Barbara Matthews, "Happier Days," 2016

Family Matters: 2018 SDA Annual International Exhibition In Print

Family Matters, the 2018 Exhibition in Print, is now available. Members can read the digital journal or non-members can purchase their copy in the SDA online store.

Each year, the 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 winter 2018 issue of the Surface Design Journal. The Surface Design Journal is read by artists, gallery owners, curators, scholars, and enthusiasts nationally and internationally.

Family Matters, Surface Design Journal, Winter 2018

This year’s theme, Family Matters, invites artists to submit work that engages the idea of ‘family’. How does the notion of family emerge in an artist’s work? For many of us, family is not just who we are born connected to by relation, but who we choose to build a connection with as a ‘family’ of our own design. Materially or conceptually, it may arise in the form of inherited objects or rituals, by incorporating a family heirloom or depicting the occasion of a family event or typical evening dinner. It can also be technique-based, incorporating skills that have been passed down through generations. Explorations of domesticity and the construct of ‘home’ also suggest Family Matters. Read More…


Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator, Co-Juror: Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est.2009), and has curated art shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. Danielle creates her own artwork as well – mixed media collages which combine found images, paint, and as much humor as she can pack into each title. When she’s not in the studio, Danielle is writing books : Creative Block, Collage, and Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk were the first three, and her fourth book, A Big Important Art Book – Now with Women!, will be released in October of 2018. Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on

Elizabeth Kozlowski, SDJ Editor and Co-Juror: For the past thirteen years, independent curator, Elizabeth Kozlowski, has held a senior position in numerous non-profit arts organizations across the South and the West. Combining her passion for textiles and contemporary scholarship, Kozlowski has joined the Surface Design Association as Editor for the quarterly publication, Surface Design Journal . Her current project Craft as Social Practice, aims to create real time social change within the state of Florida. Members of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective form a timely exhibition that demonstrates the power of community and contemporary craft practice. This exhibition will debut at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, in the fall of 2018.