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Future Tense 2022
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Entry Deadline: 4/15/22
Application Closed

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: New Mexico
Event Dates: 6/15/22 - 8/15/22

Future Tense 2022
Virtual Exhibition opening June 2022


Surface Design Association (SDA) in partnership with Textile Arts | Los Angeles, invites students to submit work for the annual SDA Juried Student Exhibition, FUTURE TENSE 2022. To increase access and broaden exposure, this year’s exhibition will be virtual, opening June 2022. The exhibition includes awards and award winners will be featured in the Summer 2022 Surface Design Journal

FUTURE TENSE 2022 will celebrate the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber and textile materials or techniques. FUTURE TENSE 2022 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 student 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.  


CARRIE BURCKLE (she/her) is a visual artist, educator and nascent curator living in Los Angeles. She received her BFA in Textile Design and MFA in Fibers from California State University Long Beach where she currently teaches in the Fiber Program since 2002. She is also co-founder Textile Arts | Los Angeles along with Lesley Roberts. It was always her dream to create a community of Textile Artists in Los Angeles and she is very grateful to all of those artists that share her vision.

Carrie has exhibited at Craft Contemporary, Craft in America Center, Visions Art Museum; Mingei Museum, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Downey Museum of Art, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, among others. Her work has appeared in Fiber Art Now magazine. She is a member of Textile Society of America, American Craft Council, Surface Design Association SoCal Rep, and California Fibers.

BEN CUEVAS (he/him/they/them) is an artist working in textiles, sculpture, installation, photography, video, sound and performance based in Los Angeles. His practice underscores queer/feminist ideologies with a focus on the condition of embodiment. As a queer, non-binary, HIV-positive, Latinx artist, identity directly influences his work, which he often uses to raise awareness, highlighting the personal as political. Ben has exhibited around the country, is a prolific speaker and workshop facilitator and has been featured in numerous publications. Throughout its pluralities, his work reflects the condition of embodiment: exploring what it means to have a body, to inhabit a body, to be a body incarnated in and interacting with this world.

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

To apply at the member-rate, you can Join SDA


Entries are accepted online through CaFÉ Call for Entry website. The entry deadline is April 15, 2022. 


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

In addition, award winners will have their work featured in the Summer 2022 Surface Design Journal. Artists whose work is selected will receive one complimentary print copy of Surface Design Journal; additional print copies will be available for purchase on the SDA Shop.


  • February 17 - April 15, 2022: Entries submitted through CaFÉ
  • April 29, 2021: Notification of acceptance
  • May 6, 2022: High resolution photos due for award winners
  • June - July 2022: Online Exhibition opens + online reception.
  • Summer 2022:  Award winners featured in the SDA Summer Journal

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

Application Requirements


  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 on the shortest 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. 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 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. As this call is for a virtual exhibition, the quality of photographic documentation will impact the assessment of your work for inclusion in the exhibition. All backgrounds should be neutral or grayscale unless color is part of the work. Print quality, high resolution images will be requested for accepted/award winning works. Artists must be able to provide print quality images of selected work at 300 dpi, 6x8" min, jpg or Tiff.

Audio and video works will be included in the exhibition in their entirety. 

Eligibility Criteria


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 1/1/2020.

*SDA defines ‘student’ as someone who is engaged in a mentor/mentee relationship with a knowledgeable instructor in their field, for the purpose of gaining instruction. This includes, but is not limited to: institutional settings including K-12; community organizations; craft institutions; visual art organizations; intergenerational learning environments, and other experiences in which an individual may learn/absorb/practice/create new skills and knowledge over a period of time.

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.