Yekaterina Mokeyeva "One's Shell" (detail)

Future Tense II: 2018 Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Surface Design Association is excited to invite students to submit work for the second annual SDA Juried Student Exhibition, Future Tense II. Held at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery at University of Missouri, Columbia and taking place November 5-15, 2018, the exhibition will celebrate the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques.

Future Tense II offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today. The exhibition will also double up with the Midwest Fiber Art Educator Network (MFAEN) conference from November 9-11, 2018 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. MFAEN includes affiliations with School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kansas City Art Institute, Arizona State University, Kent State University, and several other institutions located in the Midwest and beyond.

Works from Future Tense I:

Riana Bovill Ode to Joy 2016, fabric, embroidery, 23” x 23”.

Erin Geagon Saint Michael the Archangel 2015, cotton, rubber, metal, paint, 54” x 34” x 2”.

Mariana Pinar It is Probably Too Late… 2017, cotton, hand-dyed, handwoven, embroidery, 7’ x 64”.


Catherine Armbrust is the director of the George Caleb Bingham Gallery on the University of Missouri Campus, as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Missouri & University of Missouri, Kansas City Art Departments, and teaches Fibers at Columbia College. Most recently, Armbrust’s mixed media work most often conflates biological and cultural themes in the forms of costumes, dioramas, collages, soft sculpture, and installations.

C. Pazia Mannella is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Fibers and the Fibers Program Head at the University of Missouri, as well as on the Board of Directors for Surface Design Association. Mannella’s work has been featured in many national exhibition as well as at Urban Outfitters Headquarters and Snyderman-Works Galleries.


Future Tense II is open to all student artists (student is defined as a current undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university, or within 2 years of graduating), with up to three pieces submitted per artist. SDA member and non-member students working in all media are encouraged to apply, with all works having been completed since January 1, 2015.


  • First Place: $300
  • Second Place: $200
  • Third Place: $100
  • Honorable Mention: 1 year digital membership


  • February 1, 2018: Entries submitted through CaFÉ
  • May 1, 2018: Entry deadline
  • June 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • October 20, 2018: Selected artworks due at George Caleb Bingham Gallery
  • November 5, 2018: Exhibition Opens
  • November 15, 2018: Exhibition Closes
  • December 15, 2018: All artwork shipped back to the artists by this date


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