Exhibition Archives

SAQA has had a long and rich history of exhibiting beautiful art quilts. Check out some of the past exhibitions that have showcased member art.

12 Voices

12 Voices

An in-depth view of 12 distinctive fiber artists. Curated by Penny McMorris, the following artists were selected--Deidre Adams, Teresa Barkley, Elizabeth Busch, Linda Colsh, Judith Content, Angela Moll, Clare Plug, Joan Schulze, Merle Axelrad Serlin, Susan Shie, Ginny Smith and Kathy Weaver.

Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan, Sept.  14, 2008 - Jan. 4, 2009
Turchin Center for the Arts, Boone, North Carolina, Sept. 2009 - Jan. 2010
Pence Gallery, Davis, California, Sept 10 - Nov. 14, 2010
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi, March 17 - June 9, 2011
A Sense of Adventure

International Quilt Festival - Houston, October 29 - November 6, 2011
International Quilt Festival - Cincinnati, April 13-15, 2012
Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan,  June 19, 2012 - July 1, 2012
International Quilt Festival - Long Beach, July 27-29, 2012 

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A Sense of Humor

Sense of Humor

Juror: Pam RuBert
Curator:  Patricia Gould

International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas, Oct 15-18, 2009
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois, April 16 - 18, 2010
Northern Star Quilters Guild, A World of Quilts XXXI, Somers, NY, May 1 - 2, 2010
International Quilt Festival, Long Beach, California, July 23 - 25, 2010

 

A Sense of Place
International Quilt Festival -Houston, November 2007
International Quilt Festival -Chicago, April 2008
International Quilt Festival -Long Beach, July 25-27, 2008

Juror - Peg Keeney

A Sense of Scale

Sense of Scale

Premiere at International Quilt Festival - Houston, November 1-4, 2012
International Quilt Festival - Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2013
International Quilt Festival - Long Beach, California, July 2013

Juror – Ulysses Grant Dietz
Curator – Anne Hiemstra

A Sense of Time

Sense of Time

Juror: Namita Gupta Wiggers, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon
Curator:  Arlene Blackburn

International Quilt Festival-Houston, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2008
International Quilt Festival-Chicago, April 17 - 19, 2009
International Quilt Festival-Long Beach, CA, July 24 - 26, 2009
Art Meets Science

 Art Meets Science

Juror: David Fraser
Curator: Jill Jensen
 
Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 2010
Pfizer, Inc., New York, New York, Sept. 16, 2010 - March 16, 2011  
Quilt Expo en Beaujolais, Graves sur Anse, France, April 14 - 17, 2011   
Visions Art Museum, San Diego, California, February 3 - April 22, 2012   
David J. Sencer Center for Disease Control (CDC) Museum, Atlanta, Georgia, June 11 - Sept. 5, 2012

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Beyond Comfort

Beyond Comfort

This exhibit challenged each artist to venture into uncharted territories of creative expression by turning away from the comfort zones of their established body of work. It provided a "permission slip" to experiment fearlessly with radically new conceptual and narrative agendas; to employ techniques, technologies, or materials new to the artist. The artistic goal of the exhibition is to encourage reaching beyond comfort to make new and unexpected works of art.

Juror: Marci McDade, Curator: Eileen Doughty

Schedule:
Premiere Location: Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, United Kingdom, August 11-14, 2011
Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 19 - September 16, 2012
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, January 20 - March 10, 2013
Texas A&M University, J. Wayne Stark Galleries, College Station, Texas, May 23 - August 18, 2013

Color Wheel of Emotions

Color WheelCultures around the world universally associate colors with emotions. Anthropologists and businesses study the role colors play. "Color Wheel of Emotions" is filled with art that uses color to evoke a mood, a feeling or a sense of emotion.

Juror: Terry Waldron

Schedule:
The World Quilt Show - New England XI, Manchester, New Hampshire, August 15-18, 2013
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XX, Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, September 19-22, 2013
Pacific International Quilt Festival XXII, Santa Clara, California October 17-20, 2013
World Quilt Show - Florida V, West Palm Beach, Florida, January 9-11, 2014
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV, Hampton, Virginia, February 27-March 2, 2014
The Quilt Fest of New Jersey X, Somerset, New Jersey, March 6-9, 2014
Denver National Quilt Festival IX, Denver, Colorado, May 1-4, 2014
LookOut! Gallery at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, May 19-September 19, 2014

