Fine Arts Museum News
Museum Displays Contemporary Art Quilts
Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
October 25, 2010
Contemporary art quilts by 35 textile artists from around the world are on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 2, 2010, through January 16, 2011, in the exhibition SAQA @ 20: Art and Excellence.
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, SAQA now has more than 2,400 members, including artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, and museum curators. This invitational exhibition has been traveling the country in celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary as an international community of artists.
SAQA @ 20: Art and Excellence is sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates, AURIful, Quilting Arts Magazine, and the American Quilter’s Society.