SAQA Seminar - Your Professional Toolkit

Member Program

Our focus this year is Your Professional Toolkit and we are excited about the richness of the content! The goal of the Seminar is to educate and inspire members. There are recorded video conversations with accomplished artists, resource links, written interviews with SAQA artists, and more.

Whether you've already established a professional art practice, are simply curious about what that would entail, or anywhere between, we think you'll find something instructive and enlightening. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at seminar@saqa.com.

Unit 1: Exhibiting your Art

The first step in putting your art on a more professional plane is getting it seen.  But where? How? Unit 1 shares the experiences of artists who’ve traveled that path. You’ll also find resources for learning the best practices for preparing your work for exhibition.

Unit 2: Marketing your Art

We love to make our art, but a professional practice doesn’t stop there.  As in any other business, we have to market our product (in addition to showing it).  Learn how some artists have done this in Unit 2.

Unit 3: Selling your Art

You’ve gotten your work out in public. Great!  Now, wouldn’t it be great if someone or some organization bought it?!  While there’s no sure path to successfully monetizing your art, in Unit 3 you’ll hear about how some artists have achieved this goal.

Unit 4: Sharing your Art Online

Besides physical exhibition, there’s a virtual world out there with many platforms on which to share your work. The choices seem endless. In Unit 4 you’ll learn how other artists have decided where, how, and how often they share their art online and their parameters for determining the success of their efforts.

Unit 5: Multiple Revenue Streams from your Art

Teaching, writing, speaking: these are but three ways to generate income that can be directly related to your art. Learn about the rewards and costs of diversifying your professional activities from artists’ personal experiences in Unit 5.

Unit 6: Elevating your Art Career

Continuing education and exploration are also key to your professional art practice. Classes and workshops, critique and discussion groups, art and museum outings all support your development. SAQA has many opportunities and resources available to you as part of your membership. Unit 6 surveys your options inside and outside of SAQA.

Featured Content
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)

Keidra Navaroli shares "A Curatorial Perspective" in this video conversation. Navaroli is the Assistant Director and Curator at the Ruth Funk Center For Textile Arts in Melbourne, Florida. She encourages fiber artists to take risks with their work and create...

SAQA Seminar (Article)
Learn more about artist Ann Brauer how she sells her work at fine craft shows. Ann is a studio fiber artist working in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
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 (Video Conversation)
Cheryl Sleboda teaches us about "Building a Brand" in this video conversation. Cheryl is an award-winning art quilter, lecturer, traveling teacher, and runs two businesses.
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)

In this video, Ginni Fleck is interviewed by Jeanne Marklin about "Creating a Textile Art School". Ginni is the founder of DIY Textile School in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

SAQA Seminar (Artist Q&A)
Learn more about artist Dianne Firth and her experiences exhibiting her work internationally. Dianne is Australian and has shown her work in venues across Australia and overseas.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
Editorial Director of Modern and Art Quilting brands for The Quilting Company, Vivika Hansen DeNegre gives an insider's perspective into the publishing world, and what art quilters can do to get published.
SAQA Seminar (Artist Q&A)
Learn more about artist Jane Sassaman and how she uses social media to share her artwork. Jane is a contemporary quilt artist, fabric designer, author, and teacher who has been making art quilts since 1980.
SAQA Seminar (Artist Q&A)
Learn more about artist Maggie Vanderweit and how she uses marketing tools to promote her successful art business. Maggie worked for 40 years as a lecturer and teacher, and for 20 years selling at shows.
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)

In this video, Sue Benner is interviewed by Clara Nartey about "Navigating the Commissions Process". Sue Benner is a textile artist who lectures and teaches workshops nationally and internationally in the areas of surface design, textile collage, fused quilt construction...

SAQA Seminar (Article)
Teaching, writing, speaking: these are but three ways to generate income that can be directly related to your art. Learn about the rewards and costs of diversifying your professional activities from artists’ personal experiences.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
Continuing education and exploration are also key to your professional art practice. Classes and workshops, critique and discussion groups, art and museum outings all support your development. SAQA has many opportunities and resources as well.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
The first step in putting your art on a more professional plane is getting it seen. Check out these resources for learning the best practices for preparing your work for exhibition.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
We love to make our art, but a professional practice doesn’t stop there. As in any other business, we have to market our product (in addition to showing it). Learn more about marketing your art by reviewing these resources.
SAQA Seminar (Article)
You’ve gotten your work out in public. Great! Now, wouldn’t it be great if someone or some organization bought it?! While there’s no sure path to successfully monetizing your art, check out these resources to help you on your way.

Besides physical exhibition, there’s a virtual world out there with many platforms on which to share your work. The choices seem endless.Learn how other artists have decided where, how, and how often they share their art online and their parameters...

SAQA Seminar (Article)

We hope that the videos, articles, and resources in this SAQA Seminar will help as you chart the next steps in your professional journey. Goals, interests, and skills can vary tremendously so each artist’s path of professional development will be...

SAQA Seminar (Artist Q&A)
Learn more about artist Betty Busby, her career, and how she sells her work. Betty is a published fiber artist and teacher who maintains a busy exhibition schedule nationally and internationally.
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)

In this video, Marjan Kluepfel is interviewed by Clara Nartey about "The Role of Art Organizations in an Artist's Career". Marjan is a fabric artist, teacher, lecturer, and writer.

SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)

In this video, Laura Wasilowski is interviewed by Jeanne Marklin about her career as a travelling teacher. Laura is a textile artist and creator of hand-dyed threads and fabrics. She has also written several books.

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