|SAQA e.Bulletin Table of Contents
Messages from Martha Sielman, SAQA's Executive Director:
Are you interested in becoming a Juried Artist Member?
Exciting Developments with SAQA's Urban Textures fabric line:
Aurifil has developed a special SAQA's Urban Textures Thread Collection to go with the new fabric line (better photos coming soon). 50% of sales through the SAQA Store will go to support SAQA!
SAQA's NEW Urban Textures fabric line is now available in stores and through eQuilter.com. Ask for it at your local quilt shop!
The Exhibition Committee has announced a fun challenge using our wonderful fabric line: Use a significant amount of fabric from the Urban Textures line in an art quilt design and size of your choosing. 25 winning designs will be selected by Luana Rubin for a special exhibit; 10 will be featured in the SAQA Journal and all 25 will be featured in the online exhibit on SAQA's website.
Details are on the Call for Entries page.
Would you like to write for the SAQA Journal?
New submission guidelines can be found online.
|Deadlines & Dates
Two by Twenty -- Deadline for Entry is March 31, 2015
Benefit Auction Early Bird -- Deadline is April 1, 2015
SAQA Journal Gallery section: Health and Wholeness -- Deadline is May 1, 2015
Benefit Auction Final -- Deadline is June 1, 2015
Urban Textures Challenge -- Deadline is July 31, 2015
Concrete and Grasslands -- Deadline for Entry is September 30, 2015
Stories of Migration -- Deadline for Entry is October 31, 2015
SAQA Journal Gallery section: Something New -- Deadline is November 1, 2015
|COMING TO A VENUE NEAR YOU!
Ruth Powers - "December Dawn" (Seasonal Palette at New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts)
March 5-7, 2015 - Metaphors on Aging, Lakeland, Florida
March 12-14, 2015 - Metaphors on Aging, Atlanta, Georgia
March 26-28, 2015 - Celebrating Silver at International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois
March 26-28, 2015 - Redirecting the Ordinary at International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois
April-June, 2015 - Food for Thought, National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky
April 5-July 6, 2015 - Seasonal Palette, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts
January 19-February 28, 2015 - Earth Stories at University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art and Design, Warrensburg, Missouri
March 26-28, 2015 - Metaphors on Aging, Cleveland, Ohio
April 24-September 13, 2015 - Earth Stories, at Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens, Ohio
WELCOME: to our newest regional representative: Deborah Bright (Texas).
A BIG THANK YOU to retiring representatives: Suzan Engler (Texas), Jenny Lyon (California), Heather Pregger (Texas), Dolores Miller (California), and Peggy Wright (Minnesota).
WELCOME to all our new members who joined in January:
Anita Baltzersen, Christine Beardsley, Rhonda Blasingame, Barbara Bolson, Judy Duffield, Kathy Faraone, Tracy Stone Gallagher, Audrey Hyvonen, Barbara Kibbe, Grace Wood Ladygo, Cherie Livni, Ellen Nepustil, Kathryn Pellman, Mark Reed, Miki Rodriguez, Anne Severn, Sandra Shenker, Mary Kaye Stamets, Julie Stump, Bebe Tulley, Alyson Vega, Julie Wilson, Susie Zolghadri, Patricia Amber, Rhonda Stien, Gailynn Phelps, Mel Beach, Sue DeJuan, Judy Shaffer, Margaret George, Cathy Lang, Indrani Gunawardana, Joan Leahy Blanchard, Linda Turner, Gertrud Szalai, Sharon Cahn, Melinda Rushing, Robin Meyer, Donna Mae Norris, Elizabeth Coffey, Coleen Adderley, Sharon Bradley, Kathryn Scheffer, Judith Garnett, Tara Faughnan, Helen Harford, Alison Leslie, Laura Sutthoff, Susan Madden, Marion Mackey, Ami Krenzel, Mandy Pedigo, Beth Fowler, Kaye Evans, Carolyn Mann, Christine Edler, Jane Berrier, Lana Muraskin, Mary Hood, Nancy James, Shirley Barter, Roxane Murray, Lisa Binkley, Evelyn Oliver Knight, Maxine Garfinkel, Dale Ricklefs, LeeAnn Vallejos, Barbara Coster, Catherine McDonald, Laura Schrier Coe, and Linda Schreiner.
