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Awards & Grants

The Awards & Grants Programs supports the creative growth of SDA members. Surface Design Association grants fund regional exhibitions and events as well as personal development projects. Awards recognize established and mid-career artists, students or emerging artists for creative excellence.

SDA is committed to supporting the efforts of its members to realize their creative goals and positively impact the world of textiles, fibers and surface design. SDA provides an array of grants and awards to support members as they demonstrate excellence in the studio, engage in professional development, create exhibition opportunities and events, or engage in practices or that positively impact their community.

The following awards are given to SDA members who have shown excellence in the field of textile arts.

Award of Excellence

Outstanding Student Award

Creative Promise Award for Student Excellence

Small Event Grant

Socially Engaged Practices Grant

Personal Development Grant

Questions about SDA Awards & Grants?


Award of Excellence

JuliaKartushAwarded to increase awareness of SDA mission by recognizing innovative work in textile media shown in current exhibitions.

Deadline:  Ongoing

Guidelines: Award of Excellence Guidelines


Outstanding Student Award

Julia.WindomAwarded to increase awareness of SDA mission by rewarding innovative work in textile media by student makers.

Deadline Extended to: April 8, 2018

Guidelines:  Outstanding Student Award


Creative Promise Award for Student Excellence

Awarded to recognize excellence in a range of work in textile media by 2 outstanding students:  given to 1 undergraduate and 1 graduate.

Deadline:  June 1

Guidelines: Creative Promise Award


The following awards support an SDA member or area/group for projects, programs or activities that promote excellence in textile arts.

Small Event Grant

Connor ShumakerAwarded to support program-related expenses for local / regional SDA member events and exhibitions.

Deadlines: March 1, June 1, September 1, November 1

Please note: the Small Event Grant cycle is closed for 2018 and will reopen in 2019

Guidelines: Small Event Grants


Socially Engaged Practices Grant

Please note: the Socially Engaged Practices Grant cycle is closed for 2018 and will reopen in 2019

Janet TranAwarded to promote the use of art and design skills to advance positive social change that benefits underserved communities or demographics.

Deadlines: June 1, November 1

Guidelines: Socially Engaged Practices


Personal Development Grant

Vilchenko-Buddha's Leaves MandalaAwarded to support an SDA member’s creative development, scholarship and research.

Deadlines:  March 1, October 1

Guidelines:  Personal Development Guidelines


Questions about SDA Awards & Grants?

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Please contact: awardsadministrator@surfacedesign.org