Welcome to the Contemporary Quilt Art Association’s “Opportunities” site.  This site provides a means for CQA members to share information about upcoming exhibition opportunities.  Guests are welcome (here and in person).   If you’re visiting the Seattle area, we hope that you will join us at one of our meetings.

The Contemporary QuiltArt Association, a 50l (c)(3) non-profit arts organization run entirely by volunteers, is a Washington state group formed in the fall of 1986. We are a diverse group of artists, teachers, writers, and collectors living throughout Washington, and we view quilts as an exciting, emerging medium of expression and a viable contemporary art form.

To find out more about our organization, please visit our website or our official blog.

“Beauty in Pieces: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century,” IQF

Houston, TX:

Event Dates: If selected, the quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than Friday, March 3, 2017. The participating works should be available to travel, from April 2017 through August 2018.

When there’s an abundance of fabric in the world, the scrap quilt beckons. Surprising combinations, refreshed perspectives, riots of color, and attendant pattern adaptations mean scrap quilts are always one of a kind — just like the quilters who make them. Mary Fons will jury this exhibit of scrap quilts open to quilters from around the world.

Deadline:  January 13, 2017

See Website for details.

“A Celebration of Color,” IQF

Houston, TX:

Event Dates:  If selected, the quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than Friday, February 24, 2017. The participating works must be available to travel for two years, from April 2017 through December 2019.

This new judged competition and exhibit is open to quilters working in any style—traditional, modern, or art. Artists are invited to play with color and design to create a vibrant work that truly celebrates color!  The winning quilts will be announced during the 2017 International Quilt Festival in Chicago.  Any technique may be used as long as it is appropriate for the quilt (consisting of three layers)

Deadline:  January 13, 2017

See Website for details.

“Fourth Annual Bainbridge Quilt Festival,” Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild

Bainbridge Island, WA

Event Date:  Saturday September 10, 2016

Bainbridge Quilt Festival is a non-juried, non-judged show.  All styles of quilts are welcome – baby quilts, wall quilts, or one from your guest bed.  Don’t be shy. This is a Festival meant for celebrating quilts. Quilts for the show are defined as two layers of fabric with a batting or filler inside.  Each quilt must be quilted, or stitched together.  You don’t have to live on the island to enter.  Come out and enjoy some time on Bainbridge!

Deadline:  August 31, 2016

See Website for details.

“Ornithology,” Dendroica Gallery

Seattle, WA:    Date TBD

Dendroica Gallery is looking for art addressing or representing the theme, “Ornithology.” Art submitted should be of or related to birds, and can be representative or abstract.

This call is open to all local, national and international artists. All art mediums will be considered, including photography, sculpture, fabric, mixed media, paintings and drawings. Sizes up to 4 feet are acceptable. Work to be hung on a wall must weigh less than 40 lb (18 kg). Freestanding 3D artworks must weigh less than 100 lb (45 kg).

Deadline:  October 15, 2016

See Website for details.

“Pathfinders: New Territories,” Southern Utah Museum of Art and The St. George Art Museum

Cedar City and St. George, UT:   June 30- August 26, 2017

“Pathfinders: New Territories” initiates a biennial, national, juried art quilt exhibition, which will alternate between two southern Utah sites: The Southern Utah Museum of Art and the St. George Art Museum. A 17-member Advisory Board of art quilters from Colorado, Nevada, and Utah are steering the 2017 exhibition.

Deadline:  February 1, 2017

See Website for details.