Hystercine Rankin, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship in 1997, has died at the age of 80. She is best known for the extremely powerful stories told through her quilts about her family's history and about growing up in the segregated rural south - one in particular about the murder of her father. She is one of the quilters featured in Roland Freeman's book, A Communion of the Spirits. Her work has also been featured in many other books, documentaries and magazines.
Mrs. Rankin was a wonderful artist who will be missed not only by her family, but by the art community at-large.
To read the online article about her in today's Clarion-Ledger Newspaper:
National Endowment for the Arts – 1997 National Heritage Fellowship
Mississippi Quilting: Hystercine Rankin – includes video of her talking about how she began quilting
Craft in America – includes a video of Patty Crosby, the director of Mississippi Cultural Crossroads talking about Mrs. Rankin
The Alliance for American Quilts Presents: Hystercine Rankin – includes links to an interview, photo gallery, timeline, biography & bibliography