Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Check out our FAQs below. If you filter the list by FAQ type, all the questions will expand to view the answer.

If you still need assistance, please feel free to contact us at info@.saqa.com or use the search tool in the upper right.

 

General FAQs

What do I need to know about the new website changes?

The SAQA website has been completely redesigned with a fresh, new look and updated content. To find out what to expect with these changes, we have compiled a helpful guide. Don't miss the new login information.  

What is the SAQA definition of an art quilt?

An art quilt is defined by SAQA as “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure”.

The word "references" allows for a broader understanding of the art quilt that welcomes growth and development of individual style. This may include:

  • 3D work and work in media other than fiber/textile/fabric/cloth
  • techniques and materials not found in traditional quilting
  • framed, unframed, bound, and unbound work

To view the diversity of artwork created by SAQA members, check out our exhibitions, Juried Artists or our online galleries

Do you offer closed-captioning on your videos?

Many of our videos are hosted on youtube which offers an auto-captioning feature in English and many other languages. To use this feature, select the gear icon on the bottom of the video and select subtitles/CC. You can then make the appropriate selection.

Click below to watch a video explaining this feature.

How do I spread the word about an event or call for entry?

Is your work included in a non-SAQA exhibition? Do you know of a call for entry or other event that our members may be interested in? Then submit your information to be included on our Event Calendar

What's the difference between Member News and Fiber Art Friday emails?

SAQA Weekly Member News (formerly eBlast)
Each Wednesday, SAQA sends out the weekly Member News email which includes SAQA related news and important reminders about upcoming deadlines. Most of the content is SAQA specific and only current members will receive this email.
View Member News Archives

 

Fiber Art Friday
Subscribers receive a weekly newsletter via email that features exhibits (including non-SAQA ones), interesting tidbits, and other news in the art quilt world. You do not have to be a SAQA member to receive this email.
View Fiber Art Fiber Archives

Do you have any brochures or marketing materials? I am attending an event.

SAQA is ready to help you with promotional materials to share the word about SAQA. Just complete our Marketing Request form and we will be delighted to get you materials you need. Options include rack cards, sample catalogs and magazines, and more!

I am not receiving my SAQA Emails - why not?

If you are not receiving emails from SAQA (you should receive at least one a week), check the following:

  • Did our emails go to your spam folder? This is the #1 reason why you aren't receiving our emails.
  • Is the email we have on file correct? Manage your Account »
  • Are you still a current SAQA member? Lapsed members will not receive SAQA emails (except for Fiber Art Friday)
  • Some e-mail servers may automatically block group e-mails and/or messages from the SAQA domain.  Please include @saqa.com in your list of approved contacts, trusted domains or whitelist (refer to your email program or website host for more details).

Each email from SAQA includes an Unsubscribe Link at the bottom. If you select this option, you will be unsubscribed from ALL SAQA EMAILS (except for system emails), not just the current subscription.

If three or more bounce-backs are received from your email address, the system will automatically remove you from our distribution list. 

PLEASE NOTE:
If you are no longer interested in receiving our emails, please let us know or use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of every email. Marking our emails as SPAM in your email makes it much more difficult for other members to receive them. We appreciate your cooperation.

Membership

How do I renew my SAQA membership?

1. Login to www.saqa.com/mySAQA
2. Select View/Renew Memberships under Account Options.
3. Click on the link to Renew Now and proceed with the transaction. If your membership is expired, this link might display as Join Now.

What is mySAQA and how do I access it?

mySAQA is an online portal that provides access to various membership functions. You access mySAQA from the website when you click on various links or you can login directly here.

Why are there two login buttons? Do I have different logins?

The SAQA website has been completely redesigned with a fresh, new look and updated content. However, you do need to be aware of some changes regarding the login process as there is an additional step.

Note that your existing login name and password has not changed.

I forgot my member login for mySAQA. Can you send it to me?

For login assistance, click here to receive an email with further instructions. You will need to know the email associated with your SAQA account. You will also see links to "Recover Password" or "I Forgot my Login" on any mySAQA login prompt.

