Studio Art Quilt Associates

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Kathy Weaver

Greetings All,

Kathy Weaver has a new exhibit at the University of Chicago Gordon Center for Integrative Science at 929 East 57th Street, 3rd Floor Atrium. The exhibition runs April 9 - June, 11 2010. Opening reception is April 9th from 6pm til 8pm. For more info check out Kathy's website.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SAQA Annual Meeting
Laura Wasilowski recently attended the annual SAQA conference with the theme of Reinvention in San Francisco, CA. Held in conjunction with the Surface Design Association conference, members spent 2 days listening to presentations on the state of the art quilt and the connection to curators, emerging artists, and fiber related publications. Tours of local artist's home studios (like Judith Content's above) and galleries featuring fiber art were also available. A week of hands on workshops followed the symposium.

SAQA reps from 18 regions attended the event and held a day long meeting to discuss the concerns of the membership. It was a great opportunity to build networks and camaraderie between regions as distant as the UK and California. All SAQA members are invited to the next conference beginning May 21, 2011 in Denver, CO.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Regional meeting in Racine

Hello everyone!
There were 23 SAQA members from our region attending an evening meeting at the Siena Center in Racine, WI on March 9. (We even had a few Iowa and Indiana members present!) Most of us were participating in a wonderful marketing workshop by Alyson Stanfield <> sponsored by PAQA <>.

Topics of discussion included: the region blog, formation of an exhibit committee, members concerns with the portfolio and PAM program, and future meetings.

1. It was suggested that we feature an individual regional SAQA member on our SAQA IL/WI blog <
> every 2 weeks. Frieda Anderson will plan the rotation of featured members and contact the member. The following items should be sent to Frieda  <>. She will post an image of the members art (jpegs of artwork no larger than 180 ppi and 6" on the longest side), a statement from the member regarding their work, and a link to their website or blog.

2. Volunteers are sought to form an Exhibition Committee for a regional exhibit. An exhibit will bring the region together in a common purpose, encourage artists new to the exhibition realm, and of course, education that recalsitrant public. If you are interested in assisting with organizing a region exhibit please email Laura.

3. Laura will be attending the annual SAQA conference next week and a meeting of regional reps. Concerns related to her focused on several items:
a.  The change in the SAQA portfolio from a book format to a CD. Most members would rather have it as a book with 2 images on a page and with a CD included.
b. Another concern was the issue of PAM status. Many members did not see the value of being a PAM if there is no portfolio book published. It was also related that reps could get PAM status without jurying in just by offering to be the rep.
c. Members also wanted clearer standards in regard to what can be displayed (artist postcards, business cards, etc.) at SAQA tables at various venues (IAF, SOFA)
d. Members asked about funds that belong to the region and how much we can use per year.
e. Members mentioned that they liked the SAQA quarterly Journal, monthly E-Newsletters, and Visioning Project.
f. Few members use or knew about SAQA U.

4. Future meetings for the region are planned for a day trip to the Art Institute in Chicago for the Matisse exhibit in June and the Quilt Expo in Madison, WI in September. If you have any ideas for meeting times or dates please let us know.

Laura Wasilowski

No Place to Call Home

Greetings All,
Today we got an email from Patricia Gould that Kathleen McCabe and Kathy Lichtendahl wanted this information pass on to member in our Region about an exhibition opportunity.

Theme: Homelessness exists all around the world. There are a myriad of
conditions that result in homelessness: poverty, unemployment, lack of
education, drug addiction, abandonment, mental illness, war and civil unrest,
along with man-made and natural disasters. This exhibit is taking a look at
homelessness in all its implications.
Curator: Kathleen McCabe
250 H Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Eligibility and Guidelines:
• Entry is by digital images only (directions below).
• You may submit up to 3 entries.
• Quilts must be created after 2005 and not shown in a previous SAQA exhibition.
• Entries must be 24" - 40" width, and 48" maximum in length
• 3-D, free-standing works will NOT be accepted.
• Artwork must meet the SAQA definition of an art quilt: a contemporary artwork
exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual
arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and
sculpture, which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the
folk art quilt from which it descends.
• Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to Kathleen McCabe in
Coronado, CA and for return shipping to their homes from the last venue. SAQA
will arrange to insure the artwork during the exhibitions and while it travels.
• Artwork MAY be for sale. SAQA will charge a 25% commission on all sales;
exhibiting venues may also charge a commission, but total commission will never
exceed 50%.
• Work MUST be available to travel for up to a year. Travel details to follow.
March 1, 2010 Call for entry
May 20 - June 20, 2010 Online entry open
June 20, 2010 Online Entry Deadline at 11:59 pm EST
June 25 - 30, 2010 Selection Process
June 30, 2010 Notification of acceptance
(All notifications will be forwarded via email)
July 25, 2010 Artwork to be RECEIVED in Coronado, CA
August 1, 2010 Quilts shipped to Manchester, NH
August 19, 2010 Exhibit opening
May 1, 2011 Exhibit closing
June 1, 2011 Return of work to Artists unless more venues are

