Monthly Meetings

Jason Pollen
The Challenge to Regularly Reinvent One’s Artistic Self
August 13, 2022


Jason Pollen

Jason Pollen is an international acclaimed artist, designer and educator.  He has been on the faculties of the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons School of Design ad Pratt Institute in New York City. From 1997 to 2010 he was the Chair of the Fiber Department at Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI).  Jason has had multiple solo shows in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Jason has designed textiles for dozens of renowned fashion and home furnishings firms. He has collaborated as scenic designer with the Kansa City Ballet.  Jason is Professor emeritus of the KCAI, President Emeritus of the Surface Design Association, and a American Craft Council Fellow. The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina honored him with the Outstanding Artist Educator Award in 2012.  Most recently Jason served as a juror for the Art Quilt Elements  

Since he retired from KCAI in 2010, he continues to maintain a spirited studio practice.  He draws from is personal love of nature, travel and life experiences. His art journey has been characterized by experimentation with process and materials, and the search for a compelling communicative visual language. Jason has often felt he was witnessing his hands creating something from nothing, and then compelled to breathe as much life as possible into whatever shows up. 




To see more of Jason’s amazing work 



At this point in time, meetings will be virtual until further notice (with any exceptions listed in the table below). The CQA board will evaluate the situation as it evolves and adjust if necessary.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings, and there is no admission fee. Meetings run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, on the Seattle Pacific University campus. (See directions, maps, and room information, below.) Bring yourself a sack lunch if you wish.


To become a member click here and go to "Join the CQA".

Month Speaker
January 8th 2022 Hollis Chatelain, Textile Painter
February 12th 2022 Natalya Khorover, Mixed Media Artist
March 12th 2022 Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Textile Artist
April 9th 2022 Spring Cleaning Sale (in person)
May 14th 2022 Collen Wise, Quilt Artist
June 11th 2022 Marybetts Sinclair, Vision Coach and Massage Therapist (Hybrid: in person and via Zoom)
July 9th 2022 Susan Lenz, Mixed Media Artist
August 13th 2022

Jason Pollen, Artist

September 10th 2022 Mary Pal, Art Quilter and Fiber Artist
October 8th 2022 Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Visual Artist (Hybrid: in person and via Zoom)
November 12th 2022 Lisa Walton, Textile Artist
December 10th 2022 Valerie Goodwin, Mixed Media Artist and Architect
January 14th 2023 Chris Maynard, Feather Artist

Would you like to attend our next meeting? Contact programs for the link.

Directions to Bertona Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus:

GPS entry: 107 West Bertona, Seattle 98119

From I-5, take the NE 50th Street exit and drive west. Turn left (south) on Fremont Avenue N—about two miles. Get into the right lane as you cross the Fremont bridge and take the first turn-off to the right and then immediately right again onto Nickerson Street. Follow Nickerson for about half a mile, and turn left (south) at the stoplight for 3rd Avenue West. You are now on the SPU campus.Turn left onto 3rd.

Enter the parking lot on your left by turning into the driveway beside the Subway. Our building is on the east side of the parking lot, a one-story red brick building. Parking in the lot is free for us on weekends; ignore the restricted parking and "No Parking" signs.

map for Bellevue Arts Museum and parking Photo of Bertona Hall

Click here to see a map of the entire SPU campus.