Friday, April 8, 2011

Synthesis 2 Call For Entry

Our Synthesis 2 Call for Entry is ready thanks to all of the hard work from Pat, Shirley, Margaret and Ann. It promises to be an exciting show and we already have galleries lined up. We are looking forward to receiving your entries. 

SAQA CANADA Synthesis 2

Deadline:                  September 15, 2011
Exhibit Name:          Synthesis 2 (syn-the-sis: noun; the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole)
1st Location:            Greenwood Quiltery Gallery, Guelph, Ontario
Date of show:          January 14th to February 25th, 2012
Exhibit Description: The Greenwood Gallery will be the first stop for this juried traveling exhibition of 25 pieces of textile art. This is an opportunity for SAQA members living in Canada to promote their textile art as well as providing opportunities to raise awareness and interest in the organization.  
Entry Guidelines
  • A single entry fee of $35.  You may submit a maximum of 2 entries. Entries must be 20" x 24".  Orientation may be vertical or horizontal. 
  • 3-D, free-standing works will NOT be accepted. 
  • Work in hard frames or on stretcher frames will be accepted. 
  • Artwork must meet the SAQA definition of an art quilt:  a contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, asssemblage and sculpture, which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends
  • Artwork must be ready to hang.  Special instructions with regard to hanging will be sent to each artist whose work is accepted.
  • Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to a location in Ottawa. Details will be provided to artists whose work is accepted.  (See Prospectus for further details.)
  • Artwork will be returned after the traveling show ends in Spring 2014.

  • Entry arrival deadline:                                September 15, 2011
  • Notification of selected entries:                  November 1, 2011 
  • Deadline for artwork to arrive in Ottawa:   December 1, 2011
  • Dates of first show                                     January 14 to February 25, 2012
The jurors' decisions will be made from digital entries.  See Prospectus for details.  Works will be chosen based on artistic and technical merit.  The jurors will be:
  • Sharon Godwin, Thunder Bay, ON, Director at Thunder Bay Art Gallery
  • Lyndal Osborne, Edmonton, AB, Artist, Professor Emeritus of Department of Art and Design at University of Alberta
  • Yvonne Wiegers, Ottawa, ON, Artist, Professor of Visual Art at Heritage College

Sharon Godwin      Director at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Sharon has been at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery for 30 years being the Director since 1988. She loves to take the gallery outside its walls into the community and has been involved in various projects that do just that. Her volunteer/community experience in the Thunder Bay Area includes being the Founding Member/Treasurer of the Arts and Heritage Alliance, President of the Thunder Bay Children’s Festival, Member of Public Art Committee, and the Treasurer of Community Arts and Heritage Education Project. She has also worked provincially as a Member of the Board of Directors, Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Chair of the Northern Relocation Program Art Committee. Sharon has a BA from Guelph University in visual arts/art history and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University in visual arts/history, Thunder Bay Ont.

Yvonne Wiegers    Artist, Professor of Visual Art at Heritage College
Yvonne has spent more than 15 years in the visual arts field in various roles including practicing artist, arts educator, and arts administrator. Yvonne’s studio practice – as a mixed media sculptor, painter, photographer, and installation artist – currently focuses on issues related to accumulation and identity. Her works have been exhibited throughout Canada as well as in the US, Russia and Sri Lanka. As an arts educator, she has taught at the university, college and secondary school levels both in Canada and overseas. Yvonne has also held senior leadership positions in both non-governmental arts organizations and in educational institutions. She is past president of CARFAC.  Yvonne holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Guelph and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Calgary.

