Camouflage (SAQA Global) - Call for Entry

Call for Entry
Call for Entry Deadline



This call was inspired by a theme submitted by SAQA Member Leilani Purvis

Nature produces an endless array of colors, shapes, and patterns that creatures use to fool the eye. These animals become visible only when they move or are in contrasting surroundings. Creatures may disguise themselves to blend in by changing color on demand or with the seasons, allowing plants to grow on them, or by evolving to look like something else.

The chameleon is known for changing its colors, but many other animals also have this ability, including bugs, fish, octopuses, foxes, and rabbits. Some creatures hide in plain sight by resembling leaves and twigs, or by using disruptive patterning to blend in when needed. How will you explore this marvel of camouflage and adaptation?


International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas: October 2024 (Exact Dates TBD)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona: July 19th - September 28, 2025
* Additional venues will be added to the schedule (exhibition will travel through December 2027)

View / Print Call Details



Wall-hung (2D and 3D) and freestanding artwork are eligible. No ceiling suspended pieces.

  • Pieces may not exceed 96” (8 ft) in height, width, or depth. There is NO minimum size.
  • All artwork must fit through a standard 34” doorway. 
  • Wall-hung pieces (2D and 3D) must hang without distortion. Traditional quilt sleeves, stretcher bars, framed or mounted work, and other hanging mechanisms are acceptable. 
  • Artwork must meet SAQA’s definition of an art quilt: "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure." 



It is critical that submitted images be of the best possible quality: in focus, with clear details, and following SAQA's digital image requirements. Read Tips for Successful Art Quilt Photography and  Submitting Digital Images first!  

  • For each wall-hung 2D entry (depth is less than 2 inches), submit one full view front digital image and one detail digital image. 
  • For each 3D artwork (wall-hung or freestanding), submit one overall front image and two detail images (one should showcase the depth)
  • Full-view images MUST show all the edges along with a small amount of background.  
  • Detail images should be in portrait orientation. Do not simply crop your full-view image.
  • Digital images must be saved as a high-quality JPEG or JPG file (No TIFF files). Do not use your name or initials in the filename (title is fine). 
  • Finished images should be at least 2100 pixels on the longest side and not more than 4200 pixels.
  • Files should NOT exceed more than 12 MB per file for 2D submissions (form max is 25 MB) 
  • Files should NOT exceed more than 8 MB per file for 3D submissions (form max is 25MB)

Common errors include:

  • Images that are out of focus or too small
  • Cropping images too closely on the full-view image. All edges of the artwork  must be visible along with a small amount of contrasting background. Do NOT crop your photo into any part of the artwork as this may disqualify your entry.
  • Your background should be neutral and not include distracting elements such as hands, floors, studio, pets, pins, etc.

Artists must be a current SAQA member to enter this call. $50 USD for up to 3 entries. $40 ($10 Early Bird Discount) if all entries submitted by January 15, 2024. Entry fee must be paid online before the entry deadline via a credit card or PayPal at

If you have questions about this exhibition, please refer to SAQA’s Exhibition Guidelines and FAQs where many exhibition related questions are answered. If you have any further questions, please contact us at

Artist notifications will be sent via email by March 31, 2024 (see Important Dates below for more details).

Submission Form

Submissions open January 1, 2024.

Important Dates
  • January 1, 2024 - Online Entry Opens
  • January 31, 2024  - Online Entry Deadline at 7pm Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5)   
  • March 31, 2024 - Notification of Acceptance via email
  • May 31, 2024 - Artwork to be RECEIVED by SAQA (details provided upon acceptance)
  • October 2024 - Exhibition Opens at International Quilt Festival Houston
  • December 31, 2027 - End of Exhibition (work will be returned by February 28, 2028)
About the Juror

Lorraine RoyRaised in rural Southern Ontario, Lorraine Roy completed an Honours B.Sc. in Horticultural Science before opting for a professional career in art textiles. Kindled by an early love of hand-embroidery, she eventually learned to ‘paint’ with fabric using her sewing machine. All her work explores connections between art, science and nature, drawing great inspiration from the biology, mythology and cultural impact of trees, classic symbols of our connection with the natural world.

Lorraine continues to acquire new knowledge and insights about trees, in order to better address and convey our mutual rich and complex kinship. Although mainly self-taught, she has exhibited and presented widely across Canada and the USA, and is the recipient of several provincial and federal grants.

Additional Eligibility and Guidelines


For information on eligibility and policies, please refer to SAQA's Exhibition Guidelines and FAQs

Jurying of the exhibition is by digital image. Information and resources for submitting digital images can be found on SAQA’s website, Digital Image Submission Guidelines.

For specific information on shipping for exhibitions, please refer to SAQA’s Shipping Guidelines. For non-U.S. members, please refer to Shipping Reimbursement (non-US members).


You will be asked to agree with these terms and conditions. “I agree to loan my artwork to Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. I understand the costs of insuring and shipping my artwork to the shipping center in Ohio are my responsibility. I further agree to permit the images or detail images and/or all or part of my artist statement to be used in the exhibition catalog, articles, ads, promotions, books, websites, blogs, CDs, current event news coverage, television productions, and/or multi-media productions for and about the exhibition or for and about the shows at which the exhibition may be seen. I confirm, to the best of my knowledge, the artwork entered is original and does not violate any copyright or trademark laws."