February 2017 Monthly Update



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SAQA Monthly Update - February 2017

Shipping artwork can be expensive. And that’s especially true if you live outside of the United States!

SAQA’s Board wants to make participation in SAQA exhibition possible for ALL of our members, so starting this year SAQA is offering to subsidize the artwork shipping costs for members who live outside of the U.S.

If you are shipping artwork for a SAQA exhibition, such as Layered Voices, H2Oh!, Abstract & Geometric, or Textile Posters, fill out this form.  SAQA will reimburse you* for your costs over and above the average $30 cost that U.S. members incur (to a maximum reimbursement of $70).  

*NOTE: To be eligible, you must be able to accept reimbursement either via a check drawn on our U.S. bank or via PayPal.


Upcoming Deadlines

Mentorship Webinar : Tips for Traveling Quilt Teachers - February 9

Spotlight Auction at 2017 Conference - February 24

Juried Artist Member applications - March 1

SAQA Journal Gallery (Plus or Minus) - March 31

SAQA Portfolio (Juried Artist Members) - March 31

A full list of SAQA Calls for Entry can be found on our website


New this Month

Each month, SAQA is pleased to highlight some of our members, including our Regional Representatives and Featured Artists.

Carol Kimble Lisa Chipetine
Carol Kimble
Idaho & Montana
Regional Representative
Lisa Chipetine
New York
Regional Representative 
Dan Olfe


2014 Trunk Show

Susan Jackan

Susan Jackan

Jill Jensen

Jill Jensen

Sheila Finzer

Sheila Finzer

Over 300 pieces from the SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show are available for purchase in the SAQA Store during the month of February. After premiering in 2014, eight different trunks with a combined 407 pieces of artwork traveled to seven countries around the world!

Priced by the artist, the wide variety of quilts offers something for everyone. Each quilt is 10 x 7 inches, mounted on a black 12 x 9 inch backing board, and sealed inside a clear envelope. Why not add some pieces to your collection!

Note: These pieces are NOT from the most current SAQA Trunk Show, which will premiere in April at the 2017 SAQA Conference. 


Conference News

Register before March 1st to avoid late fee!

The 2017 SAQA Conference "Creation to Curation" will be held April 27-30 in Lincoln, Nebraska. This will be a joint conference with the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  

Register Now

  • Exclusive behind the scene tours of the classrooms, studios and exhibitions at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum 
  • Keynote speech by world renowned quilter Michael James, Chair and Ardis James Professor of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln 
  • Breakout sessions on museum acquisitions, mock jurying, and educational approaches to touring galleries
  • Student panel discussions and the return of the popular Lightning Talks
  • Opening of SAQA's Layered Voices exhibition and the 2017 Trunk Show
  • Held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, located in Lincoln's historic Haymarket District

Other Conference Opportunities: 

Vendor Marketplace Do you sell hand-dyed fabrics or other unique embellishments? You need to be at our Vendor Marketplace! Our conference attendees are avid fiber artists from around the world. Email for details.
Spotlight Auction We are now accepting artwork from ALL SAQA members for the 2017 Spotlight Auction. These 6" x 8" pieces will be sold through a silent auction at the Conference Banquet. All proceeds benefit SAQA's exhibition programs. Deadline for entry: Feb 24, 2017

Questions about the Conference? Email us at


Art Quilt Retrospective Update

Artists selected for book

After careful review of hundreds of quilt artists working all over the world, final selections have been made for Art Quilt Retrospective, the book organized by SAQA celebrating this art form’s development over the past 50 years! 

View List of Artists

SAQA will be contacting the participating artists individually via email during the coming months to determine which image(s) will be published. 


New Juried Artist Members

Congratulations to the following SAQA members who were recently accepted as Juried Artist Members


Interested in becoming a JAM?

A JAM is a juried artist member of SAQA who has successfully presented a portfolio of professional quality images and documents to the JAM Review Panel (JRP). Apply by March 1 deadline to be included in the annual Portfolio Call for Submissions.


Art Quilt Collector

Paula Nadelstern, Kaleidoscopic XVI: More Is More

Art Quilt Collector is a quarterly publication is designed to appeal to collectors of Art Quilts. Each issue focuses on a special art quilt collection, a collection belonging either to an individual or a museum’s collection.

New Subscription - one year (4 copies)
Receive four issues of Art Quilt Collector for $29.95 (Outside United States, add $12).

One year Renewal (4 copies)
Receive four issues of Art Quilt Collector for $29.95 (Outside United States, add $12).

