The Art Quilt Association – Biography
The Art Quilt Association, (AQuA), based in Grand Junction, Colorado is comprised of fiber artists from all over the state of Colorado, as well as other states and even one member from Scotland. Specializing in quilts as art rather than bed coverings, they explore textile manipulation and diversity of mixed media as an art form.
Interest in art quilting has exploded in the last few years with national focus groups like Studio Art Quilts Association and Surface Design Association growing in membership. AQuA was ahead of the curve. Established in 1996 the group has grown from a handful to over 70 members. In January 2004, the group decided to “get serious” about their work and have had many successes since then.
EXHIBITIONS: Their first juried themed exhibit was at Grand Junction, CO, City Hall in 2005. Later exhibit venues have included the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO, the Creamery Art Center in Hotchkiss, CO and the Johnson Gallery at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. Art quilts featuring the natural world of the Southwest were created for exhibit and sale at Chapin Mesa Gallery at Mesa Verde National Park in fall of 2008.
AQuA was invited to exhibit at the first Denver National Quiltfest and continues to exhibit at that venue each year. Their works were invited by this same organization to travel to other shows in Chicago, IL. Hampton, VA and Somerset, New Jersey. Exhibitions in 2009 included returns to Denver National and the Creamery Art Center of Hotchkiss, Colorado. AQuA was also invited to exhibit at Pacific International Quilt Festival, the most prestigious and artistic quilt show on the west coast, in Santa Clara, CA in October, 2009.
In 2010 AQuA will return to the Denver National Quilt Festival as well as the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Mesa Verde has again invited us to exhibit from August through September.
PUBLIC INSTALLATION: Four major works were created by AQuA members for the Mesa County Department of Human Services Building and smaller art quilts created by members appear throughout the building.
PUBLICATIONS: The Art Quilt Association was featured in Quilters Newsletter Magazine in the December 2007 issue. Fourteen quilts by artists from AQuA appeared in the magazine, the best known quilting magazine in the United States. It has also been featured in the Daily Sentinel and Free Press newspapers of Grand Junction as well as the Delta County Independent and many other western slope newspapers.
AQuA was featured in Grand Valley Magazine, December 2008. Works by Gay Ousley, Jean Roesler, Ruth Feild, and Marla Ferguson were featured.
WEB PRESENCE: A website was developed in 2006 to publicize the group, www.theArtQuiltAssociation.com. In addition to pages about the group, the site makes individual pages available to members in the “Galleries” section and a “For Sale” section.
Members meet monthly for networking, inspiration, demos and technique discussions. Many members have sold works through exhibitions and gallery appearances. Workshops with national and international teachers are usually held twice a year. An electronic newsletter goes out monthly and can be viewed at the website.