During the online registration process (which will be open May 20, 2010) you will
be asked to provide artist information, a description of each piece and to upload
digital images: here is a checklist of what you will need to provide:
Artist Information:
Artist’s First Name:
Artist’s Last Name:
Address (street):
City/Postal Code/Country:
Phone (include country code):
Digital Images:
• Submit one overall DIGITAL image and one detail DIGITAL image for each
piece of artwork.
• Save your digital images as a high quality JPEG file (No TIFF files).
Finished image should be 1800 pixels on the longest side.
• Label each digital image with first 1-3 words of the artwork title, no spaces and
no punctuation and indicate if detail or full. Examples: ScarabbbeetleFull.jpg or
Information about each piece:
Artist’s statement (25 words or less)
Size: height x width, in inches
Year Completed:
Total Sale Price in Dollars (if for sale):
Insurance Value in Dollars:
Materials and Techniques (25 words or less)
You will be asked to agree with these Terms and Conditions:
I agree to loan my artwork to Studio Art Quit Associates, Inc. I understand that
the costs of insuring and shipping my artwork are my responsibility: I further
agree to permit the images of details image and/or all or part of my artist’s
statement to be used in the exhibit catalog, articles, ads, promotions, books,
websites, blogs, CD’s, current event news coverage, television productions,
and/or multi-media productions for and about exhibit or for and about the shows
at which the exhibit may be seen.
Fee: US$30 (22 €) for entry of up to 3 pieces. Members must pay their fees using
a credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) though the SAQA website: – scroll down to the bottom of the page to “buy” a Jury Fee for
International Members.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Art Quilt Elements

Greetings All,

I just received today in the mail a postcard from Virginia A. Spiegel about a new exhibit coming in April 2010 titled "Art Quilt Elements". Boundary Waters 48 (below) is on the cover of her postcard and you can check out Virginia's blog for more information about her work and Leslie Riley is also apart of this venue. The exhibit will be April 17th - May 19th at the Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA. Opening reception April 17th from 6 - 9 pm.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Alyson B Stanfield

Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson, and many other SAQAIL/WI members  just returned from a wonderful two day retreat at the Sienna Center in Racine WI where Alyson B Stanfield did a workshop - I'ld rather be in the Studio. We had a great time at a beautiful location learning about

Artist Statements →Writing & talking about your art

Social Media →Insights into blogs, Facebook and Twitter

Websites →How to get the most from your online presence

Portfolio & Marketing Material →Business cards, brochures, and more
Time Management & Productivity →You know

It was well worth the time and effort we put in to it and we sure wish the rest of this group could have been part of the experience. We also took the opportunity to have a regional meeting with those in attendance. Laura will post the minutes from that meeting soon.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Hello everyone,
I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Alyson Stanfield Marketing Workshop on Tuesday, March 9 at the Siena Center in Racine, WI. Class begins promptly at 9:30. Please check in and pay for any accommodations or meals at the Sienna Retreat Center before class so we can begin on time. There will be an hour break for lunch and then the class continues until 3:30. The March 10 session runs 9:30 to 3:30 as well.
See you soon!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Exhibit Opens Featuring SAQA IL/WI Member
Fibers by 5 opens this Thursday, March 4, at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water Street, Decatur IL. One of the 5 featured artists is BJ Parady, a SAQA IL/WI member. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 5, from 5-8, with an artists talk at 6:30.

The show will hang until March 30, and is open Monday - Friday from 9 - 4 pm and Saturday 10 - 2 pm. BJ is also on of the featured artists of the month on SAQA's web site.