I am proud to be one of six artists chosen for the SAQA Showcase exhibition, which opened August 3 at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The exhibition description on the web site reads,
The artists featured in this exhibition are members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through exhibitions, publications, and professional-development opportunities. The IQSCM is pleased to partner with SAQA in this collaborative exhibition project.
SAQA Showcase: The Studio Art Quilt Associates Invitational began with a large pool of SAQA members who submitted representative examples of their art quilts for consideration. From among this group the international Quilt Study Center & Museum and SAQA chose six artists whose works represent some of the best and most innovative approaches to studio art quilts. These artists were invited to select from their existing work or create new work for inclusion in the exhibition.
The other artists in the exhibition are:
Susan Shie (two works on back wall), one of the foremost artists working in the quilt medium today. Her unique style is instantly recognizable, with her all-over writing and stylized figures which are woven together in narratives that reflect themes of daily life, family, community, politics, and social issues.
Jan Myers-Newbury, another venerable artist whose groundbreaking work with shibori techniques and dynamic color explorations has been wowing viewers and influencing artists for twenty years.
Michael Cummings, who “draws inspiration from Africa and the art of African Americans, particularly the great quilters of the South” (from a New York Times article quoted in the bio on his web site), has work in numerous prestigious collections and publications.
Fellow Colorado artist Gay Lasher, who works with computer manipulations of her own photographs, enlarging small areas of them beyond recognition to create abstractions of intense color and dynamic composition.
Wen Redmond, another artist who uses her photography as a starting point for her textile work, which includes a variety of mixed media techniques. Wen says, “I enjoy pushing the boundaries to see ‘what if.’”
It is indeed an honor to be included with this group of outstanding artists. The exhibition is on view through Feb. 24, 2013.
(Thanks to the IQSCM for these photographs.)