Metamorphosis to Debut at Quilt Festival Houston

The SAQA Global Exhibition “Metamorphosis” will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas (November 8 – 11, 2018).

“Metamorphosis” features the work of 33 SAQA artists who have chosen to explore what it means to morph or change. Metamorphosis generates transformative change in shape, nature, or structure. Animals physically develop and change from birth to maturity. Concepts and ideas morph and change over time. Even the earth’s landscape progresses through many geological and ecological stages.

Change may be positive, negative, frightening or enlightening. The pieces in this exhibition demonstrate the inevitability of change—physical, philosophical or personal — and the results of such transformations, no matter how subtle.

THIS ONGOING by Joan Sowada


If you would like to see all the work featured in “Metamorphosis”, you can by following this link. Additional details about each piece and audio statements by the artists are also available. The exhibition catalog is now available for purchase in the SAQA Store.


According to the juror David Hornung, “Metamorphosis is, and always has been, at the heart of quilt making. Making objects that inspire reflection and an emotional response out of bits and pieces of fabric is, in itself, a powerful transformation. Unlike artists who work in clay or paint, the quilter makes art by assembling material typically manufactured for more functional purposes. The term “metamorphosis” also implies a sense of the magical, and what is more magical than the creative process?”

PHILODENDRON  by Bella Kaplan

“Metamorphosis is a rich theme that allows for many interpretations. My criteria for selection was formal eloquence, freshness of thought, appropriateness of craft, and overall visual impact. I let the quilts tell their own stories through strictly visual means, without knowing the artists or including their personal rationales in my decisions”.

PATHWAYS by Ruby Horansky

About the Juror

David Hornung is a painter who lives and works in Queens, New York. A long time professor of art, he has taught painting, drawing, and color theory at a number of art schools and universities including, Indiana University, Skidmore College, Brooklyn College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Over the past eight years he has conducted workshops in color and design to adult art practitioners in a variety of media at several national and international venues including Crow Timber Frame Barn, Anderson Ranch and QSDS.  He is currently Professor of Art at Adelphi University in New York.


Selected Artists

Diana M Bailey (Massachusetts, USA) – Fragmenting Circles
Nancy Bardach (California, USA) – The Body Electric
Marge S Bresel (Nebraska, USA) – Bug Eaters
Kathy L Brown (South Australia, Australia) – Growing Pains
Betty Busby (New Mexico, USA) – Third Colony
Sandra Champion (Tasmania, Australia) – Sea Wall Secheron Bay #2
Anna M Chupa (Pennsylvania, USA) – Pieces, Petals, Leaves and Eaves: Bala Cynwyd
Sue Cortese (Michigan, USA) – Color Blocks I
Rosalind S Daniels (Vermont, USA) – Skin Spots
Helen Geglio (Indiana, USA) – Boro Shape Shifting 1
Michele Hardy (Colorado, United States) – Mapforms #6
Ruby Horansky (Pennsylvania, USA) – Pathways
Suzanne Housley Noonan  (Rhode Island, USA) – Wicked Thoughts
Bella Kaplan (Israel) – Philodendron
Patricia Kennedy-Zafred (Pennsylvania, USA) – American Portraits: Family Farm
Linda M Kim (Texas, USA) – Line Study
Pat Kroth (Wisconsin, USA) – Spring Green
Melisse Laing (Washington, USA) – Match Sticks
Jennifer H Landau (California, USA) – Transition
Mary-Ellen Latino (Massachusetts, USA) – Dance of Life : Tidal Pools
Michele Makinen (Illinois, USA) – Turmoil: Recovering From Trauma
Valerie Maser-Flanagan (Massachusetts, USA) – Wood Grain # 1
Sherri Lipman McCauley (Texas, USA) – Aging On
Amanda Miller (Oregon, USA) – Dilemma
Orit Modiano (Israel) – The Burning Bush
Kasia O (South Carolina, USA) – Portals: Past, Present, Future
Julie Poirier Mathur (Quebec, Canada) – Lakshmi
Heather Pregger (Texas, USA) – Rutile
Sue Reno (Pennsylvania, USA) – Squirrel and Locust
Maria Shell (Alaska, USA) – HARU
Amanda Snavely (Oregon, USA) – Unveiled Existence
Joan Sowada (Wyoming, USA) – This Ongoing
Virginia A Spiegel (Illinois, USA) – Shagbark 7
Maggie Vanderweit (Ontario, Canada) – Room at the Table
Maggie Vanderweit (Ontario, Canada) – The Mystery of Thought


SAQA Global Exhibitions

If your venue is interested in booking this exhibition or other SAQA Global exhibitions, please contact William Reker at or visit our Global Exhibitions page

SAQA will have a total of fifteen exhibitions traveling the world in 2019, including a record-breaking debut of six new exhibitions (four of them in museums). Museum openings include Season After Season at the Texas Quilt Museum, Forced to Flee at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, 3D Expression at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, and Connecting our Natural Worlds at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.


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