Regional Exhibition Guidelines & Resources

SAQA has a very robust regional exhibition program which expands the variety of exhibition opportunities available for our members. Each region is responsible for handling the details of their regional exhibition, from developing the theme, issuing the call for entry through planning the traveling schedule.

Even though regional exhibitions are separate from the Global Exhibition program, it is important to follow the guidelines outlined below. This ensures that each region has a well-thought-out plan for the exhibition and a consistent level of professionalism is maintained from initial planning to final completion.

Not a Regional Rep? If you are interested in coordinating a regional exhibition in your region, please make sure you contact your Regional Rep first.

Exhibition Guidelines


The first step in planning a Regional Exhibition is to develop your Exhibition Proposal (downloadable form), which will help pull together all the necessary details. In addition to defining the requirements of the call, you will need find an appropriate venue (or venues) and develop a budget. The final step is to get your proposal approved by the Regional Exhibition Coordinator.

If you have any questions about completing the proposal form, please contact the Regional Exhibition Coordinator at

  • Regional Representatives (or their agents) must file a proposal at least four weeks in advance of issuing the call for entry.
  • Only approved regional exhibitions will be allowed to use the SAQA name and logo in their exhibition title and have access to publicity materials.
  • Approved regional exhibitions will also have access to SAQA’s umbrella insurance coverage

Regional Exhibit Proposal blank (doc)



Prior to approaching a venue, send your list of potential venues to for approval. This is to avoid conflict with the SAQA Global Exhibition venues.

It is important to choose suitable venues that will display the artwork in manner that is consistent with the professionalism ofour members. Venues should provide adequate insurance and appropriate security.

Each region will negotiate fees and commissions with their venues individually. Only the venue is allowed to take a commission, at an amount to be negotiated with the regional representatives or their agents, and not to exceed 50% of the sale price.

SAQA will take NO commission on sale of works, and neither can the regions, regional representatives or their agents, curators, or any other persons involved in the development or organization of the exhibition.

Regional representatives or their agents should strongly urge the venue(s) to enter into a contract with each artist (with the assistance of the regional representatives or their agents). As each region will act autonomously in their dealing with the venue, any issues that arise involving sale of works will be the responsibility of the region.

When an exhibition is not on display, you must ensure that all artwork is stored and transported securely.



SAQA has an insurance policy on behalf of the artists in SAQA exhibitions, including approved regional exhibitions. SAQA will arrange to provide insurance for 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.

To obtain insurance coverage, the curator must send a list of works and their values to the Regional Rep Coordinator, after the exhibition has been selected.

The manner in which the art will be insured should also be clearly stated in the prospectus, so that individual artists can purchase their own insurance, if needed.



If a juror is used, he or she should be independent from the exhibition. The juror(s) should be identified in the prospectus and a brief biographical statement included. The Regional Exhibition Coordinator will recommend a qualified juror upon request.

If a juror honorarium is required, it must be included in the budget. Requests for juror payments can be made online at:



The call for entry must be open to all SAQA members in the region(s). Membership must be current as of the call for entry deadline. The inclusion of members in other regions (or who have your region selected as a second region) is at the discretion of the regional exhibition committee. 

To ensure that all entries are juried equally, invited artists MUST be stated in the prospectus and juror artwork on display should be identified clearly as such.



After the Exhibition Proposal is approved, a Call for Entry Prospectus will need to be created. The prospectus will inform potential applicants about the exhibition requirements such as:

  • Overview of exhibition theme / concept
  • Juror Information (and brief bio)
  • Policies and Guidelines
  • Entry requirements for applicants
  • Important dates
  • Entry Fee

Sample versions of prospectuses are included below - you can also view current ones on the Regional Call page.

Once your prospectus is complete, complete the online submission form. Or you can send the Prospectus (in either DOC or PDF format) to the Regional Rep Coordinator,

Please send the prospectus to SAQA before promoting the call to your members. This ensures that it is also available on the website – not everyone in your region will read their emails or visit a blog/Facebook page.

When your call opens, confirm that entry fee is available in the SAQA Store ( You will also receive information from SAQA about how to view payments made for the entry fees.



If your region is interested in using the SAQA Call for Entry system for your approved regional exhibition, please contact for instructions and training.