Creative Force 2007
International Quilt Festival-Houston, November 2007
International Quilt Festival-Chicago, April 10-13, 2008
International Quilt Festival-Long Beach, July 25-27, 2008
CK Media Gallery - August 4, 2008 - November 28, 2008

Juror - Rebecca Stevens
Curator - Kim Ritter

Creative Force 2010

Creative Force

Juror – Chunghie Lee
 

International Quilt Festival-Houston, November 4 - 7, 2010
International Quilt Festival-Cincinnati, April 2011
International Quilt Festival-Long Beach, July 2011
Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio, September 11 - October 30, 2011
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana, March 22, 2012 - June 10, 2012
Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 11, 2012 - September 16, 2012

Deux: Two Ideas, Two Inspirations, Two Complementary Quilts

DeuxArtists create their works to help them answer questions. Deux, is a visual conversation that expresses the questions and ideas important to each artist.  Two works show side by side, inviting the viewer to find the connections between them, and see how the artists handle the challenges of composition and technique.

Juror:
Katie Pasquini Masopust  

 
Schedule:

Full exhibit: IQF-Chicago, Rosemont, IL, June 2013

Quilts selected for Deux-Europe:

Carrefour Européen du Patchwork, Alsace, France, September 2013
Vicenza Festival, Vicenza, Italy, October 2013
Prague Patchwork Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, April 4-6, 2014
Interquilt in Girona, Spain, May 2014

Deux-US traveled throughout the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo circuit:

September 19-21, 2013 -- Atlanta, Georgia
October 3-5, 2013 -- Fredericksburg, Virginia
October 17-19, 2013 -- Fort Worth, Texas
November 7-9, 2013 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 14-16, 2013 -- Tinley Park, Illinois
November 21-23, 2013 -- Overland Park, Kansas
March 20-22, 2014 -- Lakeland, Florida
March 27-29, 2014 -- Schaumburg, Illinois
April 3-5, 2014 -- Cleveland, Ohio
April 10-12, 2014 -- Worcester, Massachusetts
June 26-28, 2014 -- Raleigh, North Carolina
August 14-16, 2014 -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Fibrations

Installation image

Juror: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Curator: Kathy Lichtendahl

Yellowstone Quilt Fest, Cody, Wyoming, Sept. 10-13, 2009
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado, Nov. 6, 2009 – Feb. 1, 2010
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, Virginia, Feb. 25-28, 2010
Quilt Fest of New Jersey, Somerset, New Jersey, March 7-10, 2010
The National Quilting Association Convention, Columbus, Ohio, June 17 - 19, 2010.

 

I'm Not Crazy

Mental illness carries with it a stigma; many of us have experience with disorders, temporary or permanent, curable or not, that in the past and in some cultures even today would be labeled as crazy. That stigma can make it difficult to admit its effect on our loved ones or ourselves. Disorders as common as anxiety or depression, or less common, like schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder, can have a devastating effect on families and friends, and on ourselves. Negativity towards those who have these disorders often causes many people to keep the diagnosis hidden from friends and family. This exhibit focuses on experiences with mental illness from the eyes of the caregiver, the friend, or the family member, and, of course, those who have experienced any of these disorders themselves.


Juror: Sue Reno
Curator: Kathy Nida

Schedule

World Quilt Show - New England X, August 16-19, 2012, Manchester, New Hampshire
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX, September 13-16, 2012, Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania
Pacific International Quilt Festival XXI, October 11-14, 2012, Santa Clara, California
World Quilt Show – Florida IV, November 8-10, 2012, West Palm Beach, Florida
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XIX, February 21-24, 2013, Hampton, Virginia
The Quilt Fest of New Jersey IX, Feb 28-March 3, 2013, Somerset, New Jersey
Denver Natl Quilt Festival VIII, May 2-5, 2013, Denver, Colorado
 

 

Layers of Memory

This exhibition displays work that explores the complex theme of memory. The retrieval of the past can involve many layers, including the persistence of recurring memory, the forgotten past, and the nature of recollection. Critic Kate Green suggests that, "memories may be stored in our minds, but they are unleashed by textures, words, and forms." How we store and retrieve memory, whether by using a computer or touching a piece of cloth from our past to spur recollection, memory remains a constant priority in our daily lives for the preservation of our individual and collective histories. This collection presents a universal theme, interpreted in very different ways.

