Musica! (SAQA Global Exhibition)

A Celebration of Music - with a Visual Twist

Pablo Picasso said, "To draw, you must close your eyes and sing." This exhibition explores all the wonderful ways in which music can serve as inspiration for the creative process.

Both music and art elicit emotions, create different moods, suggest movement, and can reflect light, depth, and color. Over time many artistic practices and processes have been shaped by sound and visual expression. The boundaries between music and art blur, as one becomes inspiration for the other.


Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

Exhibition Schedule

National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky: March 6 - July 7, 2020

Larson Gallery, Yakima, Washington: April 20 - May 22, 2021

Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas: January 6 - May 7, 2022

About the Juror

Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979. His early mentors were steeped in quilt history and traditions, leading Cunningham to a life study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique. Over the years his quilts evolved into his own unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums, and numerous private collections. Cunningham’s books on quilts include his 2010 book Men and the Art of Quiltmaking, the Shelburne Museum's exhibition catalogue, Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present, and his essay for the de Young Museum show "Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown."

Read Juror's Essay

Selected Artists

Frances Holliday Alford (Vermont, USA) - A Figment of Imagination
Nancy Bardach (California, USA) - Sinfonia Plus
Susan Bianchi (California, USA) - Tonight God Is in the House
Peggy Brown (Indiana, USA) - Blue Jazz
Laurie Bucher (California, USA) - About Face
Sandra Champion (Australia) - a strange and beautiful sound
Shannon M Conley (Oklahoma, USA) - Nestling
Kacey Cowdery (Missouri, USA) - Music of Morse
Rosalind S Daniels (Vermont, USA) - Joy From the Basement
Tamar Drucker (New York, USA) - Forest Veil
Sarah Entsminger (Virginia, USA) - Night Music on the Water
Debra Goley (Arizona, USA) - Blue Ice
Betty A Hahn (Arizona, USA) - Waltzing Silks
Suzanne Housley Noonan (Rhode Island, USA) - Pianoforte
Barbara D Kibbe (California, USA) - The Chorus
Linda M Kim (Texas, USA) - Seeing Shapes
Pat Kroth (Wisconsin, USA) - Back Beat
Karol Kusmaul (Florida, USA) - Etude
Deborah Kuster (Arkansas, USA) - Gladness
Paulette Landers (Oregon, USA) - Sonata for a Stone
Mary Mattimoe (United Kingdom) - My First Favorite
Heather Pregger (Texas, USA) - Uptempo
Wen Redmond (New Hampshire, USA) - A Page in a Life
Barbara J Schneider (Illinois, USA) - Quiet Moment
Maria Shell (Alaska, USA) - This Quilt is Technotronic
Sue Sherman (Canada) - Listen for the Music
Sandra Sider (New York, USA) - Past Present: Out of the Blue
Sigrid Simonds (Nevada, USA) - Blues From The Field
Carolyn I Skei (Texas, USA) - San Antonio on My Mind
Hope Wilmarth (Texas, USA) - Staccato IV
Marian Zielinski (Georgia, USA) - Midnight Jazz

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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
Frances Holliday Alford (Vermont, USA) - A Figment of Imagination
Frances Holliday Alford
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Wen  Redmond - A Page in a Life
Wen Redmond
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Sandra  Champion - a strange and beautiful sound
Sandra Champion
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Laurie  Bucher - About Face
Laurie Bucher
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Pat  Kroth - Back Beat
Pat Kroth
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Debra  Goley - Blue Ice
Debra Goley
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Peggy  Brown - Blue Jazz
Peggy Brown
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Sigrid  Simonds - Blues From The Field
Sigrid Simonds
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Karol  Kusmaul - Etude
Karol Kusmaul
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Tamar  Drucker - Forest Veil
Tamar Drucker
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Deborah  Kuster - Gladness
Deborah Kuster
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Rosalind S. Daniels - Joy From the Basement
Rosalind S. Daniels
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Sue  Sherman - Listen for the  Music
Sue Sherman
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Marian  Zielinski - Midnight Jazz
Marian Zielinski
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Kacey  Cowdery - Music of Morse
Kacey Cowdery
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Mary  Mattimoe - My First Favorite
Mary Mattimoe
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Shannon M. Conley - Nestling
Shannon Conley
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Sarah Entsminger - Night Music on the Water
Sarah Entsminger
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Sandra Sider - Past Present: Out of the Blue
Sandra Sider
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Suzanne Housley Noonan - Pianoforte
Suzanne Noonan
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Barbara J. Schneider - Quiet Moment
Barbara Schneider
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Carolyn I. Skei - San Antonio on My Mind
Carolyn Skei
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Linda M. Kim - Seeing Shapes
Linda Kim
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Nancy  Bardach - Sinfonia Plus       
Nancy Bardach
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Paulette  Landers - Sonata for a Stone
Paulette Landers
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Hope  Wilmarth - Staccato IV
Hope Wilmarth
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Barbara D. Kibbe - The Chorus
Barbara Kibbe
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Maria  Shell - This Quilt is Technotronic
Maria Shell
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Susan  Bianchi - Tonight God Is in the House
Susan Bianchi
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Heather  Pregger - Uptempo
Heather Pregger
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Betty A. Hahn - Waltzing Silks
Betty Hahn
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