Two options are available:

  • Submission Form Only ($75)
  • Submission Form and Airtable integration ($200)

You do not have to use the SAQA Call for Entry system. Other options are available.



Regions must include a proposed budget as part of their Exhibition Proposal. Regional exhibitions must be self- funded – basically, exhibition expenses should not exceed income (entry fees and sponsorships).

Prior to seeking sponsors (using sponsors is optional), send your list of potential sponsors to for approval to approach them. This is to avoid conflict with the all SAQA requests for sponsors.

Regional grant funds are available for approved regional exhibition – this requires the completion of a grant application and review by the SAQA grant committee. Contact for more details.

It is expected that regions will maintain accurate financial records of all receipts and expenditures and be prepared to share the records with involved parties. Regions must also keep accurate records of the exhibition artwork (artist contact information, title and value of each artwork) as well as the venue(s) location and exhibition dates.

It is highly recommended that entry fees be paid online via the SAQA Store. Any mailed entry fees or sponsorship income must be submitted to SAQA in a timely manner.

An online form for sending money is available at: This form can also be used to request reimbursements for exhibition expenses. If you are not a Regional Rep, please contact your Rep first before using this form.



Once your exhibition has been juried and all the details finalized, we strongly encourage you complete the online Event Submission Form. This ensures that your regional exhibition gets added to the SAQA website calendar and included in our social media channels.

While you may have completed this form before for your prospectus, we do ask that you complete it again to ensure that we have accurate venue information (dates DO change) as well as images of artwork.

Please do share your exhibition news and images on the SAQA Members-only Facebook Group.  If you have pictures of your exhibition at the venue, send them to along with a brief write up of the event.

Regional Catalogs

We encourage regions to create printed catalogs for their exhibitions - it is a great way to promote your member artwork and keep a historical record of your regional activity for the SAQA archives.

Be sure to include a line-item in your budget for graphic design or find a volunteer in your region who is familiar with publishing software (InDesign is the most commonly used one). You will also need to include printing costs in your budget.

Regional Catalog Guidelines by Georgia French (PDF)

Over the past few years, most of our regions have used on-demand printing of their catalogs instead of printing a large number of catalogs ahead of time. This allows you to space out your catalog purchase instead of having a large expense all at once (and maybe ending with a lot of leftover catalogs to get rid of).

SAQA currently uses Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) for on-demand printing. We also offer regions the use of SAQA's account to share digital versions of your catalog.


Kindle Direct Publishing

PLEASE DO NOT USE YOUR OWN AMAZON ACCOUNT - contact to find out how to get started. You will receive the necessary login details and other information.

Once your catalog is designed, you will upload to KDP in a high-resolution PDF format. Once that processes is complete, you can order sample copies in addition to any wholesale copies for your venues, artists, and sponsors.

To request reimbursement for your catalog purchases through KDP, use the online accounting form. You will also use this form to send money earned from in-person catalog sales.

By using KDP, you can also easily add your catalog to the store. In addition to being an easy way for individuals to buy your catalog, each sale will provide your region with a small royalty.

Catalog royalties will be posted to your regional account quarterly. You can access online reports through the KDP account.



SAQA is offering an easy and exciting new way for your existing regional exhibition catalogs to be hosted as flipbooks online. You can see some examples of the flipbooks from our regional exhibitions by clicking here:

This is a great way to share the art from your regional exhibition (preferably within the last 2 years) with the public and expand the audience for your region’s art.  To participate, all you have to do is upload your catalog PDF files (see details below). After SAQA has had a chance to upload the catalogs we will send you back a link to the flipbook you can share and the html code to embed the flipbook on your website or blog.

How to participate

  1. Create a single PDF file of your exhibition catalog.  For the flipbook, the first page of the PDF should be the front cover of the catalog, the second page of the PDF should be blank, and the rest of your catalog should follow.
  2. Save the PDF as a reduced size PDF (the file needs to be less than 25MB).
  3. Fill out the short form and upload your file here:

If you have questions about this opportunity or about your PDFs, please email Shannon Conley at

Contact Info

Regional Exhibition Coordinator (Betty Busby & Cynthia Levis) -

Reps Coordinator (Desi Vaughn) -

Website Questions  -

Contracts (Martha Sielman) –

Grant Information (Bethany Garner) –

Accounting -

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