Single Issue (1 copy)
Receive the latest issue of Art Quilt Collector for $9.95 (Outside United Statues, add $3).

Issue #6 includes:

International Quilt Festival Collection    
Contemporary art quilts in U S  museum collections              
The care and display of art quilts
Artists to Watch:
Lenore Crawford
Denise Labadie
Susan Lenz
Laurie Swim      
Gallery— Wish You Were Here    
SAQA exhibitions: Turmoil and Tranquility                                 
Collector’s bookshelf 


Special Interest Groups

Want to connect with other SAQA members? Learn more about about a particular topic?

SAQA’s Education Committee has created Special Interest Groups (SIGs) as an exciting new format for SAQA members to meet and connect in live, interactive groups focused around a particular theme. Hosted on Zoom Meeting, SIGs will provide an opportunity for members to gather at a specific time to explore topics, discuss books, follow their artists’ journey, informally share their art and experiences, and countless other possible themes.  

Unlike Webinars (which are more formal presentations),  SIGs use an informal, drop-in format that allows anyone to participate in this group, bringing questions and sharing experiences. Please note that these SIG meetings will NOT be recorded.

Mixed Media - moderated by Christine Chester
1st Thursday of each month, 11AM Eastern Standard Time (4PM GMT)
Next meeting: March 2nd

Book Authors - moderated by Deborah Boschert
3rd Wednesday of each month, 4PM Eastern time (9PM GMT)
Next meeting: February 15th

We are always looking for SIGs to reach out to new audiences. Do you have an idea for a group? Drop us an email at: We’d love to hear from you!


Online SAQA Library


SAQA members are among the most accomplished fiber artists in the world, not only creating and exhibiting artwork, but teaching, curating, and writing about art. The books run the gamut from technique-specific workshops in book form, to retrospectives of one artist’s body of work, to volumes dedicated to art quilt research and history.

Are you a SAQA member who is also an author? Complete our online form to have your book listed on our website and/or Pinterest board.


SAQA Journal 

SAQA Media Kit

Advertise with us!
Contact us today to find out how to promote YOUR product, workshop or business to an audience that is highly invested in creating, collecting and appreciating art quilts.

Published four times a year, the SAQA Journal is sent to over 3400 members from a variety of backgrounds: artists, curators, collectors, teachers and museum staff. We also have advertising opporunities in our quarterly Art Quilt Collector publication.

Find out more by downloading our Advertising Media Kit or emailing our Ad Director Peter Walsh at SAQA members receive a 10% discount!

Have an article idea for the Journal?
We’re interested in articles that feature motivating artists, interesting exhibitions, technology-related content and cutting edge techniques. Check out our submission guidelines for more details or email Diane Howell at

Want to see your artwork?
Each SAQA Journal has two pages displaying members' quilts related to a specific theme. Our current call is 'Plus or Minus. Future themes include High Stakes.


Online Galleries

2017 Trunk Show - Sneak Peek!

View wonderful art quilts from the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show in our online video.

Artwork this week from: Frances Holliday Alford, Art by Pamela Allen, Terry Aske, Maggie Dillon Designs, Katherine Dossman, Carolina Fuchssteiner, Susan Lacey, Susan Veness

This special traveling exhibition is divided into eight separate trunks, each available for viewing from May 2017 through December 2020 at locations worldwide. A Trunk Show allows audiences to engage with the quilts in an up-close and personal way, from a meeting to an exhibition at local libraries or arts centers.

Contact William Reker at for details on scheduling a Trunk Show today!


View More Online Galleries »

Interested in being a guest curator for our online galleries?
Contact for more information.


Exhibition News

Event ListingCurrent ExhibitionsCalls for Entry SAQA Calls

Want to find a SAQA exhibition coming to a venue near you? We have so many great opportunities to view a SAQA exhibition - check out the SAQA Events Listing (you can filter by region).

Interested in having YOUR artwork travel the world? Review the SAQA Calls for Entry page for the latest information about all our opportunities.

Do you know of an exhibition or call for entry that might be of interest to our members? Use our online form for submit an item for our online calendar. 

Want to schedule an exhibition at your venue? Please contact Traveling Exhibition Coordinator Bill Reker at or visit


Exhibition News

The all-SAQA exhibition My Corner of the World is heading down under! Eight new venues across Australia have just been announced. 

