5/6/2020

IN THE ARTS: ROSIE LEE TOMPKINS & AFRICAN AMERICAN IMPROVISATIONAL QUILT-MAKING

African American improvisational quilt-making is an innovative branch of a medium that reaches back to African textiles and continues to thrive.

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2/24/2021

Rosie Lee Tompkins: Quilter Extraordinaire with Arkansas Roots

Tompkins was the pseudonym of Effie Mae Howard (nee Martin), who was born in 1936 in Gould (Lincoln County) and learned quilting from her mother. An entry on Tompkins in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas notes that she believed that God designed her patchwork.

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2/24/2021

Encyclopedia of Arkansas: Rosie Lee Tompkins

Rosie Lee Tompkins was the assumed name of Effie Mae Howard, a widely acclaimed African-American quiltmaker whose prodigious talents catapulted her to the forefront of contemporary art. As New York Times critic Roberta Smith put it, “Tompkins’s textile art [works]…demolish the category.”

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4/14/2021

Never-before-seen quilts by Rosie Lee Tompkins come to Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Renowned East Bay artist Rosie Lee Tompkins was considered one of the greatest quilt makers of all time. “In the still-unfolding field of African-American quilt-making, she has no equal,” critic Roberta Smith wrote of Tompkins.

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