Welcome

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.

“Arboreal,” Manifest Gallery

Cincinnati, OH: November 9- December 8, 2017

If there is any natural form beyond the ocean that is more symbolic of nature as the origin of humanity, it is trees. Both are powerful beyond our reckoning in their own ways, and each provides an unappreciated resource, assumed, until most recently, to be infinite. Trees are the lungs of the Earth, and thereby an extension of the lungs of any breathing creature, including us.

How do artists interpret the role or form of the tree? What meaning is derived from a creative response to this force of nature? How are the fates of trees, forests, and mankind intertwined, and how is this expressed through art? How do tree-based materials, and therefore trees themselves, influence the artwork that they are used to make?

Manifest invites artists working in any media to share works that either directly or indirectly address the topic of trees or related aspects. The theme is open to wide interpretation, and works may explore various avenues of thought around the tree, its dependents, or its wood.

Deadline: August 30, 2017

See Website for details.

“Small Works,” City of Shoreline

Lake Forest Park, WA: Ongoing

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is looking for local artists to display their handmade small works and gift items at The Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park. We carry a variety of items and mediums – jewelry, sculpture, cards, miniatures, pottery, glass, metal, wood, scarves, purses, etc.

Note: Applications are accepted year-round so there is not really a “deadline.” There’s also an opportunity to exhibit small works on the wall at the gallery. There is a separate application for exhibited work.

Deadline: Ongoing

See Website for details.

“Future Fabrication: SDA 2017 Annual International Exhibition In Print”

Surface Design Journal: Winter 2017/2018

SDA member and non-member artists working in or inspired by fiber arts and/or textile media are invited to submit work for a juried issue of the Surface Design Journal, Future Fabrication: SDA Annual International Exhibition in Print. Selected work will appear in print in the Winter 2017/18 issue of the Surface Design Journal (publication date December 23, 2017).

In celebration of SDA’s 40th anniversary, this Exhibition In Print aims to recognize the diversity of talent working within the fields of fiber and surface design as well as other practices that utilize fiber and textile materials. This year’s theme, Future Fabrication, asks artists to think about how innovations related to fiber and textile materials might shape our future. SDA warmly invites entries that consider advancements in technological innovation, material exploration, as well as provide a glimpse into the future through concept and form. Artists working in all media invited to apply.

Deadline: September 15, 2017

See Website for details.