The Art Quilt Association
The Art Quilt Association (AQuA), based in Grand Junction, Colorado is comprised of more than 50 fiber artists. Specializing in quilts as art rather than bed coverings, the goal for AQuA is to explore textile manipulation and the diversity of mixed media as an art form. Anyone from any location is welcome to become a member of AQuA.
AQuA originated in 1996 and has been successfully increasing opportunities to exhibit their work since it began. The first juried themed exhibit was at Grand Junction City Hall. Since that time, AQuA has exhibited in Hotchkiss, Johnson Gallery, at Mesa State University, Mesa Verde National Park, Chicago, IL, Hampton VA, Somerset NJ, Savannah, GA, Denver, Palm Springs, CA, Santa Clara, CA, Oaks, PA, and Manchester, New Hampshire as well as other venues.
Four permanent major works were created by AQuA members, which hang in the Mesa County Department of Human Services building, as well as smaller art quilts created by members which appear throughout the building.
AQuA was featured in “Quilters Newsletter Magazine in the December 2007 issue. Fourteen quilts by our artists appeared in the magazine, the best known quilting magazine in the United States.
A website was developed in 2006 to publicize the group. In addition to pages about the group, the sites makes individual pages available to members in the “Galleries” 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. Mini workshops are also a part of AQuA with the members teaching different techniques. These are available only to members.
AQuA defines itself as a group of textile artists whose purpose is to take non-traditional quilts beyond the realm of the expected. By taking our visions to levels of conceptual design that delights the artist and the viewer, we have accomplished our goal.