African American Art Quilters

Welcome to the Virtual Gallery of the African American Art Quilters Listserve. A few years ago, a group of African American textile artists from across the United States started a virtual group on . Our listserve members use a wide range of techniques including embellishment, dyeing, fabric painting and other mixed media techniques using heavy duty sewing machines. Some members hang their work directly on the wall, while others display their work on stretchers and in frames.

Our goals are simple:

  • Visibility: To provide a site that will give visibility to the innovative work of professional African American Artquilters.
  • Education: To provide resources and other information about the work being done by African American artists working in textiles and mixed media
  • Access and Contacts: Provide access for collectors and curators who wish to contact our members regarding sales, commissions, exhibit opportunities and teaching/speaking engagements for our members

Call for Submissions

President Barack Obama has evoked much passion and inspiration from people all
around country. There have been several quilt exhibitions featuring quilts inspired by the President, and many artists making quilts which were not exhibited.  I feel there must be a book to celebrate this momentous occasion in our history.  I seek high-quality images of quilts celebrating the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, to be published in a book, The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama, to be released in August 2009.

The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama will capture this incredible cultural movement in a book featuring quilts and the inspiration behind them.  The book will be a large, full-color, 200 page hardback.  Deadline for submissions is June 15th, 2009.
Artist will be notified of acceptance by the end of June, 2009.

All visuals submitted must represent work that is original in design. A maximum of three entries per artist is allowed. Submit professional quality high-resolution images (JPEG or TIFF) on CD, image list, statement/inspiration of no more than 300 words for each submission, and contact
information (name, postal mailing address, phone, e-mail address).  Please include the title of the quilt, size, materials used, technique, year made and photo credit.  Please send only works that you own copyright for.   For the return of your CD, you must enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selected artists will receive a complimentary copy of the book and discount on
additional copies. Please send submissions to Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, 5481 Oldgate
Drive, West Chester, OH 45069 or . Phone: 513.755.3414.

Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Independent Curator, Author, Artist
5481 Oldgate Drive
West Chester, OH 45069
PH: (513) 755.3414
Cell: (513) 766.1106

This website documents a collaboration project that we conducted a few years ago. It was a lot of fun, and several artquilts were completed. Our goal was to encourage more interaction among our virtual members and encourage new artquilters to jump in to the medium.

At this time, our group exists mainly as a listserve, and there are other African American art quilt and traditional quilt groups out there as well. Here are 3 links if you would like to join:

African American Art Quilters

Women of Color Quilters Network (artquilt oriented, for professionals)

African American Quilters (art and traditional quilters, new quilters very welcomed!!)

Finally, we also encourage you to check out –an international artquilt group that has many, many resources.


Carole Lyles Shaw

Upcoming Exhibits & Shows :

Click here for more information on “Textural Rhythms” curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi.