StitchPunk (SAQA Global Exhibition) - Call for Entry

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Stitch Punk

** note: this call has been updated to include a different opening venue, change in call dates, and new juror.

EXHIBITION THEME   

Reimagine a world through an alternate, extraordinary timeline. Imagine our bodies merged with our devices or a world shared with sentient robots or other life forms.

  • What would a refrigerator, a clock, or even a lawn mower look like if it ran on steam power?
  • What sort of people would live on the streets of a decaying metropolis, starkly divided between haves and have-nots, with police drones patrolling above and neon lights cutting through the thick, dirty air?
  • Will science and technology free us from mundane daily chores, or enslave us to a global corporate master?

The opportunities are endless.  Artists are invited to explore the science fiction worlds of cyberpunk, steampunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, atompunk, clockpunk, nanopunk, and more!

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, United Kingdom (August 2024)

 

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS

Wall-hung (2D and 3D) and freestanding artwork are eligible. Ceiling-hung work will not be accepted.

  • 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.

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ELIGIBILITY / FEE
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 June 15, 2023. Entry fee must be paid online before the entry deadline via a credit card or PayPal at www.saqa.com/fees.

QUESTIONS?

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 calls@saqa.art.

Artist notifications will be sent via email by August 31, 2023 (see Important Dates below for more details).

Important Dates
  • June1, 2023 - Online Entry Opens
  • June 30, 2023  - Online Entry Deadline at 7pm Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5)   
  • August 31, 2023 - Notification of Acceptance via email
  • March 31, 2024 - Artwork to be RECEIVED by SAQA (details provided upon acceptance)
  • August 2024 - Exhibition Opens at Festival of Quilts
  • December 31, 2027 - End of Exhibition (work will be returned by February 28, 2028)
About the Juror

Cheryl SlebodaCheryl "Muppin" Sleboda is a national and award-winning fiber artist and quilter.  Cheryl is a recognized expert in fabric manipulation, and is the author of "Smock It To Me: The History and Technique of Canadian Smocking."  She has appeared over 25 times each on It's Sew Easy TV and Quilting Arts TV, and speaks and teaches surface design and art quilting techniques.

Cheryl is also the owner of Sew Much Cosplay(R), a costume and cosplay company dedicated to bringing costumers into the larger sewing industry.  Prior to going full time with her company, Muppin Inc., Cheryl was an executive at the world's largest comic book and pop culture distributor, with a career that spanned over 20 years.  She has a deep love for anything pop culture, and draws inspiration from her love of comics and movies for her artwork, quilts, and costumes.

Additional Eligibility and Guidelines

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.

Please note that artists do NOT have to mail their pieces to the opening venue in the UK - all artwork is mailed to our shipping facility in Ohio. 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)

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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."

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