Craft & Quilt Fair, Perth, Australia, May - May 28, 2017
Craft & Quilt Fair, Canberra, Australia, August 10 - August 13, 2017
Intocraft Handmade Expo, Newcastle, Australia, August 17 - August 20, 2017
Craft & Quilt Fair, Adelaide, Australia: September 11 - September 12, 2017
Intocraft Handmade Expo, Melbourne, Australia, November 24 - November 26, 2017
Craft & Quilt Fair, Hobart 2018: Dates TBD
Intocraft Handmade Expo, Sydney 2018:  Dates TBD
Intocraft Handmade Expo, Brisbane 2018:  Dates TBD


SAQA Calls for Entry

In addition to the ALL SAQA calls for entry (listed below), we also offer a wide variety of regional calls and other opportunities as well. View SAQA Calls for Entry »

** Notifications for Textile Posters will be emailed to artists soon!

Dusk to Dawn (All SAQA Members)More Info
IQF: Houston, Texas

2018 DEADLINE - When the sun dips below the horizon, the world changes: the trees are lit by the silvery light of the moon, and warm lamps glow in a child's room as they listen to a bedtime story. Challenge yourself to represent an aspect of the evening through representational or abstract fiber art.


Metamorphosis (All SAQA Members)More Info
IQF: Houston, Texas

2018 DEADLINE - Metamorphosis generates transformative change in shape, nature or structure. Just as animals physically develop and change from birth to maturity, concepts, ideas and even the landscape of the earth itself progress through many stages. Realistic, representational, and abstract work will be considered.



Current Exhibitions

Celebrating Silver    

Silver is indispensable. From industrial use to decoration, technology, photography and medicine, its unique properties of strength, malleability, reflectivity and conductivity make it an irreplaceable force in the global market. In addition to its physical properties silver is recognized as a symbol of love, insurance and commitment for twenty-five years.

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo Circuit:
Hobart Craft & Quilt Fair, Hobart, Australia  •  February 17 - 19, 2017


Celebrating Silver

Concrete & Grassland   

Concrete & Grassland explores the juxtaposition of the natural landscape and the human constructed cityscape.  Artwork focuses on the contrasts of both color and line, and the ways in which the natural world has been altered.

Concrete & Grassland is a joint collaboration between SAQA and the Grants Pass Museum of Art.


Concrete & Grassland

Earth Stories   

Earth Stories celebrates the stories of people or projects that enhance the planet, make a significant difference in restoring and/or protecting the environment, increase sustainability and otherwise improve the earth we all occupy.

Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA  -  January 20, 2017 - June 11, 2017 


Earth Stories

Food For Thought   

Food For Thought examines the many aspects that food plays in our daily lives — from a single piece of fruit to a still life, from the family table to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones.

Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum in Temple, Texas - January 31, 2017 - April 1, 2017


Food For Thought

Layered Voices   

Layers are everywhere. They become apparent when we plumb the earth’s surface, make archeological digs to discover the history of civilizations, explore human anatomy, dress for the weather, dig in freshly fallen snow, and count rings in the stump of a tree. Layers are abstract, too. We find them in language when we ponder the hidden meanings in novels, poems, conversations, and puns.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum - Lincoln, NE  •  March 31 - July 30, 2017


Food For Thought

Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric

An invitational exhibition of one work each by 29 artists featured in the new book Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman. These engaging works of art represent a range of styles across the abstract art spectrum. Participating artists come from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, and across the US.

International Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas • November 2017


Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric

My Corner of the World    

My Corner of the World invited the artist to examine a world, real or imagined, that represented what is important in life.  It might be where the artist resides, works, or grew up. It might be a favorite place from any point in life or a special internal place. My Corner of the World looks at the big picture including, but not limited to a homeland, ancestry or culture.

Craft & Quilt Fair, Perth, Australia, May - May 28, 2017
Craft & Quilt Fair, Canberra, Australia, August 10 - August 13, 2017

More Venues


My Corner of the World


Tranquility is defined as a quality or state of being, possessing the concepts of quiet, peacefulness, calmness or serenity.  Tranquility, as a mental and physical concept, is the primary focus of certain religious sects, whereby tranquility of the body, thoughts and consciousness are believed to lead to the path of personal enlightenment.

Texas Quilt Museum - Houston, Texas  •  January 5 - March 25, 2017   
International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois 
•  April 6-8, 2017
Festival of Quilts - Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • August 10-13, 2017




Turmoil is defined as a state of great disturbance, confusion or uncertainty.  It can be personal and internal, societal or natural. This exhibition features work that depicts chaos, discord, imbalance and tumult. Artists were requested to explore the meaning of turmoil in their own lives. The works selected represent turmoil through color, line, and composition. 

