Daniel Fountain "Nest" (detail)

From Confrontation to Catharsis


Each year, SDA’s International Exhibition In Print showcases the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working with fiber and textile-based materials, methods, and techniques. The work of selected artists will be featured in the Fall 2021 issue of Surface Design Journal. The Journal is read by artists, gallery owners, curators, scholars, and enthusiasts nationally and internationally. Entries may be submitted online through June 1  via CaFÉ.

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From Confrontation to Catharsis
Important Dates

From Confrontation to Catharsis

“This moment in artistic production can lead to healing, freedom and liberation.” 

-Keidra Daniels Navaroli, 2021 Guest Juror

Catharsis is defined as “the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.”  It requires a willingness to confront uncertainty, fear, and personal pain. Through the creative process, artists challenge and express feelings others often struggle to acknowledge or accept. As a profound and visually communicative art form, textiles, have long reflected both cultural ideals and social anxieties. During this time of sociopolitical division, financial struggle, and health/environmental crises, how can fiber art help to mend — figuratively and literally — our connection to one another and the world at large? Surface Design Journal invites artists to give voice to the vulnerabilities of our fractured time – visually channeling fear, doubt, grief, pain, and anger in order to offer a compelling path toward equity, reconciliation, and hope.   


Journal Editor Elizabeth Kozlowski and Scholar Keidra Daniels Navaroli will co-jury this exhibition, selecting work for inclusion in a comprehensive print and digital edition of the Fall 2021 Surface Design Journal.

Keidra Daniels Navaroli is an independent scholar and the former assistant director and curator of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech). Overseeing daily operations, she was responsible for the research, organization, implementation, and publicity for exhibitions and exhibition-related programs. Keidra also worked extensively with other university units and public organizations to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. She received her M.A. in the History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University (B.A. in Art History from the University of Florida) and completed internships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sotheby’s Auction House in New York.

Elizabeth Kozlowski is now serving in her fourth year as Editor for the quarterly journal, Surface Design. Kozlowski has a M.A. with Honors in Museum Anthropology from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. in studio art, ceramics from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. She has been awarded numerous curatorial residencies and travel grants including the 2019 Creative New Zealand Cultural Exchange Grant; the 2017 Windgate ITE Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Art and Wood, Philadelphia; and the Danish Arts Foundation International Research Grant in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Kozlowski is currently a doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology at Tulane University, New Orleans.



Award honorees are featured with expanded coverage in the Fall edition of Surface Design Journal, From Confrontation to Catharsis, SDA International Exhibition in Print.

  • Collaboration and Community
  • Emerging Artist/ Next Generation Award 
  • Fiber Reinterpreted
  • Guest Juror Award
  • Modern Meets Tradition
  • Material Exploration Award
  • Textiles and Technology

Important Dates

  • Feb 10 – June 1, 2021: Call for Entry open through CaFÉ
  • June 2-18, 2021: Jurying Process
  • June 21, 2021: Artist notification of acceptance
  • July 12, 2021: Text, images, and captions for publication due
  • August 9, 2021: Design Phase for Journal begins
  • September 23, 2021: Publication of Journal


For questions, contact info@surfacedesign.org.