THANK YOU to everyone who made donations to SAQA in January:
Jacquie Atkins, Margaret Batko, Nancy Billings, Margaret Blank, Sonia Bordella, Diane Born, Carol Boyer, Esther Brabec, Eliza Brewster, Alice Brody, Gateway Canyons, Jessie Drew Cates, Sandra Champion, Pamela Christner, Alice Conn, Judith Content, Linda Cooper, Nancy Davenport, Jennifer Day, Chiaki Dosho, Patricia Faulkner, Clairan Ferrono, Marvin Fletcher, Ruthann Fox, Georgia French, Julia Gaff, Bethany Garner, Jayne Gaskins, Cindy Grisdela, Catherine Guy, Lorraine Heady, Stacy Hortner, Donna Jackins, Dolores Johnson, Harue Konishi, Lynn Krawczyk, Mickey Lawler, Michele Leavitt, Susan Leonard, Ellen Lindner, Ann Loveless, Kevan Lunney, Karen Markley, Gwen Mayer, Joyce McKinnon, Penny McMorris, Frances Murphy, Candice Phelan, Yvonne Porcella, Barbara Quackenbush, Teri Quinn, Daren Pitts Redman, Sue Ellen Romanowski, Pam Rubert, Dinah Sargeant, Kris Sazaki, Norma Schlager, Barbara Schneider, Maria Shell, Teresa Shippy, Martha Sielman, Jennifer Solon, Mary Stipe, Leah Sullivan, Dee Dee Van Kirk, Jack Walsh, Laura Wasilowski, Sylvia Weir, Marianne Williamson, Martha Wolfe, Chris Worland, and Diane Wright.
|SAQA Symposium at Quilt National '15
SAQA Symposium at Quilt National '15
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Quilt National Opening weekend
Dairy Barn Center for the Arts
Athens, OhioSymposium registration includes:
- Opening Night at Quilt National '15 on Friday evening
- SAQA-sponsored breakfast followed by a Gallery Walk with the artists on Saturday morning
- Panel discussion with the QN '15 jurors
- Art Quilt Collection highlights from SAQA Board member Marvin Fletcher
- QN '15 artists Q&A, moderated by Patricia Kennedy-Zafred -- Panelists will include Inge Hueber, Kathleen Loomis, Judith Plotner and Pam RuBert
- And more!
We need YOUR art!
2015 Benefit Auction &
Fiberlandia Spotlight Auction
|Artwork from the 2014 Benefit Auction by Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Gail Baar and Heather Pregger
Two great ways to be Wild About SAQA and join the fun!
2015 Benefit Auction
Requested Donation size: 12" square
Auction Locations: Online & International Quilt Festival in Houston
- April 1st (Early Bird to be eligible for all publicity images)
- June 1st (FINAL deadline)
Full information: http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3304
2015 Spotlight Auction
Requested Donation size: 6" x 8"
Auction Location: Fiberlandia conference in Portland, Oregon
Deadline: March 20, 2015
Full information: http://www.saqa.com/members.php?ID=3234
All proceeds go to support SAQA exhibitions and programs. Last year the Benefit Auction raised $55,475 and the Spotlight Auction raised $10,290, which together provided 12% of SAQA's budget. Your donations and purchases sponsored the art quilt exhibitions seen by over a quarter million viewers!
Thank you for your support.
Membership Drive -- 2015 and Beyond!
THANK YOU to our Star Recruiters
NEW thank-you gifts
who have recruited 2 or more new members!
