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Beyond the Surface 
2019 SDA Biennial Conference

CONFERENCE DATES: OCTOBER 3 - 6, 2019
BEYOND THE SURFACE EXHIBITION DATES: SEPTEMBER 20 - OCTOBER 23

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A textile nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemporary textile and fiber art, Surface Design Association (SDA) presents its annual juried members’ exhibition, Beyond the Surface, September 20- October 23, at the St Louis Artists’ Guild, St Louis, Missouri. Jurors Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt selected work by 48 artists.

Award winners will be announced at the opening reception, October 3, 5-8pm. October 3 is also the opening night of the SDA’s biennial conference, Beyond the Surface, October 3-6. The Conference is being held in conjunction with Innovations in Textiles 2019, which features 40 textile exhibitions in greater St Louis, Missouri. In operation since 1886, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild is the oldest arts organization west of the Mississippi River.  Its 5000 square foot contemporary art space in the mid-century modern Famous Barr Building will be the site of the conference’s opening and closing events as well as the exhibition.

 Jurors Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt selected works by 48 artists who considered the following ideas: “Artists continually push the evolution of textiles from their long history of utilitarian use through the use of color, design, processes, and meanings. Works chosen demonstrate unique, well-developed artistic vision, and innovation. Whether commentary on social issues, meditations on the natural world, humor, storytelling, abstraction, influenced by science, or other areas of focus, this exhibition includes the best of contemporary work by SDA members.”

 Accepted artists include: Jessica Wildman Katz, George-Ann Bowers, Kate Barber, Roz Ritter, Ann Clarke, Susan Hensel, 

Anette Millington, Synthetic Flight: Tech Nomad, View 2

Anette Millington, Synthetic Flight: Tech Nomad, View 2

Beyond the Surface includes:

Marie Fornaro, Quilt for Grandmother

Marie Fornaro, Quilt for Grandmother

  • Pre-Conference Workshops, Wednesday & Thursday (October 2 – 3)

  • Opening Reception on Thursday evening, October 3

  • Day of Speakers on Friday, October 4

  • A Conversation with Jane Sauer, Friday, October 4

  • Juried Exhibitions of members’ and student work + Small Works Exhibit of member art

  • Bus tour to selected Innovations in Textiles 2019 venues, Saturday, October 5

  • Conference Wrap Up, Sunday, October 6

  • Student Events, Future Tense 2019 & Student Panel

Innovations in Textiles 2019 is a collaborative event throughout the St. Louis, Missouri region. Created to investigate the state of contemporary textile arts, Innovations in Textiles 2019 is comprised of over 30 regional nonprofit & commercial art galleries, organizations and museums that have joined forces to present innovative exhibitions that explore fiber art, textiles and fashion created by local, regional, national, and international artists.