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STREET INSPIRATION TO BE THE INFLUENCE BEHIND 2014 designext® COMPETITION

Posted on 11/1/2013 by Michelle Daniels

SURTEX® announces STREET INSPIRATION as the theme for its 28th annual International Student Design Competition, designext®, honoring outstanding art & design students for exceptional surface design work.

Michelle Daniels
914-421-3216
mdaniels@glmmarkets.com

Student Competition Launches New Submission Criteria

White Plains, NY, October 29, 2013 - SURTEX® announces STREET INSPIRATION as the theme for its 28th annual International Student Design Competition, designext®, honoring outstanding art & design students for exceptional surface design work.

Participating students are being asked to submit original surface designs inspired by what they think will be "street influences" in the year 2020.   New this year, the competitors are given a choice of four categories to further hone in on their creativity and skills.  Submissions are to include a collection of six surface designs for one of the following categories:  WEAR, WORK, LIVE and PLAY.  

The call for entries by students in their 3rd or 4th year of a surface design-related program across 150 colleges and universities is now open.  Professors may register their students or individual students can register themselves by November 15th, using an online submission form, found on surtex.com.  All design submissions must be received in GLM’s New York headquarters by January 24th. Of the anticipated 100 entries, four winners will be chosen by an expert panel of judges (judges to be announced) in early February.

The winners will travel to New York City for final judging to take part in SURTEX, May 18-20, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center where they can look forward to a rewarding experience that has a history of helping past participants launch their professional careers. These lucky winners will have the opportunity to present their designs in a booth setting, receive feedback from exhibitors and judges, meet show attendees, and participate in relevant SURTEX e.g. Conference Program, Trend Theatre, etc.).  They will be evaluated by the judges on their display, portfolio, and overall presentation, culminating in the selection of one grand prize winner who receive a cash award of $1000 and enjoy additional publicity.

 “The designext competition has always encouraged students to think outside the box, while projecting future demands and trends in surface design.  This year’s theme enforces that sentiment, and continues to nurture emerging talent into the business,”   says Penny Sikalis, GLM Vice President and SURTEX show manager.

For more designext competition details and online registration form, please visit www.surtex.com or contact Michelle Daniels at mdaniels@glmmarkets.com  or 914-421-3216.

About SURTEX
SURTEX is the annual trade show for the surface design industry, bringing together the owners and creators of surface design (artists/designers/studios/agents/brands/licensors) and manufacturers, retailers, marketers, etc., that utilize surface design for their product development needs.  The show also serves to connect, educate, inspire and support this community on a year-round basis through webinars, newsletters, online discussion groups and other activities.  Since 1986 SURTEX has been the single event and global resource offering the full scope of art selling and licensing under one roof.  The 2014 edition, slated for May 18-20, will connect some 325 exhibitors featuring the work of over 1,200 artists and designers from around the world, with over 6,000 attendees.  For more information on SURTEX, please contact Penny Sikalis at 914-421-3297, psikalis@glmmarkets.com  or visit www.SURTEX.com.