Gee's Bend Quilter: Loretta Pettway
A member of the Gee’s Bend quilters, Loretta Pettway carries on the long quilt-making tradition of the African-American women who live in the remote community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Many Gee’s Bend residents can trace their ancestry back to slaves from the Pettway Plantation. The quilts themselves are noted for their improvisational geometries and are considered to be a foundational example of African-American visual art. Pettway in particular is recognized for the liveliness of her designs, inventively combining simple squares and rectangles in sophisticated ways.
In 2015, Pettway was the recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Her quilts are featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and elsewhere. She is represented by the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle.
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Lazy Gal, 2009
Color Softground and
spitbite aquatint etching
Somerset white textured paper
Paper size 39½" x 33"
Edition of 50