The 2017 Trunk Show premiered at the 2017 SAQA Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is composed of eight different trunks which are traveling to venues both in and out of the United States for up to three years.
The 2017 SAQA Trunk Show includes 459 pieces submitted by SAQA members. Each quilt is 10 x 7 inches in size. Each of the eight trunk shows includes 57-58 art quilts. Each of these quilts is individually mounted on black 12 x 9 inch backing board, and sealed inside a clear envelope.
Mounting and covering the quilts in this manner protects the quilts while also allowing for extensive handling. Viewers are encouraged to touch the protected quilts. On the backside of every backing board is the artist’s name, the artist’s statement, and a list of the techniques and materials used.
Trunk shows can be rented by any individual or organization interested in educating their community about the art quilt. You can find complete details on how to rent a SAQA Trunk Show here.
Here are two examples of how the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show is reaching viewers:
Nanette S. Zeller, Regional Co-Rep for the NC/VA region, rented Trunk Show A to tour her region in an effort to share the artwork of SAQA and have an activity all of the pods in her region could participate in. (A pod is a small SAQA group within a larger SAQA region.)
For six months, Trunk Show A will visit six SAQA pods from Asheville, North Carolina to Northern Virginia. Each pod will develop its own method for sharing the artwork with its members and the general public.
The first stop on the tour was the Cary Quilting Company in Cary, North Carolina. As part of their sixth anniversary celebration, the Cary Quilting Company exhibited the trunk show in their classroom. Christine Hager-Braun and Nanette S. Zeller hosted the exhibit.
For 3-days, Christine and Nanette shared the quilts with viewers. According to Nanette, “The overall response from visitors was ‘this is amazing!’ They were excited by the diversity of artistic expression.”
You can read Nanette’s first hand account of her experience hosting the Trunk Show here on her blog. Trunk Show A continues its tour of North Carolina and Virginia until July.
Trunk Show D was recently on display at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. SAQA rented velcro boards to display the works on both sides of the SAQA booth.
The display worked like eye candy to lure show attendees in for a closer look. Viewers loved that they could take photos of the quilts and flip the pieces over to learn about the different sources of inspiration and methods used.
The 2017 Trunk Show is available for touring until the end of 2020.
You can find complete details about how you can rent a trunk show here.
The SAQA Trunk Show is made possible through the generous support of our sponsor below: