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Rosie Lee Tompkins


Rosie Lee Tompkins (1936–2006) is the art pseudonym of Effie Mae Martin Howard, a widely acclaimed African-American quiltmaker and fiber artist of Richmond, California. The New York Times called her "one of the great American artists," and her work "one of the century’s major artistic accomplishments." More than 500 works by Tompkins reside at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

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African-American quiltmaker was born in rural Arkansas, and was active in later life in northern California. Her work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.

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United States


Artist, textile artist

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Rosie Lee Tompkins, Effie Mae Howard, Effie Mae Martin

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