Phyllis Stephens

  • , Stepping into Destiny, 2021
    Quilt with sustainable fabrics
    127.3 x 94.3 x 3.2 cm
    50 1/8 x 37 1/8 x 1 1/4 in
    54 5/16 x 41 5/16 x 2 in (framed)
  • , Majestic
    Quilt with sustainable fabric
    198.1 x 101.6 cm
    78 x 40 in (unframed)
    213.4 x 116.8 cm
    84 x 46 in (Framed)

Phyllis Stephens (b. 1955, American) is a fifth-generation quilt maker who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She is considered to be a master of African-American story quilts and has quilted professionally for more than thirty years. Her work has been shown at museums such as The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky—considered to have one of the world’s top quilt displays—as well as the National Museum of Ghana in Accra. In 2010, Stephens was awarded a resolution by the Georgia House of Representatives for her print portfolio, For Crying Out Loud, a tribute to the Children of the Civil Rights Movement.

Notable collectors of Stephens’s work include Ric Lewis, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Oprah Winfrey, Arthur Lewis, Samuel L. and LaTanya Jackson, Denzel and Paulette Washington, and Aretha Franklin. Her work is in the corporate and museum collections of, among others, New York; Citicorp Group, New York; the National Museum of Ghana.


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