Dani Iris, "Stitching Our Lives Back Together, (detail)" 2017

Apply to 10 X 20 SDA Student Member Presentation

SDA Student Members have a special opportunity to present their work at Beyond the Surface, the 2019 SDA Biennial Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, October 3-6, 2019. Up to 16 student conference attendees will be selected to give a “PechaKucha-style” presentation. PechaKucha (“chit chat” in Japanese) is a format for concise presentations originating in Tokyo and adopted all over the world. Up to 16 selected SDA student members will present 10 images, 20 seconds each, speaking while the visuals advance automatically. Selected students have a chance to present to an international audience and jumpstart their opportunities for networking within the organization. Juried by Tamryn McDermott, this presentation style was a favorite at the 2017 Making Our Mark, 40th Anniversary Biennial Intensive at Portland State University.

Read more below then use the form at the bottom of this page to apply.

How are you pushing boundaries and extending your craft? Tell us your story.


  • Registration and attendance, Beyond the Surface, SDA Biennial Conference St. Louis, Missouri October 3 – 6, 2019
  • Membership in SDA

Application requirements

  • Conference registration
  • Presentation title and a one paragraph synopsis
  • Three images
  • Short bio

Fee: No cost to apply

Application deadline: July 1, 2019

Location: Beyond the Surface, SDA Biennial Conference, October 3 – 6, 2019, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, Missouri

Presentation Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Selection of presenters will be based on:

  • Strength of story
  • Quality of images
  • Diversity of stories/media/geography of presenter

Tips for preparing a strong PechaKucha-style presentation:

  • Passion for your topic
  • Tell your story
  • Practice speaking over timed slides
  • Think of images as illustrations to your story

Important Dates:

  • May 1, 2019: Deadline for entries
  • May 15, 2019: Notice to participating presenters
  • August 1, 2019: Digital presentation files due
  • October 3, 2019: Presentation: Thursday, St. Louis Artists’ Guild

If your submission is accepted, you will receive instructions on how to submit your final presentation by August 1, 2019.

Coordinator / Juror: Tamryn McDermott
Tamryn McDermott is the Campus Arts Associate at Penn State University in University Park, PA. She is also the Traveling Exhibition Manager for Rooted, Revived, Reinvented:, an exhibition coordinated by the National Basketry Organization and the University of Missouri. McDermott has been an SDA member since 2010 and currently serves on the Board of Directors. In 2015, McDermott received an MFA in Fibers and Sculpture from the University of Missouri. In 2005, McDermott completed an MA in Art History and Arts Administration at Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she also received a BFA in Sculpture and Painting.

Presenter Application

  • About You

    Please share your contact information.
  • Tell us a bit about yourself (250 words or less)
  • Eligibility

    Presenters must register for the conference and be members of SDA.
  • Presenters must be a SDA Members.
  • Tell us About Your Presentation

  • Briefly describe your presentation in 250 words or less.
  • Upload 3 Images

    Select three (3) images from the proposed 20 images that best tells your story:
    - JPG only, no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
    - file resolution 72 ppi/dpi; file size – 5MB (maximum)
    - Each image must be titled as follows: “LastName_Firstname_title_imagenumber” (Example: Mason_Concrete_Jungle_1)