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2017 SURTEX Event Dates Announced

2017 SURTEX Event Dates Announced

SURTEX is the largest industry event for the sourcing and licensing of original art and design


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA, April 5, 2016 —SURTEX Exposition and Conference, North America’s premier event for the sourcing of original art and design, announced today that the 2017 show will return to New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, May 21-23, 2017. SURTEX is the only event of its kind dedicated to the sale and license of original art or design for use in the manufacturing of home goods, bedding, paper products, toys, calendars, textiles, fabrics and more.

Approximately 250 exhibiting artists from around the world will participate in one of three categories: Art and Brand Licensing with exhibitors who license designs; Atelier with exhibitors selling designs; and Resource Hub with exhibitors supplying technology and business essentials. In addition, the Design District, a new area featuring emerging artists will bring designers never seen before.

SURTEX also features an educational component, including a series of free pre-show webinars to help exhibitors prepare for the event.  The on-site conference program will deliver business strategies from a creative perspective and cover all aspects of art licensing strategy, in 90 minute sessions, to help a designer take their small business through all steps in the product development process. Attendees can purchase individual sessions or a full conference package.

SURTEX boosts some unique features, including designext®, an annual international design competition honoring art and design students for exceptional surface design work. Year after year aspiring artist submit amazing work and are on hand to not only be recognized, but to get an introduction to the industry. The Design District provides new exhibiting art studios the best opportunity to showcase their art to a targeted attendee audience looking to source new designs for use on finished products. Exhibitors will have the unique opportunity to connect and meet with new business prospects, trade press and industry gurus all under one roof.

“SURTEX is the only event of its kind for product manufacturers and retailers to meet with artists from across the globe. There is really no other forum that supports the needs of this industry, and this is the place to be to meet manufacturers, develop licensing deals, engage in education and get exposure to attending media,” said Liz Crawford, Vice President and SURTEX Group Show Director. “This is a can’t miss event for artists looking to bring new art to market and for product developers and retailers looking for designs for use in the manufacturing of everything from home goods, bedding, to fashion fabrics and textiles to toys and giftware.”

SURTEX co-locates with two additional events – the National Stationery Show® and ICFF® at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  One badge will afford attendees and exhibitors access to all three events, generating unique cross-market innovation and inspiration and business opportunities for all event participants. For more information about exhibiting at SURTEX visit www.surtex.com, or contact John Erich to discuss exhibiting options at john.erich@surtex.com.



About SURTEX SURTEX is the annual tradeshow for the surface design industry, bringing together owners and creators of surface design (artists/designers/studios/agents/brands/licensors) with manufacturers, retailers and marketers utilizing surface design for product development needs. Since 1986, SURTEX has been the single event and global resource offering the full scope of art selling and licensing under one roof.  The 2016 edition, slated for May 15-17, will connect some 300 exhibitors featuring the work of over 1,200 artists and designers from around the world, with over 6,000 attendees.  For information and registration, visit www.surtex.com.

SURTEX is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 50 trade shows and over 100 face-to-face events in total, including conferences, summits and other events. Emerald Expositions connects more than 335,000 sellers and buyers each year and operates within the U.S. in 10 end markets (Gift, Home, General Merchandise and Manufacturing; Sports & Apparel; Design; Jewelry, Luxury & Antiques; E-Commerce; Creative Services; Licensing; Healthcare; Military; and Food).


Kate Blom-Lowery
Director of PR
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Nikki Puckett
Director of Marketing
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