Virtual Gallery Submission Guidelines

The following information applies to the calls for SAQA's Virtual Gallery program. Note that these calls are for an ONLINE GALLERY only. Artwork will not travel and there is no fee to enter. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please email

  • Artwork, or components within, must fit the SAQA definition of an art quilt: “...a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”
  • Work must be original and of the artist's own design.
  • Artists may enter up to three artworks (there is no entry fee to participate)
  • Artwork may not have been accepted into a previous SAQA Virtual Gallery (artwork included in a SAQA Global or Regional exhibition is permitted)
  • Only current SAQA members may enter.
  • If the artwork is a collaboration, all collaborating artists must be SAQA members.
  • Artwork does not need to be offered for sale or in your possession.
  • There is no date by which the artwork must have been made.
  • Not all entries will be accepted. Curators may only select up to one artwork per artist.

Don't miss this! We have prepared a handy resource of Tips for Successful Art Quilt Photography.

To participate in a Virtual Gallery call, you will need to submit two photographs. Because this is a virtual exhibition, it is critical that submitted images be of the best possible quality: in focus, with clear details, and following SAQA's digital image guidelines

  • One full-view image is required along with a detail image.
  • Digital images must be saved as a high-quality JPEG or JPG file (No TIFF files). Do not include your name or initials in the filename.
  • Finished images should be at least 2100 pixels on the longest side and not more than 4200 pixels.
  • Files should NOT exceed more than 12 MB per file (form max per submission is 25 MB)

The Volunteer Curator will jury the submissions based on quality of submitted image and illustration of the exhibition theme. Images that do not meet SAQA’s digital image guidelines will not be forwarded to the Volunteer Curator for possible selection.

Common errors include:

  • Images that are out of focus or too small, 
  • Cropping images too closely on the full-view image. All edges of the artwork must be visible along with a small amount of contrasting background.
  • Distracting elements in the image background - we don't want to see design walls, rugs, your studio, hanging clips, hands, pins, etc. 

Not sure what we mean?  Please take a look at this primer  for tips on successful art quilt photography.

Note: Artists are no longer asked to blur signatures, initials, or other identifying marks on their submissions to Virtual Gallery calls for entry. Any blurring will be done by SAQA staff prior to the jurying process.


Terms and Conditions:

You will be asked to agree with these terms and conditions. "I agree to loan images of my artwork to Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. I further agree to permit images of my artwork to be used in articles, ads, promotions, blogs, websites, and/or social media for and about the virtual gallery and/or promotion of SAQA, Inc." "I confirm, to the best of my knowledge, the artwork entered is original and does not violate any copyright or trademark laws.

Upcoming Virtual Gallery Calls for Entry
Art quilters have taken the traditional form of a quilt and moved it to the wall. Now we ask you to explore pushing the form off the wall into three dimensions. Create art that can stand on its own, hang from the ceiling or has added dimension on the wall. Curated by Andrea Finch
Call for Entry Deadline:
In our daily lives we are surrounded by fabric. Many of these fabrics are mass-produced and bypass the more traditional ways of working with cloth. Old world handicrafts, such as weaving, hand-dyeing and hand embroidery are being lost.