Please check your spam or promotion folders for the recovery email - these usually get sent within a few minutes. If you no longer have access to the email address we have on file, just let us know. We can update it for you.

If you require additional assistance, email info@saqa.com.

What is my membership renewal date?

This information, along with other details about your account, is available through the mySAQA membership portal. After logging in, select View/Renew Membership from the list of available options. Here you will see a history of your memberships as well as a link to renew your membership.

What are regions, and second regions?

Since we are a large international organization, we have divided our membership into geographical regions. When you join, you will be asked to select a region. You will then receive regular emails about the events occurring in this region, including local meetings, exhibitions and other opportunities. 

You may also optionally select a second region - this will allow you receive information about this region and be eligible to participate in their exhibitions and activities. This is a benefit for members who live near the boundary of a region, or travel regularly between two regions.

You can update your regions via mySAQA - once you login, select the option to Update Contact Information.

I've just joined SAQA! Now what happens?

Welcome! You should have already received an email with details on how to access mySAQA (where you can manage your online account) as well as links to important parts of our website. If you did not join online, you will receive this email when your application is processed.

A packet containing more information will be mailed to your postal address. If you opted to receive the SAQA Journal via mail, a copy will be mailed to you. A Regional Rep may also be contacting you to welcome you to the local meetings, shows and activities.

If you haven't yet, we encourage you to our New Member Welcome page for an overview of all the resources now available to you as a SAQA member.  

I am changing my email and/or mailing address. How do I update this?

Changes to your email or mailing address can be made by logging in to your mySAQA account and selecting the option to Update Contact Information. It is important to keep your email address current, because so much information is sent via email.

For mailing address changes, you can also complete a Change of Address form included with your mailed SAQA Journal

You can also contact us at info@saqa.com to make this change for you. 

 

I am not receiving my SAQA Journal - why not?

Printed copies of the SAQA Journal are mailed to current members 4 times a year. If you are not receiving your copies, please do check that your address is correct AND that you aren't signed up to receive digital copies instead.

Login to your mySAQA account and select Manage Your Account. Scroll down to Communication Preferences and change your setting accordingly. Or, just email us at info@saqa.com and we will take care of it for you!

If you still have problems with receiving mailed copies (and aren't a digital subscriber), please contact circulation@saqa.com directly.

Exhibitions

Where can I find information about SAQA calls for entry?

SAQA maintains a list of Calls for Entry that includes both Global and Regional Calls for Entry as well as other SAQA opportunities. Each Call for Entry will include a detailed prospectus that includes more specifics including who to contact for more information.

Weekly emails from SAQA will also include upcoming deadlines about our different opportunities. 

Each SAQA Call for Entry will usually have a one month time period when entries are accepted online. Specifics will be included in the prospectus.

NOTE: Prospectuses for the Global Exhibitions are posted online about one year before the final application deadline. Sometimes slight changes are made to the prospectus - please make sure you periodically review the online version so you are aware of these updates.

Who can enter a SAQA exhibition?

You must be a current SAQA member to enter both Global and Regional Calls for Entry. You do NOT have to be a Juried Artist member.

Regional Calls require you to be affiliated with a region specified in the prospectus. Each member can select a primary and secondary region in their profile.

Do entries need to be original work?

Yes, SAQA exhibitions do require that artists submit work that is original and of their own design. Quilts made from patterns, kits or completed in workshops with the collaboration or design of an instructor, or copies or clearly derivative work based on another artist's work are not eligible.

If you have questions, please contact the exhibition coordinator referenced in the prospectus.

What does "collaboration" mean when entering a SAQA exhibit?

Collaboration on an artwork means one or more persons worked as a team to jointly create the artwork and each person contributed in some significant way to the artwork, sharing credit for its' creation. This does not include the production of material used, paid labor or contract quilting.

