Nature's Canvas (SAQA Global Exhibition) - Call for Entry

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Natures Canvas

Fine Craft in Textiles and Turned Wood


This is a joint exhibition with the American Association of Woodturners.

Please note: This is a no theme exhibition. Pieces do not have to mimic or include wood or even be nature related.

Join us in paying homage to the age-old tradition of artistic expression through wood and fibers. From the dawn of prehistoric creativity to the present day, humans have harnessed the beauty of wood and the versatility of fibers to craft extraordinary works of art.

Now, we invite artists specializing in wood turning and fiber art to submit their finest pieces for consideration in a collaborative exhibition that seeks to showcase the timeless synergy between these two mediums.



Opening Venue TBD (April/May 2026)

This exhibition will travel until December 2028



Wall-hung (2D and 3D), freestanding, and ceiling suspended artwork are eligible.

  • Pieces may not exceed 96” (8 ft / 243cm) in height, width, or depth. There is NO minimum size.
  • All artwork must fit through a standard 34” doorway. Ceiling suspended pieces cannot exceed 20 lbs.
  • 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 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  
  • Full-view images MUST show all the edges along with a small amount of background.  
  • Detail images should preferably 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 (no maximum).   

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 March 15, 2025. Entry fee must be paid online before the entry deadline via a credit card or PayPal at

Note: AAW artists will submit their entries via the AAW website.


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

About the Juror

Carol Sauvion Carol Sauvion is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Craft in America, which has a mission is to promote and advance original handcrafted work through educational programs in all media. Projects include the PBS documentary series; the book, Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects; two inclusive websites:, and the Craft in America Center, located in Los Angeles and open free to the public. The Center originates exhibitions with catalogs, hosts artists’ talks and workshops and provides access to a large craft library.  

Craft is Sauvion’s lifelong passion. For the past 41 years, she has been the director of Freehand, her Los Angeles gallery specializing in functional craft. Prior to her involvement in the gallery, she was a potter for ten years. She continues to make pots as an avocation. She is currently on the board of the American Craft Council.


Important Dates
  • March 1, 2025 - Online Entry Opens
  • March 31, 2025 - Online Entry Deadline at 7pm Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4)   
  • May 31, 2025 - Notification of Acceptance via email
  • November 30, 2025 - Artwork to be RECEIVED by SAQA (details provided upon acceptance)
  • April 2026 - Exhibition Opens (location and final dates TBD)
  • December 31, 2028 - End of Exhibition (work will be returned by February 28, 2029)
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."