Resources on Exhibiting your Art

SAQA Seminar (Article)

The first step in putting your art on a more professional plane is getting it seen.  But where? How?

Scroll down to find resources for learning the best practices for preparing your work for exhibition. Plus, check out these links:


Resources and other inspiring links


Show Your Work, Austin Kleon is a New York Times bestselling guide to getting discovered.
Show Your Work lecture:  Austin Kleon teaches how opening up and sharing your process brings you closer to your audience, adds value to your work, and makes you better at what you do.

Getting Ready to Exhibit
Ideas and Proposals

How to Prepare an Exhibition Proposal That Won’t Get Ignored” by AFTRART includes good information for approaching galleries and preparing a proposal.

Solo Exhibitions - Tips & Insights “ by Brenda Gael Smith includes a webinar, resources list, Q &A recordings. Brenda talks about the challenges of curating your own show, selecting a location, a contract checklist, and more.
Do's and don'ts of submitting a piece to Quilt National" Judy Kirpich give thoughtful advice for entering any juried exhibition…including Quilt National.

Creating Your First Exhibition” is a general reference of things to consider in putting together an exhibition.

How to Create and Host an Open Studio Tour” Suzanne V. Paddock teaches how to put together a formal studio tour for visitors to your area.  

Finding Places to Exhibit

Art Exhibition Ideas" Very Private Gallery presents thinking outside of the box ideas for setting up your own art exhibit, including pop up exhibits to doing a street exhibit. Warning- some are a little off the wall.

Calls for Entry” Monthly listings of calls for entry are posted in Lyric Montgomery Kinard’s subscription newsletter.

CaFÉ” is a listing and submission site for all kinds of art exhibits. Don't be afraid to enter your art quilts into multi-media exhibitions as well as quilt exhibitions!

Art Deadline List” shows art commissions, competitions, jobs, internships, and more.” lists opportunities for artists: awards, exhibits, and more.

Calls For Art” is an artist resource for juried art competitions, art festivals, and calls for exhibition proposals

SAQA Calls for Entry” is a listing of entry calls from SAQA and others. You can submit your own calls for entry to be listed here as well.

SAQA Global Exhibitions

Conversation with Heather Pregger, Chair of the SAQA Exhibition Committee. In this  LiveChat with Lisa Walton, Heather answers questions about exhibiting quilts in SAQA global shows.

Lifecycle of a SAQA Exhibition” In 2016, SAQA's Exhibition Committee made this slideshow about how SAQA global exhibitions are created and run.

SAQA Regional Exhibitions

Hosting a Regional Exhibition (2013)” Betty Busby, Kate Themel, Deb Cashatt made this webinar which covers the requirements and responsibilities for hosting a regional exhibit including the SAQA resources available.

Organizing Your Art

Artwork Archive - Art inventory, simplified

Art Moi - Catalogue your art software

GYST - Artwork Inventory for Artists


Workflow, Time Management and Productivity for Creatives” by Lisa Congdon