Andrea G. Snyder, "Shape Shakers," (2019)

Future Tense 2020

The annual SDA Juried Student Exhibition, Future Tense, will be held at Appalachian Center for Craft Gallery at Tennessee Tech, August 13 – October 27. The exhibition includes awards.

Future Tense logo

August 13 – October 27

Appalachian Center for Craft
1560 Craft Center Dr.
Smithville, TN 37166

FUTURE TENSE 2020 will celebrate the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. FUTURE TENSE 2020 offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today. All SDA members and non-member students working in all media are encouraged to apply.

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Important Dates


Rena Wood, fiber artist, received a BFA in Fibers from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an Assistant Professor at Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft & Design at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. Previously, Rena was a Visiting Instructor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Rena has been an Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO. Her work has been shown nationally in solo and group exhibitions. She was awarded the Joanne Purrington Folley Memorial Award for Excellence in Needlework at Fiber Art International in 2016.

Stefanie Gerber, is the current director of the North Carolina Glass Center (NCGC), a non-profit, public access glass studio and gallery, in Asheville, NC. She was the director of the Asheville Area Arts Council and has been an independent museum consultant. Stefanie was the galleries and collection manager at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, an educator for public programs at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, gallery manager at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, and a performance artist in Humberto Duque’s Lightning Blues Express project at the Denver International Airport. She holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from Indiana University and a B.F.A. degree in painting and photography from Herron School of Art at Indiana University-Purdue University.


  • First Place – $300
  • Second Place – $200
  • Third Place – $100
  • Honorable Mention: SDA Award of Excellence

Important Dates

  • October 27, 2020: Exhibition Closes
  • November 2, 2020 : Shipped artwork is returned


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