Collaboration is permitted provided:

  • All artists collaborating on the artwork must be SAQA members.
  • The artwork is entered only once under the name of the artist serving as the contact for the artwork, in the designated space on the entry form listing all collaborating artists.
  • Only one fee is charged for the individual artist's form and the collaborative work is counted as one of the three artworks each artist is permitted to enter either as a solo artist or in collaboration with others.
What about copyright concerns?

Each artist will be asked to confirm on the submission form that to the best of the Artist's knowledge, the artwork does not violate any current copyright laws. Information about copyright permissions should be included in the artist statement.

Permission to use another's work as inspiration does not mean that clearly derivative works will be accepted for global exhibitions - only original creative artwork may be submitted.

Does it matter when my work was created?

No, SAQA does not have a requirement that an artwork be made after a certain date for our Global Exhibitions. All SAQA member work that meets the requirements in the prospectus is eligible for entry, with the exception of work previously shown in a SAQA Global Exhibition.

Note that the date requirement may differ for regional exhibitions - check the prospectus for details.

What do I include for my artist statement, materials, and techniques?

The artist statement is specific to the entered piece (not your artist bio) and should not contain your name, your website, or any other information that would affect the blind jury process. The statement is limited to 1000 characters (approximately 200 words) and may be edited for clarity if your piece is submitted.

The materials and techniques sections each have a limit of 200 characters (approximately 40 words) and should not contain any brand names or artist names.

For more information:

Craft an Amazing Artist Statement in Less Than 60 Words

Write artist statements that welcome, captivate your audiences

 

Are the size requirements negotiable?

Each exhibition is designed to hang in specific venues, many of which have specified exactly what size artwork they can accommodate.

Sizes are not negotiable and any entry that does not meet those requirements will be reviewed to determine whether it will be excluded from the exhibit. Any embellishment that extends past the edge of the work, in any direction, is included in the size measurements.  

Can I submit my entry past the deadline?

Late submissions are not accepted and we STRONGLY encourage that you don't wait until the last minute to start your entry. The entry form is designed to close automatically at the designated time (usually midnight Eastern Time on the last day).

 

How do I determine sales price? Does my piece have to be for sale?

No, it is not required that your piece be for sale (unless otherwise indicated on the prospectus) for a SAQA Global Exhibition. Regional exhibitions may differ - check the prospectus.

SAQA charges 25% commission and some exhibiting venues might charge a commission (total commission will not exceed 50%).

Pricing should be consistent with the artist’s sales record, if any, or comparable works. Do not deduct any amount for commission when determining this value.

If a quilt is not for sale, it must be specified in the application, and an insurance value must be included in the application. Artwork prices cannot be changed after the application is submitted.

What does “Insurance Value” mean?

This is the value determined by the artist that represents the US dollar amount the work would be priced, if it were available for sale. This amount may not be changed after the entry is submitted and is only applicable if your piece is not for sale.

What are the digital submission guidelines?

Images should be in focus, properly exposed, and evenly lit. No part of the quilt should be in shadow. The quilt should be the only item visible in the image other than a white, black, or gray background.

You may use any image-editing software as needed to accurately represent, the quilt. Image-editing processing could include cropping, color-correction, adding/modifying a solid-color background of white, black, or gray.

Full-view images of the quilt must show all the quilt edges. Do NOT crop your photo or you will be required to submit a new image.

For each wall hung entry, submit one overall image and one detail image. When saving your images, be sure to select JPG or JPEG files. The form will NOT accept any other file formats.

For each 3D, installation and wearable art entry, submit one overall front image, one overall rear or side view image and one detail image.

  • A detail image must show an important aspect of the quilt.
  • The second detail image should only be used for wearable, 3D or installation pieces.
  • The artist name must not be visible in the images. Do not include a watermark; do cover up recognizable signatures on the front of the quilt.
  • Make sure that both the full-view and detail images are oriented correctly.
  • File format should be JPEG (no TIFF files), saved at maximum quality (minimum compression)
  • The longest side of the “live” area of the artwork (not including background) should be at least 2100 pixels. Larger is fine so long as the longest side of the overall image does not exceed 4200 pixels.

