SAQA Traveling Trunk Show - Frequently Asked Questions
What is involved?
SAQA is delighted to share artwork of its members through these trunk shows. The trunks may be rented for those who wish to share them with a group – for show-and-tell, education, lectures, exhibitions, and so on.
Who may rent a trunk?
Most often, SAQA's regional representatives rent the trunks to exhibit at venues within their region. However, you do not need to be a SAQA rep or even a SAQA member to rent a trunk. If you are a SAQA member, please check with your rep to see if there are already plans to bring a trunk to your area. Conversely, your rep would be happy to work with you to schedule a trunk show!
We are happy to have the trunks travel to quilt exhibitions, guild meetings, museums, and anywhere that people would enjoy and learn from the art quilts in the trunk.
What resources do you have available?
Check out our resource page to find downloads to inventory sheets, wall labels (multiple versions) and more. You can find these files by trunk or download a zip file that contains all the trunk files. Interested in making labels of your own? We have an Excel file ready for mail merging to your customized document.
What are the costs involved?
The $50 rental ($100 non-members) covers shipping to you, and return shipping to its next scheduled stop. After the Shipping Coordinator has approved your rental request, you may pay the fee in the SAQA store, under SAQA Fees.
SAQA has self-insured the art quilts. We do ask that you take all possible precautions to keep the works safe and in good condition.
Are there rules/guidelines regarding display and shipping?
Each quilt is mounted on a black backing board inside a sealed clear envelope. There is a label on the back with information about the artist and the quilt. The quilts are never to be removed from the envelopes, in order to keep them in excellent condition as the trunks travel for three years.
The clear envelopes allow viewers to hold the work in their hands for a close view – unlike most art quilt shows. If the works are to be hung for display, we ask that 3M Command Hanging Strips be used to temporarily adhere the envelopes to the wall, and be removed cleanly.
Depending on the schedule, you may be asked to hold the trunk for a period of a few weeks, and then ship directly to the next renter, rather than return to SAQA's storage facility. We require that the trunk be stored in an environment with temperature and humidity comfortable to a human (not a garage or attic).
Can I select a specific trunk?
The trunks normally travel within one geographic region, to minimize shipping costs and risk of damage in transit. Our Shipping Coordinator will let you know which trunk(s) are available in your area and time frame.
The art quilts in each trunk were chosen to include a wide variety of materials, techniques, and subject matter. SAQA feels that these works are our art quilt ambassadors and that members may be pleased that their work most likely is traveling out of their own region.
What length of time can a group have the trunk?
Our Shipping Coordinator will discuss this with you. We do our best to be flexible with scheduling but it will depend on the number of reservations during your requested time frame.
Are the artworks for sale?
Pieces are available for sale when the trunk shows end their travels. Most pieces will be placed for sale in the SAQA Store. The Not For Sale works will be returned to the artists, and the fifty pieces selected for the Fuller Craft Museum Education Collection will be shipped to the Museum.
What information or other undertakings do you require?
We need to know where the trunk goes while it is in your possession. We love to receive images of viewers enjoying the artworks, any feedback, and a brief report on how they were used.
Sign me up! How do I get started?
Email William Reker at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requested dates and venue information, and we will schedule your trunk!