Manuel [detail], 2022, Alexander Hernandez

Afterlives - SDA's Spring 2023 Selections Online Exhibition

We’re revamped our Premium Member Online Exhibitions! Introducing Selections, we’re proud to support and celebrate the work of our premium members. SDA members with Premium Membership are automatically included for consideration in Selections.

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Afterlives centers transformation and potential by considering an artwork’s lifespan before and beyond the moment of creation. The possibilities and methods of transformation are generative—quilting scraps may be used to make weavings, outdated documents may be processed for paper pulp—and material once deemed “useless,” in certain hands, can become integral to the art object. An afterlife may also be activated conceptually, through social practice, utilitarian use, or other future-oriented methods.

How does your work offer a second life to a material or concept that has been overlooked? Does your work inspire change or cultivate awareness that extends beyond the art object? In what ways does your artwork retain or create memory?


Destini Ross is a museum educator, photographer, and art historian working between Bloomington, IN, and Williamstown, MA. Ross’s research investigates the systemic structures and social forces that shape artistic production and circulation, particularly through critical attention to race, gender, and class. Across her research and artistic practice, Ross prioritizes questions of consent, power, and subjectivity. Raised in Indianapolis, Ross earned a BA in Art History and a BFA in Studio Art with a specialization in photography from Indiana University in 2021. As of Fall 2022, Ross is a member of the Williams College and Clark Art Institute Graduate Program in the History of Art, Master of Arts Class of 2024.


Images eligible for consideration will be selected from the SDA Premium Member Gallery.

As an enhanced benefit, SDA members with Premium Membership are automatically included for consideration in Online Exhibitions. Be sure your premium membership is current on April 23, 2022 to upload your images.

See FAQ for how to upload instructions. If you’re not currently a premium member, you can upgrade for a pro-rated price.


April 12, 2023 Call Opens
April 23, 2023 Entry Deadline
May 13, 2023 Exhibit Opens

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