Lisa Walton (4 new members!), Judith Trager (3 new members!), Judy Alexander, Maggi Birchenough, Ali George, Martha Ginn, Julia Graber, Cherrie Hampton, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Ellen Lindner, Judy Momenzadeh, Cheryl Olson, Carole Staples and Desi Vaughn (2 new members each!)
are available from our sponsors. Let's keep the momentum going for the 2015 Membership Drive! Please contact Martha Sielman
to receive your special discount code for new members if you lecture or teach.
Thank you gifts for the 1st Quarter will include:
- Simplicity Felting Machine
- AURIfil Thread Suitcase
- Quilting Arts TV's latest DVD series
- Free online course from the Pixeladies
- Martelli Ergonomic Cutting Set
- AND MORE!
25th Anniversary Trunk Show
The trunk shows have started traveling! It was so incredible to see all the pieces together at the conference. Trunk G will be traveling to Australia through April 2015:
Marilyn H. Wall - Hungry Bee *** Eda Steinman - Dreamland Detail *** Sue Siefkin - Sierra Stream
If your area would like to borrow a trunk show, please contact your regional representative to make arrangements.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island, November 2014 - January 2015
Trunk Show Schedule:
Hinsdale, Illinois, February-March 2015
Chicago, Illinois, March 26-28, 2015
Ocala, Florida, May 21, 2015
Ohio, June-September, 2015
Alabama/Arkansas/Mississippi/Louisiana, September - March 2015
Southern Indiana, April 2015
Liberty, New York, May 11, 2015
Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, December 2014-February 2015
Lindsay, California, April 2015
Pennsylvania, October-December 2015
Maryland, Washington D.C., and West Virginia, January 2015
Connecticut, May-August 2015
Virginia, January 25, 2015
Central Canada, February 2015-2016
Canada, through June 2015
Australia, through April 2015
Oregon, through January 2015
Northern California, February-April, 2015
New Virtual Exhibit on SAQA Website
Denise Labadie - "Monastic Ruin at Glendalough"
Guest Curator Priscilla Stultz writes, "With a digital camera, photos are easy to acquire. They can be printed on paper or saved digitally. But to use the photo and create a piece of fiber art takes time. Enjoy these extraordinary pieces."
List of selected artists:
Deborah Melton Anderson
Deb Cashatt of Pixeladies
Nancy G. Cook
Doria A. Goocher
Susan Brubaker Knapp
Barbara Barrick McKie
Bonnie J. Smith
Lura Schwarz Smith
Sarah Ann Smith
Leni Levenson Wiener
If you would like to volunteer to be a Virtual Gallery curator, please contact Jennifer Solon.
| SAQA Exhibition News: Calls for Entries
**NOTE: SAQA exhibitions are open to ALL members, unless there is a geographical restriction
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas -- October 2015
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois -- June 2016
Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Portland, Oregon -- August 2016
Additional venues to be announced (work must be available to travel from September 2015 to December 2018)
Throughout history, women have had to balance responsibilities to community, home and family while pursuing other interests, jobs or careers. From those who helped farm the land to those who worked the factories during wartime, to those who stand shoulder to shoulder with men to pursue careers, and those who serve as caregivers; women have always had to juggle the various aspects of their lives.
This show celebrates women both throughout history and today--and is open to any interpretation each artist feels inspired to depict. What have we accomplished that we now enjoy as rights and freedoms that our grandmothers and their grandmothers did not? What obstacles are left to conquer? We encourage both representational and abstract work.
Jurors: Lynn Bassett, Sue Bleiweiss
Call for Entries: February 1-28, 2015
Two by Twenty
Open European Quilt Championships, Maastricht, Netherlands - October 2015
Quilt Festival Berlin, Berlin, Germany - May 2016
Additional venues are contemplated and will be announced when finalized. Work must be available to travel from August 1, 2015 through December 2017
Each of the twenty accepted artists will show two pieces that relate to each other in some way. This exhibition will feature SAQA artists whose work has not appeared in a SAQA exhibition which premiered in the past three years (this does not include regional exhibitions). A list of exhibitions is given online.
