Find out how your artwork can travel the world!

One of the many benefits of SAQA membership is being eligible to enter SAQA exhibitions that travel all over the world and are viewed by over 250,000 people each year! In 2018, 15 different SAQA Global Exhibitions will travel to 4 continents and 10 countries, appearing in museums, galleries, expositions and quilt shows.

Layered Voices at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art (photo by Betty Busby)

Over the years, SAQA has continued to expand its commitment to exhibiting art quilts across the globe. SAQA’s exhibitions travel to museums and quilt shows as well as regionally and internationally. Here is break down of  those venues:

Museums:  Many of our shows now debut in museums and many others exhibit in museums during their three years of travel. Museum venues are more flexible in the sizes and types of work they can display, including 3D artwork and installation artwork.

Quilts Shows:  SAQA reaches hundreds of thousands of people through this track.  The big quilt shows are heavily attended.  It is great exposure for the displaying artists, attracts collectors and it is a great way to educate the quilting public.

International Venues:  SAQA is sending your work all over the world – our exhibitions have been displayed on 6 continents! Currently, we have shows touring Australia and Europe, and we have shows scheduled to travel to Japan and to China.  We are expanding our geographical footprint and promoting the art quilt in places it has never been before.

Regional Shows:  In addition to our Global Exhibition program, SAQA’s regions can create their own exhibition themes. Exhibits can be juried or open, and they may or may not travel. The newly updated Regional Exhibition Guidelines on the SAQA website should answer any question you might have about creating a regional exhibition.

Ten years of growth!

In 2007, SAQA had two shows, both of which were shown at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  In 2017, SAQA had 14 different shows traveling to 35 venues — 23 quilt shows or festivals and 12 museum venues.

In 2018, three new SAQA Global Exhibitions were juried. Metamorphosis and Dusk to Dawn will open at the International Quilt Festival Houston in November 2018. Season after Season will debut at the Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas in January 2019.

To see if a SAQA exhibition is traveling near you, check out our events listing or subscribe to our weekly Fiber Art Friday email.

About the Exhibition Committee

The SAQA Exhibition Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers whose mission is to find and develop opportunities for our members to show their work.  They brainstorm exhibition ideas, write theme descriptions and prospectuses, and find the jurors to ensure that SAQA presents the best art quilts to the world.

The Exhibition Committee is composed of fourteen members—Betty Busby, Vicki Conley, Susan Else, Sarah Entsminger, Diane Powers Harris, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Gul Laporte, Cynthia Levis, Deda Maldonado, Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix, Heather Pregger, Daren Redman, Sarah Ann Smith, and Elena Stokes. Staff members Martha Sielman (Executive Director) and William Reker (Director of Global Exhibitions) also serve on the committee.

You can read the complete details on the Exhibition Committee on our website.

Some recent accomplishments include:

  • Consolidating the call for entry application to just two pages. This will streamline the application process for all applicants. You can view the new concise prospectus for Upcycle! here.
  • Updating our acceptance policy to only allow only one piece per artist.  Artists may still enter three pieces for consideration, but a maximum of one will be accepted by the juror.


Guns: Loaded Conversations at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

About our Calls for Entry

Of course, we wouldn’t have any exhibitions without our participating members who share their artwork with the world!

Since 2012, 24% of SAQA members have been accepted into a Global Exhibition. Most calls, with a few notable exceptions, are entered by 120 to 150 members.  Members, not pieces of art.  Each member can enter up to three pieces into each exhibition.  While numbers do vary, the average acceptance rate for a SAQA Global Exhibition is around 34%.


Stories of Migration at The George Washington University Museum  and The Textile Museum

To stay in the know about upcoming Call for Entries, be sure to read your SAQA Weekly E-blast or visit our website (which lists both Global and Regional calls).

Forced to Flee Deadline October 31, 2018
Connecting our Natural Worlds Deadline January 31, 2019
3D Expression  Deadline February 28, 2019
Upcycle! Deadline March 31, 2019
Musica! Deadline May 31, 2019

Remember, if you have any questions about a prospectus, help is readily available! Plus you can refer to our Exhibition Policies and FAQs. 


NOTE—Thank you to Exhibition Committee Chair Heather Pregger for providing the stats and information for this post.

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