Carolyn L. Mazloomi, is an artist, author, historian, and lecturer acknowledged to be one of the most creative textile artists in the United States today. She has produced an awe inspiring body of work, much of it containing references to African American life and history, as well as harkening back to a shared African ancestry. Widely exhibited in the United States and internationally, her quilts have been included in five exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Her artwork can be found in numerous important museums and corporate collections, such as the Wadsworth Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Design, Bell Telephone, the Cleveland Clinic, and Exxon.
She has appeared on television shows such as CBS Morning Show, Reading Rainbow, CNN, and was the subject of the award winning film documentary Uncommon Beauty. Dr. Mazloomi is one of six artist commissioned to create artwork for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum.
In 1985 she founded the Women of Color Quilters Network, an international organization with a membership of 1700, which has been a major force in fostering the fiber art works of African American people. Through Dr. Mazloomi’s effort WCQN members have had their quilts presented in venues such as prominent museums and galleries, and in internationally traveled exhibitions. She is a frequent consultant for art exhibitions, authors, and historians.
Beijing, China, was the setting for an international quilt exhibition co-curated by Dr. Mazloomi as part of the United Nations Conference for Women held in 1995. This exhibition resulted in the publication of the book Star Quilts (Streelekha Press, Bangalore, India) which she co-edited. She is also author of the book Spirits of the Cloth, given the “Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year” award by the American Library Association. Her latest book, Threads of Faith, was published in 2004 by the Museum of the American Bible Society.
In 2003 Dr. Mazloomi was awarded the first Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award. Ohio Heritage Fellows are among the state’s living cultural treasures. They embody the highest level of artistic achievement in their work, and the highest level of service in the teaching and other work they do in their communities to ensure that their artistic traditions stay strong.
Dr. Mazloomi is available for lectures and book signings, and can be contacted at DrMaz4WCQN@aol.com. Dr. Mazloomi
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Selected Exhibitions & Corporate Collections:
The Smithsonian Institution
American Museum of Design
The Cleveland Clinic