Katerina Knight, "Holding A Garden In My Hands" (detail)


Union Street Gallery

1527 Otto Boulevard
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
United States

Transparency refers to the quality of being clear, open, and easily understandable. It is a characteristic that allows light or information to pass through without distortion or obstruction. In various contexts, transparency embodies honesty, visibility, and accessibility. Whether in materials like glass that permit the passage of light, or in organizational practices where openness and accountability build trust, transparency is a fundamental principle.

Surface Design Association (SDA) Illinois Regional Chapter, in collaboration with Union Street Gallery, invites SDA Members and Union Street Gallery Studio Artists or Guild Members , 18 years and older, residing in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin, to apply to the “Transparency” juried exhibition.

Please submit work done in any fiber art process including, but not limited to, quilting, macrame, embroidery, printing, crochet, knitting, felting, paper, weaving, surface design, basketry, video works, audio works, and mixed media works incorporating combinations of these processes. Video and audio works need to be incorporated into an actual fiber art piece.



Karen S. Musgrave is an interdisciplinary, multihyphenate artist whose recent body of work deals with loss, memory, aging, and identity. She feels passionate about connecting cultures with quilts. Her projects include curating a traveling exhibition of the African American quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, alongside quilts in Georgia, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. In Kyrgyzstan, she organized, curated, and wrote the catalogue for an exhibition of American art quilts and Kyrgyz patchwork. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She was a consultant on the 9-part documentary Why Quits Matter which aired on PBS. As a writer, she contributed to Spike Gillespie’s book quilts Around the World, wrote the book Quilts in the Attic: Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Quilts We Love and has written numerous articles for magazines. She has exhibited internationally, and her work is in many private collections. She lives in the far west suburbs of Chicago.


SDA members may submit up to three (3) entries of high quality contemporary artwork in any fiber art medium, as described above, for the “Transparency” Exhibition. Entries shall be accepted online through Submittable.

The exhibition will run September 12 – October 5, 2024


First Place $300.00
Second Place $200.00
Third Place $100.00
SDA Award of Excellence (one)
Honorable Mentions (three)

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Contact Email: Dorita Fuller, Coordinator, at 7272dfuller@gmail.com, or Julian Graham, Director at Union Street Gallery, director@unionstreetgallery.org.

ABOUT UNION STREET GALLERY: Union Street Gallery is equipped to accommodate 2-D, 3-D, video and audio artworks. Union Street Gallery offers a unique and inspiring space for Artists to display their creations professionally.