May 2018 in Review

SAQA Global Exhibition Highlights

SAQA’s Director of Global Exhibitions William Reker has been building relationships with potential exhibition spaces by sharing our exhibition information at museum conferences.

SAQA’s Global Exhibitions Turmoil and Tranquility were on display in May at the 2018 Australian Quilt Convention  in Melbourne, Australia. For more information about these exhibitions, visit the SAQA website

The SAQA exhibition Modern Inspirations —Art Quilts from the 1970s Through Today opened at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. The exhibition runs from April 28 – June 17, 2018.

SAQA Global Exhibition Layered Voices opened at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For more information, including the details about Betty Busby’s artist talk in July, visit the OSU website. The exhibition runs from May 1 – August 18, 2018.

SAQA has two new Global Exhibition calls for entry.  Musica! will debut March 2020 at National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky and Upcycle!  which debuts at the 2019 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

Interested in seeing more beautiful artwork?
Check out all the SAQA Global Exhibitions on our website – we offer slideshows and more details about the artwork. Exhibition catalogs are also available in the SAQA Store .


Individual Member News

Pam Allen is our newest Juried Artist Member (JAM). If you would like to know more about Allen’s work, please visit her websiteInterested in becoming a Juried Artist Member of SAQA? The next JAM application deadline is July 1. 


Bird by Pamela Allen


Several of our members are part of the exhibition Things that Matter @ Visions Art Museum. You can read more about that exhibition and the Coalition of Artists With Purpose here. 

SAQA JAM member Amy  Meissner’s solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum  opened to a massive audience of viewers.  The exhibition called Inheritance: Makers. Memory. Myth is on view from May 4 – August 26, 2018.

Regional News

Central Canada held a wonderful retreat in April. Regional Rep Maggie Vanderweit shared the details along with advice about hosting your regional retreat in this recent blog post

The Oregon Regional exhibition BRIDGE is currently on show at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon. You can view the show there until June 24, 2018.


Visit the SAQA website to view an events listing of all our traveling exhibitions. Want more exhibition news? Sign up for Fiber Art Friday, a FREE weekly email newsletter featuring fiber art exhibitions, interesting tidbits and other news.


Call for Presenters

The SAQA Special Events Committee is seeking presentation proposals for its annual conference in San Jose, CA in 2019.

“We are looking for compelling proposals on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: innovative trends in textile art, the business of art, social media marketing, principles of design and composition, understanding the jury process, getting work into exhibits or galleries, and other topics of interest to the SAQA membership. Presentations may take the form of lectures with visuals or panel discussions with a moderator and usually last between 60-90 minutes.”

For more details, check out our Call for Presenters.  Proposals are due by July 15, 2018.

Benefit Auction 2018 Update

A big thank you to the members who donated 444 auction quilts to the upcoming 2018 Benefit Auction. That is a new record! SAQA staff is busy formatting and uploading images of all the quilts to our website. We hope you will stop by often to see quilts as we add them. 

This year’s auction will take place online from September 14 through October 7. All proceeds help support SAQA’s exhibition and outreach programs.

Upcoming Deadlines and Events for June 2018

Special Interest Group: German Language – June 14

Special Interest Group: French Connection – June 15

Webinar Q&A: Exploring 3D Artwork – June 23

Special Interest Group: Contemporary Art – June 26


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