Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Carolyn Mazloomi - 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, a force in American quilting!

Dr. Mazloomi has been named a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow for her lifetime contribution to African American Quilt preservation, documentation, exhibition and advocacy. The honor comes with a $25,000 prize, according to the Cincinnati enquirer.com.

Mark your calendars if you can get to Washington, DC.... the NEA invites the public to attend the National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. Come cheer on Dr. Mazloomi and other 2014 Fellows. No tickets are required.

On a personal note, I read about Dr. Mazloomi in a quilting magazine back in 1990ish. I mailed her a photograph of my first quilted wallhanging - along with a self-addressed, stamped envelop. She graciously sent me back a letter encouraging me to continue to quilt - and to send her a photo of my next piece. Over the next few years, she prodded me to "quilt bigger" and have the courage to stitch a full-size bed quilt. Her early, early support made a significant difference in my life.  The Lord knows my quilts would never have received the exposure they have without Dr. Mazloomi - and I'm sure many Black Threads Blog readers feel the same.  Feel free to leave a message below on how Dr. Mazloomi has influenced your quilting.  Thanks!

Congratulations Dr. Mazloomi! 


the National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Jane Chu and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. - See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2014/nea-celebrates-folk-and-traditional-arts-free-concert#sthash.TW2v25mi.dpuf
National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Jane Chu and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required. - See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2014/nea-celebrates-folk-and-traditional-arts-free-concert#sthash.TW2v25mi.dpuf
National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Jane Chu and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required. - See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2014/nea-celebrates-folk-and-traditional-arts-free-concert#sthash.TW2v25mi.dpuf

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Carolyn's meticulous research (like yours Kyra) has also had a profound impact on African American quilt culture and history. She rocks!

Pat Turner

Iya said...

"I am sooo appreciative of how Carolyn took Kyra under her wing."
Carolyn is s true example of EACH ONE REACH ONE.

Paint Our Town - British Columbia said...

Congratulations.

Betty Phillips said...

I attended the NEA National Heritage Fellows ceremony at the Library of Congress. It was wonderful seeing such a deserving person as Carolyn receive this award. Congratulations Carolyn and keep sharing your love of quilting.

Carole Lyles Shaw said...

Carolyn has been a source of encouragement and inspiration for more years than I can remember. She courageously promoted the work of so many African American Art Quilters at a time when the art quilt world actively denied that we existed.

We all owe a huge debt to her and it is wonderful to see her honored in this way!

Tara said...

I am also influenced by Dr. Mazloomi. She has YouTube videos that I've watched repeatedly gleaning ways of how to put forth my best efforts when quilting.