NOTE:  If a quilt arrives that appears significantly different from the digital image submitted for jurying, the Exhibition Committee reserves the right to reject the entry. The decision of the Exhibition Committee Chair is final.

How do I check image sizes or find the number of pixels?

The submission form will include the specific file requirements for the particular call (these may vary). While the form does NOT check the pixel size or file size on uploaded files, you will want to ensure that your images meet the specifications.

To check the pixel size of the image on your computer:

  • Open the folder or file location where the image is saved.
  • Right-click the image.
  • Select Get Info (Mac) or Properties (Windows). For Windows users, you also need to click on either the Details or Summary tab for the information. The tab will depend on your operating system.

If your file exceeds the maximum pixel size, you will need to resize it smaller. This can be done using Preview (MAC), Paint (Windows), or other software products. There are also some online file resizers such as https://picresize.com or https://www1.lunapic.com/editor. In addition to pixel size, they also have the ability to resize image size in MB.

NOTE: If your file size is below the minimum pixels, you will need to get another picture. You cannot increase the number of pixels without a loss of image quality.

Even if your image file is within the specific pixel range, it may still be too large for uploading due to image resolution, number of colors, compression/quality, etc.

You can check the file size using the instructions above. Remember that 1000 KiloBytes (KB) = 1 MegaByte (MB). To reduce the file size, you may need to set a pixel size closer to the minimum requirement.

NOTE: A submission form cannot exceed 25 MB in uploaded image files (usually there are a maximum of 3 per artwork). You will receive an error if this limit is exceeded.

Since there are slight variations in how file sizes are calculated, we recommend a 24 MB target size for ALL your uploaded images (12 MB each if submitting 2 images or 8 MB each for 3 images). You can slightly decrease the image quality or resolution when saving the image to reduce the file size.

If you are accepted into a SAQA Global exhibition, you WILL be contacted if your image isn't suitable for print purposes.

Are 3D works allowed for exhibitions?

Each exhibition has a detailed prospectus online that specifies what can and cannot be entered. Some of these restrictions may be based upon venue that will be hosting the exhibition.

Some of SAQA’s calls do invite 3D, sculptural or installation type entries and will be specifically addressed in the call details.

Do I need to do anything special when entering 3D or alternative format works?

Work accepted for SAQA exhibitions that are installation, three-dimensional, sculptural, freestanding or wearable, may require the artist to provide display equipment necessary to properly install the piece. This could include pedestals, armatures, mannequins, or custom-made display supports. While many venues provide pedestals, the artist may need to provide the weight of the artwork and might be able to suggest height and size of such pedestal.

Artists should also be prepared, if necessary, to provide unusual or specific lighting for installation works, if such lighting is not typical for the venue’s light system (e.g. spotlights, or floor lights). 

Artists will need to provide step-by-step instructions for the assembly, installation, and display of any work that is not simply hung directly onto a wall.  These instructions should also include, if necessary, clear guidelines for unpacking and repacking of the work for return shipment, including photos, and diagrams.

In the event of a video submission, artists should be prepared, if necessary, to provide the appropriate monitor or projection equipment for viewing. Also, any accepted video should be submitted to the venue in the format requested by the venue, such as DVD, thumbdrive, or upload.

Why are the exhibitions juried and how are jurors selected?

SAQA strives to produce professional exhibitions that can be marketed to a variety of venues. Jurors help to meet this goal by pulling together a cohesive body of work that is aesthetically and thematically cohesive from a diverse slate of entries.

Jurors with diverse backgrounds and artistic training are sought and may include museum curators, artists working within the academic community, and well-known artists of all media. Jurors use a blind jurying process to make their final selections for the exhibition - no artist information is available to them.

Do I have to pay an entry fee when I enter or just if I am accepted?

Each Call for Entry will usually have a fee for entering the exhibition. This fee must be paid by everyone, regardless if your artwork is accepted or not. Fees can be paid online (credit card or paypal) via www.saqa.com/fees during the entry window.

