8/13/20 - 10/27/20

Future Tense 2020
August 13-October 27
Appalachian Center for Craft
1560 Craft Center Dr, Smithville, TN 37166

Surface Design Association invites students to submit work for the annual SDA Juried Student Exhibition, FUTURE TENSE 2020. The exhibition will be held at Appalachian Center for Craft Gallery at Tennessee Tech from August 13-October 27, 2020. The exhibition includes awards. Entries may be submitted online from February 10-April 30, 2020 at CaFÉ.

FUTURE TENSE 2020 will celebrate the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. FUTURE TENSE 2020 offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today. All SDA members and non-member students working in all media are encouraged to apply.

RENA WOOD, fiber artist, is an Assistant Professor in Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft & Design at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. Rena was a Visiting Instructor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Rena was an Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO. Her work has been shown nationally in solo and group exhibitions. She was awarded the Joanne Purrington Folley Memorial Award for Excellence in Needlework at Fiber Art International in 2016. Rena received her BFA in Fibers from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

STEFANIE GERBER is Director of the North Carolina Glass Center (NCGC), a non-profit, public access glass studio and gallery, in Asheville, NC. She was the director of the Asheville Area Arts Council and has been an independent museum consultant. Stefanie was the galleries and collection manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, an educator for public programs at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, gallery manager at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, and a performance artist in Humberto Duque’s Lightning Blues Express project at the Denver International Airport. She holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from Indiana University and a B.F.A. degree in painting and photography from Herron School of Art at Indiana University-Purdue University.  

This exhibition is open to all student artists. Up to three pieces may be submitted per artist. 2D, 3D, video and audio works are eligible. Entries must be original work completed after 1/1/2018. If juried into the exhibition, applicant(s) must provide proof of student status, as specified here: enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university at the time of application. Invited artists must complete the Appalachian Center for Craft's Exhibition Agreement by August 3 (to be provided upon invitation). 

Entry fee: $15 SDA student members/$20 non-member students.

Entries that do not meet the stated requirements will not be considered. Artists who have been included in prior SDA exhibits are encouraged to apply, but work should show a progression or be from a different body of work. Works previously exhibited with SDA will not be considered. No substitutions for accepted work may be made. Accepted artwork that differs significantly from image in online submission may be disqualified. Accepted works must be available for the duration of the exhibition. For ceiling suspended work, individual components must not weigh more than 100 lbs.

Entries are accepted online through CaFÉ system. 
Entry deadline is April 30, 2020. Note: To apply at the member-rate, you can join SDA at

1. Name, address (and shipping address if different), telephone, email.
2. Up to 3 works total may be submitted. Jurors request one overall and at least one detail of each full original artwork. Six images total may be submitted per entrant.
3. 2D & 3D: Full and detail images - 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
4.Video: not to exceed 100 MB per sample; Audio: Not to exceed 10M
5. Each image must be titled as follows: “Submission #_Last Name_Title” 
Each detail image must be titled as: “Submission#_LastName_Title_detail”
7. A brief artist statement (100-150 words maximum, cannot exceed 1000 characters). Since this is a blind jury process, please do not include identifying information in the statement. 

Artists are responsible for insurance during shipping and must complete the Appalachian Center for Craft’s Exhibition Agreement which includes insurance details. 

Complete shipping instructions will be sent with the acceptance notification letter. Artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from FUTURE TENSE 2020 (including insurance during transit) by either providing a prepaid shipping label, FedEx or UPS account number, or credit card information for return shipping. All artwork must arrive at Appalachian Center for Craft no later than August 3, 2020. Works will be ready for return shipping to artists no later than November 2, 2020.  

Artists are strongly encouraged to submit images for this call for entry that presents the work to its best advantage. Photographs should give a sense of how the artwork “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.

First Place: $300
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100
Honorable Mention: SDA Award of Excellence

Feb 1- April 30, 2020        Entries submitted through CaFÉ
April 30, 2020                   Entry deadline
June 1, 2020                     Notification of acceptance
August 3, 2020                 Selected artworks due at Appalachian Center for Craft
August 13, 2020               Exhibition opens
September 10, 2020         Opening reception, 5-7pm 
October 27, 2020              Exhibition closes
November 2, 2020            Shipped artwork is returned

Learn more about this and other SDA exhibitions here.

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. For questions contact:

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