Lyndal Osborne     Artist, Professor Emeritus in Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta
Lyndal Osborne has worked in a wide range of media including print, drawing, sculpture and installation. In 1971 she studied for an MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Currently she is Professor Emeritus after a 33 year career teaching at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Her work has been exhibited extensively across Canada, Europe and Asia, and she has received numerous awards and grants for her creative research. She is represented in many private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada. Osborne’s sculptures and installations have developed an individual approach that utilizes found organisms for subject matter. and recycled material which she alters through the application of color, manipulating their original shape, and/or by placing the objects in new contexts so that they develop new metaphorical meaning. In her recent work Osborne has focused on an examination of the issues of genetically modified organic subject matter.  Recent exhibitions include Dunlop Gallery, Regina 2010, Penticton Art Gallery, 2009, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2008, Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Kitchener, 2008

  • Quilt artists must be Canadian residents, and members of SAQA. 
  • Dimensions of the work when finished must be 20" x 24". 
  • All entries must have been completed after  December 2008.
  • Each piece must be ready for hanging.  Special instructions in regards to hanging will be sent to the artists whose work is accepted.
Preparation of digital images and entry forms:
  • Save your digital images at 300 dpi.  Image size should be a maximum of 6" on the longest side (1800 pixels).         
  • Image format must be JPEG and must be saved to a CD disc.  DVD discs will not be accepted. 
  • Format each image with a file name without spaces and capitalization as follows:  first three letters of your first name, followed by your last name, then the number of the image as it corresponds to the image list on the Synthesis entry form.  For the detail image add "dtl" after the image number.  Example:  Jane Smith would label her images as jansmith01.jpg; and jansmith02.jpg.  Her detail shots would be labelled jansmith01dtl.jpg; and jansmith02dtl.jpg. 
  • Create a Word document with the entry information below.  Save that document to the disc, using the first three letters of your first name, followed by your last name, underscore entry (e.g. jansmith_entry.doc). 
  • Label both the CD and the CD case with your full name.
Submission of entry:  
  • DO NOT mail actual artwork. 
  • Mail with delivery confirmation receipt so that you can track delivery.  No notification of arrival will be sent by SAQA Canada.
         A complete submission packet will include: 
  • hard copy of the completed entry form 
  • the CD in a case with your jpg images properly sized and labelled and saved to the CD along with the saved Word document of your entry form 
  • a $35 entry fee in cheque form made out to Mary Pal and 
  • a SASE with two regular stamps if you would like your CD returned 
  • Entries must arrive no later than September 15, 2011
  • Entries must be sent to:

Ann Bird
PO Box 4098, Station E
Ottawa ON   K1S 5B1
  •  Submission of art work to this competition and the artist’s signature on the entry form shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist with all conditions set forth and shall grant SAQA the rights to distribute images through print and electronic media for promotion of  Synthesis 2  and the artists.
  • Artists will retain all copyrights on their work. 
  • All work will be for sale either directly with the artist or through the hosting venues who may charge a commission from 25% up to 50%.
Shipping and Insurance:
  • Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to the Ottawa location
  • SAQA Canada will arrange to insure the work while it is hanging at each venue on the tour and while it is in transit to its next destination. 
  • SAQA Canada will cover return shipping (including insurance) to the artists.

Any questions?
Please contact        Ann Bird at     OR
                               Cathy Breedyk-Law at


Entry Form                                                   Synthesis 2
Please copy this form to a word document.  Complete it in Word, and then copy it to a CD together with your images.  Send one hard copy in the envelope with your CD.
Artist's First Name:                          
Artist's Last Name:                          
Street Address:
City/Province/Postal Code:                       
Phone (include area code):          
Email address:                                 
Image 01 - File Name:                   
Year Completed:                 
Sale Price: $                         Insurance Value: $
Materials/Medium (15 words or less):
Artist Statement (75 words or less):
Credits for inspiration (design) or content (stitching, dyeing, etc.):
Image 02 - File Name:
Year Completed:
Sale Price: $                         Insurance Value: $
Materials/Medium (15 words or less):
Artist Statement (75 words or less):
Credits for inspiration (design) or content (stitching, dyeing, etc.):

I agree to all terms and conditions as outlined in the prospectus.

Signature: _______________________________________Date:___________________