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Event Overview:

The Premiere Event for Sourcing Original Art & Design

Art Licensing for Designers, Manufacturers, and Retailers
Now in its 30th year, SURTEX® is the global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art & design—where artists, art agents, licensing agencies and licensors connect with manufacturers and retailers to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable. Wall coverings, fabric prints, decorative accessories, bed linens, stationery, giftware, apparel and so much more…if it’s any product with a surface or textile design of any kind, there’s a good chance it originated at SURTEX.

Attendee Information:

SURTEX is the premier event for retailers, manufacturers and licensees seeking unique art, designs, patterns and prints for commercial use on apparel, home goods, stationery, giftware or any other finished product.

Nowhere else can you see the trend-setting work of some 1,000 professional artists (200+ artist/agent/licensor exhibitors) under one roof.

SURTEX 2016 Features:

    Source new and unique designs from over 200 artists
    Learn from industry experts at our annual conference
    Face-to-face networking with manufacturers, artists, agents and retailers
    Free for qualified buyers/licensees with advanced registration

Most of the artists exhibiting at SURTEX debut their newest and best work of the year at the Show. This is where you need to be as you develop your upcoming product lines. You’ll see original art & design in every conceivable theme and style - from contemporary patterns for high-end textiles to holiday prints for party supplies and giftwrap - and everything in between.

There’s no better place to learn the ins, outs and best practices of buying and licensing original art & design than the SURTEX Conference, held each year in conjunction with the Show.

Catch up with industry colleagues and forge new business relationships at networking events such as evening receptions and parties around Manhattan. Make valuable new connections with artists, designers and licensors at the Show who aren’t seen anywhere else.

Join Us at the Largest Branding Event of the Year

Do all this and more in just 3 days - and Show attendance is FREE to qualified art buyers/licensees who register in advance

Exhibitor Information:

The leading trade show for surface and textile designers

SURTEX is the annual trade show for the surface design industry, bringing together the owners and creators of surface and manufacturers, retailers, marketers, brand licensing companies, etc. that utilize surface design for their 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.

Who should exhibit?

Any artist with designs or patterns that can be used on finished merchandise, including photographers, textile designers, illustrators, art agents.
Bring your art to life through merchandise licensing

Attendees are art buyers, manufacturers and licensees from the home furnishings, domestics, apparel, gift, toy, beauty, stationery, weavers and rug manufacturers, greeting card, paper product and automotive manufacturing industries, plus publishing, private label retailers, licensing executives, buying offices, interior designers, licensing executives, advertising agencies and stock houses.

Attendees have buying power

5,500 attendees over three days
97% of attendees have purchasing involvement/authority
Of the thousands of manufacturers, retailers, and product developers who attended SURTEX 2015, nearly 9 in 10 purchased or licensed new designs!


SURTEX is the best opportunity for you to showcase your art to a targeted attendee audience looking to source new designs for use on finished products. Connect with new business prospects, trade press and industry gurus.

The Design District is exclusively for individual artist studios that are first-time exhibitors.

Co-Located Events: National Stationery Show (NSS), SURTEX®, and ICFF


Not sure if you want to exhibit at or attend the SURTEX 2016? See the panels below to get the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Conference/Event Dates: 05/15/2016 - 05/17/2016
Classification: B2B
Primary Industry: Design Services
Other Industries: Apparel Textile Fiber, Architecture & Construction, Business, Design Services, Manufacturing, Manufacturing - General, Packaging, Printing - Signage, Publishing, Wholesale / Retail
Estimated Attendance: 6,000
Cost to Attend:
Audience: Art Buyers and Licensees from the Home Furnishings, Domestics, Apparel, Contract, Gift, Toy, Beauty, Stationery, Greeting Card, Paper Product and Automotive Manufacturing Industries, plus Publishing, Private Label Retailers, Licensing Executives, Buying Offices, Interior Designers, Licensing Executives, Advertising Agencies and Stock Houses
Notes: Past Attendee Statistics:

92% meet new artists, designers and licensors
86% keep up with the latest in world-wide trends in color, pattern and design
88% find new and unique designs for sale or license

81% use SURTEX to find new artists and designers
83% want to see the latest in global color, pattern and design trends
88% are looking to buy or license new and unique designs

95% said they would attend again next year
62% ranked SURTEX as the most important trade show to their business
Venue: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Venue Phone: (212) 216-2000
Venue Type: Indoor - Convention Center
Official Conference Hotel:Hotel List:
Conference Hotel URL:
Number of Exhibitors:200+
Exhibit Floorplan:Click Here
Show Owner:Emerald Expositions, Inc.
Show Manager:Emerald Expositions, Inc.
Sponsorship: Yes
Sponsorship Details: SURTEXî offers a variety of targeted options to increase your visibility at the Show. Take advantage of these hard-to-miss opportunities for promoting your company and maximizing your success!

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
Design District (First Time Exhibitors Only) $2,650 - Until 1/15/16; $2,700 - After 1/15/16   Electricity: Yes - Unknown Price
80 sq. ft. $4,120 - Until 1/15/16; $4,200 - After 1/15/16   Water: n/a
100 sq. ft. $4,900 - Until 1/15/16; $5,000 - After 1/15/16   Generator: n/a
Corner Additional $400   Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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Sales Contacts:

John Erich
Sales Manager
P: 914-421-3286

Matt Lawson
Sales Director
P: 813-531-7760

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