Quilt Show – Manchester, NH, Aug. 19-22, 2011
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Philadelphia Sept. 16 – 19, 2011
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA. Oct. 14-17, 2011
World Quilt Show – West Palm Beach, FL, Nov. 12-14, 2011
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXII, Hampton, VA Feb. 24-27, 2012
The Quilt Fest of New Jersey VII,  Somerset, NJ March 3-6, 2012
Denver National Quilt Festival VI, CO April 28-May 1, 2012

Juror: Kathryn Harris, Head of Fiber Program, School of Art, Design & Art History at San Diego State University.  
Curator: Doria Anne Goocher

Masters: Art Quilts

Installation image

Curator: Martha Sielman, Executive Director SAQA

International Quilt Festival -Houston, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2008
International Quilt Festival -Chicago, April 17 - 19, 2009
International Quilt Festival -Long Beach, California, July 24 - 26, 2009
National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, Aug. 13 - Nov. 10, 2009
New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, Nov. 19, 2009 - Feb. 14, 2010
Metaphors on Aging

Metaphors on Aging

Aging affects everyone in many different ways. Through the use of a wide variety of visual metaphors, these 35 works show the impact of aging on our lives: three generations sharing a cup of tea, a decaying leaf, an empty chair. These poignant images draw you in and challenge assumptions about aging.

Metaphors on Aging was SAQA’s first major exhibition to travel to Africa. It was displayed at 13 venues on three continents and our estimate is that it was viewed by over 100,000 people during its travels.

Juror: Pamela Allen

Schedule:

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 8 - 11, 2013
International Quilt Convention, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 6-8, 2013

International Quilt Festival - Chicago, Illinois, June 20 - 22, 2014
Quilt! Knit! Stitch! - Portland, Oregon, August 13 - 16, 2014
Quilting Live!, Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, Georgia, September 11-13, 2014
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 2-4, 2014
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Overland Park, KS, October 9-11, 2014
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Fort Worth, TX, October 16-18, 2014
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Tinley Park, IL, November 20-22, 2014

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Lakeland, FL – March 5, 6, 7, 2015
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Atlanta, GA – March 12, 13, 14, 2015
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Cleveland, OH – March 26, 27, 28, 2015
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Schaumburg, IL – April 9, 10, 11, 2015
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Worcester, MA – April 16, 17, 18, 2015

No Place to Call Home
Mancuso Quilt Festivals
World Quilt Show - New England, Manchester, New Hampshire, Aug. 19-22, 2010
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XVII, Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 - 19, 2010
Pacific International Quilt Festival XIX, Santa Clara, California, October 14- 17, 2010
World Quilt Show - Florida, West Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 12 - 14, 2010
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXII, Hampton, Virginia, February 24 - 27, 2011
The Quilt Fest of New Jersey VII, Somerset, New Jersey, March 3 - 6, 2011
Denver National Quilt Festival VI, Denver, Colorado, April 28 - May 1, 2011
Diamond Jubilee Quilt Festival, Genesee Valley Quilt Club, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY June 3 - June 5, 2011 

Curator – Kathleen McCabe

Points of View

Installation Image

    International Quilt Festival - Long Beach, California, July 2009
    Fremont Center for the Arts, Canon City, Colorado, Oct. 2 - 31, 2009
    American Quilters Society, Padukah, Kentucky, March 24 - 27, 2010
    Art du Quilt, Morzine, France, July 1 - 4, 2010
    William Bonifas Fine Art Center, Escanaba, Michigan, Aug. 12 – Sept. 16, 2010

Juror: Bruce Hoffman
 

 

Redirecting the Ordinary

Redirecting the Ordinary"Redirecting the Ordinary" is about turning things around, upside down, inside out, backwards, or how even just a minuscule course correction can charge up the humdrum, turn the common into the uncommon, and make the expected unexpected.

We live in an environment we take for granted. We often miss the essential and forget that we can make the routine so much more vibrant and interesting. These selected artists have interpreted the object or phenomenon in cloth to bring attention and significance to the ordinary.

Juror: Alicia Merrett  


Schedule:
International Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas, October 30 - November 2, 2014
International Quilt Festival - Chicago, Illinois, March 26-28,  2015
Quilt! Knit! Stitch! - Portland, Oregon, August 13-15, 2015
Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, Alsace, France, September 16-19, 2015
Abilmente Mostra-Atelier Internazionale della Manualita Creativa, Fiera di Vincenza, Italy, October 15th to the 18th 2015
Abilmente Autunno Rome, Rome, Italy, November 5-8, 2015
International Patchwork Festival in Sitges, Spain, March 10-13 2016
German Quilting Guild, Celle Germany - June 11 and 12, 2016
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo - Fredericksburg, Virginia, September 29 and 30 and October 1, 2016
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo - Schaumburg, Illinois, October 13-15, 2016
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo - Minneapolis, MN November 10 -12, 2016

