Karen McCarthy, "Interplay Series, # 12 Mixed media collage construction, 10" x 10" x 1.5," 2019, website: karenmccarthyart.com

Past Conferences

SDA hosts a biennial conference to bring members together for workshops, conferences, and an exhibition. The 2019 conference, Beyond the Surface, was held in St. Louis Missouri alongside Innovations in Textiles, and included 3 SDA exhibitions, dynamic speakers, gallery tours, and intensive workshops.


SDA has been hosting biennial conferences for 40 years. Recent SDA Conferences/Intensives include:

2019 Beyond the Surface with Innovations in Textiles in St. Louis, MO

2017 Intensive – Portland State University and Oregon College of Arts and Crafts

2015 Intensive-Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2013 Conference-San Antonio, TX

2011 Conference-Minneapolis, MN

2009 Conference-Kansas City, KS