Student Competitions & Shows

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Shows & Competitions (in order of deadline)

ITA Educational Foundation

In addition to promoting the growth and development of the home furnishings industry through Showtime®, the International Textile Alliance underscores its commitment to industry development with the ITA Educational Foundation. The ITA cordially invites you into an educational partnership with us during the 2021 spring semester.

The current activities offered to you and your students are listed below:

Cover Competition 

Deadline: March 12th (Spring) & October 15th (Fall)

Spotlights the design talents of a student and their school. Winning design will be featured on the cover of the 2021 Show Guides.

Virginia Jackson Design Competition

Deadline: April 15th

Established in 1995 to honor students in the field of textile design

Internship Program

A unique partnership with our ITA Member companies and students who are preparing for a career in the home furnishings textile industry. We have recently introduced a new career center at Students interested in internship opportunities should begin by creating a profile on the career center and then send their resume directly to Carrie Dillon at

The guidelines and entry forms can be accessed using the links above.  Please note, that monetary awards are not currently being offered to competition winners. We strongly believe that the recognition for students is invaluable. We urge you to encourage your students to participate in the educational challenge.

Spoonflower Emerging Designer Grant

The Spoonflower Emerging Designer Grant, an award to support undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of textile and design degrees worldwide. Grants are awarded to a select group of recipients each month to create their own digitally printed custom fabric and wall media for use in shows and exhibitions. Recipients are chosen monthly on a rolling basis.

View additional details about the grant. Additional questions can be directed to