There is no specific theme, but the submitted works must relate to each other in some way. The submitted works can all relate to one another or be comprised of pairs of pieces.
Dr. Jacqueline M. Atkins
March 1, 2015: Online Entry Open
March 31, 2015: Online Entry Deadline at 11:59 pm EST
Concrete and Grasslands
Grant's Pass Museum of Art, Grant's Pass, Oregon -- June 1-July 29, 2016
Concrete and Grasslands will explore the juxtaposition of the natural landscape and the human constructed cityscape. This call for entry asks artists to submit works that explore either the soft lines of nature or the hard lines of urban structures -- or a combination of both. This exhibit will focus on the contrasts of both color and line, and the ways in which the natural world has been altered.
Artists are invited to submit work that focuses either on a cityscape or landscape, rural or urban, or a combination in one piece. The work may be representational or abstract; the places represented may be real or imagined.
Juror: Susan Eileen Burnes, Curator of Exhibitions, Grant's Pass Museum of Art
Online Entry: September 2015
Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora
Premiere Location: Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. from mid March through late August 2016
Exhibition Concept: Housed in the new George Washington University Museum, The Textile Museum is hosting a juried exhibition in collaboration with SAQA. All works will reflect upon the theme of "Diaspora." Diaspora is the dispersion of a people from an established ancestral homeland. These communities remain simultaneously active in social, economic, cultural, or political processes in their country of origin and with compatriots worldwide.
In addition to presenting the pieces selected by jurors, the exhibition will feature social, cultural and historical commentary by faculty members of GW's acclaimed program in Diaspora Studies.
Jurors: Lee Talbot, Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The Textile Museum
Rebecca A. T. Stevens is Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles at The Textile Museum
SAQA Administrators: Leni Levenson Wiener and Patty Kennedy-Zafred
October 1-31, 2015: Online Entry open
| SAQA Exhibition News:
Current All-SAQA Exhibitions
This is a listing of SAQA exhibition travel plans. The artists for these exhibitions have already been chosen.
Exhibitions are listed alphabetically
Exhibition Name: Celebrating Silver
As part of SAQA's 25th Anniversary, we will be 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. This exhibition is sponsored by Jennifer Day Thread Stories, Alegre Retreat, and Lisa Ellis in honor of Yvonne Porcella.
Juror: Yvonne Porcella
Managing Curator: Nancy Bavor
Exhibition Name: Earth Stories
2. International Quilt Festival
March 26-28, 2015
3. Quilt! Knit! Stitch!
August 13-15, 2015
4. Festival of Quilts
There are many stories of hope across the globe. Both individuals and small groups are working on projects that when added together make a positive impact on increasing the quality of life on this planet. Earth Stories will celebrate 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.
25 artists from around the world will be chosen to interpret a "story" of their choice. Each artist will feature a project or person of their choice; the views presented by the artist do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of SAQA or MSU, neither of which endorses any person, project or organization.
Juror: Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi
Managing curator: Leni Levenson Wiener
2. University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design
January 15 - March 6, 2015
3. Kennedy Museum of Art
April 24-September 13, 2015
4. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
San Jose, CA
November 6, 2015 - February 28, 2016
5. Huntington Museum of Art
June 25 - October 2, 2016
6. Erie Museum of Art
January 20-June 11, 2017
Exhibition Name: Food for Thought
We eat every day, but how often do we really think about the food we eat? Every culture has its celebrations, family meals, traditions that involve food. Although these vary in different parts of the world, the impact of food is unmistakable. Food nourishes and fuels our bodies; food traditions nurture our souls.