Once the call closes, you will be contacted if you still need to submit a payment or if your membership isn't current. Failure to pay your fee can result in your pieces not being included in the jurying process.If you have any questions regarding your payment, please contact info@saqa.com

When do I find out if I have been accepted?

Each prospectus will include a date by which notifications will be sent. Sometimes the jurying process will be completed earlier. Both accepted and declined artists are contacted via email about their status. The list of accepted artists will be announced soon afterwards. 

Make sure your email address is correct in every place entered, add @SAQA.com to your contacts list, check your spam and junk folders. If you still haven’t found any information by the date for notification, contact info@saqa.com or the Exhibition Coordinator listed on the prospectus or info@saqa.com.

Soon after notifications go out, accepted artists will receive Artist Instructions which will include shipping instructions and an artist contract. Please review these carefully.

 

Can I submit my artwork to another exhibition?

Before completing your submission, please double check that any work submitted has not been entered in or accepted to any other exhibition that may overlap with the dates of this show. Remember, SAQA requires that accepted artwork remain available for the entire length of the exhibition and cannot be withdrawn before the end of the exhibition schedule for any reason.

Withdrawal after entry submission but before acceptance will result in a forfeiture of the entry fee; withdrawal once work has been accepted whether prior to or during the exhibition will result in the artist being excluded from future SAQA shows for a period of 18 months.

Can I continue to work on my piece of artwork, add stitching, or other elements once it has been submitted?

No. Your quilt must match the image that was submitted for the jury process and any entry that does not meet this requirement will be reviewed by the Exhibition Committee Chairs to determine whether it will be excluded from the exhibit.

Are members allowed to have multiple pieces selected for a global exhibition?

Members may submit up to three pieces of art for each global exhibition, however jurors will be instructed to select no more than one artwork per artist per exhibition. Regional exhibitions may have different policies.

Can I share photos of my work before it has been accepted into an exhibition?

When applying to a SAQA Call for entry, there are no restrictions regarding the publication of images of your artwork. This is true even if your artwork is accepted. 

Do I need a label on my piece? What about sleeves or rod pockets?

Yes, the label must contain the title of the work, your name and address, telephone number and name of the exhibition and should be sewn onto the back of the work. The names of all collaborating artists should also be listed on the label.

For 2D works, a four-inch wide sleeve should be attached one inch from the top of the quilt and should extend to only one inch inside each edge of the work. Prospectuses for exhibits that include 3D work will contains details on labeling as well as hanging devices, pedestals or installation information.

Please read each prospectus for more information about hanging requirements as the venue may have its own preferences. If you have any questions, contact the Exhibition Coordinator.

Note: the instructions below reference a 5-in sleeve but this policy was recently updated to allow for 4-in sleeves.

How to Make a Hanging Sleeve / Rod Pocket »

Does SAQA arrange for my work to be sent to the SAQA shipping facility?

No, each artist is responsible for following the shipping instructions included in the Artist Instructions. SAQA does not pay for shipping of artwork to our Exhibition Management Center in Ohio. SAQA will cover shipping costs to the venues and back to the artist when the final exhibition closes. 

Non-US artists can request reimbursement for a portion of their shipping costs.

What is the SAQA Shipping Policy?

Most exhibits require that work be able to be rolled, folded, collapsed or otherwise able to travel between venues in one of SAQA’s traveling crates along with the other works in the exhibit. SAQA asks that artists engineer their piece(s) to break down or fold so they can fit into the space allotted. Note that this does not apply for SAQA calls which allow for 3D pieces.

When artwork does not fit in a SAQA’s shipping crate SAQA may require that the artist provide a suitable container for shipping the work from venue to venue. The artist may be asked to pay a portion of the additional shipping fees. If a work is selected by the juror, SAQA will work with the artist to determine the amount of the artist’s liability and the artist’s liability will be limited to the agreed amount.

