Past Exhibitions: 2013



Invitational Curator: Virginia Spiegel with advice from Jenny Bowker; Managing Curator: Clairan Ferrono 

Fourteen artists were invited to create an installation of artworks featuring a sightline linking all the artwork in the exhibit.  Each artist chose her own themes and created five to eight artworks, including four 8x8" linking pieces, covering a ten foot wide space. Perhaps the required continuous line provided provocation, both conscious and unconscious, to the artists to focus on time, personal history, and memory.

SAQA thanks the Australian contemporary quiltmaking group, tACTile, who originated the concept of the sightline in their "eyeline" exhibition.

Show Schedule:

International Quilt Festival-Houston, November 4 - 7, 2010
International Quilt Festival-Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2011
Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Golden, Colorado, April 15 - June 30, 2011
International Quilt Festival-Long Beach, California, July 2011
Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana, Dec. 2, 2011 - Feb. 25, 2012
Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey, April 26 - August 12, 2012
Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania, September 27 - December 31, 2012
George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin,  Missouri, January 11 - March 11, 2013
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon, May 28 - July 26, 2013
William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois, August 22 - October 15, 2013 



this is a quilt!   

"This is a Quilt!" was SAQA’s second Trunk Show. Curated by Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki, it was designed to showcase SAQA’s diversity of talent and its mission to “promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, and documentation.” Learn more about these quilts.

To view all 268 quilts, access the alphabetical index, and view the travel calendar for each of the seven trunk shows, click here.

bishop - It's Art to Medennis - Colour Patch Series - Orange & White


Beyond Comfort   

Beyond Comfort - Festival of Quilts

Juror: Marci McDade, Curator: Eileen Doughty
Juror and Curator statements

This exhibit challenged each artist to venture into uncharted territories of creative expression by turning away from the comfort zones of their established body of work. It provided a "permission slip" to experiment fearlessly with radically new conceptual and narrative agendas; to employ techniques, technologies, or materials new to the artist. The artistic goal of the exhibition is to encourage reaching beyond comfort to make new and unexpected works of art.

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Premiere Location: Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, United Kingdom, August 11-14, 2011
Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 19 - September 16, 2012 
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, January 20 - March 10, 2013
Texas A&M University, J. Wayne Stark Galleries, College Station, Texas, May 23 - August 18, 2013

Images - Butler Institute of American Art

Images - Festival of Quilts Image

Video - Festival of Quilts Image (second half), courtesy Luana Rubin of


A Sense of Scale


Premiere at International Quilt Festival - Houston, November 1-4, 2012
International Quilt Festival - Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2013
International Quilt Festival - Long Beach, California, July 2013 

Images at the International Quilt Festival - Houston

Juror – Ulysses Grant Dietz
Curator – Anne Hiemstra

Juror and Curator statements


 Docent tour at Long Beach
Docent tour at Long Beach


World Quilt Show - New England X, August 16-19, 2012, Manchester, New Hampshire
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX, September 13-16, 2012, Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania
Pacific International Quilt Festival XXI, October 11-14, 2012, Santa Clara, California
World Quilt Show – Florida IV, November 8-10, 2012, West Palm Beach, Florida
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XIX, February 21-24, 2013, Hampton, Virginia
The Quilt Fest of New Jersey IX, Feb 28-March 3, 2013, Somerset, New Jersey
Denver Natl Quilt Festival VIII, May 2-5, 2013, Denver, Colorado
Additional venue locations to be determined

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Juror: Sue Reno
Curator: Kathy Nida

Juror and Curator statements



SAQA Showcase

International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln
August 3, 2012 - February 24, 2013


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Images at the International Quilt Study Center

Jurors: Judith Content and Carolyn Ducey
Managing Curator:  Leni Levenson Wiener

Carolyn Ducey, curator of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, has posted a series of videos discussing each of the artists in the SAQA Showcase exhibition:

Jan Myers-Newbury
Gay Lasher
Wen Redmond
Deidre Adams
Michael Cummings
Susan Shie