Guns: Loaded Conversations (SAQA Global Exhibition)

Today we find ourselves living in a society in which gun violence feels commonplace. Yet an enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned about the rising tide of gun violence.

Artists have been a catalyst for difficult societal conversations throughout history. Guns: Loaded Conversations seeks to engage viewers of differing opinions to listen to each other and to encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

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Exhibition Schedule

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California: April 22, 2018 - July 15, 2018

New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts: January 15, 2019 - April 27, 2019

University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan: January 15 - February 8, 2020

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, UK: July 30, 2020 – August 2, 2020   * cancelled

About the Juror

Dr. Vicky A Clark, an independent curator and writer, has a particular interest in fiber art. She has assisted with Fiberart International exhibitions in cooperation with the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, and has been a visiting curator and lecturer in the Textile Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Clark, a professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, West Virginia University, and Clarion University, focuses on contemporary art issues. At the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in 2016, Clark traveled to Pakistan as a visiting scholar where she lectured at five universities and met with area artists and curators. Her next project will be co-curating the upcoming Islamabad Biennial.

In the Exhibition
Mary  Vaneecke - (White) Silence is Violence
Mary Vaneecke
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Diane K. Bird - 137 Bullets
Diane Bird
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Michele  Makinen - America's Heartland
Michele Makinen
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Jill  Sheehan - America's Religion
Jill Sheehan
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Jill  Kerttula - American Opportunity
Jill Kerttula
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Martha E. Ressler - Body Count
Martha Ressler
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Charlotte S. Bird - Dulce et Decorum Est
Charlotte Bird
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Joan  Nicholson - Empty Chairs at Dinner Tables
Joan Nicholson
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Kathryn  Pellman - End Gun Violence
Kathryn Pellman
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Jennifer  Solon - Every Other Day ...
Jennifer Solon
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Margaret  Abramshe - Everyday
Margaret Abramshe
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Lisa  Jenni - Fifty Eight
Lisa Jenni
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Sara P. Rockinger - Hairline Trigger: P is for Play
Sara Rockinger
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Alisa  Golden - Hand Gun
Alisa Golden
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Sheryl  LeBlanc - Ma and Pa Get Radicalized in Oregon
Sheryl LeBlanc
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Karen M. Balos - March-on Trayvon
Karen Balos
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Brooks  Harris-Stevens - Mending Gold: When Will it be Enough?
Brooks Stevens
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Sabrina  Zarco - One Pulse
Sabrina Zarco
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BJ  Adams - Outline on Asphalt
B. J. Adams
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Carolyn I. Skei - Particularly American Horror
Carolyn Skei
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Kelly  Burke - Quilted Reimagined American Flag Series III: Don't Lives Matter?
Kelly Burke
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Susan  Lenz - Ready, Aim, Fire!
Susan Lenz
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Gloria S. Daly - Reclaim Reload Rejoice    The Perfect Game    2 atlow 8
Gloria Daly
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Alice  Beasley - Remembering Trayvon
Alice Beasley
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Jean  Sredl - Suffer The Little Children
Jean Sredl
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Elizabeth  Michellod-Dutheil - The Madness of Men - La Folie des Hommes
Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil
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Nancy  Lemke - The New American Crucifix
Nancy Lemke
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Shawn  Quinlan - This is Not the Time to Talk About Gun Control
Shawn Quinlan
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Sharon  Buck - Tribute to Selena and Other Victims of Gun Violence
Sharon Buck
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Lee Fowler Schwimmer - Unraveling the Second: An Existential Conversation
Lee Schwimmer
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Cathy  DeForest - Using the Power of Art to Prevent Gun Violence
Cathy DeForest
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Claire  Passmore - Where Do You Keep Yours?
Claire Passmore
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Pamela  Rocco - Without Gun Control
Pamela Rocco
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