"The Tapestry (detail)," Leslie Tillett

Past Conferences

SDA hosts a biennial conference to bring members together for workshops, conferences, and an exhibition. The 2017 conference will be held in Portland, Oregon. In 2015, SDA reimagined the conference as an intensive, a name change that more accurately reflects the retreat-like, intimate nature of the biennial gathering of international artists, educators, and enthusiasts. This relaxed atmosphere gives participants time to connect with presenters, new ideas, new techniques, and — most importantly — each other.

Looking for information about the 2017 conference? Check outĀ SDA at 40: Making Our Mark


SDA has been hosting biennial conferences for 40 years. RecentĀ SDA Conferences/Intensives include:

2015 Intensive-Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

Catherine Ellis and Rowland Ricketts, Arrowmont

Catherine Ellis and Rowland Ricketts, Arrowmont

2013 Conference-San Antonio, TX

2011 Conference-Minneapolis, MN

Mary Zicafoose workshop, Arrowmont

Mary Zicafoose workshop, Arrowmont

2009 Conference-Kansas City, KS

Andrea Vail and Marianne Biagi, Arrowmont

Andrea Vail and Marianne Biagi, Arrowmont