The exhibition features the work of 33 SAQA artists.
The call for entry for this exhibition encouraged artists to express their feelings about gun usage which is an incredibly complicated issue for Americans. Artists responded to the call with visual art that is both personal and political in nature.
The juror was Dr. Vicky A Clark, an independent curator and writer, with a particular interest in fiber art. Clark is a professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, West Virginia University, and Clarion University. Her teachings focus on contemporary art issues.
The exhibition has received significant local media coverage. You can follow the links here to read and listen to the reviews.
According to the MetroActive article, “The exhibit is inspired by and speaks to many facets of American gun culture—from its profoundly divisive influence in politics to its use as a tool for hunting and self-protection. Perhaps what’s most interesting is the common theme that each work carries, regardless of whether the artist is pro- or anti-gun: horror, if not shock, surrounding the sheer number of deaths that guns contribute to, as well as America’s unwillingness to stop or slow down that violence.”
The catalog for the SAQA exhibition Guns: Loaded Conversations is available for purchase in the SAQA online store . The catalog includes images of all the quilts, artist statements, a foreward by Kristin La Flamme (SAQA Education Committee), and an essay from Juror Vicki A. Clark.
The exhibition in San Jose ends on July 15, 2018. Guns: Loaded Conversations will then travel East where it will be displayed at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts from January 9, 2019 through April 6, 2019.