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Future Tense 2023: SDA’s Student Exhibition with Juror Natalie Baxter, presented by Surface Design Association
Celebrating the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers, SDA’s Future Tense 2023 offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the best work made by students in the field today.

Join us for a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition with Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery director Michael Burton and hear from this year’s juror, Natalie Baxter, and exhibition award winners Esther Elia, Sevaan Perrow, and Emily Keown.

Mar 29, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nora McGinnis
Nora McGinnis is a Teaching Fellow in Sculpture at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, IN. She earned an MFA in Fibers from Indiana University Bloomington, a BFA in Fibers from Arizona State University and an Associate of Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts. Her work has been shown around the country and is featured in Surface Design Journal’s Winter Issue: Traditions and Techniques in Beading.
Michael Burton
Michael Burton is an Assistant Professor, digital artist, and filmmaker. Burton creates historically based films with his partners in the Departments of History and English at the University of Nebraska. His films have been funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities, Maryland Humanities, and the Kitty M. Perkins Foundation. He received an MFA in Painting in 2007 from UNL.
Natalie Baxter
Natalie Baxter received her MFA from the University of Kentucky in 2012 and a BA in Fine Art from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 2007. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, universities, and fairs internationally. She has been awarded numerous residencies, and press for Baxter’s work includes The New York Times, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, The Guardian, and BOMB magazine.
Esther Elia
Esther Elia is an Assyrian-Irish artist from Turlock, CA, currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her BFA in Illustration at California College of the Arts, and is currently finishing her MFA in painting/drawing at the University of New Mexico. Her work explores the Assyrian identity in diaspora through an interdisciplinary practice that uses large-scale paintings, sculpture, and textiles to tell contemporary Assyrian stories.
Sevaan Perrow
Sevaan Perrow is an interdisciplinary artist from rural Georgia. She earned her BFA in expanded forms from the University of Georgia and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Kentucky. She works in a combination of fibers, sculpture, video, found objects, trash, and magic.
Emily Keown
Emily Keown is a practicing fibers artist, teacher, student, and community leader. She is also a mom of twin girls who is inspired by girls, art, collaboration, and the community. She is a maker, a storyteller, a dreamer who can’t help but want to draw a memory, a conversation, a scene; it is a need like breath. She loses herself in tactile piles and lets the material lead her to an answer.