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Current Exhibitions

3D Expression    Opens in Sept at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

This cutting-edge exhibition shows how textile art can expand both into the third dimension and into the future. The wide variety of pieces selected by juror Bruce Hoffman include vessels, wearables, wall-pieces, and sculptural artworks.

Premieres at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on September 23, 2019.  

3D Expression

Connecting our Natural Worlds    ** artists have been notified

The exhibition showcases artwork that communicates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. The selected pieces tell the tale of endangered flora and fauna and how we can become better stewards for our environment. Through their own unique artistic interpretation, each artist has identified danger in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save the species.

Premieres at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in October 2019

Connecting our Natural Worlds

Dusk to Dawn    Festival of Quilts, Birmingham Uk in August

When the sun dips below the horizon, the world changes: the trees are lit by the silvery light of the moon, and warm lamps glow in a child's room as they listen to a bedtime story. Owls and bats take to the sky for their evening meals, while other animals curl up safely in their dens. A collection of abstract nightscapes, animal portraits, and other nighttime observations, Dusk to Dawn offers a glimpse of the mysterious world that emerges when darkness arrives.

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Dusk to Dawn

Forced to Flee     On Display at Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

The refugee crisis has imposed severe impacts on the social, economic, and political structures of host countries, especially poor and developing countries. This powerful and timely exhibition illustrates the global challenges arising from the current refugee crisis impacting countries across the globe.


Forced to Flee

Guns: Loaded Conversations    

Today we find ourselves living in a society in which gun violence feels commonplace. Yet an enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned about the rising tide of gun violence. Artists have been a catalyst for difficult societal conversations throughout history. Guns: Loaded Conversations seeks to engage viewers of differing opinions to listen to each other and to encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

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Guns: Loaded Conversations

H2Oh!     On display at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Water - it’s everywhere!  The majority of the earth’s surface is covered by water, and more than half of the human body consists of water. But water also plays an essential role in our survival. This exhibition encouraged the artist to interpret one of the most vital, desired, powerful, sacred, and enjoyed resources on earth in their own unique, individual style, whether abstract, graphic, or representational.

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Layered & Stitched    Opens at Quilt Festival Houston 2019

“Layered & Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art” is a gorgeous showcase of 50 art quilts by renowned master artists. Seminal works show the evolution of the art quilt from the earliest pioneers creating during the 1960s through to today’s artists experimenting with new forms, new materials, and new digital technologies. Premieres at Quilt Festival Houston (2019).

Layered & Stitched

Layered Voices    On Display at Brigham City Museum of Art & History

Layers are everywhere. They become apparent when we plumb the earth’s surface, make archeological digs to discover the history of civilizations, explore human anatomy, dress for the weather, dig in freshly fallen snow, and count rings in the stump of a tree. Layers are abstract, too. We find them in language when we ponder the hidden meanings in novels, poems, conversations, and puns. 

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Layered Voices

Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric    On display at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, TN

An invitational exhibition of one work each by 29 artists featured in the new book Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman. These engaging works of art represent a range of styles across the abstract art spectrum. Participating artists come from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, and across the US. 

Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric

Metamorphosis    On Display at AQS Quiltweek in August

Metamorphosis generates transformative change in shape, nature, or structure. Animals physically develop and change from birth to maturity. Concepts and ideas morph and change over time. Even the earth’s landscape progresses through many geological and ecological stages. Change may be positive, negative, frightening or enlightening. The pieces in this exhibition demonstrate the inevitability of change—physical, philosophical or personal — and the results of such transformations, no matter how subtle.


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SAQA Trunk Show    Schedule a viewing today!

SAQA Artists On Tour: An up close and personal view of art quilts! The 2017 Trunk Show has over 450 pieces travelling in 8 different trunks around the globe. Schedule a viewing at your location today!

Sponsored by Innova

SAQA Trunk Show

Season After Season    On display at EPM, France in September

Our lives are measured in seasons. Not just the familiar quarterly divisions of a year: spring, summer, fall and winter, but with each new day we move among a variety of seasons. Seasons are temporary markers of the passing of time, helping us transition naturally through the changes of our lives. Transitions in our personal lives can be seen through the seasons represented by age, health, attitude, status, hopes, dreams, or priorities.


Season After Season

Textile Posters    Traveling in Australia in 2019

SAQA’s Textile Posters brings together the familiarity of quilts with the equally familiar vernacular of posters to create a visually exciting, informative, and emotional exhibition. Selected pieces reflect the wide diversity of posters. What all have in common is an emblematic economy of text and imagery. Posters are meant to convey a message in the blink of an eye, be it to inform, educate, or persuade. It is that particular aesthetic consideration which characterizes these textile artworks.

Textile Posters

Tranquility    On Display at Grants Pass Museum of Art

Tranquility is defined as a quality or state of being, possessing the concepts of quiet, peacefulness, calmness or serenity.  Tranquility, as a mental and physical concept, is the primary focus of certain religious sects, whereby tranquility of the body, thoughts and consciousness are believed to lead to the path of personal enlightenment.

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Turmoil    On Display at Grants Pass Museum of Art

Turmoil is defined as a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty.  It can be personal and internal, societal or natural. This exhibition features work that depicts chaos, discord, imbalance,  and tumult. Artists were requested to explore the meaning of turmoil in their own lives. The works selected represent turmoil through color, line, and composition. 

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Upcycle!     ** artists have been notified

Repurposing used materials is one of the most effective solutions there is to deal with today's environmentally devastating waste issues. Fiber art also has a rich tradition of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded by turning them into compelling compositions.

Premieres at the International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas (October 2019)