Same/Different, 2019, Peggy Wiedemann

Open Call for Solo Show at The Dairy Barn Arts Center's O’Bleness Gallery

The Dairy Barn Arts Center’s O’Bleness Gallery
8000 Dairy Lane
Athens, OH 45701



Surface Design Association, in collaboration with The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, invites Premium Member artists to submit their work for consideration for a solo exhibition in the Arts Center’s new O’Bleness Gallery. Held in conjunction with SDA’s 2024 member and student exhibitions (July 5 to September 1, 2024), this opportunity aims to showcase the talent and creativity of an individual artist. Entries are accepted online through CaFÉ.

This call for entry is closed.


The solo exhibition will take place in the new 1,000-square-foot O’Bleness Gallery at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. The gallery is equipped to accommodate two- and three-dimensional artworks and installations. It offers a unique and inspiring space for artists to display their creations.


Caroline Kipp (she/they) is a curator, artist, art historian, and the former Curator of Contemporary Art at the GW Textile Museum in Washington, DC. Kipp holds a BFA in Fibers from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, an ALM in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and is currently a PhD student in Art History at the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves on the boards of the Textile Society of America (TSA) and the James Renwick Alliance for Craft (JRA).

Keri Ann Wolfe (she/her) is the Director of Exhibitions at The Dairy Barn Arts Center located in Athens, Ohio. Keri is responsible for managing The Dairy Barn’s four gallery spaces and leads the organization, jurying, installation, and touring of the renowned biennial Quilt National Exhibition, which showcases contemporary quilts from around the world. Prior to her role at the Dairy Barn, Keri gained valuable experience working at the Hatton and Curfman Galleries at Colorado State University. Keri also spent three years at Mid-South Ceramics in Nashville, TN, where she managed professional ceramicists’ studios and taught community ceramics and stained glass classes. Keri earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Rio Grande in 2018.


Entry fee: $30

Entries are accepted online through CaFÉ.

Open to all SDA Premium Members.


SDA is committed to supporting the selected artist throughout the exhibition process. A stipend of $500 will be provided to assist with exhibition expenses. The professional installation of artworks will be handled by the staff at the Arts Center in consultation with the artist. Works will be insured while in the possession of the Arts Center.The selected artist will be responsible for shipping costs and insurance while in transit. Additionally, SDA will promote the exhibition across its various platforms, maximizing exposure for the artist and their work.


August 15, 2023 CaFÉ Opens
November 30, 2023 (11:59 pm MT) Submission deadline
May 1, 2024 Final roster submitted to The Dairy Barn Arts Center for approval
June 7–24, 2024 Selected Works Due at The Dairy Barn Arts Center
July 5–Sept 1, 2024 Exhibition Dates
June 21, 2023 Shipped artwork is returned

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