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Future Tense 2021
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Entry Deadline: 4/22/21
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Entry Fee (Non-SDA Members): $20.00
Entry Fee (SDA Members): $15.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, 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: West Virginia
Event Dates: 6/14/21 - 7/30/21

Future Tense 2021
June 14 - July 30, 2021
The Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery
Marshall University
927 3rd Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

Surface Design Association (SDA) invites students to submit work for the annual SDA Juried Student Exhibition, FUTURE TENSE 2021. The exhibition will be held at the Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery at Marshall University, June 14 - July 30, 2021. The exhibition includes awards. Entries may be submitted online January 15 - April 22, 2021 at CaFÉ.

FUTURE TENSE 2021 will celebrate the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. FUTURE TENSE 2021 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. SDA strives to provide a platform for those traditionally marginalized in the fiber arts. We encourage entries from members of underrepresented communities.

MIYUKI AKAI COOK is an Associate Professor of Fibers at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She attended Seian Woman’s college in Kyoto for a year to study textile and earned a BFA in Interior Design from Osaka University of Arts in Japan. In 2006 she received an MFA in Fiber/ Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She has previously worked as a graphic designer, a housing construction assistant manager, and an instructor at the Mount Ida College, Newton, MA. Miyuki’s creative interests range from jewelry to public installations. Her work has been shown nationally in exhibitions and books.

ANN CODDINGTON is a Professor of Art and Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois Sculpture Department in 1993, and her BFA from the Colorado State University Fibers Department in1986. Ann utilizes a variety of fiber techniques including twining and netting in her sculptural forms. She has exhibited her work at venues including: the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL, Craft Alliance Gallery in St. Louis, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, the Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey. Over the past several years, Ann has taught workshops at the Northwest Basketry Guild, University of Northern Texas, Penland School of Crafts, the National Basketry Organization conference, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and at the San Diego and Los Angeles Basketry Guilds. Ann serves as the co-chair of Exhibitions and member of the board for the National Basketry Organization. 

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 1/1/2019. If juried into the exhibition, applicant(s) must provide proof of student status, as specified here: enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university or other art-based educational program at the time of application. Invited artists must complete the Carroll Gallery’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 30 lbs. Work must not exceed 7’x7’.


Entries are accepted online through CaFÉ Call for Entry website. The extended entry deadline is April 22, 2021. 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

5.    Audio: Not to exceed 10MB

6.    Each image must be titled as follows: “Submission #_Last Name_Title”

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

8.    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. Invited artists must complete the Carroll Gallery’s Exhibition Agreement which includes insurance details. Work will be insured while at Marshall University. 

Complete shipping instructions will be sent with the acceptance notification letter. Artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from FUTURE TENSE 2021 (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 the Carroll Gallery no later than June 4, 2021. Works will be ready for return shipping to artists no later than August 6, 2021.  

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


Jan 15 - April 22, 2021   Entries submitted through CaFÉ
April 122, 2021               Extended entry deadline
May 7, 2021                   Notification of acceptance
June 4, 2021                  Selected works/exhibit agreement due at gallery
June 14, 2021                 Exhibition opens
July 30, 2021                  Exhibition closes
August 6, 2021               Shipped artwork is returned

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  For questions, contact