For questions regarding the shipping policy, please contact William Reker at exhibitions@saqa.com

Can I remove my work before the exhibition ends?

No, work must be available to travel throughout the duration of an exhibition. It is SAQA policy that once a work has been accepted, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason until the end of the exhibition travel schedule. If a work is sold during the exhibition, the purchaser must wait until the end of the exhibition to receive the work.

What happens if my work sells during the exhibition?

Work that sells from a SAQA Global Exhibition will not be delivered to the buyer until after the exhibition ends. SAQA will hold all sales monies received in a customer deposit account until the end of the return period (14 days after the artwork is received by the buyer). SAQA shall pay all proceeds due to the Artist (less any applicable commissions) within 30 days of end of the return period.

What happens if my work is damaged or lost during an exhibition?

SAQA will arrange to insure the artworks during the exhibition and while it travels, until it is returned to the artist. We do require our exhibiting venues to carry their own insurance as well.

In the event of loss or damage, artists WILL be asked to provide sales records and/or appraisals as supporting documentation towards determining the insurance value of artwork. Any negotiation regarding final valuation is between the artist and the insurance company. SAQA’s liability is limited to the amount paid by insurance.

Will all accepted artworks be shown in every venue?

Each exhibition is different and not all works can be shown in every venue. SAQA markets each exhibition in its entirety and works with venues to ensure the maximum number of pieces possible will be shown in each venue. The venues have different space limitations and many museum and gallery venues also have curators that exercise creative control over the presentation of an exhibition within their venue.

How are exhibitions developed?

Working in conjunction with SAQA's Director of Exhibitions, the SAQA Exhibition Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers whose mission is to find and develop opportunities for our members to show their work. Those opportunities may include museums, international expositions, quilt show venues, regional exhibits, galleries, or trunk show presentations.

What is a Virtual Gallery?

SAQA's Virtual Gallery Program includes 10-12 online galleries throughout the year. One or two of these will be selected by a hired juror, and we will be looking for volunteer curators to organize the rest.

Unlike a brick-and-mortar venue, an on-line gallery requires images only. It has no space or shipping considerations---and far fewer limitations on the kinds of work that can be shown. All virtual galleries are limited to SAQA members and no entry fee is required.

SAQA Seminar

What is SAQA Seminar?

Launched in 2016, SAQA Seminar is an annual project offered through the Education Committee just for SAQA members. We wanted to provide members with opportunities to learn more about a particular topic, share their expertise, ask questions, have conversations, and meet new people.

SAQA Seminar is a multi-media collection of content that will be released weekly over a 6 week period. It will include articles, resources, video conversations, and more. All the offerings are accessible online. (It’s not a traditional retreat, workshop, class or conference. It’s all virtual.)

Due to my work / travel schedule, I can't participate all the time. Is this a problem?

That's totally fine! SAQA Seminar is not an online course with classes that you are required to attend. You will receive weekly emails with links to all the resources. You can begin exploring when we kick off in January or you may find your way to all the great resources several weeks later.

Art Quilt Quarterly

I am already a SAQA member - do I need to subscribe to AQQ?

Art Quilt Quarterly is a completely separate publication from the SAQA Journal which members receive as part of their benefits. You must subscribe to AQQ to receive it, but a discount is available to SAQA members.

What if I didn't receive my copy (or changed my address)?

If you have any problems with your subscription, please contact us at aqq@saqa.com. If you are a SAQA member, address changes can also be made via Manage Your Account in www.saqa.com/mySAQA.

How do I purchase a gift subscription of Art Quilt Quarterly?

Gift subscriptions can be entered via our online form. Just enter the recipient's information when prompted.   

How can my artwork be included in the Portfolio section?

The Portfolio section of each issue includes artwork from our Juried Artist Members. A call for submissions takes place each year usually in February and March.

Not a JAM? Visit our JAM resource page for details about applying.  

When will I get my first issue if I subscribe now?