Juror: Alex Veronelli, Product Manager and PR Specialist, Aurifil Threads
1. National Quilt Museum
April - June 2015
2. Festival of Quilts
3. The Knitting & Stitching Show
October 7-11, 2015
4. The Knitting & Stitching Show
November 12-15, 2015
5. The Knitting & Stitching Show
November 26-29, 2015
Exhibition Name: Metaphors on Aging
There are a rare few of us who have not been affected in some way by the changes that occur with aging, be it ourselves, or the aging of our parents, loved ones or even our children. Here you have the opportunity to explore any of these passages that have touched your own life. Subjects can include aging, illness, death, the growth of our children, or the passage of time in general.
publication was made possible through the generosity of SAQA's members.
Juror: Pamela Allen
March 5-7, 2015
March 12-14, 2015
March 26-28, 2015
April 9-11, 2015
April 16-18, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina
June 15-17, 2015
Exhibition Name: People and Portraits
This exhibition celebrates the expressiveness of the human face. The diverse designs focus on a variety of both emotional states and the ways in which people interact: contemplation, joy, community, work and play. Based on the companion book, Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits
, the exhibition shows two works by each of the book's 20 Featured Artists.
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of AQS
, Lark Crafts
, and the National Quilt Museum
Managing curator: Pat Kumicich
4. Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY
October 1-December 20, 2015
Exhibition Name: Radical Elements
Our physical world is created out of the chemical elements, from hydrogen to platinum to arsenic. For this exhibit, each of the selected artists will create a new work that is influenced by an element from the periodic table. Inspirations can come from anything relating to that element, whether it is a play on the name, its color or the products made from it. Both representational and abstract works are welcomed.
2. National Academy of Sciences
As the second part of the Radical Elements theme, the artists will also be asked to move quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread, exploring the function and decorative properties of different surfaces and stitching materials. This exhibit is the first to embrace the newly expanded definition of an art quilt and will be a signature exhibition for SAQA.
This exhibition is sponsored by Jennifer Day Thread Stories, Alegre Retreat, and Lisa Ellis in honor of Yvonne Porcella.
May 18 - October 19, 2015
3. Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Exhibition Name: Redirecting the Ordinary
We live in an environment we take for granted. We often miss the essential and forget that we can make the routine so much more vibrant and interesting. Turning things around, upside down, inside out, backwards or maybe even just a minuscule course correction can charge up the humdrum, turn the common into the uncommon, and make the expected unexpected. Juror:
Alicia MerrettManaging Curator:
Gul LaporteTravel Venues:
2. International Quilt Festival - Chicago
March 26-28, 2015
3. Quilt! Knit! Stitch!
August 13-15, 2015
8. Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork
September 16 - 19, 2015
9. Vincenza Festival
Exhibition Name: Seasonal Palette
American Quilter's Society and Cedar Canyon Textiles are sponsors for this exhibition. Lynne Harpst Koen sponsored the catalog.
Seasonal Palette is a series of 37 art quilts depicting the seasons of the year.
Co-curators and Jurors: Vicki Mangum and Kathleen McCabe
7. New England Quilt Museum
April 5 - July 6, 2015
10. Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016
Tainan City, Taiwan
April 20 - May 29, 2016
Exhibition Name: Text Messages
Text messages have fast become one of the most popular methods of communication in our country today. In this exhibit, you have free rein to explore the many facets of what 'text messages' means to you--from the obvious connection to modern technology to works comprised solely of actual or implied writing. The unifying theme will be text on quilts, in any language, and each quilt must contain at least one visible letter or word.
for the exhibition was made possible through the generosity of SAQA's members.
Juror: Lesley Riley
Managing curator: Georgianne (Gigi) Kandler
5. Morris Museum
Morristown, New Jersey
November 14, 2015 - March 20, 2016
Exhibition Name: Wild Fabrications Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical. Let your imagination run wild as you create interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques.
