Bridging the Gulf – Fabric to Fine Art (SAQA 2022 Conference)

Registration will open in January!

2022 Virtual Conference

Our annual SAQA conference "Bridging the Gulf - Fabric to Fine Art" will be held online from April 29-May 7, 2022. This virtual format will allow us to showcase this region with a significant number of SAQA members and an active art community. Plus, you will have opportunities to connect and network like never before!

This will be our third time presenting an international conference in a virtual format, and we are confident it will be the best one yet!  No matter where you live, you’ve got something special to look forward to!

As SAQA President Deborah Boschert put it in her conference annoucement:

“If you attended our 2020 or 2021 virtual conferences, you know how fabulous they were! We’ve learned so much about creating community, sharing world-class presentations, offering a wide variety of content, and using technology in unique ways — all in a virtual space.

“I am already looking forward to it! I love seeing your smiling faces on my screen, chatting with you on message boards, sharing virtual toasts across miles and time zones, taking advantage of presentations, virtual galleries, live chats, and all the unexpected conversations and connections that pop up during the event.”

Conference Details

For this year, we’re going to beautiful Florida and the Gulf states for our virtual experience, with fresh fish and beautiful beaches all over the place!  Even though most of us will not physically be in sunny Florida, our local committee has been working for a couple of years now to put the Floridian flavor on this conference in every way they can. These are very creative people – we can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Keynote speakers

SAQA has lined up some outstanding talent to present at the conference, including two extraordinary keynote speakers who will push the boundaries of your imagination:

  • Janet Echelman’s body of work involves fibers at an architectural scale that has to be seen to be believed!
  • Jim Arendt creates art work involving denim in new ways that challenge our ideas of how to work with fiber.

Keidra Navaroli will moderate a panel of museum professionals comprised of Angie Barry (Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, Gadsden Arts Center & Museum), Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon (Curator at the Orlando Museum of Art), and Rangsook Yoon (Curator of Modern Art at Artis--Naples, The Baker Museum).

Museum Panelists

The conference will also feature some familiar names in the art quilting world, including:

  • Margaret Abramshe - "Art Yoga: Joining what you value with your art practice"
  • Bobbi Baugh - "Once Upon a Time… Storytelling 101"
  • Jill Kerttula - “Expanding Fiber Through Art”
  • Kestrel Michaud -  ”Your Art is Fine and So Are You!”
  • Susie Monday - "Feed your Genius: The Sensory Alphabet"
  • Keidra Navaroli -  “Mending the Narrative: Re-viewing Textiles in American Art”

PLUS: Lightning Talks, Spotlight Auction, studio tours,exhibition videos, online chat sessions with other attendees, and so much more! 

So please get ready to sign up for an experience that might otherwise be out of reach for many of us. And since it's all online, you can take part without reserving a flight - no passport required!  Questions? Email us at

Registration will open in January!

Additional details and a full schedule will be available soon. In the meantime, watch a sneak peek video from our Special Events Committee Chairs Susan Bianchi and Joanne Misener.

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