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Join SDA when we return to Portland, Oregon for the biennial conference centered on creativity and our 40th Anniversary.
See you in Portland August 3- 6, 2017! 

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Discounted Student Registration Fees

Student Scholarships

Economical Housing in Portland State Dorms

Student Breakout with Sheila Pepe

Future Tense: Student Juried Exhibition

10 x 20: Students Making Our Mark

Mentorship and Ambassadors

Discounted Student Registration Fees

$235 for students. Register now!

Student Scholarships

The Surface Design Association (SDA) is pleased to offer 5 scholarships to students attending the 2017 SDA conference, Making Our Mark: SDA at 40, in Portland, Oregon. Scholarships will only cover the cost of student registration ($200). Scholarship students will be expected to pay for travel, room, and board.

Consideration will be given to full-time students currently enrolled in a college or university (or enrolled at the time of application) who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference without financial support, and for whom conference attendance will be impactful to their education and creative practice.

Scholarship applications are now closed.

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Economical Housing in Portland State Dorms

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Student Breakout with Sheila Pepe

Young artists, undergraduates and graduates alike, often struggle when discussing their own work or the work of their peers. Developing strong descriptive and interpretive skills can open up meaning that expands new frames of perception, possibility, creativity and invention.

Each participating artist will bring a work sample (swatch, image, video or photographic still or sculpture) as a starting point for discussion to generate new ways of talking about work and strategies for opening interpretive potential, verbally and creatively.

Participation is limited to students and emerging artist that are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program art or design program at the time of application, or within 5 years of graduation.

Participating student/emerging artists will receive specific details prior to the Conference.

Future Tense: Student Juried Exhibition

Juried Exhibition for Students celebrates the creative work of student artist, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials and techniques with cash awards. Any student is eligible – you don’t have to be an SDA member or attend the conference to participate!

Exhibition Dates: August 1 – 26, 2017
Location: the MK + AB Galleries, Portland State University.
Jurors: Andrea Vail and Teresa Paschke
The submission period has ended.
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10 x 20:  Students Making Our Mark

A special opportunity for sixteen SDA Student Members to present work in the “PechaKucha-style”. Developed in Japan, PechaKucha student presenters show 10 images for 20 seconds each, speaking while the visuals advance automatically. Juried by Tamryn McDermott, this presentation style was a favorite at the 2015 Intensive at Arrowmont. Theme this year: How are you making your mark? The submission period has ended.

Mentoring and Ambassadors

Andrea Vail and C. Pazia Mannella, Ambassadors for the 2017 Surface Design Association conference, will be available to assist students throughout the event by:

  • Welcoming all participating students
  • Answering questions
  • Facilitating introductions with SDA members

Opportunities for mentors and students to meet will occur at the student exhibition reception and a special meeting during the conference.

Please support our sponsors

Portland State University Oregon College of Art and Craft Friends of Fiber Art
American Tapestry Alliance
American Craft Council