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Ohio quilting advocate earns national honor

June 29, 2014
Associated Press

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio woman who has promoted preservation of traditional quilt making has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Carolyn Mazloomi of the northern Cincinnati suburb of West Chester is considered a leading authority on African-American quilts and quiltmaking. She is the 2014 recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes Fellowship, for significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.

She founded the organization Women of Color Quilter's Network, and the NEA says she has practiced preservation, documentation, exhibition and advocacy.

She and eight other new National Heritage fellows will be honored at a Sept. 17 awards ceremony and at a Sept. 19 concert in Washington.

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