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Art Quilt Retrospective 

The history books tell us that the “craft” of quilting was rediscovered in the tumultuous 1960s. But for us, that was the birth of a new and exciting art form. The art quilt broke all the rules and created a new path. For more than 50 years, the art quilt movement has been breaking new ground.

Now it’s time to celebrate!

We need to recognize the art quilt movement’s triumphs and accomplishments. We need to honor the talents of our trail-blazing artists. SAQA plans to document the 50-year evolution of our movement with a definitive new art publication — Art Quilt Retrospective: 50+ Years of Innovation.

A 50-work complementary exhibition - Layered & Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art will premiere at Quilt Festival Houston in October 2019. 


About the Book

Available in late 2018, the Art Quilt Retrospective book will be a feast for the eyes, filled with gorgeous art. This publication will cover the years from 1965 to today, consisting of an engaging chronological presentation of approximately 350 historic and contemporary art quilts by 240 master artists.  

Art historian Janet Koplos, a former senior editor for Art in America, has written an introduction that follows the evolution of the art quilt from the emerging crafts movement of the 1960s through years of struggle, recognition, and worldwide impact.

The final result will be a 400-page, lavishly photographed, beautifully bound book profiling 56 of the most influential art quilters and their work. Artworks by an additional 190 influential artists will be organized by decade, demonstrating the change and evolution of the art quilt genre.


Help us preserve the history of the art quilt movement.

Your gift will be put to work right away providing funds for the photography and research necessary to create this ground-breaking project. Both the planned book publication and the complementary exhibitions are designed to raise awareness and appreciation of the art quilt and the artists who make them. 

Make a Donation

Supporters of the Art Quilt Retrospective project will be honored in the front pages of the book, as well as on wall-mounted recognition signage on view at each venue of the traveling exhibitions based on this book.

Thank you for making it possible to bring art quilts to the world!