SAQA Trunk Show

About the Trunk Show

SAQA’s traveling trunk shows are designed to showcase SAQA’s diversity of talent and support our mission to “promote the art quilt.” Audiences at locations around the world are able to engage with the art quilts in an up-close and personal way. In addition to delighting viewers with the variety of techniques and breadth of creativity, trunks are also used for educational purposes and outreach.

Each quilt is 10 x 7 inches, mounted on a white 12 x 9 inch backing board, and sealed inside a clear envelope. The artist's location, artwork title, statement and information about techniques and materials are on the back.

The trunk show is a wonderful way to view and engage with art quilts. Trunks are perfect for exhibiting at a wide variety of venues, including museums, art centers, and galleries. Some venues might want to organize special workshops around the trunk show and invite community groups to view the art. Additional educational resources will also be available. 

We are now accepting reservations for the new trunk show which will be available for travel in February 2022. The rental fee is $75 for SAQA members / $150 for non-members.

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View the 2017 Trunk Show online

Thank you to the almost 400 members who submitted a piece to our newest trunk show which will be available for viewing online in February 2022. In the meantime, please enjoy the artwork from the 2017 Trunk Show.

Here are a few different ways to view the 2017 Trunk Show pieces pieces online. In addition to viewing them by trunk below, other options are available.


Online Album (all pieces)
Google Photo Album of all pieces (slideshow function is available within browser). Note that these are not in name or trunk order.

List of Trunk Show pieces (all)
Includes all pieces in Last Name order with Trunk, Statement, Techniques, and Materials.

List of Trunk Show pieces (by trunk)
Same as above but pieces are grouped by Trunk

Gallery View of Trunk Show pieces (all)
Listed in name order. Can use filter/sort features to display by Region

Gallery View of Trunk Show (by trunk)
Listed in trunk order. Can use filter feature to display each trunk

How to Use the Trunk Show

There is no single way to use the trunk show – it is such a versatile exhibition. This is one of the rare times that people have the opportunity to engage closely with a work of art. People really like to hold the pieces and because they are encased in the clear bags, they can!

You can spread the pieces out on tables and allow people to view them that way. Or, you can distribute the artwork to groups and let them hold the pieces for a closer look at the materials and techniques used.

In some cases, you may want to hang the pieces for display. We recommend using 3M Command POSTER strips for this purpose – they are easily removable from both the wall AND the mat board. You can find this product in most larger chain stores. Need wall labels? Check our additional resources below.

Regional meetings

  • Members get to know each other’s work
  • Show the diversity of styles, materials and techniques
  • Use as an educational tool for critiquing and viewing art
  • Use as a Jurying exercise - how to  develop an exhibition when only a limited number of pieces can be included. What artwork would you select and why?

Galleries and Museums

  • Introduce the art world to the art quilt as a fine art medium
  • Increase SAQA visibility
  • Engage visitors of all ages

Traditional Guilds

  • Recruiting new members
  • Giving closet art quilters a sense of belonging
  • Show the diversity of styles in the art quilt community
Additional Resources

Trunk Show catalog (PDF)
Includes thumbnails of all pieces and can be printed.

Trunk Show Instructions
Includes information about unpacking / storing and displaying the trunk show

Zip File
Includes Inventory Lists and Wall Labels (both versions) for all Trunks. Download and unzip to access files.

Excel Merge File   
Excel spreadsheet with artist and artwork information. Can be used to create venue specific labels / signage

Article from Winter 2010 Journal
Written for a previous trunk show, this helpful article includes information how to use the trunk show as a teaching tool.



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