Kathy Nida, "Swallow me Whole" (detail)

Beyond the Surface Juried Members Exhibition

Juried work included 48 artists continually pushing the evolution of textiles from their long history of utilitarian use through the use of color, design, processes, and meanings. Selected works demonstrated unique, well-developed artistic vision, and innovation. Whether commentary on social issues, meditations on the natural world, humor, storytelling, abstraction, influenced by science, or other areas of focus, this exhibition included the best of contemporary work by SDA members.

September 20 – October 23, 2019
St Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, Missouri

The exhibit coincided with Innovations in Textiles 2019, featuring 40 textile exhibitions in greater St Louis, Missouri and the 2019 SDA Conference. Beyond the Surface was one of three SDA exhibitions taking place during Innovations in Textiles 2019.

Award Winners

  • 1st Kathy Nida, “Swallow Me Whole”
  • 2nd Marie Bergstadt, “In there”
  • 3rd Leslie Simon, “Geologic-Time”


Jo Stealey is an artist, curator, juror, lecturer, and Professor of Art at the University of Missouri whose work includes sculptural objects, artist books, and installations. Her work has been shown in over 300 national and international exhibitions and is in many private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Jo has been a contributing author for the International Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine, and the National Basketry Organization’s Quarterly Review Magazine. She curated the traveling exhibition and scholarly catalog, Rooted, Revived Reinvented: Basketry in America. View Jo’s work at www.jostealey.com

Jim Arendt’s work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through materials that resonate with work and the people engaged in it. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes in which he was raised, he investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. Jim is an Assistant Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows and has participated in residency programs including The Fields Project, Illinois; Tactility Forum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; and From Waste to Art VI, Baku, Azerbaijan. Jim’s work can be viewed at jimarendt.com

Accepted artists included:

Jessica Wildman Katz, George-Ann Bowers, Kate Barber, Roz Ritter, Ann Clarke, Susan Hensel, Gretchen Morrissey, Karen Gustafson, Anette Millington, Marie Bergstedt, Steve Donegan, Ann Coddington, Dorothy McGuinness, Ruth Tabancay, Dong Kyu Kim, Michael Rohde, Deborah Kruger, Nanhee Kim, Hale Ekinci, Judy Bales, Connie Lippert, Lily Lee, Jennifer Davies, Leslie Simon, Melinda K.P. Stees, Susan Avila, Alexander Hernandez, Faith Hagenhofer, Helen Geglio, Margaret Jo Feldman, Chris Motley, Eva Camacho, Saberah Malik, Victoria Potrovitza, Marie Fornaro, Catherine Reinhart, Raija Jokinen, Barbara De Pirro, Amy Sands and Bridget O’Malley, Marie McInerney, Jenn McNamara, Xia Gao, Frances Parry, Christine Aaron, April Dauscha, Kathy Nida, Astrid Hilger Bennett and Jennie Frederick.