The vision was to create an organization to:
- Promote art quilts to major art publications, museums, and galleries
- Educate the public about art quilts
- Serve as a forum for the professional development of quilt artists
- Act as a resource for curators, dealers, consultants, teachers, students, and collectors
In 2019 SAQA celebrates 30 years of creating opportunities for the art quilt and the individuals who create these compelling works. SAQA has steadily built its commitment to creating quality exhibitions and offering vital professional development opportunities for the membership.
SAQA's Board of Directors has been guided by presidents, each lending their unique skill set to addressing the needs of the organization and its members.
Yvonne Porcella, California. Ms. Porcella's vision launched SAQA, the largest organization devoted exclusively to promoting the art quilt world-wide.
Katie Pasquini-Masopust, New Mexico. Ms. Pasquini-Masopust was instrumental in establishing the annual SAQA Conference and in growing the organization membership.
Judith Content, California. Ms. Content established what has become a very successful exhibition program. SAQA will have 12 exhibitions traveling around the world in 2014.
Lisa Chipetine, New York. Ms. Chipetine's flair for technology helped SAQA to embrace social media platforms, on-line professional development tools and launched the Visioning Project.
Sandra Sider, New York. Dr. Sider established the SAQA Endowment Fund and worked tirelessly to create a stable financial future for the organization.
Kris Sazaki, Sacramento, California. Dr. Sazaki was installed as SAQA President in September 2013 and was instrumental in focusing the spotlight on educational opportunities for SAQA members.
Lisa Ellis, Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Ellis became SAQA's new President in April 2016. Her achievements included a focus on Strategic Initiatives which include expanding SAQA's exhibition programs and offering more ways to promote the art quilt.
Lisa Walton, Sydney Australia. Ms. Walton is SAQA's first non-US President. Her focus is strengthening the global connections within SAQA while increasing membership across the world.