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Future Tense 2022

Surface Design Association (SDA) in partnership with Textile Arts | Los Angeles, invites students to submit work for the annual SDA Juried Student Exhibition, FUTURE TENSE 2022. To increase access and broaden exposure, this year’s exhibition will be virtual, opening June 2022. The exhibition includes awards and award winners will be featured in the Summer 2022 Surface Design Journal. See full prospectus at CaFÉ.

June 2022
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FUTURE TENSE 2022 will celebrate the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber and textile materials or techniques. FUTURE TENSE 2022 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 student members and non-member students working in all media are encouraged to apply.

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Eligibility, Entry Procedure, & Fees
Important Dates


CARRIE BURCKLE (she/her) is a visual artist, educator and nascent curator living in Los Angeles. She received her BFA in Textile Design and MFA in Fibers from California State University Long Beach where she currently teaches in the Fiber Program since 2002. She is also co-founder Textile Arts | Los Angeles along with Lesley Roberts. It was always her dream to create a community of Textile Artists in Los Angeles and she is very grateful to all of those artists that share her vision.

Carrie has exhibited at Craft Contemporary, Craft in America Center, Visions Art Museum; Mingei Museum, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Downey Museum of Art, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, among others. Her work has appeared in Fiber Art Now magazine. She is a member of Textile Society of America, American Craft Council, Surface Design Association SoCal Rep, and California Fibers.

BEN CUEVAS (he/him/they/them) is an artist working in textiles, sculpture, installation, photography, video, sound and performance based in Los Angeles. His practice underscores queer/feminist ideologies with a focus on the condition of embodiment. As a queer, non-binary, HIV-positive, Latinx artist, identity directly influences his work, which he often uses to raise awareness, highlighting the personal as political. Ben has exhibited around the country, is a prolific speaker and workshop facilitator and has been featured in numerous publications. Throughout its pluralities, his work reflects the condition of embodiment: exploring what it means to have a body, to inhabit a body, to be a body incarnated in and interacting with this world.

Eligibility, Entry Procedure, and Fees

This exhibition is open to all student* artists. Up to three pieces may be submitted per artist. 2D, 3D, video and audio works are eligible. Entries must be original work completed after 1/1/2020.

*SDA defines ‘student’ as someone who is engaged in a mentor/mentee relationship with a knowledgeable instructor in their field, for the purpose of gaining instruction. This includes, but is not limited to: institutional settings including K-12; community organizations; craft institutions; visual art organizations; intergenerational learning environments, and other experiences in which an individual may learn/absorb/practice/create new skills and knowledge over a period of time.

ENTRY PROCEDURE Entries are accepted online through CaFÉ.

ENTRY FEE: $15 SDA student members/$20 non-member students.

To apply at the member-rate, you can Join SDA

By submitting an entry, the Artist grants permission for Surface Design Association (SDA) to use the accepted image on its website, for brochures, promotional materials, and publicity about the exhibition.


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

In addition, award winners will have their work featured in the Summer 2022 Surface Design Journal. Artists whose work is selected will receive one complimentary print copy of Surface Design Journal. Additional print copies will be available for purchase on the SDA Shop.

Important Dates

  • Feb 15 – April 15, 2022 | Entry period (submitted through CaFÉ)
  • April 15, 2022 | Entry deadline
  • April 29, 2022 | Notification of acceptance
  • May 6, 2022 | High resolution photos due for award winners
  • June – July 2022 | Online Exhibition opens + online reception
  • Summer 2022 | Award winners featured in the SDA Summer Journal


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