SAQA@20: Art and Excellence 2009

IQF

Juror: Patricia “Pokey” Bolton

International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas, Oct 15-18, 2009
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois, April 16 p- 18, 2010
National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, May 28 - July 6, 2010
International Quilt Festival, Long Beach, California,  July 23 - 25, 2010
Bloomingdale Park District Museum, Bloomingdale, Illinois, Sept.  11 – November, 2010
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts, Nov. 16, 2010 – Jan. 16, 2011


 

SAQA Showcase

SAQA Showcase

International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln
August 3, 2012 - February 24, 2013

Jurors: Judith Content and Carolyn Ducey
 

Carolyn Ducey, curator of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, has posted a series of videos discussing each of the artists in the SAQA Showcase exhibition:

Introduction
Jan Myers-Newbury
Gay Lasher
Wen Redmond
Deidre Adams
Michael Cummings
Susan Shie

Sightlines

Invitational Curator: Virginia Spiegel with advice from Jenny Bowker

Fourteen artists were invited to create an installation of artworks featuring a sightline linking all the artwork in the exhibit.  Each artist chose her own themes and created five to eight artworks, including four 8x8" linking pieces, covering a ten foot wide space. Perhaps the required continuous line provided provocation, both conscious and unconscious, to the artists to focus on time, personal history, and memory.

SAQA thanks the Australian contemporary quiltmaking group, tACTile, who originated the concept of the sightline in their "eyeline" exhibition.

Schedule:

International Quilt Festival-Houston, November 4 - 7, 2010
International Quilt Festival-Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2011
Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Golden, Colorado, April 15 - June 30, 2011
International Quilt Festival-Long Beach, California, July 2011
Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana, Dec. 2, 2011 - Feb. 25, 2012
Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey, April 26 - August 12, 2012
Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania, September 27 - December 31, 2012
George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin,  Missouri, January 11 - March 11, 2013
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon, May 28 - July 26, 2013
William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois, August 22 - October 15, 2013

Sightlines on display at Alexandria Museum of Art
Sightlines on display at Alexandria Museum of Art

 

Text Messages

Text MessagesText messages have fast become one of the most popular methods of communication.  For this exhibition, artists had free rein to explore the many facets of what ‘text messages’ means -- from the obvious connection to modern technology to works comprised solely of actual or implied writing.

Juror: Lesley Riley
 
Schedule:

International Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas, October 31 - November 4, 2013
International Quilt Festival - Chicago, Illinois, June 20 - 22, 2014
Quilt! Knit! Stitch! - Portland, Oregon, August 13 - 16, 2014
Round Bobbin Quilting and Sewing Expo, St. Charles, Missouri, September 19-20, 2014
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg, VA, October 1-3, 2015
Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey, December 5, 2015 - March 20, 2016

Transformations 06: Artists Working with Fiber

        Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 2006
        Translations Gallery, Denver, CO, November-December 2006
        International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL, April 2007
        Grants Pass Museum, Grants Pass, OR, May 29-July 27, 2007

Juror: Jane Sauer (Thirteen Moons Gallery)
Curator: Peg Keeney

 

Transformations 07: Reverberations
Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, Aug. 16-19, 2007
Quilt Indulgence Festival, New South Wales, Australia, Sept. 14-17, 2007,
Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, Michigan, Jan. 12 - March 8, 2008
Visions Art Quilt Gallery, San Diego, CA, April 4 - May 25, 2008

Juror - Sandra Sider
Curator - Peg Keeney
Travel Curator - Kathie Briggs

Transformations 08: Icons & Imagery

Icons

Juror: Rudolf Smend, Smend Gallerie, Germany

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 14 - 17, 2008
South African National Quilt Festival, Gauteng, South Africa, Sept. 14 - 16, 2008
Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR, December 21, 2008 - February 21, 2008
Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA, May 7 - July 27, 2009
Transformations 09: Reflections

Exhibition on display

Juror: Laura Cater-Woods 
 

    Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 2009
    Guildford Art Center, Guildford, Connecticut, Nov. 13, 2009 - Jan. 3, 2010
    Alaska Fiber Festival, Anchorage, Alaska, March 2010
    Grants Pass Museum, Grants Pass, Oregon, June 1 - July 17,  2010
    Visions Art Quilt Gallery, San Diego, California, Aug. 6 - Oct. 10, 2010

 

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