Soft Borders: 2019 SDA International Exhibition In Print

Publication:  Surface Design Journal, Fall 2019

EXHIBITION: Each year, the Surface Design Association (SDA) International Exhibition In Print showcases the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working with or inspired by fiber art and/or textile-based materials, methods, and techniques. The work of selected artists are featured in the Fall 2019 issue of the Surface Design Journal. The Surface Design Journal is read by artists, gallery owners, curators, scholars, and enthusiasts nationally and internationally. Entries may be submitted online Feb 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019 via CaFÉ.

GOAL: Borders are often thought of as unyielding divides between ideas, cultures, beliefs, actions, and interests. They can also be the elastic edge between disciplines (ex. art and science), methods of making (ex. 3-D printing and handmade), or physical characteristics (ex. frayed or neat edges). These are the dynamic areas where opposites meet and innovation is born. Borders can carry political weight, for example the “soft” borders between European Union countries, the historic iron curtain, or the United States/Mexico border. What are your visualizations and material reflections of borders?

Artists are encouraged to submit work of any size or format that demonstrates the use of fibers or textile-based media, including nontraditional materials and techniques. Surface Design Journal welcomes work that embraces traditional 2D and 3D forms, while also seeking work that challenges and expands the contemporary definitions of textile/fiber-based art and design such as: digital (design/animation), time-based (video/performance), conceptual, installation, land, book, sculptural, basketry, textile, wearables, fashion, interior design, product design, and craft-as-social-practice.

Deadline:  May 31, 2019

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“Landscape Quilts,” IQF, Houston

Houston, TX:    June 13, 2019 to January 2020, or September 2020, if traveling

From valleys and volcanoes, and mountains to monuments, landscapes often inspire artists, including many in the quilt world. We invite you to submit your recently made landscape quilts to be featured in this exhibit, debuting at Quilt Festival in November 2019. Quilts may be made using any technique. We would also like to retain quilts for a possible exhibit at International Quilt Festivals in 2020.

Deadline:  April 18, 2019

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“Quilted Comics & Sci-Fi,” IQF and Comicpalooza

Houston, TX:    April 12, 2019 through August 2020

Theme: Entries are quilts that speak to the theme of Quilted Comics. Did you grow up watching Batman, Superman, Star Trek, or Star Wars? Love the current Avenger and Star Wars movies? Are you playing your children’s video games when they are at school? Now’s your chance to create a quilt that portrays your love of super heroes, villains, fantasy, comic book, or anime characters to be on display at both the International Quilt Festival 2019 and Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Comicpalooza is the largest annual, multi-genre, comic book, science fiction, anime, gaming, and pop-culture convention in the Southern United States and is held in Houston, Texas.

Deadline:  March 15, 2019

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“Tactile Architecture 2019,” IQF Houston

Houston, TX:    October 31-November 3, 2019; Traveling to September 2020

Buildings have a long history of inspiring the creative designs of quiltmakers. In the 19th century, American quilters developed classic architectural patterns such as Log Cabin, Schoolhouse, and Brick Wall. This annual juried exhibit challenges quiltmakers to create works based on architectural themes and inspirations. This exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Festival October 31-November 3, 2019. We would also like to retain quilts for a possible exhibit at International Quilt Festivals in 2020.

Deadline:  April 19, 2019

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“In Full Bloom,” IQF, Houston

Houston, TX:    October 31-November 3, 2019; Traveling to September 2020

Just as quilters create beautiful pieces of art with fabric, florists and gardeners cultivate works of beauty from the soil. The International Quilt Festival will showcase floral quilts from across the spectrum in color and splendor in the special exhibit. This exhibit will premiere at Quilt Market and Festival October 31-November 3, 2019. We would also like to retain quilts for a possible exhibit at International Quilt Festivals in 2020.

Deadline:  April 11, 2019

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“Excellence in Fibers V,” Fiber Art Now

Muskegon, MI:     December 12, 2019-March 15, 2020 and Winter 2019/2020 Issue of Fiber Art Now

Selected work will appear at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan, December 12, 2019-March 15, 2020. Note that work does NOT have to be available for the Muskegon Art Museum exhibition to be juried into Excellence in Fibers V. It still can be selected by the jurors, shown in the magazine, and receive publicity and prizes.

Deadline:  September 10, 2019

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