Arizona SDA call for Surface Design Artists

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Arizona Surface Design Association Explorations
An Arizona SDA Curated Member Exhibition-Sponsored by Vision Gallery and Chandler Arts Commission

Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, Chandler, Arizona 85225
Show Dates: November 7, 2014 to January 17, 2015

VENUEThe Vision Gallery is a non-profit fine arts gallery managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation.

ENTRY DEADLINE: October 5, 2014

EXHIBITION DATES: November 7, 2014 to January 17, 2015

EXHIBIT THEMEEXPLORATIONS is an Arizona SDA curated members exhibition challenging members to expand their boundaries and explore its potential. It is important for artists not to become comfortable—to stay in that safe place where one does not risk failure and rejection. EXPLORATIONS celebrates those moves away from that comfortable place to unexplored territories of new techniques, new media, new compositions, or even a different color palette. The goal is not to try something new for newness’ sake, but a journey to a more in-depth way of expressing one’s self.

CURATOR: Carol Eckert – Carol is well known for her compositions of animal symbols and myths from cultures around the world. Her fiber sculptures have become significant additions to private and public collections including Racine Art Museum/Wisconsin, Denver Art Museum/Colorado, Erie Art Museum/Pennsylvania, Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Museum/Washington, DC, de YoungMuseum/San Francisco, Museum of Arts and Design/New York, Mint Museum/North Carolina, and Szombatheli Keptar,/Szombathely,Hungary.

AWARDS:The Vision Gallery and Chandler Arts Commission has graciously offered the following cash awards:

$250 Best of Show

Three – $150 Curator’s awards

Award of Excellence from Surface Design Association


Applicants must be current members of SDA with Arizona as one of their regions. In-state residence not required. Nonmembers are invited to join on the Surface Design Association website (

Any and all forms of textile/fiber/surface design art are eligible including but not limited to mixed media, print media on fiber and sculptures.

Only original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant(s) will be considered—no patterns, kits or copies.

All artists involved in collaborating on an artwork must be listed as entrants (one artist must be a SDA member)

No specific size restrictions, however, AZ SDA and the Vision Gallery reserves the right to exclude any entry that presents complex exhibition or assembly problems including fitting through doorways and gallery space.

No entry fee and no limit on entries per artist.

Work can be wall-hung, free-standing, pedestal, mounted or installation. Garment racks and plexi-covers are also available.

All entries must be labeled with the artist’s name and contact information.

ENTRY APPLICATION: A special Dropbox file will be setup to receive your images for the exhibition. Dropbox is a free service that lets you easily share your photos, docs, and videos anywhere.

Email Nancy Nakamoto ( the following information:

Artist Information:

Artist’s First Name:

Artist’s Last Name:


City, State, and Zipcode

Phone (including area code):


Information about each piece:


Size: height x width x depth, in inches

Year Completed:

Artist’s statement including materials and techniques used (250 words or less):

Total Sale Price in Dollars (if not for sale indicate “NFS” ):

Insurance Value in Dollars:

Nancy Nakamoto will e-mail you an invitation to your file in the EXPLORATIONS Dropbox. Upload your images to your file in the drop box.

Submit one full view and one detail DIGITAL image for each piece of artwork.

Save your digital images as a high quality JPEG file (No TIFF files).

Finished image should be 1800 pixels on the longest side. 300 DPI

Label each JPEG image file with last name, first name and title (e.g. Smith_Jane_Artwork.jpg)

Label each Detail JPEG image file with last name, first name, title, and “_detail” ( Smith_Jane_Artwork_detail.jpg)

Entry does not guarantee inclusion in the exhibition.

Late entries not accepted. All entries must be received no later than Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm (AZ time).

ENTRY FEES: No fee for entry.


Artists will be responsible for the cost of shipping, handling and insurance to and from the Vision Gallery.

Please mail via FEDEX or UPS (not USPS) to Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225 to arrive by Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Each shipped entry must be packaged in a reusable container for the return of work. Label all inside packaging material.

US shipments must include return shipping postage and address mailing label.

Selected artwork may be hand delivered during gallery hours: M-F 10 am to 5 pm, Sat 10 am to 4 pm.

All selected artwork will be insured by the Vision Gallery while in its custody for its stated insurance value. The insurance value of works available for sale is 50% of the retail price set. NFS pieces should reflect fair market value. Insurance in transit is the artist’s responsibility.

Artwork may be for sale. The Vision Gallery will handle all sales transactions including sales tax and shipping to customers if requested. They will retained a 50% commission of the retail price from all work sold during the exhibition. Work not for sale must be clearly marked NFS.

Work must be ready for installation including display hardware, rods, or stands (clearly labeled with artist name and title)

Selected artwork must be available for the entire duration of the exhibition.

Selected artists agree to allow jpegs and/or images of work to be available for media use.

Selected artwork must be received by Thursday, October 30, 2014.

CALENDAR: Call for entry issued June 9, 2014 (Monday)

Entry Deadline: October 5, 2014 (Sunday)

Notification of acceptance: October 17, 2014 (Friday)

Selected artwork delivery date is October 30, 2014 (Thursday)

Exhibition opens November 7, 2014 (Friday)

Artist reception and Curator’s Talk November 14, 2014 (Friday)

Exhibition Closes January 17, 2015 (Saturday)

Artwork ready for Pickup/Shipping  January 21, 2015 (Wednesday)