Lilla Rosenberg, Forested Foliage Collection, 2022

Open Call for Interplay: SDA Members + Student Exhibitions

The Dairy Barn Arts Center’s O’Bleness Gallery
8000 Dairy Lane
Athens, OH 45701
Held in partnership with The Dairy Barn Arts Center, this special presentation will include both the SDA Members Exhibition and Student Exhibition. Selected works will build on the theme of Interplay and be juried by Annet Couwenberg. Each category has particular entry requirements (see full prospectus for details).

Entry Deadline: Monday April 1, 2024 (11:59 pm MT)


Interplay will present works that explore parallels, synergies, or tensions between two or more ideas. Artworks may examine connections between seemingly unrelated concepts, map relationships between maker and materials, or reflect interactions between maker and tools. Works may employ traditional, interdisciplinary, or collaborative methodologies.

Honoring the diverse range of approaches within fiber art and highlighting the rich tapestry of multicultural links, Interplay looks toward a future informed by the past, bringing together ideas for fresh reflection, reinterpretation, and deeper understanding.


Due to her inimitable curiosity, Annet Couwenberg has pursued the ongoing conversations between traditional textile production and digital technologies throughout her art and teaching career. Couwenberg’s art, informed by her early work in the fashion industry, is diverse and includes sculptural forms and jacquard weavings as well as work with fish fossils and skeletons inspired by her study with a fish scientist as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History. Couwenberg’s interdisciplinary work has demonstrated her capacity to create new realms. As a researcher of both traditional textiles and emerging techniques, she embraces a multi-directional knowledge exchange between new and established, creating art that visualizes methodologies to protect and preserve traditional practices while also expanding upon them. Born in The Netherlands, Couwenberg moved to the United States to receive MFA degrees at Syracuse University and Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has worked internationally, including in Korea, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland, and The Netherlands.



Please visit CaFÉ Call for Entry website for call for entry details and to apply. The Interplay call includes two exhibition categories with separate entry fees and awards.

  • Members Exhibition: $45 (current SDA membership required)
  • Student Exhibition: $15 SDA student members/$25 non-member students

Not a member?  Join today and get 10% your membership with the code WELCOME24. To apply at the student member-rate, you can join SDA. Student memberships start at $60/year.

To apply at the member-rate, you can join SDA. Memberships start at $85/year.


Offered in both the Members and Student Exhibition categories.

First Place    $400
Second place    $200
Third place    $100
SDA Award of Excellence     One-year SDA Membership



April 1, 2024 Entry Deadline
May 13, 2024 Notification of Acceptance
June 3–17, 2024 Selected Works Due at Dairy Barn
June 28, 2024 Opening Reception from 6-8 pm
July 31, 2024 Textile Talk/Virtual Public Program
September 5, 2024 Exhibition Closes
Early September 2024 Shipped artwork is returned

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