Loretta Pettway

Born 1942

Loretta Pettway is an American artist and quilt maker of the Gee's Bend Collective from Boykin, Alabama. Her quilts are known for their bold and improvisational style.
In 2006 her quilts "Roman Stripes" variation and Medallion appeared on two US Postal service stamps as part of a series commemorating Gee's bend quilters. Her quilts are in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is a recipient of a 2015 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States government's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
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