“Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi's latest quilt exhibition, And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, is breathtaking and monumental in its sweep of African American history from 1619 to the present. Quilt historian extraordinaire Mazloomi has provided us a visual treat as well as a compelling visual document of pivotal moments in the Black experience, from the vantage point of extraordinary quiltmakers and storytellers. These original quilts, crafted for the exhibition, are exquisitely rendered, aesthetically rich, and politically astute. Dr. Mazloomi places these contemporary Black women artists and the visual media they create within a broader socio-cultural context in ways that enable us to see the national landscape in new and complex ways.”
Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Professor of Women’s Studies and Founding Director of Spelman College Women's Research & Resource Center
“Get ready for a never before seen, colossal collection of quilt art representing 400 years of Black life in America. The quilt, an art form that is visual and literary, historical and creative remains a perfect expression for the Black people who came to James Town, Virginia from Africa in 1619 and all the generations that followed. There is no art form more conducive to telling the many stories of Black life lived in those 400 years climaxing with the first Black presidency, Barack Obama in 2008
And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, is an art book of images everyone should own. It answers so many questions about Black life, culture and history in America in a way that is beautiful to see and important to know. And it is told in an art form, the quilt, that comes from black people who made the history. Carolyn Mazloomi, a master quilt maker to say the least, has created another jewel of a book for us all to share. Everyone should know that.”
Faith Ringgold, Painter, Textile Artist, and Writer
“The story of African American contributions to our country’s inception and to its history remains underrepresented outside of the academy.... The outstanding works of this exhibition provide a unique medium for celebrating and commemorating, in powerful visual detail, the history of Blacks in America. Each of the show’s artists approaches that charge in a different way, and the creativity, fine artistic quality, and liberty that they exercise in voicing their stories in cloth is a fitting tribute to the stories of the African American experience.”
Dr. John Fleming, Director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and Director Emeritus of Cincinnati Museum Center and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
"Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi's And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations is more than a quilt exhibition. Its impact reaches beyond the gallery space, contributing to informed conversations on race and identity. Furthermore, this particular collection of material culture draws on the complexities of maintaining African American heritage while living in America. It gives voice to narratives that American history scholars have not significantly conversed within the past.
"In addition to grappling with historical issues, the quilts are exemplary works of art. Though the work is united under one message, the quilts are eclectic in style and perspective. Each of the artists share their different techniques, experiences and approaches in their work. It is truly a celebration of African American creativity. Although the work fuels rigorous conversations, the ideas it presents are very accessible. Perhaps the show’s greatest strength is its ability to connect with a broad audience and facilitate critical thinking in a new way."
Aleia Brown, Curator of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center
"Using material culture, Dr. Mazloomi creates a timeline that meticulously traces the African American journey; stemming from the Middle Passage to the present. Each artist masterfully interprets these historic events, while consciously taking the viewer to the place in time where the quilt images reside. Reading the stories of each historic moment communicated through the visual experience of And Still I Rise will resonate in your soul!"
Dr. Myrah Brown Green, Executive Director of Arts and Culture at the City College of New York
“One quilt is more spectacular than the next. And each is a history lesson, made accessible.”
Julie Engebrecht, Arts in Focus, Cincinnati Enquirer
“…an ambitious collection …[I] am struck by the artistry and originality of many of these works.”
Meg Cox, Quilt Journalist Tells All!
“A truly unique quilt exhibition...”
Kathy Cox, Cincinnati Crafting Examiner