Forced to Flee (SAQA Global Exhibition)

Throughout history people have been forced to flee from their homes for their own safety and survival due to war, oppression, natural disasters, and atrocious human rights violations. The refugee crisis has imposed severe impacts on the social, economic, and political structures of host countries, especially poor and developing countries.

This powerful and timely exhibition illustrates the global challenges arising from the current refugee crisis impacting countries across the world.

I was moved to tears by many of the sorrowful stories in these powerful depictions. These works are accessible even if they can make uncomfortable viewing. Audiences will surely come away with images etched into their memories, and with more awareness of the tragic plight of large sections of humanity.

— Dr. Sue Marks (exhibition juror)

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Exhibition Videos Available!
Don't miss this fascinating in-depth look at a very powerful exhibition. Get up close to see the details, stitchwork, and textures contained in these works of art. This video series includes interviews with Juror Dr. Susan Beryl Marks, curators from the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, and selected artists. 

Exhibition Schedule

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Florida: May 25 - August 24, 2019

Refugees International Annual Gala, Washington, DC: April 21, 2020 * cancelled

Daura Gallery at the University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Virginia: August 12, 2020 - November 20, 2020 

Mills Station Arts & Culture Center, Rancho Cordova, California: January 1 - 31, 2021

Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania: March 25 - June 6, 2021

The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, Minnesota: July 3 - November 7, 2021

Bedford Gallery @ the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California: February 26 - June 19, 2022

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, United Kingdom: August 18, 2022 - August 21, 2022

About the Juror

Dr. Sue Marks headshotDr. Susan Beryl Marks developed a strong interest in Art and Design History, earning her PhD in Art History from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, in 2006. Her  doctoral thesis explored these divisions by examining contemporary quiltmaking practices, which included a comparative study of historical developments in quiltmaking in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Additionally, she has authored numerous essays on a variety of quilt exhibits and quilt-related topics which have been published in exhibition catalogs and magazines. Dr. Marks is currently an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center.

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Artwork Available for Purchase

For purchase inquiries, please contact William Reker, Director of Global Exhibitions at or 937-912-5009.

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In the Exhibition
Anne  Daughtry - Aleppo
Anne Daughtry
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Carol J. Vinick - Amnesty
Carol Vinick
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Maya  Schonenberger - Armenian Diaspora
Maya Schonenberger
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Christine  Seager - Chana's Quilt
Christine Seager
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Jo  Thomas - Child Behind Barbed Wire
Jo Thomas
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Elizabeth  Michellod-Dutheil - Diaspora
Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil
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Catherine A. Drummond - Displaced
Catherine Drummond
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Diane M. Wright - Emu Camps
Diane Wright
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Uta  Lenk - Everyone has the right
Uta Lenk
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Grace H. Wever - Firestorm
Grace Wever
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Sara  Sharp - Fleeing From Drought
Sara Sharp
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Christine  Vinh - Forty Years After the Zero Years
Chris Vinh
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Sandra E. Lauterbach - From Generation to Generation
Sandra Lauterbach
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Charlotte S. Bird - Goodbye My Village
Charlotte Bird
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Eileen E. Donovan - Hope For Tomorrow
Eileen Donovan
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Cathy  Miranker - Liberty Deconstructed/Reconstructed
Cathy Miranker
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Karin  Tauber - Life Jacket Graveyard of Lesvos
Karin Tauber
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Isabelle  Wiessler - Mare Dolorosso
Isabelle Wiessler
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Genevieve  Attinger - Missing Migrants
Geneviève Attinger
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Betty  Busby - Mourning Doves
Betty Busby
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Melani  Brewer - NEVERMORE
Melani K Brewer
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Paula J. Swett - No Fixed Address
Paula Swett
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Sabi  Westoby - Page 27 - Exodus 1
Sabi Westoby
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Harriet Cherry Cheney - Pogrom
Harriet Cheney
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Mary  Palmer - Prayer
Mary Palmer
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Jim  Hay - REFUGE or REFUSE: offer sanctuary or discard as trash
Jim Hay
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Margaret  Abramshe - Roadmap
Margaret Abramshe
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Pamela S. Burns - Scorched Earth
Pamela Burns
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Hildegard  Mueller - Stumbling Blocks
Hildegard Mueller
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Jennifer  Day - Tengo Hambre - I am Hungry
Jennifer Day
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Claire  Passmore - The Lucky Ones?
Claire Passmore
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Eunhee  Lee - They are also us.
Eunhee Lee
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Kathleen  Loomis - Tired and Poor
Kathleen Loomis
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Marie  Mitchell - Walking the Refugee Road: Forced to Flee
Marie Mitchell
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Diane E. Wespiser - Wanted - A Home
Diane Wespiser
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Gabriele  DiTota - Will be the Next Day Better
Gabriele DiTota
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