Critique, Collaboration, and Mentorship

The creative process for many artists is usually a solitary practice. But many artists benefit from getting feedback from their peers or collaborating on new projects.

Critique
by Mary Vaneecke (SAQA Journal)

Mary Vaneecke and other Arizona SAQA members share what they learned during a group critique session. Just as importantly, the session placed art quilts in front of a decision maker who did not know much about our medium.

Educational Video
We are excited to share recordings from two longstanding critique groups based in Northern California. These videos will show you two examples of what a critique group can be and perhaps inspire you to join or start a group with artists in your area!
Educational Video
Guest critic Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Professor Emeritus with a named University of Kentucky Endowed Professorship is known internationally for his innovative mixed media fiber art. In this 3-part video critique, Arturo provided three different artists with helpful insight about their artwork
Educational Video
In this video, Lyric Kinard offers an objective approach to critique, providing insights into key elements of design and composition. Darlene Bayley, Cynthia Steward, and Ann Turley were our participating artists. 
Educational Video
In this 3-part video series, Sandra Sider provides three different artists with helpful insight about their artwork. Participants included Lorna Morck, Carolina Oneto, and Arja Speelman.
Educational Video

In this video, Jane Dunnewold shares expert advice with artists Merran Phillips, Martha Phair Sanders, and Ree Fagan. Dunnewold's critiques focus on specific technical advice and offer wisdom on how to push successful pieces even further. She also emphasizes the...

SAQA Seminar (Article)
How do you evaluate your own work? When asked to critique another artist’s work do you feel confident in the language you want to use? Check out these resources.
Member Benefit
The SAQA-Artique group is open to all SAQA members. Members trust in each other to make honest comments about the issues that they wish to have critiqued. The critiques are all in the spirit of a shared interest in quilting as an art form and improvement of each person's talents.
SAQA Seminar (Artist Q&A)
Clara Nartey is an artist, a writer, and a curator whose passion is to help others reawaken their inner creativity. Learn more how Clara evaluates her artwork and the self-critique process.
Educational Video

In 2019, the SAQA Education Committee worked to bring you a series all about critique. In this special session, the audience critiqued the work of three SAQA volunteers. Getting and giving critiques can be a powerful tool for artistic growth...

Educational Video

The SAQA Education Committee hosted a live critique opportunity where attendees were offered the opportunity to give feedback to our critique volunteers: Diane Núñez, Johnnie McKenzie, Daniela Tiger, and Teresita Leal. Getting and giving critiques can be a powerful tool for...

Educational Video

The SAQA Education Committee hosted a live critique opportunity where attendees were offered the opportunity to give feedback to our critique volunteers: Gay Bitter, Ellen Isaacs, Tracey Cameron, and Judy Crotts. Getting and giving critiques can be a powerful tool for...

Collaboration
SAQA Seminar (Article)
Learn more about how artist Martha Wolfe works with an artist group in Viewpoints 9. Viewpoints 9 is an international, invitational fiber art group who work on challenges posed by each artist.
SAQA Seminar (Artist Q&A)
The Pixeladies, Kris Sazaki and Deb Cashatt, answer questions about their collaborative design process. Find out how they work together and how they see things similarly (and differently too).
Educational Video
Education Committee member Vicki Conley is joined by artists Susan Callahan and Kevan Lunney to discuss their community quilt projects.
Educational Video
The second part of this series includes presentations by Lea McComas, Penny Mateer, and M. Camille Eaton Romig about their community quilt projects.
by Paula Kovarik (SAQA Journal)
In this SAQA Journal article, Paula Kovarik offers her experience in working collaboratively with Jean Holmgren. Paula notes that: Our collaboration and friendship has served as a mirror, sounding board, reality check and crystal ball. Two heads can energize insights.
Virginia Greaves & Leisa Rich (SAQA Journal)

In 2011, I approached Aberna-thy Arts Center Gallery in Sandy Springs, Georgia, about including my work in its annual Georgia Artists show. There were categories for painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media, but no fiber, my primary medium. After showing...

Mentorship
by Ali George (SAQA Journal)

The Oceania Mentorship Group (OMG!) was created in response to the changing membership structure within our region. With membership drives resulting in more members, one of the challenges about the “anyone and everyone” approach was how to retain those new...

Member Benefit
The SAQA Mentorship Program is for artists beginning an art practice and also for experienced artists who want to explore growth opportunities with another experienced artist.

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