About Nebraska SDA

Surface Design Association’s mission since 1977  is to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through member-supported benefits including publications, exhibitions, and conferences.


The Nebraska area includes artists from many parts of the state, encompassing multiple disciplines. Our diverse membership includes those who work and study dyes and dye techniques, fashion design, art quilting, fabric painting and more.  We meet occasionally for workshops or to share techniques within the group.  Our members exhibit as a group and individually.




This fall, SDA members Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker will present Woven: A Project Exploring Intersectional Feminisms in Omaha. Woven is an interdisciplinary, collaborative project engaging local artists and makers in conversation, performance art, and weaving. The artists will invite participants to deconstruct a fabric house and weave it into a giant rag rug, and co-curators will organize Open Floor events of performances, lectures and storytelling around intersectional feminist topics. There are many ways for you to participate as a viewer and contributor, if desired.
More information is available online at http://wovenomaha.net, and on Instagram @wovenomaha
You can contact Victoria and Camille directly via email: wovenomaha@gmail.com
The project will happen from September 18th – October 28th, 2017. Specific dates and times for the Woven events will be announced in the coming month.

May 13 – June 28: Constructing History: Structures and Silhouettes @ The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery

Constructing History:  Structures and Silhouettes

May 13 – June 28, 2013
 Gallery Reception Friday, May 24, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Talk by curator Molly McPherson at 7:00 p.m.

Period dress speaks of the wearer and the decades past.  Recreating historical garments allows us to learn about sewing and design.  This exhibit features both original historial garments and reproductions, telling the story of fashion in the Midwest.  Molly McPherson curates Constructing History:  Structures and Silhouettes in partial fulfillment of her thesis work.

Friends of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 9, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Program and Reception
2:00-2:30 p.m. Friends Business Meeting, Room 31, lower level
2:30-3:15 p.m. Presentation by Janice Stauffer and Dr. Barbara Trout “Dressing for I Do, I Do”, Room 11, lower level
3:15-4:00 p.m. 20th Gallery Birthday Reception hosted by the Friends, 2nd floor

Woven Art of Indonesia: Makers, Meaning and Significance

March 11-April 5, 2013

Public reception, First Friday, April 5, 2013, 5:00 – 7:00 PM,

with Gallery talk by Barbara Turner at 6:00 PM.

Special features of the First Friday open evening includes an Open Indigo Sampling Studio with Jay Rich and Barbara Rieke Turner, Room 22, Home Economics Building, April 5, 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Call (507) 382-8306 for details.

For more details, please visit the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery Website.