Call Detail
Mandatory Color: SDA 2020 Juried Member Exhibition
Entry Deadline: 7/15/20
Application Closed

Entry Fee (SDA Members): $40.00
Entry Fee (SDA Student-Members): $20.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 4
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 4
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 4
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Texas
Event Dates: 10/3/20 - 12/6/20

SDA 2020 Juried Member Exhibition

EXHIBITION: Members of the Surface Design Association (SDA) are invited to submit work for MANDATORY COLOR: Surface Design Association Juried Members Exhibition, held at Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. The exhibition will be on view from October 3, 2020 through December 6, 2020. Juror is Amie Adelman. The exhibition includes awards. Entries may be submitted online April 15, 2020 through July 15, 2020 at CaFE. Applications close at 11:59 PM in Mountain Time Zone (Denver, CO, USA) on deadline date.

GOAL: MANDATORY COLOR: Surface Design Association International Juried Members Exhibition examines the use of color as a response to world-wide social distancing and quarantine. Art works in the exhibition will express a broad range of color reflecting the artists’ experiences, ranging from extreme to subtle contrast and shifts in value and intensity. The unpredictable color varieties will exhibit emotional responses to a fluctuating and challenging moment in time.

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

JUROR: AMIE ADELMAN is a Professor in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas in Denton. She received an MFA in fibers from the University of Kansas and a BFA in fibers from Arizona State University. Through numerous travel grants, she has conducted textile research in Africa (Ghana, Lesotho, South Africa, Uganda), Europe (England, Ireland, Norway, Scotland) and South America (Guatemala). Adelman's artwork has been published in numerous books, Amore E Scelta by Caprile, Luciano; Dyeing and Screen-Printing on Textiles by Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor; and Fiberarts Design Book Six edited by Nancy Orban and in a variety of journals, American Craft; Fiberarts; Fiber Arts Now; and Surface Design. Additionally, Adelman participated in artist-in-resident programs at Lakkos Artist Residency in Heraklion, Crete (2018), Gullkistan Residency for Creative People in Laugarvatn, Iceland (2014) and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee (1998-99).

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. Entries must be original work completed after January 1, 2018. Work executed under classroom or educational guidance or supervision is not eligible.

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

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

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.


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

  2. Up to 2 artworks total may be submitted -2D, 3D, or Video. Jurors request one overall and at least one detail of each full original artwork. Four 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

  1. Video: not to exceed 100 MB per sample.

  2. Each image must be titled as follows: “Submission #_ Last name_Title”

  3. Each detail image must be titled as follows: “Submission #_Last Name_Title_detail”

  4. A brief artist statement (1,000 characters, maximum). This exhibition is blind juried. Do not include identifying information in the statement.

  5. Insurance Value


Wall Mounted Artwork

  • Wall mounted work shall not exceed 216” h x 48” w.

  • 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 21” h x 21” w x 21” l

  • Any one piece/art installation must not exceed 25 lbs.

Additional Information about submissions

  • Artists 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.

  • Work that is unstable, unusually fragile, or does not meet the installation requirements may be disqualified.

ENTRY PROCEDURE: Entries are accepted online through CaFÉ. Entry deadline is July 15, 2020. Note: Non-members will need to join before submitting an entry. Join SDA here

Applications close at 11:59 PM in Mountain Time Zone (Denver, CO, USA) on deadline date.

INSURANCE: Artists are responsible for insuring work during transit. Museum of Texas Tech University will insure work while on display. Artists agree to exhibition loan terms as described in the entry form upon submission.

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 Museum of Texas Tech University.  All artwork must arrive at Museum of Texas Tech University between September 1 - September 15, 2020 Work will be returned by December 20, 2020. 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 its 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
SDA Award of Excellence: one-year digital membership to SDA


April 15-July 15     Entries accepted through CaFÉ
August 14             Notification of acceptance
September 15       Selected artwork due at Museum of Texas Tech University
October 3              Exhibition Opens (Opening Reception  TBA)
December 6          Exhibition closes
By December 20   Art work is returned

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