12 Voices Press Release 

Martha Sielman, Executive Director
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.
(860) 487-4199


SAQA Announces "12 Voices" Artists

August 1, 2007:
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.'s "12 Voices" exhibition will give viewers a rare, in-depth look at twelve of the best quilt artists working today. Some are internationally known, and as mid-career artists are familiar. Others are fresh faces displaying a strong and promising talent. Most live in the United States; but the organization's international membership was coincidentally reflected by the selection of two international artists as well. Curated by Penny McMorris, the following artists were selected--Deidre Adams, Teresa Barkley, Elizabeth Busch, Linda Colsh, Judith Content, Angela Moll, Clare Plug, Joan Schulze, Merle Axelrad Serlin, Susan Shie, Ginny Smith and Kathy Weaver.

Each artist will be represented by 4-6 works--making this exhibition a welcome departure from the usual survey show which samples current art quilt trends. In fact, many of the pieces shown will be created especially for this exhibition. Since artist selection was done from portfolios, the twelve selected artists will have nearly a year to create new work for consideration when the final quilt selections are made in May of 2008.

"The vision for the show was to show more, by showing fewer -- to give each artist enough space and time to gather their best work and create new art which would speak strongly to the viewer. It is my hope that this show, to be mounted almost 20 years after SAQA's founding and nearly 40 years after the studio art quilt movement began, will truly have something to say," said Penny McMorris, Curator.

SAQA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, and documentation. With an active membership approaching 1,700 established and emerging artists, the artwork created by SAQA members can be found in both national and international exhibitions, galleries, museums and private collections.

For information on SAQA, contact Martha Sielman at (860) 487-4199 or visit the website at www.saqa.com.