April 2018 in Review

TEXtiles—The Conference

April started with a flurry of plane rides—SAQA members traveled from all over the world to gather in San Antonio, Texas for TEXtiles, our annual SAQA conference. Here are a few comments from our participants:

The presentations were so inspirational and encouraged me to want to return to the studio with fresh energy and Jane Dunnewold’s keynote talk gently pushed us out the door and back to our own worlds of creativity and wonder.

My first SAQA conference – AWESOME! met so many wonderful artists, some of whom I’ve known in cyber-space. others who I’ve admired from afar. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!

This was my first conference. I’ve been part of SAQA for 2 yrs. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways, encouraging, accepting, challenging, etc, Probably the best conference of any kind that I’ve attended.

The event included lectures, interactions with the art and artists of Texas, critique sessions, and so much more. Look for more details in the next issue of the SAQA Journal.

One of the highlights was Jane Dunnewold’s Sunday keynote address “Standing Tall: Artists as Stewards of Our World”.  Jane has generously shared her presentation and you can listen to it here.  It offers great advice on how you can grow as an artist AND stop worrying about what other people think.

The SAQA Spotlight Auction was a huge success this year.  Thank you to all of you who donated and bid on these little gems – over $22,000 was raised for SAQA exhibitions and outreach programs.

Attendees received totes featuring surface design work created by the SAQA Texas Region. Each one was an amazing and unique piece of artwork – what a great souvenir to bring home!

We also crowned our new President Lisa Walton at the conference (read more about The Passing of the SAQA Crown.) As our first president from outside the United States, Lisa is going to lead us towards creating a global community of quilt artists.

A huge thank you to all the participants and volunteers who made this conference such a wonderful experience. And save the date – our 2019 SAQA Conference “Threads of Innovation” will be held in San Jose, California (April 25-29). Registration will open in September.


Exhibition News

April was also a busy month for the SAQA Global Exhibition program. Guns: Loaded Conversations debuted at the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum in San Jose, California. The opening was well attended, and the exhibition continues to receive major media attention.

This is Not the Time to Talk About Gun Control by Shawn Quinlan

SAQA Global Exhibition Modern Inspirations —Art Quilts from the 1970s Through Today opened at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. The exhibition runs from April 28 – June 17, 2018.

Precaria #4: Kinetics by Sandra Palmer Ciolino


Interested in seeing more beautiful artwork?

Check out all the SAQA Global Exhibitions on our website – we offer slideshows and more details about the artwork. Exhibition catalogs are also available in the SAQA Store.

Benefit  Auction Update

SAQA members have donated over 250 pieces for the 2018 Benefit Auction. New donations are going up on the website weekly. You can see the collection here. The final deadline for submitting work is June 1, 2018. You can find more information here.


Deadlines and Events for May
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SAQA—Global Exhibition Call for Entry
Season after Season
Deadline: May 31st, 2018

SAQA Journal—Member Gallery
Current Call: Purple Delight
Deadline: June 1, 2018

SAQA—Benefit Auction
12’’ x 12’’ Artwork
Deadline: June 1, 2018

Susan Rienzo’s 2018 Benefit Auction Quilt


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