events/opportunities in the works!

Hello Kentucky SDA members and other folks –

There are several events/opportunities in the works that might be of interest to you . . . .

2011 International Surface Design Association Conference

Visit  ( will lead you there as well)  to register for Confluence, the 2011 International Surface Design Association Conference in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Late fees for conference and workshop registration ($40.00) will go into effect on May 1, 2011. After May 1 any remaining workshop spots will be open to the general public—membership is not required. Fees will be the listed workshop price plus the $40.00 late fee.

Key Conference Dates
Pre-conference Workshops: June 4 – 8, 2011
Exhibition Day: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Conference Sessions: Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, June 12, 2011
Post-conference Workshops: June 13 – 17, 2011

CONFERENCE TESTIMONIAL FROM ASTRID BENNET (SDA Board) If you are unsure about attending the conference, perhaps you’d be interested in hearing two sets of thoughts about it. To me, Astrid, the conferences have had life-focusing aspects that have helped me view my own work and career in a more useful way. And I’ve usually made great friends who understand my creative obsessions.  It’s expensive, yes, but not every year, and I do believe that SDA tries very hard to keep costs as minimal as possible.  I’ve also had the same response to my times at Penland– these have really turned the careers around of many artists I know. Plus, who wouldn’t mind getting away from ordinary life and dishwashing and picking up after family members or dogs– or yourself. Once you’ve been to a conference, all of this becomes clearer. To me, it’s an excellent investment in my future, and it’s also tax deductible for those with art businesses.

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The INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL in Cincinnati, April 8 – 10, Duke Energy Convention Center

Great opportunity – this weekend – close to “home’!

COMMON THREADS: Contemporary Textile Art from the Commonwealth Art Exhibition & KY SDA Mini-Conference:

Approximately 30 artists submitted to the Common Threads exhibition, organized/hosted by the KY Chapter of SDA and the Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University June – July 2011.  I will be contacting artists within the next two weeks about accepted works.  Thank you for taking the time and effort to submit!

The KY SDA Mini-Conference will be held on Saturday, June 4 from Noon – 5:00 p.m.; the opening reception for the show is an associated event scheduled from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For those of you in driving range, please remember the sculptor/performer/fashion designer Nick Cave will be speaking on Thursday, April 14 @ 7 p.m. at Morehead State University, and it is free and open to the public!!!

Enjoy the spring that is FINALLY here!



About Jennifer Reis

Jennifer A. Reis is a creative entrepreneur, artist, educator and gallery director with 25 years experience in arts business and administration. Her earned degrees include a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design, and Master Degrees in arts management and education from Syracuse University and Morehead State University. In her previous work as a higher education educator and administrator, she developed academic programs in Arts Administration, Arts Entrepreneurship, and Design Thinking. Her curatorial work includes over 100 exhibitions of contemporary art and craft. She is a consultant for community and economic development, trade, and cultural and educational organizations, she designs, manages, and delivers creative entrepreneurship curriculum through her company Make Do. As a teaching artist, she exhibits and hosts workshops nationally at schools such as Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Society for Contemporary Craft and John C. Campbell Folk School. When not making or teaching, she is most likely spoiling her three dogs rotten.
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