International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois April 6-8, 2017
Festival of Quilts - Birmingham, United Kingdom
August 10-13, 2017



Two by Twenty   

Two works each by twenty artists equals forty art quilts to explore and a multitude of potential pairings to consider. The pieces as a whole demonstrate the wide range of approaches in the quilt art genre. From bold and graphic to subtle explorations of texture and nuance, there is plenty to explore in this collection.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo:

Atlanta, Georgia  March 9 - 11, 2017
Lakeland, Florida  March 16 - 18, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio  March 30 - April 1, 2017


Two by Twenty

Wild Fabrications    

Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical.  Selected artists let their imagination run wild and created interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques.

The Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC  •  October 8, 2016 - February 25, 2017
Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA • March 25, 2017 - June 25, 2017


Wild Fabrications




Reward Points Program

We need YOUR help to spread the word about how SAQA can open doors to new opportunities. Tell a friend (or two) about SAQA and you will receive REWARD POINTS when they join as a member. You can then use these reward points for discounts off your membership or a store order! Or, save them up and get bigger discounts.



Affiliate Memberships

As a worldwide resource for information on the art quilt and the artists who create them, SAQA helps artists and arts organizations participate in this growth. Our Affiliate Membership program was created to provide support to organizations in learning about the art quilt, how it plays a role in contemporary exhibitions and art organizations, and how members can grow their organization by integrating the art quilt into their own programming.

At SAQA, we help our Affiliate Membership organizations grow by:

  • spreading the word about their organization and events to our membership through publicity on our website and other online communications tools,
  • connecting member organizations with the art quilt world and a previously untapped target market,
  • sharing information on the latest exhibitions, trends, and award-winning art quilters, and
  • providing exclusive access to educational resources about the art quilt.



Member News 

New Members

Learn more about all the Member Resources available on the website:
Visit the New Member Welcome or How to Maximize your SAQA Membership pages. 

Regional Rep News:  

No changes for this month

Welcome to our new members who joined in January:

Julie Anderson, Jean Pierre Avonts-Saint Lager, O. V. Brantley, Nancy Bueti-Randall, Beverlee Burton, Ruth Ann Carter, Jan Chaplick, Katie Chicarello, Debbie Dobbs, Shirley Dudney, Sharon Emerson, Vivian Farrar, Laura Gamaleri, Helen Geglio, Heather Grant, Vicki Gray, Diane Hartman, Amy Hood, Betsy Hughes, Greg Katz, Sharon Koppel, Amy Krasnansky, Cheryl Lipari, Debbie Maddy, Robin Maguire, Ruth Manny, Youngmi Pak, Linda Ramrath, Candy Shively, Mary Shore, Priscilla Smith, Susan Swinyard, Gail Tennis, Paula Thompson, Linda Toomre, and Lori Triplett

Thank you to everyone who made donations to SAQA in January: 

Mary Jane Aigner, Barbara Aiken, Frances Holliday Alford, Carole Angel, Sonia Bardella, Liz Berg, Jean Blalock, Susan Brehm, Judy B. Dales, Patricia Faulkner, Cynthia Fowler, Valerie S. Goodwin, Cindy Heath, Gilda Joan Hecht, Carolyn Higgins, Yvette Howard, Ralph James, Iva Jensen, Mary-Ellen Latino, Shannon Maisel, Melanie Marr, Madalene Murphy, Fran Phillips, Cindy Pryor, Kris Sazaki, Sara Sharp, Joan Sowada, Jen St.Martin, Carole Staples, Kate Stiassni, Jan Tetzlaff, Maggie Vanderweit, Lisa Von Holt, and John Walsh

View List of Current Supporters

Make Connections!

The Visioning Project revolves around visualizing goals and dreams - and making them happen. The Visioning Project members are wonderful in helping each other with support, networking, and resource information. If you are interested in joining, please contact Mary Mattimoe.

The SAQA Mentorship program offers a goal or project-based program of peer mentoring, open to all SAQA members seeking one-on-one mentorship for a period lasting up to twelve months.

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When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to a portion of the sale to SAQA. First select Studio Art Quilt Assoc as the designated charitable organization. Then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Note: Purchases MUST be made via the smile link in order for SAQA to receive credit.


Other Opportunities

Quilting by the Lake 2017 - July 16 - 28, 2017
Register for workshops today (several are taught by SAQA members)

Click here for more details

Deadline to Register: March 8, 2017




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