Issues of Art Quilt Quarterly are sent directly from the mailing house in batches. Depending on when you subscribe, it can take up to 4 weeks or longer to receive your first issue. If you have any questions, please contact us at aqq@saqa.com.

How can I subscribe to AQQ or renew my subscription via check?

Checks (made out to SAQA in US funds only) can be mailed to:

Studio Art Quilt Associates
PO Box 141
Hebron, CT 06248

Please include AQQ in the memo line 

1 year subscription: $34.95 (US address) / $46.95 (non-US).

SAQA members receive $5 off subscription price. 

Do you have an online index for AQQ?

We do maintain an online index of all articles and artwork included in Art Quilt Quarterly. You can use the available search and filter tools to find specific information.

  • You can Search by selecting the magnifying glass in the upper right and entering what you want to search for (artist name, title, etc.). The found results will be displayed in yellow. Use the up/down arrows to navigate through the results.
  • You can use the Filter function to only display records that meet a specific criteria. This is helpful if you want to view articles on a particular subject (or subjects).
  • The Group function allows you to group like records together. You could use this for Artist/Author or Subject.
  • You can also Sort the records by any of the columns (or a combination of them).
Do I have to be a SAQA member to subscribe to Art Quilt Quarterly?

Absolutely not! Art Quilt Quarterly is available for everyone. It's even sold at over 400 bookstores across the United States and Canada. The SAQA Journal is our quarterly publication that is included with a SAQA membership.

SAQA members do receive $5 off a yearly subscription of Art Quilt Quarterly.

Not a SAQA member yet?

How can I check my AQQ subscription status?

Existing subscribers can check their status via the Manage Your Account option in www.saqa.com/mySAQA (Communication Preferences) or by contacting us at aqq@saqa.com. We do send out renewal reminders via email. Your last issue number will also be included on your mailing label.

If you didn't receive an issue or have questions, please contact us at aqq@saqa.com.

Zoom Help

Can I chat with another attendee?

You can use the Chat button during Meeting Room and Webinar sessions to "talk" to another attendee. Just specify the name of the person you want to speak with instead of “Everyone” and type away. During webinars you can also specify to send your chat message just to the Panelist / Host.

HINT:
Please make sure you include your full name when joining a Zoom meeting or webinar so people know it's you. You can also change it when you are in the Meeting by clicking on the three dots next in your Zoom square.

What are the guidelines for Meeting Rooms?

When you are in a Meeting Room, please follow the guidelines below.

  • If you are NOT actively speaking, please mute your microphone as background noise can be a distraction.
  • Please turn off your video if you are not actively participating or if you are moving around.
  • Consider the use of a headset instead of using your computers audio and speakers.
  • If you do experience internet connectivity issues, turn off your webcam - this frees up some bandwidth that can sometimes help.
  • Do use your full name when joining the meeting so everyone knows your name
Help - I no longer see my Zoom screen?

If your Zoom screen disappears, it may be that you have switched to another application on your computer. Look at your taskbar at the bottom and look for the blue Zoom symbol. Click on it.

If this doesn't fix it, you may have accidentally minimized the Zoom screen. Check to see if there is a small window on the upper right of your screen. Hovering over the bottom of this window will provide you with an icon to exit minimized mode.

I am using an iPad or tablet. Can I still participate?

Yes - Zoom can be used on a variety of devices including iPads and Android tablets. You will want to review this Zoom FAQ as the screens / settings will differ slightly from computers.

What is the difference between a Webinar and Meeting?

Events are held in either webinar or meeting format.

Webinars are designed so that only the host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio, and screen. All other attendees are in view only mode (no audio or video) but have the ability to interact with panelists via chat mode.

Meetings are designed to be collaborative events with all participants being able to screen share, turn on their video and audio, and see who else is in attendance.

During some events (Live Chats), we will break up into smaller conversation groups within a Meeting. This allows attendees engage with each other within groups of 20 or smaller.

Webinar: How can I ask a question of a presenter or panelist?

