Nancy Crasco, "Climate Change Indicator", 2018

Earth Matters - 2021 Juried Member Exhibition

Watermark Art Center
Marley & Sandy Kaul Gallery
505 Bemidji Avenue N
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
September 3–October 30, 2021

Members of the Surface Design Association (SDA) are invited to submit work for EARTH MATTERS: Surface Design Association Juried Member Exhibition. Juried by Nnenna Okore, EARTH MATTERS will present an expanded and nuanced perspective on issues relating to current ecological conditions that have been shaped by human habits. The exhibition will be on view from September 3rd through October 30th, 2021 at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, Minnesota and includes awards. See Prospectus and submit your work at CaFÉ.

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Important Dates


While the term matter bears different scientific and geologic connotations, EARTH MATTERS as an exhibition theme presents an expanded and nuanced perspective on issues relating to current ecological conditions that have been shaped by human habits. The exhibition will aim at not only catalyzing multilayered perspectives that present ways to critically think about and understand earth matters but also raise important questions about how we cultivate eco-based approaches that engage and consider different ecologies.


Nnenna Okore was born in Australia, raised in Nigeria and works in the United States. Throughout her long career as an artist-researcher-teacher, she has focused on ecological issues steeped in artistic practice, pedagogy and social engagements. As a Chicago art practitioner, Okore has been involved in numerous participatory art projects and exhibitions designed to produce dialogue, artmaking and an awareness of current environmental issues. In her most recent art project, she uses bioplastic and environmentally friendly materials from food waste to create new art works. Okore is passionate about environmental issues and is currently involved in collaborative environmental projects in Australia. She is currently a Professor at Chicago’s North Park University and in addition to receiving numerous national and international awards, Okore was a recipient of the 2012 Fulbright Award.



  • First Place $500
  • Second Place $300
  • Third Place $150
  • SDA Award of Excellence


The Watermark Art Center hosts SDA’s Earth Matters in its Marley & Sandy Kaul Gallery. Boasting nearly 2,000 square feet of space, the gallery includes floor-to-ceiling windows on three exterior walls that provide views of Lake Bemidji while allowing nearby traffic a wide view inside the gallery. Watermark Art Center is committed championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster equity, and empower an accessible and inclusive environment.

Important Dates

  • July 20, 2021: Artist notification of acceptance
  • August 20, 2021: Selected artwork due at Watermark Art Center
  • September 3, 2021: Exhibition opens
  • October 30, 2021: Exhibition closes
  • November 20, 2021: Shipped artwork is returned


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