Erin LaRocque, "Fruiting Bodies" (detail)

Future Tense 2019

On exhibit September 6 – October 11, 2019 at the Edwardsville Art Center in Edwardsville, Illinois

Future Tense 2019 celebrates the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today.

September 6 – October 11, 2019
Edwardsville Art Center, in Edwardsville, Illinois

The exhibit coincides with Innovations in Textiles 2019, featuring 40 textile exhibitions in greater St Louis, Missouri. SDA will also hold its biennial conference, Beyond the Surface, in St Louis, October 3-6. Future Tense 2019 is one of three SDA exhibitions taking place during Innovations in Textiles 2019.

Award Winners

Awards for Future Tense 2019 were supported by the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation.

  • 1st Place – Erin LaRocque
  • 2nd Place – Lizbeth Contreras (Lucy Primm Award sponsored by the St Louis Weavers Guild)
  • 3rd Place – Michelle Chan


Tamryn McDermott is the Campus Arts Associate for the Campus Arts Initiative at Penn State University and also manages the traveling exhibition, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America which is a collaboration between the National Basketry Organization and the University of Missouri. Tamryn is an artist based in Philadelphia, PA and her work can be found at Tamryn’s work has been exhibited nationally including the Crane Arts, Ice Box Project Space in Philadelphia, PA; Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO and the Sidney Larson Gallery at Columbia College in Columbia, MO. She has an upcoming solo exhibition in the Clayton Staples Gallery at Wichita State University in March 2019.

Kim Eichler-Messmer is an Associate Professor in Fiber at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught surface design, quilting, and natural dye since 2008. Kim received an MFA in Textiles from the University of Kansas and a BFA in visual art from Iowa State University and was an Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Her hand dyed, one of a kind quilts have been exhibited nationally in numerous solo and juried shows and featured on prominent design blogs including Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge. Kim is the author of “Modern Color: An Illustrated Guide to Dyeing Fabric for Modern Quilts” and designed a line of quilt fabric inspired by her own hand dyed indigo shibori for Marcus Fabrics. Her work can be found at

Accepted artists included:

Hannah Morrison (Kansas City, MO), Harper Newell (Kansas City, MO), Patricia Martin (San Luis Obispo, CA), Michelle Chan (Overland Park, KS), Kathy Pallie (San Rafael, CA), Lizbeth de la Luna (Des Moines, IA), Erin LaRocque (Chicago, IL), Allison Sheldon (Lawrence, KS), Amelia Greteman (Kansas City, MO), Penelope Stopper (Kansas City, MO), Rebecca Hahn (Milwaukee, WI), Lueking Knabe (Kansas City, MO), Meagan Smith (Kent, OH), Kate Mamone (Mayfield Heights, OH, Meagan Smith (Kent, OH), Nina Littrell (Kansas City, MO), Sandy Zhang (Greenville, SC), Elizabeth Overtoom (Mesa, AZ), Anita Hawkins (Salt Lake City, UT), Rachel Hefferan (Fennville, MI), Hyunsoo Kim (New York, NY) and Liz Koerner (Little Rock, AR).