If you move your cursor to the bottom of the Zoom screen, you will see a Chat button. Click on that, move to the right hand box that appears, click in the area that says “Type message here” and type your question. A moderator will ask the questions as time permits. In some Webinars, there is a Q&A button which is used instead. You will be provided instructions at the beginning of the webinar.


Chat button

Meeting: What is the difference between Gallery and Speaker View?

When in a Zoom meeting, you can toggle between Gallery View (aka Brady Bunch or Hollywood Square view) or Speaker view (larger image for person who is talking). This setting is located in the upper right on a PC/Mac. 

Depending on your computer, you can view 49 people on the screen instead of the default 25. This setting is located on Video Settings (click the caret next to Stop/Start Video on your toolbar). This setting is grayed out if your computer isn't capable of displaying that many images.

Gallery View

 

Special Interest Groups

What is a Special Interest Group?

SAQA’s Education Committee has created Special Interest Groups (SIGs) as an exciting format for SAQA members to meet and connect in live, interactive groups focused around a particular theme. Hosted on Zoom Meeting, SIGs will provide an opportunity for members to gather at a specific time to explore topics, discuss books, follow their artists’ journey, informally share their art and experiences, and countless other possible themes.  

SIGs come in 3 forms:

  1. Drop-in groups will be open to all SAQA members to “drop-in”, on an ongoing basis, at their convenience – think, a general “Stitch and Chat”, or a specific theme like, “Long-arm Quilters”.
  2. Formal groups will be open to all SAQA members to join, but closed to new members once the group has started – think, book-study group, or other sequential topics.
  3. Focused groups will be open to those of our SAQA members that identify with specific criteria – think, “Teachers” or “Authors”


Joining a SIG will never cost anything to current SAQA members. However, depending on the group, there may be some cost associated with the group – such as a book for discussion.

Where can I find out which SIGs are currently meeting? How do I sign up?

Check back on this page (www.saqa.com/groups) for information about new and ongoing groups. As new offerings are added, they will be publicized via SAQA’s weekly eBlast, Facebook, and other social media.

I’ve never used Zoom. How does it work?

Zoom is a wonderful, simple way for members to connect face-to-face! If you haven’t tried it, check out the information about Zoom via the link below.
 

I can’t attend at that time. Will it be recorded and archived?

SIGs are live, interactive groups, and thus, are not generally conducive to recording. However, some Special Interest Group meetings may be recorded at the moderator's discretion.

One of the most important features of SIGs is they give members a new way to connect with other members, from across town, across their region, or around the world in real time. Please note: SIGs are not instructional in nature. They are not presentations. They are discussions you are invited to participate in.

Can I start a Special Interest Group?

SAQA is always looking for SIGs to reach out to new audiences. Do you have an idea for a group? Drop us an email at: groups@saqa.com We’d love to hear from you!

Juried Artist program

Why do SAQA members want to be Juried Artists?

Everyone has different goals, but many Juried Artist members indicate they have selected this category of membership because they want the recognition it confers and to have their art published in Art Quilt Quarterly. Most, but not all, have established a professional studio practice.

How do I begin the process and how are new Juried Artists accepted?

For a detailed explanation of the process as well as guidelines for preparing and submitting your portfolio, click the link below. The Review Panel meets 6 times a year to review applications and SAQA offers artist members mentoring specific to the Juried Artist program throughout the process.

I am not currently a SAQA member - can I apply to be a Juried Artist?

SAQA membership is not required to apply for Juried Artist Membership. However, only current members can use the mentoring services.

I am already a Juried Artist - how do I update my website profile?

Existing Juried Artist members can find information on updating their profile via the link below.

I was a Juried Artist before but let my membership lapse - do I need to reapply?

Juried Artists who discontinue their Juried Artist membership status (but maintain their membership in SAQA) can be reinstated within a five-year period without going through the Juried Artist approval process again.

Juried Artist members who have let their SAQA membership lapse for more than one year will be required to re-submit an application.

If you have questions, please contact us at info@saqa.com.

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