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SAQA: Pushing the Boundaries

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This is a guest post by Virginia Spiegel, mixed media artist. Visit Virginia's blog to get the 411 on this talented and passionate artist.

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) is known for presenting exhibitions that push the boundaries of art quilting. SAQA recently announced A Sense of Direction: Sightlines, a unique exhibition opportunity for its members.

Sightlines will feature fourteen invited artists who will create from five to eight artworks to fit a 10' wide space on the theme of their choice. The only requirement is that a line, literal or implied, run through each of the art quilts.

Each artist will create from one to four major artworks with the sightline beginning and ending at the edges of the piece(s), but meandering at will through the piece(s). On each side of the major artwork(s) will be two 8x8" square artworks with the sightline through the center of the squares. These square artworks will help create a continuous line and visual connection throughout the entire exhibit.

This concept is somewhat difficult to visualize, but visiting this exhibition by tACTile, an Australian group of textile artists, should give an idea of the inspiration for and concept of Sightlines. The format allows artists to pursue their own themes while presenting intriguing connections among all the artworks.

The exhibition premiers at International Quilt Festival in Houston in 2011 and travels to the International Quilt Festivals in Chicago and Long Beach. A Sense of Direction: Sightlines will also be available for travel. Inquires may be made here.

I am very honored and excited to serve as curator of this invitational exhibition. I expect Sightlines will be a very visually appealing exhibition as it will invite viewers to follow the connecting lines and move from one artwork to the next. It should also be a bold step forward in art quilt exhibitions as each artist has the opportunity to develop a theme over multiple artworks occupying a very large space.

The prospectus is online in the Members’ Home section of the SAQA website. The deadline for sending a Request for Consideration is August 15, 2009.




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