Juror: Geoffrey Gorman
Managing coordinator: Jennifer Day
1. International Quilt Festival
October 28-November 1, 2015
|Upcoming Regional Exhibitions
(Listed chronologically by opening dates - contact the regional reps for more information)
Full information about these exhibitions and the venues at which they can be seen is on the website under Artwork > SAQA Exhibitions > Regional
Florida -- Piecing Together a Changing Planet
December 5, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Oregon -- Oregon: State of Diversity
through March 2015
Georgia -- A Color Runs Through It
Oregon -- Exploring Layers
New Mexico -- Cultural Red
April 8 - August 17, 2015
Colorado -- A Color Runs Through It
Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma -- Midwest Metaphors
May 1 - 27, 2015
Brazil -- I Remember
Florida/Virginia/North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia/Kentucky/Tennessee/Mississippi/Louisiana/Alabama/Arkansas - Southern Accents
May 16 - August 22, 2015
Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Connectiut -- Art as Quilt
June 26, 2015 - January 17, 2016
Oregon -- Blending Poetry and Cloth
August 22, 2015 - August 22, 2016
August 27 - 30, 2015
Pennsylvania -- A Color Runs Through It
Southern California and Nevada -- Oasis
| SAQA Groups
Yahoo Discussion Group
As a member of Studio Art Quilt Association, you are invited to join an email discussion group hosted on Yahoo.com. This group is only for SAQA members, and is private to the outside world. You can join by requesting membership at:
PLEASE include your full name in your request.
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 Suzan Engler.
The SAQArtique group
is open to all SAQA members. The critiques are all in the spirit of a shared interest in quilting as an art form and improvement of each person's talents. If you are interested in joining, please contact Martha Ginn
If you would prefer to ONLY read the Journal online, you can indicate your preference by checking off the Online Journal Only box in your Member Profile.
Upcoming Journal Gallery Page Themes and Deadlines:
- Health and Wholeness - May 1, 2015
- Something New - November 1, 2015
- Landscape - February 1, 2016
- Adventure - May 1, 2016
- Colors of Fall - August 1, 2016
We can accept digital photos only. Images will be chosen on the basis of artistic merit as well as photo quality. To improve your chances of being selected, send only your best photos and use the same considerations you would for entering a juried show, which means sharp focus, even lighting, no extraneous hands or feet or garage doors showing in the photo, etc.
All edges of the quilt must be visible; do not crop into the edges of the quilt.
Send a digital image with a resolution of no less than 1800 pixels on the longest side, in jpeg format. Label the file with your last name followed by partial title (example: smith_dreamingtrees.jpg). In the body of the e-mail, Include caption information consisting of your name, size in inches, year created, your web site URL (if applicable), and a very brief statement describing something interesting about the work, perhaps your inspiration or your process. Send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org
(This address will be used ONLY for the image gallery.)
|NOTE: due to the large number of submissions received, an individual response to each submission is not possible.
Studio to Gallery Conference
May 15 and 16, 2015
Two of the greatest challenges art quilters face today are how to effectively present their art for juried competitions and galleries and how to manage the business aspects of art production. This conference addresses those issues in an environment of sharing and learning from highly respected instructors and fellow artists.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sandra Sider, and the event will coincide with the opening of Southern Accents, an exhibition juried by Dr. Sider and open to SAQA members in 11 southeastern states.
Registration deadline is Feb. 14th. Check out all the details at
Call for Entries:
Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016 Prospectus Taiwan Art Quilt Society (TAQS) organizes artistic and educational international art quilt exhibitions. We focus on global issues and highlight the creation of quilting, which are not only the interpretation of techniques but also the contemporary artistic merit of environmental care and the spirit of humanities.
Theme: Protect the Earth's Environment
Venue: National Tainan Living Art Center, Tainan City, Taiwan
Date: April 30 - May 29, 2016
DEADLINE for Entries: November 1, 2015
|KEEP LETTING EVERYONE KNOW HOW WONDERFUL ART QUILTS ARE!
--Martha Sielman (MarthaSielman@SAQA.com)
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.
P. O. Box 572 Storrs, CT 06268
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