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Help Us Promote the Benefit Auction!

Thanks to our amazing members, we have a record-breaking number of Benefit Auction quilts this year! Are you a participating artist? You can get your very own artist badge with your own artwork. Images are perfect for sharing on Facebook or Instagram. Just send an email to and we will email you a digital file.

You can also help out by sharing our posts or the other auction graphics listed on our website. Learn more at the link below, and thank you again to all of our participating artists! We are so grateful for your support.

The Annual Benefit Auction is our premier fundraising event. All proceeds help support SAQA's exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. Plus, the purchase and promotion of auction quilts help increase the recognition of art quilts and the artists who make them. Bidding will take place online from September 11 through October 4, 2020.

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Board Nominations

Each year we ask for nominations for Board of Directors appointments. The appointments are for three years with the option to renew once for another three years. Nominations are presented to the Board for a vote in January, but the new Board members don’t take office until the conference in April.

Any member can make a nomination and you can self-nominate. Please send us the names of all SAQA members who have contributed greatly to the association, have a good grasp of the overall organization, and will be strong leaders as we move forward. 

Please send a short paragraph about why these people should be considered and their contact information to Jayne Gaskins by September 2nd.     

Dusk to Dawn at Taiwan International Quilt Exposition

SAQA Global Exhibition Dusk to Dawn is on view at the Taiwan International Quilt Exposition until September 6, 2020. Take a look at some of the installation photos, and view all of the artwork in greater detail on the SAQA website.

See More Art

August 26th - 25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One Refugee

Presented by Surface Design Association

Join project founder, Jennifer Kim Sohn, with guests Elaine Archibald and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner as they share a snapshot of refugee issues, the process of undertaking this project, and stories about the communities of participants. Begun in May 2019, 25 Million Stitches draws attention to the plight of 25 million global refugees. The stitches visually represent the number of people in the world today who are refugees from their homeland.

Two thousand fabric panels were hand-embroidered by over 2,100 people from all across the globe, with each stitch representing one refugee. Juxtaposing textile media, which evoke feelings of familiarity and belonging, with the hardships of stateless refugees, the installation creates an interactive experience that allows visitors to feel the enormity of the situation. It also seeks to emphasize that each refugee is a unique individual human being. The original goal of 25 Million Stitches has already been reached. Panels will be on display in museum settings starting in Sacramento in June 2021.

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Finding my Way Back Home - A Textile Odyssey

Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild
Last week, Marquetta Johnson and Amanda Hines Bernay discussed Marquetta's long family history of quilting and art, her perspectives on quilting, and her journey as a quilter and teaching artist, with plenty of photos to delight and engage the viewers.
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Exploring Art Quilts with SAQA: New Directions
Interviews with art quilters around the world and beautiful photo galleries.
This high-powered mix for all who make and appreciate contemporary art quilting begins the creativity-inspiring series Exploring Art Quilts with SAQA. Its book-and-journal-blend format with 350 photos reveals today's latest work and designs and also serves as a long-term creative reference. Be inspired by interviews, gorgeous art quilt photos, and current creations by members of SAQA.

Survey Snapshots

Each week we’ll post a few snapshots but this is the just tip of the iceberg! We’re working on the analysis of a wealth of valuable and actionable data, so look for the full report before the end of the year. We asked you about exhibitions. Here's what you told us:
1.    Exhibitions ranked high overall. Opportunities, in order of importance are:  (1) Global and Regional in-person (2) SAQA Journal and Art Quilt Quarterly (3) SAQA virtual galleries (4) Global & Regional Trunk Shows.
2.    Three most desired types of exhibition innovations:  (1) Partnerships with other organizations or artists (2) Exhibitions with no themes or other restrictions (3) Artist or curator video interviews.
3.    Additional exhibition interests, in ranked order: (1) Virtual exhibitions (2) Collaborations with artists of other media, or with other professionals (3) Sales of art in the SAQA store.

Upcoming Deadlines - Calls for Entry  

Journal Member Gallery: Along Came a... - September 1

Juried Art Member Application - September 1

Land Art: From the Forest to Your Balcony (Virtual Gallery Call for Entry) - September 30

Primal Forces: Earth (Call for Entry) - September 30

Fresh Fish (Call for Entry) - October 31

Light the World (Call for Entry) - November 30

Waiting (Virtual Gallery Call for Entry) - November 30

Upcoming Dates - Community Connections

Exploring Contemporary Art (Special Interest Group) - August 25

Art Quilt Design on the Longarm (Special Interest Group) - August 27

Live Chat with SAQA - August 28

A full list of SAQA Calls for Entry (including Regional) can be found on our website. Do you know of an upcoming event or call for entry? Submit your news »

Featured Juried Artist Member

Karin Lusnak - Stepping Out

A Juried Artist Member of SAQA is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio to the Juried Artist Review Panel. This portfolio includes a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art. See more Juried Artist Member artwork! Learn more about Karin Lusnak.
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