SAQA @ 20: Art and Excellence at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

SAQA @ 20: Art and Excellence

November 2, 2010–January 16, 2011 D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts » Second Floor » Wheeler Gallery

Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Wheeler and Changing Exhibition Galleries, Second Floor

An invitational exhibition featuring contemporary art quilts by 35 textile artists from around the world, in celebration of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.’s 20th anniversary.

Art quilts have evolved from the classic quilted bed cover. They are not intended to serve as bedding but are meant to hang on the wall like a painting. SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) defines an art quilt as a contemporary fiber artwork that explores and expresses the same aesthetic concerns that are common to the whole range of visual arts, yet which still retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends.

Contemporary quilt artists incorporate new methods and materials, including beading and found-object embellishment, photo-transfer techniques, screen printing, hand-dyeing and elaborate combinations of fabrics.

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development and documentation. Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, it now has more than 2,400 members, including artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, and museum curators.

SAQA @ 20: Art and Excellence is sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates, AURIful, Quilting Arts Magazine, and the American Quilter’s Society.